Surly’s

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Surly’s verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9/10

 

 

Why this place?

She says: Each week we spend countless hours working out where to go for smash burgers on the weekend. He texted me about this one about mid-week and as we got closer to the weekend, we noticed a little bit of related internet chat regarding Surly’s too so obviously we invited our friends and turned up before they opened on Saturday and waited outside until they would let us in.

He says: With our work hours it’s rare to get to a chance to attend the early days of a new burger joint. After seeing this one on the interwebs and being blessed by living close by and having a Saturday free, we assembled with friends for an epic Anzac Day feast.

What did you order?

*        The Surly Burger with Bacon: $13

*           The Cajun chicken Burger: $14

*           Bacon Cheese Fries: $10

*           Chilli Cheese Nachos: $14

*           Buffalo Hot Wings: $12

*           Fried Chicken (3/pc): $15

(It wasn’t just us though okay – don’t judge us!!)

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Tell us about the Surly Burger with Bacon?

He says: This was a solid little champ of a burger. The patty was flavoursome and well cooked, and although not a massive fan of the bun (a touch dry and doughy) the Surly’s sauce and American cheese rounded this out well. As always the addition of bacon was a masterstroke.

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She says: This was a good burger and He is right, the bacon was a star. Good ratio of succulent meat to fresh light salad and generous lashings of sauce takes this burger to the ‘food you think off as you are drifting to sleep’ category. I recommend highly washing it down with a glass of Blue Moon beer (served with a slice of orange).  

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So then, how did you find the Cajun Chicken Burger?

She says:  FINALLY – a grilled chicken burger that doesn’t suck! It was great. I thought about telling Him how great I thought it was while I was eating but didn’t because it wouldn’t have been worth stopping. The chicken was cooked and seasoned to perfection – succulent and juicy – it ticked all the right boxes. Again – generous sauce and bacon, this has to be one of the top grilled chicken burgers going around.

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He says: As has been well documented on this blog neither She nor I are particularly big fans of grilled chicken on burgers. This however was one of those rare exceptions which I put down to the chicken being seriously juicy and tender (avoiding the dry pitfalls of so many before them). Had a similar issue with the bun as mentioned earlier and I didn’t get that much of a Cajun vibe from the seasoning but was a big fan of the provolone cheese and all in all it was a delightful little burger.

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And what about the sides?

He says: For me this was where it was at. Utilizing the extra bodies we had at hand we were able to try more of the sides than we usually would. The Bacon fries were outstanding and I’m a sucker for that plastic-esque liquid American cheese sauce. The Nachos were also next level and would put out a special shout out to the chips themselves which seemed home made. The Buffalo wings were as good as any I’ve had in Sydney and they had a ranch sauce that lifted it further into side heaven. The MAc n Cheese was also ridiculously rich and moreish even without a crunchy top or the addition of bacon which are normally a staple in my book. Only the fried chicken was a little lacking as I felt it could have done with a hint of spice and a thinner batter. I’ve already made plans to head back to Surly’s next week to attack their smoked meats and imbibe their cocktails. A welcome addition to the area.

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She says: Apologies about the picture – the buffalo wings looked so good I evidently took one (blurry) photo, thought ‘good enough’ and jumped in. They tasted as good as they looked (IRL). They were classically sticky, tangy and fluro orange and were served with a ranch sauce (which could have been a bit stronger – or maybe I was hankering for a blue sauce instead). The fries were outta sight, covered in bacon and cheesy sauce. I wasn’t as taken with the nachos or the mac and cheese as Him but they were still pretty good. This was a great place to bring a group. Get on board!

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|| 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.surlys.com.au ||  02 93313705 ||

 

HOURS

Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm-12am

Monday: Closed

 

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The Coogee Pavilion

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The Coogee Pavilion verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Coogee Pavilion? 

He says:  This has been on our golden burger list since it opened and finally everything aligned to get us there. Being a huge fan of Dan Hong’s burgers I was suitably super pumped.

She says: Another long time list lurker, we again needed to get here for cred purposes. Also as He mentions, it’s a Hong burger which based on his  burger at The Fish Shop, meant it would be worth the schlep over to the east.

