The Vic


The Vic verdict: 8/10

 

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why the Vic on the Park? 

He says: Have enjoyed many a drinking session here and the food always looks like it’s a winner. It’s been on our list of burgers to eat for ages but only a failed house hunting search served as the impetus for us to finally dine on their burgers.

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She says: We had a rather late night here a few weeks ago and witnessed burgers (but did not get any of our own). It was time to give them a go. And as mentioned they also dulled the pain somewhat of looking at ridiculously overpriced, rubbish rental properties. (We did subsequently find a place – Him and I are moving in together!)

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What did you order?

  • Beef Burger – $18
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger- $18
  • Potato Skins – $14

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Tell us about the Beef Burger?

He says:  This was pretty damn good. I’ve heard this place is owned/run by the same guys as The Lord Gladstone and that’s a great indicator as to the quality. Great bun, bacon, pickles, cheese and the tomato mustard mayo was as addictive as crack (so I assume). I’d give it a higher score but patty was a little overcooked and had a slight spiced sausage vibe to it. Would like to try it again to see how it fares.

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She says:  He told me as I was taking a bite about the Lord Gladstone connection… and I was pumped, but it wasn’t as good and that is what I focussed on (it was a pretty dark day after all). Looking now I recognise that this was actually an okay burger. Highlight was the bacon which was super strong and smokey. Great cheese and pickles too and a good bun, but there was definitely a sausage meat quality to the patty which makes me sad whenever we encounter it. I

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

She says: This was great – we have had such a good chicken burger run lately that the stakes are fairly high. The avocado was just noticeable because the flavours were really well balanced. The chook was good and juicy with the right amount of crunch. And again – that bun!

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He says: Great fried chicken that had a crunchy exterior and was soft and moist inside. I’m the chipotle mayo was a masterstroke but unlike the beautiful She I’m just not that much of a fan of avocado on a burger (which is strange considering I love them on a sandwich or pretty much anything else in general).

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And what about the sides? 

She says: POTATO SKINS! Hot damn I love it when the sides are great. I can’t believe these aren’t already on every menu in the world. These hollowed out skins had just enough soft potato innards to perfectly house the sour cream and bacon-y bits. Definitely absolute artery cloggers but worth every bite. The chips weren’t anything special – they looked pretty dumb next to the potato skins, I’ll tell you that.IMG_6549

He says: The fries that came with the burger were simple and hit the spot when dunked in the chipotle mayo provided. I had a drunken recollection of ordering the potato skins here late one night and them being delicious and I was pleased that my drunken self was on point. Hard to go wrong with crunchy potato skins that are covered in cheese, bacon crisps, sour cream mayo and green onion and these guys tasted as good as they sound.


|| 2 Addison Road, Enmore, 2042 || www.vichotel.com.au || 02 95571448 || info@vichotel.com.au ||

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 10:00pm,

Saturday: 11:30am – 10:00pm,

Sunday: 11:30am – 9:00pm

 
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Huxtaburger Pop Up (Sydney)

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Huxtaburger Pop Up verdict 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10
Other Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 6/10

 

So why the Huxtaburger pop up?

She says: I have been waiting to try Huxtaburger for ages. Particularity since He killed it on the radio in an interview about recent comments by David Chang about Australian burgers with the Chef from Huxtaburger not so long ago (yep, for real). Also I have drooled over their Instagram many, many times and the fact that we braved the line process, (not just  line but a ‘process’ given that really three lines, a name taking exercise and a ordering and retrieving stage) for one and a half hours is indicative of my level of commitment particularly in light of our recent 5 minute line effort with the Ume pop up. I should mention though that there was popcorn delivered to the line at regular interview by the friendly staff and really it wasn’t THAT painful.

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He says:  Safe to say that it feels like there’s been a burgeoning swarm of people banging on about Huxtaburger for what feels like eternity. The Sydney pop up craze continues and with it provides me an opportunity to inhale the Huxtagoodness. Excitement was at it’s peak (and kind of needed to be as we queued up for an hour and a half which is shithouse no matter how you look at it).

What did you order?

  • Huxtaburger Burger – $9.50
  • Theo Burger- $12
  • Claire Burger – $13
  • Crinkle Cut Chipotle Chips – $4

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Tell us about the Huxtaburger Burger?

He says:  Like a Hungry Jacks burger with top shelf ingredients and that is by no means a criticism. Great combo of flavours in a bun that felt like it would disintegrate in my mouth. Slightly marred by a patty that was overcooked – it was perfect pink on the outside but a little charred and even crispy on the outside. Weird.
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She says: No complaints from me. This burger was a  made up of a beef patty (I didn’t have the same issue with the patty as He) with lashings of  mustard, mayo and tomato sauce. It had nice fresh  tomato and lettuce and was topped off with some tangy pickles and American cheese. I loved it from its super squishy outer bun to its saucy middle of goodness.

