Soul Burger

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Soul Burger verdict: 8.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Soul Burger? 

He says: A combo of friends of ours making this one of their regular haunts and a lovely invite from the owner Amit got us to Sydney’s only ‘flexitarian’ burger joint one fine Sunday. I have to say the ethos around this place (ethically sourced meat etc) is one I wish more other establishments would strive towards.

She says: My god daughter lives in the east and any excuse to get to see her (and our friends her mum and dad) is worth it! Also, Soul Burger got in touch and asked us if we would be keen to come past (for real! The the lovely Bianca from For Foods Sake mentioned the blog to the owner who sent us  bit of info and our interest was piqued).

What did you order?

  • The Cow with bacon – $13
  • The Chicken – $11
  • Red Fries – $4
  • Green Fries – $4
  • Kumara Fries- $5
  • Vanilla Malt shake – $7
  • Salted Caramel shake – $7

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Tell us about the Cow Burger?

He says: A cracking burger. The patty was incredibly flavoursome and the soft bun was a real surprise. The bacon was as good as any I’ve had in a burger this year and the mustard aioli was on point. They’re generously sized and are impressive value for money as well.

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She says: For me the bacon and patty were the stars of this pretty awesome burger. The meat was just really good quality and you could taste it. Nice balance of fat and salt, with a bacon taste that held its own.

 

So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: When I see a grilled chicken burger on a menu these days my heard sinks because too often I find that the chicken is a thick slab of tasteless dryness. It’s rarely nice. This burger gave me new hope for grilled chicken burgers everywhere! This is probably the best grilled chicken burger I have tried, the chook was chopped up a bit, seasoned with herbs and cooked to perfection. It wasn’t too thick and retained a lot of moisture  and, man alive there was flavour to boot. And ethical, boom!

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He says: We rarely have much luck when it comes to a grilled (as opposed to fried) chicken burger but boy did this little fella buck that trend. The chicken benefited from being myriad of fillets as opposed to one big piece of breast and in doing so avoided the trap of being dry. It was incredibly juicy, moist and flavoursome and everything else, highlighted by a cracking herb-mayo, served to produce a seriously delicious burger. I’d eat this every day of the week and maybe even add cheese and bacon next time.

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And what about the sides? 

He says: I was a big fan of both the green and red fries which were crunchy hotel beer battered chips with some tangy (red) or herbed (green) seasoning and damn they went down well with the aioli provided. Am not a massive fan of Kumara chips in general so I’d suggest I’m not the right person to judge these ones. The shakes were a slight let down and although thick (the way I like them) I had trouble discerning one from the other.

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She says: Great chips – the seasoning on both was nice, I think I was more team red than green. The kumara chips were so rich, I had about three and couldn’t fit any more in. I think these would be great if you are on a diet, forced to go here and didn’t want to eat a burger but also didn’t want to be weird diet person watching people eat (madness but sometimes the way). The milkshakes were not at the stellar heights of the rest of the meanl but I think there may have been a mix up with our order as the salted caramel tasted decidedly vanilla.


|| 49 Perouse Road, Randwick, NSW, 2031 || www.soulburger.com.au || (02) 9398 7496 ||

 

HOURS:

Monday: 12pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 9pm,

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 10pm,

Saturday: 12pm – 10pm, Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

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Belfield on Botany

IMG_6757Belfield on Botany verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9.5/10

 

So why Belfield on Botany?

She says: I think He must be our biggest Instagram fan. I run our Instagram day to day  but he must check it every single day because he is always all over who liked what and who has commented. This place was mentioned in a comment on one of our photos. I nearly missed it but luckily Hawk-eyed He didn’t. It worked perfectly as we had to make the journey into Ikea so this was our light at the end of the tunnel

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He says: Cheers to @howac on instagram for giving us the heads up on this one. The photos I’d perused were drool worthy and this seemed like it would be the ultimate reward after an industrious IKEA session with the gorgeous She.

What did you order?

