The Royal Albert Hotel

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The Royal Albert Hotel Verdict: 7.5/10

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

Why this place?

She says: We have had a couple of people leave comments and send us emails about this one (shout out to Enrico particularly!). I realised once we turned up that I had eaten some dumplings out the back previously and was pleasantly surprised by the contrast between my previous experience and this one.IMG_6051

He says: This had been running around my head as a place to chow down on burgers for some time. The photos I’d seen looked on the delicious side and the location fitted in perfectly with our plans for the remainder of the day.

What did you order?

  • Royale with cheese, double patty, streaky bacon and fries: $16.50 (bacon $2.50)
  • Chicken Katsu Burger with fries: $14

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Tell us about the Royale with cheese?

He says: In a show of beauty and selflessness the wonderful She informed me that she didn’t mind if we went for a double patty today (which is not so much her thing but most definitely mine). This was a decent little burger but with just a little bit of tinkering and care could have lifted it’s level big time. The patties had a great flavour to them but were overcooked to buggery. The bun also seemed a little stale, the cheese could have afforded to have been melted and there must have been a pickle scarcity in the kitchen that day because the quarter one we got was nothing like the whole ones I’d seen in all the pictures. In saying that the although overcooked but undeniably tasty patty was a perfect match to sensational special sauce and the addition of streaky bacon soothed my stomach and soul.   

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She says: It really was an act of charity to agree to the double patty, He is right. One may think that a two patty burger easily becomes a single patty burger of just as high quality when one paddy is removed but one would be wrong because one would forget the amount of cheese and sauce the second patty takes with it. I did keep that in mind though and was willing to be kind to this burger on that basis. Big stand-outs for me in this burger were the pickles and special sauce. I think I may have got the pickle half, which was great for me (sorry to my He!) and the sauce was plentiful and delicious. The meat was a bit dry for me and crumbled a little too much for my taste. As always, I wanted more sauce (we noticed too late that there was a whole bottle of the special sauce at the cutlery station that we could have helped our selves to).

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

She says:  The chicken in this burger was a bit bizarre – my notes say ‘Weird salty chicken square’. It was covered in a really fine coating of crumbs, almost like a fish finger. The ton katsu sauce was great (but I do have a soft spot for that sweet goodness). I didn’t really like this one so much but I do feel like this would be a burger you could get a strange craving for late at night, in the same way that you (or maybe just me) sometimes get a craving for fish fingers in the early hours of the morning.

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He says: This was a strange experience. Everything in the burger when tasted on it’s own was great but when brought together seemed a little lost. Compared to a similar chicken Katsu burger we had at Bonarche  this was nowhere near being in the same league. I think the issue was the katsu sauce, which had a weird balance of sweetness. The chicken itself also had a processed chicken nugget vibe to it.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The only sides in the menu were the crinkle cut fries that accompany each burger and boy were they good. Although not breaking any new ground they served as a potent reminder of just how good perfectly cooked golden brown crinkle cut chips taste covered in salt and doused in sauce actually are.

She says: GREAT CHIPS. They had those chips that you can fossick through time and time again and keep finding crunchy, awesome gold. Do it for the chips. And maybe just to experience the weird salty chicken square.

|| Corner of Commonwealth and Reservoir Streets, Surry Hills, || www.royalalberthotel.com.au || 02 92812522 || info@royalalberthotel.com.au ||

 


HOURS:

Monday – Saturday: 12pm-12am

Sunday: 12pm-10am

 

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish verdict: 8/10

Brekky Burger: 6/10

The Big Mick: 8.5/10

Korean Fried Chicken Burger: 6.5/10

Sides: 9.5/10

Why this place?

She says: We have been going past Ish regularly and ever time we enter into the same argument – I say that Ish used to be at the bottom of Hollis Park in Newtown (where the current Café Ism is) and He says either that he isn’t sure that is quite right or points out that I say that every time we go past. Anyway – the FBAS (Fatties Burger Appreciation Society on Facebook) has seen a couple of reviews lately so we thought we would get on board. Turns out Ish have the nicest, smiley-est, friendliest staff ever, (who chased me all the way to Redfern station to return the phone I absent-mindedly left behind) and I would go back there just to get to hang out with them and eat the chips every day of the week.

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He says: I’d been here before in those dull pre OBM days and remember it being solid. Word of a new menu, a belter of a hangover and our friend Sam along for the ride we walked through the doors on a windy Sunday primed to devour.

What did you order?

  •        The Big Mick (weekly special) – $15.50
  •        Brekky Burger (weekly special) – $16
  •        Korean Fried Chicken Burger – $10.50
  •        Twice Cooked house fries – $6
  •        Freakin Awesome wings – $4.95
  •        Chuck Norris Milkshake – $7.50
  •         Snickers Milkshake – $7.50

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Tell us about the Big Mick?

He says: The menu here is enormous and our lovely waiter insisted profusely that we try the specials and he was on the money with this one. This is Cafe Ish’s version of a Maccas Big Mac and it shines as an up market relative. Juicy and flavoursome patties mingle with a cracking milk bun and delicious Jack cheese with pickles and tartare sauce.

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She says: This was my favorite burger – they got the onion and the pickles just right. I loved the sauces and though it looks enormous, it was actually okay to eat. I did see one lady pull it apart and eat it with a knife and fork but hey, each to their own.

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So then, how did you find the Korean Fried Chicken Burger?

She says:  I am not convinced about minced chicken burger patties. It was a bit too weird for me. I don’t have a great deal that I liked about this one – it wasn’t terrible but definitely not my thing.

