In a quirky reference to the Looney Tunes cartoon of 1938, Wholly Smoke recently opened with little fanfare in a side alley off Lemana Lane, Burleigh.
In a smart business move, owner/chef Clive Littlefield-Bailey (who’s cooked for the Marriott Georgia, Kirra Beach Hotel and Food Club Australia) has doubled the usage of his commercial food business by opening a lunch and dinner popup in the laneway.
With Burleigh being the home territory of quirky casual dining experiences, Wholly Smoke seems right at home, with diners arriving by bicycle, car or on foot, or ordering for delivery while downing their favourite beer a stone’s throw away at Black Hops or Granddad Jacks.
We order at the window and dine in the laneway on makeshift seating at a rough-hewn timber table in the laneway, the aromas of smoky meat wafting past to prepare our tastebuds for the onslaught to come.
Cooking meat in smokers and on the char grill, Bailey’s talent shows. It’s some of the tastiest meat we’ve eaten, packed with the flavour of smoky meat and drizzled with abundant sauce.
We start with a basket of Smoked chicken wings smothered in a smoky chilli plum sauce $10, so delicious that we’re licking our fingers.
Then to the main fare: Crusty rolls (which can also be made bun-less as a salad) stuffed full of your choice of smoked brisket, BBQ lamb with Swiss cheese, rocket and yoghurt, and pulled smoky BBQ pork $12, Smoked cheese burgers served as single or double ($13 – $15) and the Sweet pulled pork and crackling slaw brioche burger $12. Ordering shoestring chips, wings or salad for a side at only $3 is the way to go!
Watch out for specials (like Wednesday’s $10 smoked rolls from 4pm, Jalapeno peppers and Mac ‘n’ cheese) and new items such as racks of ribs, and brisket sold by weight in the New Year.
While there are fresh juices for sale, the venue’s BYO status is a winner, making this a ‘cheap but by no means shabby’ great night out!
…Nothing to do but follow your nose to find Wholly Smoke. It’s the place where you’ll get a mighty tasty dinner served up for the price of the meat!
2/29 Lemana Lane, Burleigh Heads
Ph: 0432292759 Text orders to 0424043663 for pickup or delivery to @blackhopsbeer or @granddadjacks or use @ubereats for home delivery.
Open: 12noon – 5pm Tues; 12noon – 7.30pm Wed – Sun
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Wholly Smoke.