  • Cheese burger – $10
  • Chicken burger – $12
  • Oriental Hot Chicken Wings – $10
  • Tater Tots – $5

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: Instantly enters the esteemed realm of classic Sydney burger status. Like a high end Macca’s burger with a glorious squishy bun, a thick juicy flavourful patty, pickles, onions and a whole lot of cheese goodness. Loved that they included mayo with the usual cheese burger staples of ketchup and mustard. An out and out winner this one.

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She says: This was an instant classic. Massive nod to Macca’s, with tomato sauce and mustard in abundance. Two types of cheese which never hurts and a good little soft bun, not your typical Milk variety but close. The bun is almost halfway between the milk bun and a brioche with a bit more dryness in the middle (which was by no means a bad thing!). (Ignore the green bits in the picture – they are some cross pollination of the rocket on the chicken burger

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: This chicken burger was pretty great – the chicken had that Korean fried chicken vibe or maybe was like Japanese Karage – super salty, and crispy but still moist. The chook nailed it. And it had avocado, which I feel like we are seeing more and more of.And although He isn’t a big fan, i really like it! Rocket was an interesting choice for the salad but it seemed to work. More cheese and sauce would have made me even happier with this one.

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He says: Excellent stuff again. The chicken itself was fried to perfection (crunchy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside) and had a particularly unique taste to it in the form of the batter. It formed a perfect marriage with the bacon. Would personally swap the rocket for iceberg, remove the avocado, and double the cheese and sauce but I could hardly complain about this one.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: My life changed this day because this day was the day I ate the Belfield TATER TOTS. Chips are dead to me. They can take their sad sorry squishiness home with them. I am Team Tater Tott. These little golden nuggets of goodness were amazing, crispy, moist, with a slightly sweet chilli salt. I asked for the vegemite mayo on the side which tasted …well like vegemite – and it as good. Like being a kid again. He was a big fan of the chicken wings, I thought they were pretty good but honestly, its hard to remember anything past TATER TOT NIRVANA.

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He says: Gaaah those tater tots were ridiculously good. They had a great seasoning on them as well and my only regret is that we didn’t get one serve each. The vegemite mayo was interesting (not a euphemism I just not a big vegemite fan) and you could do worse than dunking those beautiful pillows of potato into them. Though the wings weren’t particularly spicy they were up there with some of the best I’ve had. So damn tasty.


|| Shop 1/797 Botany Rd, Rosebery NSW 2018  || (02) 80404349|| www.belfield.sydney ||

HOURS: Mon-Fri : Lunch: 11am-3pm // Dinner: 6pm-9pm Sat : 11am-9pm, Sun : Closed

Burger Lounge (Coolangatta, Qld)

Burger Lounge verdict: 7/10

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Beef Burger: 7.5/10

Other Beef Burger: 5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why the Burger Lounge? 

 

She says:   We went to see His lovely parents and His mum had been mentioning this place for a while, she was a particular fan of the sweet potato fries. They humoured us and came for a reivew

He says:  A trip to visit the wonderful parentals brought with it the most serendipitous of lunches – we happened to be staying just down the road from what Trip Advisor recently crowned as the best burger joint in the country.

 

What did you order?

 

  • Nirvana Burger – $16.50
  • Le Grand Fromage Burger- $13.50
  • Crispy Fries (Handful size) – $3
  • Sweet Potato Chips – $7
  • Buffalo Wings – $9

 

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Tell us about the Nirvana Burger?

 

He says:  A very Australian styled burger with the lot (which I’ve always had a soft spot for).  The patty was surprisingly flavoursome and the beetroot relish and garlic aioli complimented the mountain of other ingredients (egg, char grilled pineapple, bacon, pickled cucumber, lettuce, tomato and spanish onion). The main issue here was that it was almost impossible to eat and touches like serving the pineapple as two separate pieces instead of the one only exacerbated this. Was a refreshing change to have a simple white bun to (attempt to) valiantly hold it all together.

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She says:  I still can’t really believe that I am a fan of pineapple of a burger. And the pineapple in this burger was grilled – what a genius move! Still, I didn’t go crazy for this burger. It had lotsa stuff in it yeah, but it was a bit blah for my liking. Not bad, but the kind of burger your dad would love.

