The Hub House Diner verdict: 6.5/10
Beef Burger: 6/10
Chicken burger: 6/10
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.
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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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).
Monday : Closed.
Tuesday – Friday : Breakfast (from 7am), Lunch & Dinner.