The Lord Gladstone Hotel

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The Lord Gladstone Hotel verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why this place?

She says: I once wandered in here (before it was re-done) on the way to Freida’s. As soon as I walked into what was then a sweaty, stinking rave pit, I knew I was lost. it was fun to walk around in my very out of place (read: floral) outfit and see all the raveraverave guys and girls doing their incredible intense thing though so I stayed for a bit. Anyway, we read about this on the nerd and I wanted to see if you could still smell the sweat and drugs. Good news, you can’t!

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He says: Saw a few recommendations on the FBAS page and, apart from burger action, was intrigued in seeing what they’d done with the place as my past memories involve being there for Purple sneakers, smoking sheesha out the back and imbibing in a normally empty run down bar if I couldn’t get into Freida’s down the road.

What did you order?

The Lord’s Burger: $18

The Fried Chicken Burger: $17

Crispy Chicken Wings: $12

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Tell us about the The Lord’s Beef Burger?

She says: Yep. Yep. Great. Good work. Solid burger goodness – juicy patty, nice solid bun, great sauce and all the right proportions.  This is on my list of ‘come back and have again’ burgs.

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He says: Wonderful stuff. The patty was terrific on all fronts and was destined from birth to convene with the special sauce. Nice to have beetroot on a burger for a change and the brickworks sesame seed bun was also a pleasant diversion from the norm. NOTE: I also returned the following week and had the Bushwick Burger and although I didn’t get a chance to review it, it was even better!

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

She says: Blown away by this one. It was fantastic – good crispy but juicy, seasoned well but not so much you can’t taste the tender, perfect-cooked chook, on a great milk bun with good crisp fresh salad. This ticked all the right boxes for me. I recommended it straight away to about 4 people. One of my flatmates did have a minor quibble and questioned the size but it still filled me up so I am going to say that though it looks small it is perfectly sufficient size wise by my standards (but maybe not gutso-McGee’s).

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He says: Hard to imagine a better chicken burger in Sydney right now. The fried chicken had a batter and seasoning that would make the Colonel sell his family for the recipe and when paired with a brilliant sirachaya mayo, slaw, cheese and soft NYC bun you have a masterpiece on your hands (literally and figuratively). Off the freaking chain.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The fries were down the line macca’s style and did the trick. The crispy chicken wings were ok but so much to my tastes. They came out with Frank’s hot sauce, Bacon ketchup, ancho chilli mayo all of which were delicious on their own (and with my fries dipped in them) but I guess I just prefer my wings to arrive coated in sauce and ready to go rather than sort of deconstructed like this. NOTE when I returned the following to week eat said burger I also had the nachos and they were a winner.

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She says:  Love those fries – though they aren’t the most out there (come on waffle fries!!) I really can’t fault them. The chicken wings were not what I expected – they had a Frankenstein vibe and given my slight hang over it was a challenge to jump in. When I did though they were so, so…ok, to be honest, I didn’t read the menu properly and through they were Buffalo wings and was disappointed when they weren’t. Really, the only lesson here is READ THE MENU. And yes – as He said,  the nachos the following week (though looking very different to any I had previously encountered) made up for the scary chicken.


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HOURS:

 Mon – Tue: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Wed: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Thu – Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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The Local Taphouse

IMG_5216 The Local Taphouse verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9.1/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why this place?

She says: Full disclosure: a friend of mine’s partner is imbedded in some capacity in the Local Taphouse (I am not going to lie – really not sure what his role is and wouldn’t like to speculate. Let’s say he is the Junior Vice President)  and my friend mentioned their burgers to me previously. He and I made our usual deal where friends are involved. Which is a) we let you all know straight up that we have mates involved and b) if it sucks we eat it and don’t review it – rather than lie to you beautiful burger fans in order to save our friendship. Luckily it didn’t suck!

He says: I’ve enjoyed the beers here on numerous occasions and a chance meal there a few weeks prior gave me burger envy whilst watching a friend devour their beef burger. Unlike the magnificent She I have no personal affiliations with the establishment and so have no qualms being negative if the experience genuinely called for it.

What did you order?

  • The Local’ Beef Burger: $18
  • The Buttermilk Chicken Burger: $18
  • Slow Cooked Crumbed Brisket: $12

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Tell us about the ‘The Local’ Beef Burger?

He says: This was outstanding. A flavoursome patty with serious character and cooked to just the right amount of pink lay down on a bed of to die for ‘secret’ sauce and soft American cheese. I would have put this in the top 5 burgers we’ve had on the blog if it wasn’t slightly let down by a dry brioche bun. Would love to see some milk bun action up in here!

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She says:. I was surprised by how good this one was – it didn’t really look the part but it was actually a pretty special burger. The proportions in both burgers were really well done. This one had exactly the right ratios of meat to sauce to bread. I didn’t have a problem with the bun, but He makes a good point about the milk bun – it would have taken this bad boy to the next level.

