The Hub House Diner

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The Hub House Diner verdict: 6.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 6/10

Chicken burger: 6/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

So why The Hub House Diner? 

She says: We stumbled on this one a while ago on Instagram but lost it among the many lists we have of places to go. It is a little oasis in Dulwich Hill and sits surrounded by some pretty depressing main road action. The staff are lovely and there are HEAPS of them so you get some pretty speedy service. I really loved the vibe here and some of the other, non-burger food definitely looked like it was worth a go.

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He says:  Mouthwatering shots of burgers and chicken on the blogosphere from this place had me amped to hit up Dulwich Hill.

What did you order?

  • Double Beef Cheeseburger – $19
  • Crispy Bird Burger – $19
  • Pimp My Fries – $11
  • Popcorn Chicken – $14
  • Honeycomb biscuit smoothie- $8.50

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Tell us about the Double Beef Cheeseburger?

He says:  When this arrived I was excited as it looked like a champ. T’was a touch disappointing though. It tasted exactly like a McDonalds cheeseburger (that’s not a diss) with a more complex patty. There was way too much ketchup though and it overpowered everything in it’s midst.

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She says: This burger really has potential but unfortunately I can’t honestly say I would order it again. I hate giving bad reviews but the double beef patties were drowned in tomato sauce – which meant that tomato sauce was all I could taste. I couldn’t really distinguish the cheese, pickles or even the meat – just sauce. And then there was the texture …the whole burger, meat included, had a really strange texture – kind of mushy. Not for me. (And to be honest, at $19 it was pretty expensive for what it was.)

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So then, how did you find the Crispy Bird Burger?

He says: Again looked like a legend but fell just a little short. Perfectly competent burger but nothing jumped out to make it memorable. The breading had split from the chicken which didn’t help things.

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She says: This is one of those rare burgers that he and I disagree on – I didn’t think it actually was ‘perfectly competent’. Again, I don’t think I can honestly say I would order this again. The bun had the same problem as the beef burger – it was just super mushy (and not in the good, fingerprint saving squishiness of Mary’s or Publife). And the coleslaw had a strange bitter taste. Again, this one was not at all to my tastes.

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And what about the sides? 

 

She says: The popcorn chicken surprised me – I was just thinking KFC but it  it actually comes with popcorn, in a jar. i really liked the presentation. The chicken itself was fine but the popcorn it comes served on, drenched in oil and salt, is really, really, good. It was my stand-out for this meal. The smoothie was okay – it wasn’t as thick as I would have liked but it wasn’t the worst. We also ordered ‘Pimped’ fries – which were good for ordinary fries – but the pimping quality (they were covered with cheese and truffle oil) didn’t really hit the spot – the truffle smelled great but wasn’t as strong as I would have liked.

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He says: The smoothie was an immediate hit for a hung over Sunday – frothy and sweet with honeycomb crumbs surrounded by a chocolate syrup that improved when whisked around. The pimped fries were suitably rich and the fries themselves were cooked to perfection. Like the rest of the meal the popcorn chicken was a ‘solid’ contribution that lacked a little flavour (could have been mystery meat by taste but when cut in half it was clear it was chunks of chicken breast).

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|| 410-412 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill. NSW 2203 || (02) 95181887 || Website ||  eat@thehubhousediner.com.au ||

Opening Hours: 

Monday : Closed.

Tuesday – Friday : Breakfast (from 7am), Lunch & Dinner.

Saturday – Sunday : Breakfast (from 7:30am), Lunch & Dinner (8pm close Sunday)
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Rocks Brewing

IMG_5539 Rocks Brewing verdict : 4/10

Beef Burger: 3/10

Pork burger: 5/10

Sides: 3/10

 

 

So why Rocks Brewing? 

She says: A good friend of mine went there and raved about it (actually…now that I think about it perhaps he was talking about Batch Brewery…oops). It is in one of the new developments popping up all through Alexandria which is close to my place so we ducked over on a Sunday afternoon (when they have live music, which was the highiight).

He says: A combo of blog loving and a friend’s (who reads this very blog) recommendation. I also really like beer so all roads seemed to lead to joy on this front. In retrospect  ‘seemed’ was the operative word in that sentence.

