Restau­rant chal­lenges lo­cals to try 1kg cre­ation with the lot

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

WHEN it comes to burg­ers, big­ger is al­ways bet­ter – and ev­ery­thing is big­ger in the west.

Known as the Rooty Burger, Rooty Hill RSL’s new­est food cre­ation is so big it takes four peo­ple to just hold it.

Not for the faint-hearted, the 1kg burger in­cludes 10 rash­ers of ba­con, an 800g beef patty as well as four eggs, let­tuce, onion, tomato and melted cheese, all on an olive bread bun.

The burger alone equates to almost 4500 calo­ries (18,828 kilo­joules), which is dou­ble the av­er­age daily in­take for an adult. This doesn’t in­clude the gen­er­ous side serv­ing of onion rings and bucket of chips.

Since its in­tro­duc­tion via video last week on The Stan

dard Face­book page, the Rooty Burger has gone vi­ral with more than 40,000 views.

Some lo­cals with mega ap­petites seem up for the chal­lenge of down­ing the burger.

Mar­garet Simp­son asked: “Can I take it home? It would do for break­fast, lunch and din­ner for a week.”

Tayla Brown said: “I’m sad this is around the cor­ner and we haven’t tried it yet.”

Oth­ers were more ap­pre­hen­sive, say­ing the burger was a heart at­tack wait­ing to hap­pen.

Han­nah Davey said: “I can feel the heart at­tacks of ev­ery per­son that eats this.”

But the calo­ries couldn't scare off the Ton­gan na­tional rugby league side, who ven­tured down to the Rooty Hill restau­rant on Fri­day af­ter­noon for a taste.

Play­ers David Fi­fita and Tony Wil­liams at­tempted the chal­lenge but, with their big game against Samoa game the fol­low­ing day, they ended up shar­ing their burg­ers with the rest of the team.

Chef Scott Shaw en­cour­aged lo­cal fooda-holics to get down and take on the burger.

“I can­not wait to see peo­ple tackle Man vs. The Rooty,” Mr Shaw said.

“We chal­lenge ev­ery­one and any­one to try to beat our beauty burger cre­ation.

“Fin­ish the burger and sides alone in 30 min­utes to re­ceive a T-shirt, cer­tifi­cate, $25 voucher and your pic­ture on the wall of fame, but be­ware of the wall of shame.”

Mr Shaw and ex­ec­u­tive chef Jean Philippe said the burger was a way to cel­e­brate the new and low­er­priced menu at the Zest Grill House.

If you are up to the chal­lenge, the $50 burger is avail­able at Zest Grill House at Rooty Hill RSL ev­ery day in May.

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Rooty Hill RSL cook­ing staff proudly dis­play the tow­er­ing Rooty Burger.

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