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What did you order?

  • Coogee Diner burger – $19
  • Fried chicken sandwich- $19
  • Beer battered onion rings – $9

 

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Tell us about the Coogee Diner burger?

He says: A spectacular burger. From the sheer visual upon arrival and the first taste of the accompanying fries which had a slight smidgen of the burger sauce coating it we were immediately whisked off into dazzling burger territory. The soft milk bun and perfect patty with Amercian cheese both melted in unison in my mouth. And along with my favourite burger sauce of 2015 formed a holy trinity of sorts. On par with Hong’s Fish Shop burger and the kind of little stunner that inspired us to start this blog in the first place.

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She says: From first glance I knew this one would be good – that wrinkly bun, a signature of the Hong burger, gives away the soft fluffy greatness that will come. The ingredients seem sparse, the meat patty comes with just one piece of each addition (one piece of cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce) and is doused in special sauce. It avoids one of the common burger pitfalls of coming with so much filling you cant get your mouth around it while dazzling with a perfectly balanced, symphony of flavours. We were silent as we ate this – it was one of those moments where I wish we didn’t do the blog so I got a whole one to myself.

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So then, how did you find the fried chicken sandwich?

She says: There is always a less favourite child and when they are sat next to the family’s golden child, they will inevitably look haggard and useless. This chicken burger could have been merely a non-event if we hadn’t just experienced beef burger heaven. The same great bun gave a fluffy bed to crunchy coleslaw and some deep fried chook. The chicken was dry – real dry – I actually left a corner of one of the pieces that lacked so much moisture it was unrecognisable as chicken. And I think both of us (as usual) would have been pretty keen for some extra sauce.

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He says: For the record (and as the photo’s will attest) this was a burger not a sandwich. Was a little let down by this one. The bun was again a winner and I was down with the B & B pickle slaw and the spicy mayo but the whole party was let down by the chicken itself which was super dry and chewy. Maybe an off day in the chicken kitchen department or possibly I was just I was let down after how sensational the beef burger was.

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And what about the sides? 

She says:  The sides were a bit ‘meh’ for me. I have tried with onion rings, honestly I have. I just don’t get it!! These were objectively a good version of them however and he seemed pretty taken with the ranch sauce (it would have better suited chicken wings but not every day is chicken wings day). And the chips were pretty good too.

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He says: The fries were as good as any going around and, as always, benefited with the addition of a lovely aioli. The onion rings were a little over battered but the cooling ranch sauce was a winner and had me dipping anything and everything possible into it.

 


|| 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee, NSW, 2034 || (02) 9240 3000 || Website  || Email ||

 

HOURS

Monday – Sunday: 7:30am till late

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Chur Burger

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Chur Burger verdict : 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken burger: 7/10

Sides: 6/10

So why Chur Burger? 

She says: I feel like we had to do Chur Burger to make sure we had enough burger cred. It is a staple of ‘best burger lists’ and we hadn’t gotten around to reviewing it. A little note on context, we got there at 11:29 on a Saturday, they open at 11:30, they made us wait outside until about 11:35 (which was pretty annoying – more so because I was hangry) but once we were in (with the 3 other groups who had turned up and were waiting) the burgers were fast as lightning.

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He says: I’d been here a few times pre OBM days and had never understood the hype. Was intrigued to see what I thought now that the blog had rendered my burger appreciation expertise at peak form.

What did you order?

  • Beef burger with double cheese and bacon – $13
  • Marinated grilled chicken burger- $10
  • Frickles – $7
  • Chips with chilli salt- $6
  • Salted Caramel milkshake – $8

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Tell us about the beef burger?

He says:  I apologise to all the Chur lovers out there but I just think this burger is the epitome of mediocrity. The patty is overcooked, dry and flavourless . The bun was on the stale side and the tomato jam just doesn’t do it for me at all. The mustard mayo needs more personality (and to be  lathered with more consistent coverage) but the addition of double cheese and bacon helped to make it mildly enjoyable.

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She says Yeeeeah, I don’t get it either. I like the tomato jam more than Him but the meat was pretty tasteless and the burger was a huge let down. I had high hopes (despite His Chur-negative attitude). I actually didn’t bother finishing the beef, it was just a bit ‘meh’.

