Goodtime Burgers

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Good Time Burgers Verdict: 4/10

Beef Burger: 3/10

Chicken Burger: 4/10

Sides: 5/10

 

Why Good Time Burgers?

She says: This was another one we heard of via the food blog universe. We were intrigued by the ‘Juicy Lucy’ and the photos on other blogs looked incredible. It down the bottom of the Eastern in Bondi Junction, which is a difficult place to get both Him and me to visit at the best of times. But based on the hype – we decided to give it a go.

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He says: I’d come across this one on quite a few food blogs. The ‘Jucy Lucy’ appeared to be a novel cheese lovers delight with the cheese pouring out of the centre of the patty like molten lava.

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What did you order?

  • Juice Lucy – $15.50
  • The 34DD – $12.50
  • Fries and Aioli
  • Mac and Cheese

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Tell us about the Juicy Lucy ?

He say: Bit of an epic fail really. Flavourless sauce, the cheese in the middle tasted like liquid plastic, and the patty akin to something I’d feel more comfortable feeding to a German Shephard. Think cheap ALDI sausage.

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She says: This was verging on inedible for me. The meat was super greasy and had that dreaded a sausage meat texture (the kind of thing my friend Georgie would describe as ‘Mystery Meat’). The cheese inside which could have been so awesome, didn’t really taste like much, but just made the burger sloppy and difficult to eat… I am going to stop because I can’t say anything nice about this one.

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So then, how did you find the 34DD?

She says: The chicken burger came out piping hot – so hot that when we cut it in half, steam poured out of the chicken. The burger was made of a piece of fried, crumbed chicken, some green leafy lettuce and a whole lot of mayonnaise…. any maybe coleslaw but I can’t remember – maybe He can? The chicken by itself would have made a great schnitzel, and chicken and mayo is an old reliable marriage that has lasted an eternity, but as a whole this burger does not have the required coherence and basically just lacked flavour.

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He says: Maybe the kitchen was having a bad day as the only nice thing I can really say about this is that the crumbed chicken was super hot. There was coleslaw involved but the bland meat to burger ratio obliterated everything else around it. The ‘guacamole’ also tasted like one of the cheap ones you buy in plastic tubs at the discount section of the supermarket.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The chips were fine, they are double fried which is always nice but the aoli tasted like it was out of a tub. Again we were faced with a disappointing mac and cheese…more cheeeese, please!

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He says: The chips were fine but the mac n cheese joined the burgers in ho-hum city.


|| 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 || Website || Menu || Phone: 02 9387 7828 ||

HOURS:

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4am daily (with 1.30am lock out)

Sunday: 10am – Midnight

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Meat and Wine Co.

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Meat and Wine Co. Verdict: 5/10

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 5/10

Sides: 5/10

 

Why Meat and Wine Co.?

She says: The photos of the burgers from M&W Co look incredible and I think he had seen a few blog posts raving about it. I didn’t realise that it was a chain (which always turns me off a place a bit… that is a bit snobby isn’t it?).

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He says: I’d had the burger here a few years ago and remember it being solid. Also had the ribs not that long ago and they rivalled Hurricane Grill. Even though a chain located in Tourist Trap central I was expecting these burgers to be a strong offering.

What did you order?

  • Chicken breast burger – $22
  • Hand pressed premium beef burger – $23
  • Oven baked mac & cheese with Panko crumb and Parmesan crust – $9IMG_4970

Tell us about the beef Burger ?

He say:  This came out on the board and looked like it was about to steal my burgeoning burger heart. Unfortunately it was as middle of the road as a Coldplay song. The onion rings brought a lot to the table and the bun was suitably fresh and moist but the patty was in cheap Aldi sausage territory and the sauce was lacking personality (and volume). Potential present but a real let down.

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She says: We ordered the beef burger which was beautifully presented. Statuesque and packed full of great looking ingredients. The battered onion bits added a really good crunch but unfortunately patty itself was a little bit greasy for me. The sauce on patty was okay, sweet and smokey – reminiscent of the Hurricane’s ribs sauce. This however was another burger with an unappetising, slightly stale bun.