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He says: This was interesting. I don’t recall ever having a minced chicken pattie and it was nice for a change (and had a nice crunchiness to it). The pineapple worked well but I wasn’t a massive fan of the Korean pepper sauce (and boy was there a lot of it). Would have preferred the addition of a mayo or creamy sauce and some cheese but that’s just personal opinion.

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How about that Brekky Burger?

He says: This was one of the other specials. Didn’t really enjoy this one all that much. The baconater pattie (12g free range beef studded with bacon bits) was lacking in flavour and although there was supposed to be a hollandaise sauce it was pretty much non existent which rendered the whole thing a little dry and bland. Dissapointing.

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She says: I think this burger would be great for giant pork lovers, the bacon patty was super bacony (which I suppose we should have realized). I loved the hash brown – because carbs on carbs is always kind of special – but apart from that it wasn’t as great as it sounded. The egg could have been a bit runny too (although that is such a personal preference – I know that He for one would have hated that!)

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And what about the sides?

She says: Ish does KILLER sides. The chips were as good as any I have eaten in my whole life. Double fried and crunchy but soft in the middle, these are the kind of fries I will tell my children and my childrens children about one day in the future when all we are eating are holograms and hover-boards. The milkshakes were also out of sight. The mint green coloured Chuck Norris  (vanilla ice cream, housemade green lime syrup, coconut macaroon icecream and vanilla braised pineapple) sounds weird on paper but totally works. And the snickers milkshake was so true to its name it could actually have been blended Snickers bars and milk – which for the record is totally okay with me! Let’s not forget the chicken – so very rich but beautiful and crunchy. Flavorful chicken inside awesome batter with just enough spring onion to cut through the salt a little but not so much you can’t kiss your burger eating companion (not you Sam)

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He says: The highlight of the meal and amongst the best spread of sides I’ve had in these Sydney burger adventures. The twice cooked chips were to die for with a perfect crunchy layer coated with chicken salt on the outside and soft gooey potato on in the inside. The Freaking Awesome wing lived up to their title indeed whilst both milkshakes came close to saving my life after the hours of damage I let alcohol ravage upon my body the night prior. I look forward to their mac and cheese next time around.

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|| 1/105 Regent Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016 || 02 96988598 || www.themilkbarbycafeish.com ||

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 11:30am – 6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

 

 
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Bens Burgers (Brisbane)

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Ben’s Burgers verdict: 7.5/10 

BB Classic Burger: 8/10

BB Special Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7.5/10

Why this place?

He says: In my old stomping ground Brissie for Greek Easter and we thought it’d be a great oversight to not review a burger whilst we were in town. A fair bit of blogging investigation lead us to Bens.

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She says
: He did all the research for this one and did so well! Actually – I did also see it in one of our  Instagram follower pictures – they do great Brisbane burger reviews but unfortunately their name escapes me. (Sorry person! Comment so people can follow you.)

What did you order?

  • BB Classic Burger with Candied Bacon: $14.50
  • BB Special Burger: $11
  • Chilli Cheese Fries: $10
  • Strawberry Jam Milkshake: $7

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Tell us about the Classic Burger with Candied Bacon?

He says: This was a really good little burger. As the way with so many these days it tasted like an upmarket fast food burger (which is by no means a criticism). The candied bacon was as good as it sounds and is a mandatory addition I would think. I would have preferred the pattie a little more rare and the inclusion of more sauce and cheese but all in all these are minor quibbles.

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She says: For me, the candied bacon MADE this burger. Sweet and salty is always good and with this burger it added that perfect counterpoint to the almost fast food vibe (which, as He said already mentioned is definitely not a bad thing). I really liked the balance of flavours though – good pickles, nice fresh salady bits. This burger was my favourite of the two for sure. As always we added more aoli – sometimes I think that we would do best if we took our own stash of sauces everywhere.

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So then, how did you find the BB Special Burger?

She says: This was not such a winner – Super salty without a point of difference and lacking the balance of flavours that was so great with the other burger. The sauce distribution throughout the burger was totally off (you can see it in the cross section picture if you are looking for it). I know is a pretty unusual quibble but it made a big difference, because while I got all the sauce, He got almost none (I didn’t realise until too late – I would have shared if I had known, promise!).

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He says: Wasn’t as much of a fan of this one. Didn’t think the jalapeños worked all that well and they were packed in with the onion and pickles on the bottom of the burger which was strangely free of sauce leading it to be a touch on the dry side. Also didn’t find the special sauce to be all that special.

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And what about the sides?

She says: That milkshake – get out of here – it was good. Thick as all thickness and jam-y as anything. I liked it. But I like sweet. Note: I did only have two or three sips, as it came out first and I was pacing myself. Also note: We should mention that there was a pretty long wait for the burgers too, so if you do get a milkshake, you should also pace yourself and try not to drink it all before the burgers come – because the shakes are filling. The chili fries were okay, they were a for a bit underwhelming for me in regard to cheese, of which there was not enough, and what was there was not melted.

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He says: The chilli cheese fries were excellent and in the upper echelon of those I’ve had prior. The Strawberry jam milkshake was tasty but a little cloying (it was kind of like they poured half a jam pot in there).


|| 5 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD, 4006 || 07 3195 3094 ||  www.bensburgers.com.au ||

HOURS:

Monday: 7:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesday – Thursday: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Friday: 7:00am  – 11:30pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 11:30pm

Sunday: 8:00am – 9:00pm

 

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