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She says: This one was better than the beef and totally edible but not super special. The chicken was cooked well and the salady-colslaw was crunchy and fresh, but I don’t think I would go for this again…I still don’t rate grilled chicken (as opposed to fried) so it may be me being a princess!

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She says: Frickles saved the day for me here – I filled up on them which was fine because I wasn’t super fussed with the burgers. The frickles (which are deep fried pickles) were covered in a nice crispy light batter but stayed crunchy and juicy on the inside. I also rated the fries and the shake (however by the end a bit the richness of the salted caramel was overwhelming).

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|| 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 || (02) 92123602 || www.churburger.com.au ||

OPENING HOURS: 

Monday: 11:30am – 9pm

Tuesday –  Saturday: 11:30am – 10pm

Sunday Closed.

 
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Hinky Dinks

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Hinky Dinks verdict : 7/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken burger: 9/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

So why Hinky Dinks? 

She says: Hinky Dinks had somehow ended up with a bad rap in our little OBM family. For some reason both of us thought the food was not great  – not sure if the genesis of this was a review from a friend or some other source but we realised we hadn’t tried their burgers and shouldn’t judge without giving it a proper chance. Lucky we tried it for ourselves!

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He says: It was a Sunday night and having Her thankfully back by my side after a brief sojourn at a friend’s wedding it seemed only right to indulge in a cheeky burger.

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger – $14
  • The Hinky Zinger – $14
  • Popcorn Chicken – $12 with BBQ Sauce $1
  • Beer Battered Onion Rings – $10
  • Gin ‘n’ Jam – $20
  • Zombie – $22

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger?

He says:  This really wasn’t my thing. The patty was too large for everything around it, lacked flavour, was a touch overcooked and the addition of jalapeños and cloyingly sweet onions made for one very confused burger.

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She says:  I definitely preferred the chicken to this one – the meat wasn’t very flavourful, it had that ‘greymeat’ taste and came as a giant meatball type thing – it was really big and left the cheese and all the other ingredients with no chance of even a cameo flavour role.

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So then, how did you find the Hinky Zinger burger?

She says: Wow – this was unexpected. Well actually, not once we saw the bun and the juicy, juicy cheese seeping out from the crunchy  chicken –  I guessed we were on to a good thing… and I was correct. What a difference a nice crispy  fried chicken, still juicy on the inside makes. And I love such finely chopped lettuce! This restored my faith in the non-beef burger. I was in such a rush to eat the damn thing that I really messed up the cross section picture (see below).

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He says: This on the other hand was a winner. The fried chicken was sheer perfection and a nice point of difference in slicing it up and then piling it in. Top shelf mayo and a nice soft bun made this a contender in the chicken burger stakes.  

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And what about the sides? 

She says: So the complimentary popcorn came out first (it looked like it comes out when you order even just drinks) and it was awesome. Chilli and salty goodness in every bite, I wanted to take the left over one from the people who left but thought better of it. The popcorn chicken was next and was pretty heavily battered… but I still liked it because I am a batter fiend. No level of batter fiendishness however could prepare you for the nightmare that was the onion rings. I am not one to seek out onion rings, and although He seems quite fond of them he agreed these were a monstrosity – just oil and batter and the merest suggestion  of onion somewhere… buried deep, deep beneath. The BBQ sauce did save the day and my Gin n’ Jam was a god send on a Sunday evening after rather a big wedding (BTW congrats Tom and Anni!).

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He says: The popcorn chicken was heavy on an oily batter that suffocated what little actual chicken there was. Really disappointing but still better than the onion rings which had the same issue as the chicken but to the point where the batter was so oily it was actually soggy. In saying that the BBQ sauce made everything it touched come alive in it’s smoky hickory goodness. This place is first and foremost a bar and the cocktails were unsurprisingly top notch – the Zombie was a rum based fire starter!  

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|| 185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, 2010|| (02) 80846379 || www.hinkydinks.com.au || info@hinkydinks.com.au ||


HOURS: 

Monday-Saturday: 4pm-Midnight

Sunday: 1pm-10pm

 

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