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Pulled Pork Burger – $18

The Big Stopper Burger – $19

Rocks Jalapeños Stoppers – $12

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Tell us about the Big Stopper burger?

He says: Firstly I hope that this was just a bad day and am happy for someone to set me straight on what I was missing but the fact was this burger was completely shithouse. The patty was overcooked to the point that it was actually crunchy (which was a first for me). Too much chutney (that redefined bland) and a mushroom that had no business being there with the other elements at play. The kind of burger you’d expect from the dodgy cafe around the corner (that everyone avoids). Genuinely hard to finish.

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She says:  A little piece of me died when I bit into this burger. There are no positives to share. I only took one bite… I might just skip to the next question.

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So then, how did you find the Pulled Pork burger?

She says: This was slightly better than the beef but the pork was very sweet, the bun was a bit stale tasting and mayo had a weird, over eggy taste. I didn’t finish this one either.

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He says: This was your standard pulled pork burger. Nothing of particular note but compared to the beef burger it was ok. Pork too sweet (without anything to balance off) and not enough sauce.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: Poppers! On a menu in Sydney – I was excited to say the least. Excitement was wasted here. They just weren’t up to scratch – they were over battered, under seasoned and super doper chilli. The cream cheese lacked that great tang you usually get with a good popper – disappointing. The chips were probably the best bit of the whole meal and they were pretty standard.

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He says: Had one bite and couldn’t go much more. Dry with what tasted like stale breadcrumbs and cheap cheese in the centre. Feel bad being harsh but this was not a pleasant experience. The fries were the highlight of the meal but to be honest they were just standard well cooked and battered chips that you could find anywhere.

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||  160 Bourke Road, (Driveway J), Alexandria, NSW 2016 || (02) 9669 3600 || Website ||

Opening Hours:

MON -FRI: 12PM-3PM & 5PM-9PM

SAT-SUN: 12pm-9pm

 

 
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Barrio Chino

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Barrio Chino verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken burger: 8/10

Sides: 9.5/10

 

So why Barrio Chino?

She says: This was all Him. We were looking for somewhere near His place in Darlinghurst and this was on our list thanks to his incredible knowledge of our chosen foodstuffs (and just restaurants in general).

He says:  I’d eaten Mexican here a few times prior and was not be overly wowed but had a few fellow local Darlinghurstians who recently made their thoughts very clear about how much they loved the burgers here (or, as they call them, tortas). Also thought $10 Thursday burger night provided the perfect occasion

What did you order?

  • Barrio Torta with bacon and Ancho fries ($16 or $10 on Thursdays)
  • Southern style chicken torta ($14 or $10 on Thursdays)
  • Fried chicken with chipotle mustard dipping sauce ($12)

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Tell us about the Barrio Torta?

He says: Bang! Any prior misgivings about Barrio Chino are completely obliterated when this bad boy arrived.  The patty was flavoursome and cooked perfectly and the addition of cheddar, pickled jalapeños, and an utterly delightful chimmichurri mayo made this a tasty morsel to remember. Glad we added bacon as well. Sensational burger

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She says: I have to admit I was totally blown away by this one at the first bite. It’s getting rarer and rarer for us not to already have an inkling that a restaurant we visit will a good burger (thanks blogword!) so this was one awesome surprise. Great squishy bun, awesome fresh ingredients and fantastic flavourful sauce and good meaty meat.

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So then, how did you find the Southern style chicken torta?

She says: This was another ripper. Succulent crispy fried chicken, thinly sliced coleslaw and iceberg, and a perfect amount of chipotle mayo. The crispy freshness of the salady bits cut through the richness of the chicken and mayo combo, resulting in this fantastic balanced burger that was light and rich at the same time.

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He says: The fried chicken in this was brilliant (see sides review below) and it’s simplicity worked in its favour. The chipotle mayo should go wherever this chicken does. Wish there was more sauce and they added some cheese but these are minor quibbles (both of wish I can rectify the next time I order it!)

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And what about the sides? 

