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Lunch review: 127 Days

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Emily and Kieren Mykyta met while working at Adelaide’s Union Hotel. Kieren was one of the chefs and Emily worked front-of-house. This is their story…

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Romantic and poetic, these are the words that grace the back of the menu at Emily and Kieren Mykyta’s Croydon Park burger restaurant, 127 Days.

A Passionate Chef
Met a Beautiful Waitress
Sparks Flew…
Love Grew…
Join Them on Their Journey
They Have Called
127 Days…

In mid 2014 Emily and Kieren decided to open their own restaurant.

“Adelaide’s burger scene was just starting,” says Emily.

“Kieren has been a chef for 20 years – he was executive chef at the Union Hotel, and has cheffed for the Tivoli, Gaucho’s and Gusto’s – he was ready to do his own thing.”

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127 Days interior. Photo: Tony Lewis

Con and Poppy’s Snack Bar at 127 Days Road was for sale. For 20 years it had served sandwiches, pies, pasties and cakes to tradies and passing traffic from South Road.

“We renovated and redecorated, changed the name to 127 Days and started selling burgers, sandwiches and cakes, but everyone wanted the burgers,” says Emily.

“So we decided to specialise in burgers – there are lots of Vietnamese restaurants in the area, so it’s good that we’re offering something different.”

The couple make everything except the buns by hand, including their own hot sauce; Emily won’t reveal the source of the buns.

127 Days is a buzzing and friendly restaurant, and the customer service is excellent.

As well as expecting their first baby next month, the couple is also working on further foodie plans.

Favourite dish: Squealed with a Kiss ($10, pictured top). Six-hour hickory-smoked pork brisket seasoned with smoked paprika, fennel seeds and coriander, served pulled on a shiny brioche bun with apple slaw, pepper jack cheese and chipotle aioli. This burger was so fresh, tasty and memorable that we think it’s well worth the 60-minute round trip from the city to Croydon Park for take-out.

InDaily also tried The Forgotten ($10), a generous vegetarian burger with a lashing of beetroot relish and sour cream topped with roasted mushrooms, caramelised onions, Taleggio cheese and rocket.

Other dishes: There are 11 more burgers to choose from on the regular menu at 127 Days, including the Old Fashioned ($9, Angus beef, lettuce, tomato sauce and mayo); The Italian Job ($10, Angus beef, rocket, provolone cheese, chilli, red onion, roasted capsicum and aioli); and 127 Ways to Die ($13, Cajun Angus beef, jalapenos, Habanero Tabasco, chilli, onion, pepper jack cheese and chipotle aioli).  For an extra $5 you can get a “Combo” meal which includes a serve of fries and a can of drink with your chosen burger.

As well as burgers on the regular 127 Days burger menu, there is also fried chicken, salt and pepper squid, spicy chicken wings, cheese arancini, and various types of fried potato including fries, tots and #tags.

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‘The Forgotten’ – with beetroot, taleggio and roasted mushroom. Photo: Tony Lewis

The idiosyncratic Speakeasy burger changes daily, with a weekly “Throw Back” to a Speakeasy favourite. Some of last month’s Speakeasy burgers included the “Gouda Day to Stay in Bed!” (Angus beef, roasted mushroom duxelles, Gouda cheese, pickles, onions, aioli and mustard); the “Parma, Parma, Parma, Parma Chameleon” (golden panko chicken, bacon, nacho and parmesan cheese, tomato, parmesan crisp, lettuce and aioli); and the “Pork of the Rings” (pulled pork, crispy jamon, golden onion rings, nacho cheese, jalapeños, chipotle aioli and Habanero Tabasco).

Something sweet/to drink: 127 Days is not licensed but sells a range of local and imported soft drinks – including Boylan Black Cherry soda from the US – and shakes with flavours such as Tim Tam, Milo, Oreo and “Cookie Smash-up”.

127 Days
127 Days Road, Croydon Park, 8346 8205
Open Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm, and Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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