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: The chicken in the burger was fine but there seemed to be a bit too much of it, or perhaps it was just a bit too thick, so it dominated the burger which left it tasting a bit bland. Strangley it was served with the same Hurricanes-esk sauce which didn’t really go in my mind. The deep fried onion bits again did their job , adding a well needed point of textural difference but alas, the bun was still not much chop.

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He says: Hmm. So this is the exact same burger but with the beef swapped for some grilled chicken (which was ok but a little on the dry side) and hence had a suitably predictable result.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The mac and cheese came out in such a cute little dish but unfortunately was a bit disappointing. It really suffered from a lack of cheesy flavour and was really just a bit bland. The chips were good (but again not amazing).

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He says: I enjoyed the chips more than She and the aioli was solid (most of which I plied onto the burger to illicit flavour) but the mac and cheese, which again looked like it was going to be a winner, took the notion of tastelessness to a whole new level (even by Darling Harbour standards).


||  L1, 31 Wheat Road IMAX Theatre Complex, Cockle Bay Darling Harbour || Website || Menu ||

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday
Lunch and Dinner from 12 noon – 10pm

Friday – Saturday
Lunch and Dinner  from 12 noon – 11pm
*$5 Per person surcharge on Sundays and public holidays.

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Pub Life Kitchen (at the Lord Wolseley)

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Pub Life Verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9.7/10
Chicken Burger: 9.5/10
Sides: 9.5/10

 

 

Why this place?

She says: We happened to pass by the Lord Wolseley Hotel by chance about 2 weeks before the kitchen re-opened and noticed that it was going to be a Pub Life Kitchen. Of course, with His encyclopaedic knowledge of burgers (and of actually pretty much everything) he gave me a quick Pub Life history. When it finally did open in this location, the good reviews started flowing thick and fast and we had to give it a go.

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He says: I had frequented Pub Life in its earlier incarnation at The Macquarie hotel and remember waxing lyrical about the burgers way back then. The stream of overpowering food blogging burger porn emanating from the early reviews at their new home at the Lord Wolseley Hotel (once my former local drinking hole) had me primed for something special.

What did you order?

· The OG Burger – $18

· The Bird – $18

· Sticky Hot Wangs – $12

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Tell us about the OG Burger?

He says: Fuck me! Sydney has a new competitor in the pantheon of burger royalty. The OG is veering dangerously close to perfection. The patty itself, superbly cooked to medium rare goodness, is hands down the most flavoursome of it’s kind I’ve had this year. Striding into battle joined by a sublime roast garlic and lime aioli, a suitably fresh and moist bun and the perfect amount of heavenly jack cheese it will be hard pressed to beat. Next time I might try it minus the onion jam (for no reason other than to differentiate) and with the addition of another patty and I’m pretty sure that’ll be the best meal I’ve devoured in my existence on this dear planet. I want a photo of the OG burger on my roof so I can wake up to the image of it and worship it every day. I want to staple of photo of it onto my heart.

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She says: I can’t put it better than Him. This was a truly magnificent burger. I was initially worried by the “onion relish” component as I have previously had it ruin an otherwise honourable burger, but it was really mild (though perhaps, like Him I would try without next time). Each of the rest of the burger elements were so bloody good. Amazingly soft squishy bun, great melted punchy cheese, really good quality beef in a party which held its shape, and lashings of aoli. I have already thought back to this burger numerous times and it has crept to the top of my all time favourites.

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So then, how did you find the Bird?

She says: The chicken burger also smashed my expectations – one of the very best fried chicken burgers that I have tried. It was almost unfathomably crunchy and tasted incredible (with the Dorito flour which he explains below). The elements of this burger worked in perfect harmony. Again, great balance between the salty chook and the tang of the crunchy coleslaw, awesome bun – just really a quality, top notch burger.

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He says: Snap again. The batter here is made from crushed up Dorito corn chips and it really does taste as good as that sounds. The chicken itself is also nice and hot when it hits our table (a strange rarity) and the slaw was divine. Add this one to the burger shrine.

And what about the sides?