She says: That chicken – lordy-lou! This is up there with the best fried chicken in town right now – crispy batter that is just the right thickness and inside, hot succulent chicken that actually tastes like chicken, not just batter. (Actually, wasn’t someone going to start that fried chicken blog already??) The sweet sauce it comes with was just fantastic. The waiter saw my enthusiasm and offered to bring more to go with the chips, an offer which was accepted with gusto! Oh yes, and the chips – they too where top notch. Spicy but not so much that your lips hurt, crispy, plentiful. Top points for sides!

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He says: We kind of haphazardly ordered the fried chicken when we realised the tex mex nachos were only available on the late night menu. That turned out be serendipitous as said fried chicken turned out to be about as good as I’ve had in this city. The chipotle mayo and the chipotle mustard dipping sauce were all kinds of wonderful as well. The ancho fries were also on point.


|| 28-30 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, 2011|| Website || (02) 80219750 || queonda@barriochino.com.au ||

 

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday (5pm-late)

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Out of the Blue

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Out of the Blue verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Out of the Blue? 

She says:  Our beginning this blog coincided with me essentially starting a new job. In my first week, I had to chair a meeting which involves asking a warm up question – I naturally asked where people’s favourite burgers were (two birds, one stone – BOOM) and Out 0f the Blue got a massive wrap from our eastern suburbs contingent. Since then we have had a couple of emails recommending them (shout out to ‘Lee’ who recommended in the early days of the blog that we visit them).

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He says:  I’ve heard amazing things about the burgers here for years now. My notoriously food fussy mate Sam even put them on par with his favourite ever. I was prepping for an old school styled burger and I wasn’t disappointed.  

What did you order?

  • Hamburger with bacon, egg and pineapple – $6 for burger 80 cents for each addition
  • Chicken burger – $6
  • Battered sav – $1.80
  • Pineapple fritter – $1.20
  • Potato Scollop – $0.80
  • Large chips – $7

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Tell us about the beef burger?

She says: This was a dream – old school, milk bar style burger, shredded iceberg, pineapple (I am now a TOTAL convert) totally awesomely melty cheese (which I was worried about because when they put it on it looked just like shredded Tasty that wouldn’t melt, but it does, by god it does!), strong bacony-bacon, lashings of sauce and grated carrot. Fresh, crunchy, saucy and salty. I would eat this every day.

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He says: Wowzers this was good! Immediately understood why there was a line down the street to order. Very much in the vein of the fish and  chip shop burgers I grew up eating. Excellent patty in a no nonsense bun with fresh ingredients. Very difficult to find any fault with this one and a truly incredible price to boot.

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So then, how did you find the chicken burger?

He says: Again bang on target (and a great exercise in simplicity). Chicken schnitzel with a delicious mayo and packed in with lettuce, carrot, tomato, beetroot, and cheese (which is what all the burgers here come with). The beetroot and carrot had brought with it a wave of nostalgia. Loved it.

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She says: Yep – another classic just done really well. I wasn’t sure I would dig the beetroot with the chicken but it worked. It all worked. Both burgers were served on great fluffy buns too. They don’t look like much in the picture but they were perfect for the type of burgers they were.

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And what about the sides? 

She says:  It was a day of new experiences sides wise. Battered Sav was new to me – it’s a sausage, like a hotdog sausage, battered and fried. I thought I would hate it but I didn’t, I really guiltily liked it.. it was bloody good and almost made me wish I was hung-over. Also new to me was the pineapple fritter – which was dusted with icing sugar (optional) and was like a thin doughnut with pineapple inside. The potato scollops were the greatest – you can tell they use good, clean oil (because let’s face it, potato scollops are just 90 percent oil). And the chips – what beautiful shining examples of a fried food– golden, crunchy, chicken salt to boot. Bloody great!

 

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He says: As soon as I saw the battered sav on the menu I knew we had to get it (the gorgeous She wasn’t so sold on it but I think she came around in the end). It was tremendous and the sausage pretty much melted in my mouth. The potato scollop and fries were a great showcase for the power of frying potato and the pineapple fritter (haven’t one of these since I was an adolescent eating them in the paradise pack at Red Rooster) ended the meal with a suitable treat. This place certainly dabbles in excellence.

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|| 272 Clovelly Road,  Clovelly, NSW 2031 || Website || (02) 93158380 ||

 

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday

11:30am-8pm

 

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