I’ve driven past the former Gepps Cross Hotel on many occasions on my way to Mawson Lakes, but little did I know that it had become the new Coopers Alehouse. The site is huge and there are car parks as far as the eye can see. The inside is just as impressive with a massive beer garden, spacious dining area and separate gaming section. The renovations have been meticulous, and the space is sleek, modern and impressive. Their menu is modern Australian with the classic pub grub. There are starters, house made pizzas, salads and your typical pub favourites.
For lunch, I had the Wagyu Beef Burger. The dish came out 15 minutes after ordering and was nicely presented. The pattie was a combination of beef and bacon, and it was almost shaped like a meatball. The pattie gave the burger nice height, but personally I prefer a better meat distribution around the burger. Having said that, the meat was very juicy, and there was no sign of a pinkish centre. Monterey Jack cheese was nicely melted over the patty and had a creamy and mild flavour. The lettuce and tomato was fresh and crisp, while the barossa gypsy speck was nice and crunchy. The tangy chipotle mayo had a bit of kick, and did well in combining all the ingredients together. The house pickle was placed on the side, but I felt the burger needed it as it added a sour component. The dish came with a side of chips which were perfectly cooked and adequately salted.
It’s hard to gauge the food based on one meal, but from what I experienced it was pretty good. The Wagyu Beef Burger was $19.90, which is fairly average, but worth it if you consider the quality and portion size. The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. The place seems to tick all the boxes as far as I’m concerned. Can’t wait to check this place out again for some of their other menu items.
WHERE: 560 Main North Rd, Gepps Cross