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

She says: One great chicken burger – smooshy and a bit fall apart – which worked here. The chicken was nice and soft but still well cooked. The batter was golden and crunchy – not too thin/not too thick. Good coleslaw, pickle and a nice amount of awesome sauce. A real smashing snack that I would go again and again.

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He says: Again this was excellent. Was a massive fan of the buttermilk chicken used here (top marks for crunch and seasoning) and it’s hard to fault chicken of that ilk when combined with allies like slaw, American cheese and a creamy mayo-esque sauce. Again had the same issue with the brioche bun but maybe that’s a personal thing and even with it’s presence it remained a fantastic little chicken burger. 

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And what about the sides?

He says: We went for the slow cooked crumbed brisket because it wasn’t something either of us had tried anywhere before. It wasn’t so much my thing. The brisket itself seemed to suffer a dryness after being deep fried that couldn’t be saved by the surrounding horseradish cream. Taste wise it just didn’t make much sense to me. The fries served with the burger were of the McDonalds shoestring variety and went down a treat when coated in the delicious house aioli. Also will be kinder on the sides here as had the arancini balls and Taphouse fried chicken the week before and they were both delicious. Good to know this is more than just a cracking place to have a beer! 

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She says: The brisket was a bit strange – I wasn’t a massive fan – maybe because it looked a bit like a croquette so I was expecting it to be much less dry than it was.  I do love a maccas style chip though – mostly because our good friends at Mary’s. To be honest, our previous sides choices (detailed above) were much better!

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HOURS:

Monday – Sunday: 8:30am-8:00pm

 
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Wambie Whopper

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Wambie Whopper : 6/10

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 6.5/10

Sides: 4/10

Why this place?

She says: Whenever we go on road trips we have grand plans of visiting places we have (well, He has) found after hours of dedicated research. When the place He had found us didn’t work out,  we went to a distillery [LINK] instead – which was amazing – you should go – try the raspberry liqueur (I know it sounds foul but it will change. your. life. with its awesomeness. Anyway, the next day He researched us up this place!

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He says: Already on the central coast with some wonderful friends for a relaxed weekend away we thought it only right to try a local burger joint whilst in the area. After a disappointing attempt to eat at Terrigal’s Pocket Bar (they’d run out of burgers, WTF!) we ended up at this place which seemed like a local favourite (and the source of a lengthy and well documented court case with Hungry Jacks over their name)

What did you order?

  • Hamburger with the Works: $6.80
  • The Bird Burger: $6.00
  • Large Chips with Chicken Salt: $5.50
  • Battered Sav: $2.50

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Tell us about the Hamburger with the Works?

He says: This was very much along the lines of Pauls in Sylvania but nowhere near as good. The patty had a bit of a mystery meat feel to it but it was nice to eat an old school, no frills, fish n chip style burger for a change. The old works kitchen sink combination of egg, bacon, onion, beetroot, cheese, and pineapple had me on some nostalgic vibes.

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She says:. Oh mystery meat patties – how you repel me. There is nothing alluring or sexy about your grey, sausage-y rubberiness.  The rest of the burger did win back some love from me – the salad bits were fresh and crisp and and I do love an egg and (I never thought I would say this) pineapple on a burger. The nostalgia was not enough for me though. My pinnacle old school milk bar burger will always be the one from Out of The Blue.

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So then, how did you find the Bird Burger?

She says: This burger was better. It wasn’t your usual breast fillet or fried chook piece but was instead ripped up BBQ chicken with bacon, pineapple, cheese and BBQ sauce. The cheese was melted nicely and the bacon and pineapple were a salty/sweet treat… but really, that flavour combination just kind of reminded me of a Dominoes Hawaiian pizza.

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He says: Pretty similar to the hamburger but it was a nice change to have the addition of BBQ chicken meat as opposed to a fried or grilled fillet of sorts. The marriage of bacon, cheese, pineapple, chicken, mayo and BBQ sauce has always been a favourite of mine. Especially good hangover cure methinks.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Unfortunately, as there was no seating at the shop, we had to jump in the car and race home with the food (lucky in retrospect I suppose as I am not sure how the Wambie Whopper clientele would feel about city folk photographing their food like dorks). This meant that we will never know whether the chips were born soft and squishy or if they lost their crunch in the car. Oh and I can’t even comment on the battered sav – I think I have been spoilt by Out of The Blue and now have some very high standards. This battered sav was not something I would eat again.

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He says: I thought the chips here would be an old school classic but they were really subpar. We had them in the bag for takeaway provided for all of five minutes but when we went to devour them they were extremely soggy and pretty much devoid of crunch. The battered sav shared the Wambie soggy issue and had an overwhelming batter to sausage ratio which did it no favours.


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HOURS:

Monday – Sunday: 8:30am-8:00pm