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So then, how did you find the Theo Burger?

She says:  This one was definitely the winner – just more of everything, slightly bigger and some bacon which really stood its ground and look at it, what a beauty queen!

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He says: My pick of the night. Basically the Huxtaburger with the addition of bacon and BBQ sauce. The bacon made all the difference and I’ll always have a soft spot for the way mayo and BBQ sauce mingle together. Would love to try this in one of their Melbourne restaurants to garner the quality.

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And can you share your thoughts on the Clair Burger?

He says: Thought this would be a little stronger. The chicken was more on the warm side than hot, the slaw was average and there was too much of it and I was expecting more kick  and flavour from the jalapeño mayo.

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She says: This is one of those rare occasions where I have to say I disagree with him. I really liked this little guy (maybe its Stockholm Syndrome – see above re ‘Line Process’), I liked the way they did the slaw – it was chopped up and lathered in sauce rather than sliced. I thought the fried chicken was spot on.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Oh my – its a sad day when crinkle cut fries fail to impress me. These were soggy and unremarkable. We did have quite a bit of burger to get through so really, its probably a good thing.

He says: Epic let down. Basic crinkle cut fries which didn’t have enough chipotle and were cold as soon as they arrived.


|| http://www.huxtaburger.com.au || Check website for address details in Victoria ||

HOURS

This was a pop upheld for one weekend only (25th & 26th July) at Harpoon Harrys in Sydney. (Cross your fingers for more!)

Dr. Faustus

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Dr. Faustus verdict 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10
Pork Rib Burger: 9/10
Sides: 8.5/10

 

 

So why Dr. Faustus?

She says: This one has been sitting quietly on our list for a while and the subject of recommendations from some of our burger enthusiast blogger friends (looking at you Bianca). Also – I sooked out of waiting in the line at the Ume pop up – it was just too sad to stand in a line that wasn’t moving, for a burger… I felt like a (hungry) dork.

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He says: We rocked up to the Ume in Surry Hills for their pop up burger day but, after finding the large queue out the front a little on the daunting side, we made a snap decision to walk down to Dr Faustus instead.

What did you order?

  • Beef Bun – $16
  • Pork Rib Bun- $16
  • Drunken Fries – $12
  • Cereal Milk – $6

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Tell us about the Beef burger?
He says: In terms of taste this was like a gourmet Big Mac (which is by no means criticism). The sauce, cheese, pickles and bun on this were on point but it was slightly let down by the patty. It was overcooked (the menu claimed it would be rare) and had a strange hard texture to it. In saying that it did pack a punch in terms of flavour. If it were cooked to perfection I would definitely have seen myself scoring this one higher.

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She says: This was a super luxurious, rich burger. I really liked the nod to macaques (set apart by the high quality ingredients and meat which actually had flavour) and was a big fan of the freshness of the salad bits. The patty was a little overcooked but I was still really impressed with this one.

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So then, how did you find the Pork Rib Burger?

She says: I am going to go right out and say that this is my favourite pork burger in Sydney to date. The pork was cooked to perfection and fell apart as you bit it, with the exception of the piece of crackling with added a great textural counterpoint. The cabbage was fresh and flavourful without detracting from the great richness of the pork but cutting through the fat. The flavours and textures were perfect with this one, with the soft bun perfectly housing this culinary poem.

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He says: This was motherfucking delicious! It was a great point of difference to have a rib as opposed pulled pork serving in the centre. The rib itself was gloriously juicy and had the added bonus of having crackling. When you matched it with the slaw and sauce you had quite the couple. I found myself reminiscing over this bad boy later in the day and drooling appropriately.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The Drunken Fries were fries coated in the burger sauce with American cheese and onions peppered throughout. Although a little on the rich side and perhaps lacking imagination they were ridiculously good and I found it hard to resist the temptation to keep stuffing them in my mouth. The Cereal Milk had me all nostalgic and it was also quite the moment to witness She try Fruit Loops for the first time.

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She says: The burgers came with chips which were classic american fries style. The drunken fries  took those chips once step further and were pretty full on flavour wise. If was actually drunk though they would have been a great late night snack. Actually  they were a good snack anyway, in that way that leaves you feeling guilty as you picture the arteries around your entire body quietly clogging. The cereal milk was amazing but at the same time exactly what you expect, milk that tastes like it has had cereal in it. There was the choice of coco-pops of Fruit Loops, and we chose Fruit Loops and it was magical.

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|| 380 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || http://drfaustus.com.au || 0416 914 170 ||

HOURS:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5PM – 10pm
Friday: 11AM – 10PM
Saturday: 9AM – 10PM
Sunday: 9AM – 4PM
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