Riley Street Garage verdict: 9/10
Beef Burger: 9/10
Chicken Burger: 9.2/10
Why this place?
He says: The gorgeous She had a rare Friday lunch off work and this combined with a shout out on Instagram (cheers sean1985!) and the convenient proximity of the venue to my Darlinghurst abode rendered it the perfect date.
She says: By fortuitously running late for a road trip to a wedding, I bought myself enough time to meet up with Him (and his flatmate Sam, HI SAM!) and duck into this cute little establishment to try the burgers. I used google maps, searching ‘Riley Street Garage’ to get there from the station and was pretty concerned when I walked to an actual mechanic on Riley St – luckily the restaurant is just up the road from there, in an awesome brick, art deco building.
What did you order?
- The Riley Street Classic burger – $12
- Fried Chicken burger – $12
- Chorizo Corn Dogs – $4ea
- Stuffed Zucchini Flowers – $12
Tell us about the Riley Street Classic Burger?
He says: This was a cracker that although diminutive in size was huge in flavour. Quite similar to the Old Growler burger from just up the road this was an exercise in simplicity. A wonderful bun, a flavoursome patty and a special mayo that lived up to it’s namesake. If I had to pick it apart for anything it’d be that perhaps the patty was a little overcooked and it could have done with more of that mayo but at the end of the day you’re in good hands if you order this one.
She says: I was firstly pretty impressed with the price on this one – $12 is fairly good for a burger these days and this place was pretty fancy so it was quite a treat to eat so cheaply. It is only available at the bar though and they did get us with the sparkling water – $5 a head for as much as you can drink. The burger itself was a solid classic. Simple and delicious – I am not going as far as Him and saying it was anywhere near as good as the Old Growler, but it was definitely up there. It loses points from me for the overcooked paddy – and it was pretty small – but on the other hand I didn’t leave needing a lie down so perhaps the size is not an issue.
So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?
He says: Veered dangerously close to the best chicken burger we’ve had in 2015. Everything was on the money and the ratio of glorious fried chicken, lettuce cheese, tomato in that aforementioned bun was on point. Again I wish there was more sauce (a running theme) but that was countered by ordering a side of said mayo and plying it on myself.
She says: This chicken burger was fantastic – really simple but just right. Same awesome bun, fresh iceberg lettuce and tomato and nice melted cheese. Not too much chicken (which is my personal nit pick with a lot of the chicken burgers we try) and a good coating on the chicken with a bit of a crunch. This one was one of the top chicken burgers I have had.
And what about the sides?
She says: Wow – the corn dogs were pretty amazing – not our usual style, these sides were super fancy. The corn dogs had golden crunchy outsides with soft middles. Perfect fried deliciousness. The zucchini flowers, while not classic side to have with your burger were also really great. Again, perfectly fried (notice a pattern?) with cruncy baby zucchinis and bity fetta.
He says: The chorizo corn dogs were sensational and something a touch different. Not dissimilar to a fine dining version of a dagwood dog and something I won’t be forgetting any time soon. I have a soft spot for Zucchini flowers and these met my standard (also liked the way they were sliced and the addition of muscatels and capers with the persian fetta). The fries served with the burger, although slight in size, were a true treat when dipped in the vinegar mayo. Highly recommend this place.
|| 55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo, 2011, NSW|| 02 93269055 || Website www.rileystgarage.com.au
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm-late,
Sunday and Monday: Closed.
NOTE: Burgers available only Tuesday through Friday for lunch and seated at the bar.