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She says: These were incredible – in fact, I think they will inspire some bright young spark to start a fried chicken blog (do it pleeease!). They were sweet without being sickly and hot and moist (urgh that word). Overall they were amazing. We had an awesome selection of aioli, which He in His usual fashion went mad for. It was a joy to watch. The bone marrow gravy was incredible. (Hot Tip:) we discovered that if you fold a chip in half and use the broken ends to dip, there is a greater gravy take up than otherwise.

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He says: The hot sticky wangs performed a dazzling balancing act on the tightrope of sweet and spice. The fries were also superb and when combined with the bone marrow gravy, maple mustard, wasabi mayo, roast garlic and lime aioli to drown them in you pretty much have side nirvana. Also a big shout out to the service which was both attentive and passionate. I LOVE THIS PLACE.

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|| 265 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo || Website or maybe this|| Menu on website||

Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch – 12pm to 3pm
Dinner – 6pm to 10pm

Sunday
12pm to 5pm

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The Fish Shop

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Fish Shop Verdict: 9/10

Cheeseburger: 9.5/10

Fish burger: 7.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

Why The Fish Shop?

She says: When we met and discovered our mutual love of burgers (among other things) I told him that at that point my number 1 burger had to be Mary’s. He told me that he could top it and took me to The Fish Shop for the cheeseburger. And now we have a blog dedicated to burgers.

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He says: This is one of my most cherished burgers. Voted as best burger in Sydney numerous times it’s that old friend that never lets me down. A cheeseburger so good that it was retained on the Fish Shop menu, apparently due to popular demand, after its success at the restaurant (Lotus) that stood before it in the same location.

What did you order?

  • Dan’s famous cheeseburger 18.0
  • Crumbed fish, bacon & chilli burger 19.0
  • Aoli – 2.5
  • Bloody Caesar – 16

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Tell us about Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger ?

He says: I could eat this burger every day with rapture. Just one mouthful elicits immense euphoria throughout every inch of my body. It’s greatest asset is it’s simplicity. The most flavoursome patty in Sydney cooked to medium rare perfection, decadent gooey cheese, crisp bacon, an old school sesame bun and a spellbinding special sauce. This here burger stands as an effigy of all things great humanity can achieve. As long as they keep serving it I’ll keep eating it until the day I perish.

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She says: As mentioned above, I have had this burger before (a few times actually) and this time it was not as good as usual. I should note that I realised (after a small meltdown related to the fact that our burgers came out pre-cut, which I was convinced completely ruined any chance i had of getting a good photo) that perhaps I got out of the wrong side of the bed. That said, this burger was still a ripper. The bun was perfectly proportioned, fresh and squishy. Great sauce and pickles added the perfect amount of tangy to the cheese and bacon saltiness. This burger is a song with a harmonious melody that gets stuck in your head.

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So then, how did you find the Fish Burger?

She says: We decided that we really ought to get this burger as it is the ‘Fish Shop’ despite the fact that neither of us are particularity keen on fish burgers (we debated at one stage getting a cheeseburger each as well so that we didn’t have to sacrifice the cheeseburger half for a fish burger). This was actually pretty good though, the fish was really not very fishy, and was in such crunchy crumbs that you could have been excused for thinking that it was a chicken burger. The addition of bacon sounds weird but worked and the chilli sauce had a surprising kick. It was great, but it was still a fish burger.

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He says: I was a little bummed out that I didn’t get to attack an entire cheeseburger to myself but thought it only fair that we try the fish burger. I’m not into fish burgers in general and feel that fish doesn’t deserve a home in a burger. This was about as good as I could conceive of a fish burger being though. The chilli sauce was a winner and the masterful addition of bacon nearly had me forgetting I was eating fish. Nearly.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The burgers each came with chips. They were pretty good, a bit soft for my tastes and otherwise unremarkable. The Bloody Caesar was a first for me – it was a Bloody Mary but made with Clamato juice – which is a mix of tomato and clam juice, and comes served with a boiled pippy floating in it. Honestly it just tasted like a really good Bloody Mary!

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He says: I really enjoy the chips here. Not quite sure why but they do seem to have the balance of external crunch with internal softness down pat. The aioli has a wonderful smokiness to it as well.


|| 22 Challis Ave, Potts Point NSW 2011|| Website || Menu ||

Hours

Monday – Saturday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – late

Sunday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – 10:00pm

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