 

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So then, how did you find the Le Grand Fromage Burger?

 

She says:   Holy Gold Coast this was a mustard party! That ooze you see coming out of the burger in the photo – it must have been cheese but man alive, it tasted like it was ALL MUSTARD. It was crazy. I scraped the majority out and it made a big difference. I did like the pickles (perhaps that is all I could taste after the mustard assault) but the rest was a take it or leave it type situation for me.

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He says: Whoa mustard overload. There was so much of it that it drowned out every other ingredient on the burger to the point where you couldn’t even tell there were four different types of cheese involved. Would steer clear of this and go for something else next time as it has enormous amount of options on the menu.

 

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And what about the sides? 

 

She says: As predicted by His lovely Ma, the sweet potato fries were a high point. The Buffalo wings were an even higher point, good and spicey with the signature bright orange Frank’s hot sauce. The fries were fine too – thick cut and pretty soft, good if that is your thing.

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He says: My Mum had been raving about the sweet potato chips here for weeks and they certainly hit there mark. The fries were simple but effective and hard to resist when dipped in the aioli provided. Also thought the buffalo wings were as good as any I’ve had for a while (big shout for the use of Frank’s hot sauce).

 

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|| Shop 6b, 1 Douglas Street, Coolangatta, 4225 || 07 55995762 || www.burgerlounge.com.au || info@burgerlounge.com.au ||

 

HOURS:  Monday to Sunday 11am – 9pm

 

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Cuckoo Callay

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Cuckoo Callay Verdict: 7/10

 

Wild Boar Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Cuckoo Callay? 

She says:  This place has always struck me as a bit weird because of its strange position, sitting just a the top of Newtown Station. He read so much blog chatter about it thought that it quickly floated to the top of our list.

He says: Saw this place get a lot of love in the local food blogosphere and I was pretty gutted I missed their Bacon festival. News of a popcorn chicken burger on the menu and a free few hours in Newtown had us there in a heartbeat.

What did you order?

  • Wild Boaring Burger – $21
  • Pop Goes the Chicken Burger- $19
  • Wedgy – $9

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Tell us about the Wild Boaring Burger?

He says: Considering the sheer magnitude of burgers we smash through it’s always nice to try somewhere that’s trying something a little different. Unfortunately this was just too rich for me. The Cajun spiced pulled wild boar and the bacon relish were a little on the sweet side for me which was further complicated by serving it on a brioche bun that was dangerously close to dry croissant territory. The wild boar had a unique taste to it but I didn’t really see how it fit in with the rest of the ingredients. The choice to use manchego cheese however was a good one!

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She says:  This burger was incredibly rich and the flavours were heavy and strong. For me the sweetness of the brioche with the boar and the bacon relish was overwhelming and far to oily. As there is in love, I feel like there is the perfect burger for each person. While this was far and away not my cup of tea, I can recognize that this burger has the potential to make someone very happy one day. That person would have diabetes. And maybe die of heart disease. But they would bask in the sweet richness of this burger.

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So then, how did you find the Pop Goes the Chicken Burger?

She says: This burger looked beautiful but just didn’t succeed in wowing me. The ‘popcorn chicken’ was a thick chunk of chook, a bit dry and overcooked and with a fairly unmemorable coating. This sauerkraut was not my sort of sauerkraut, salty and smooshy without any body or tang, I actually couldn’t take it and rudely (hopefully subtly) scraped most of it off. Again the flavors were a bit punch-in-the-face-esk.

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He says: The popcorn chicken itself was hard to fault and again the addition of manchego (which was sharp, tasty and oozed out of it) had me wondering why more other places don’t do the same. Unfortunately I had the same issue with this one as I did with the wild boar burger as on the whole is was just too rich and cloyingly sweet. I would think if they changed the bun and swapped the sauerkraut out this might have improved dramatically.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: These sweet potato fries were extravagant, huge chunk’s of sweet potato fried ’till crispy and crunchy. Again, given how sweet they are, after such a sweet meal I could only handle a few, but I do think these wedges could make someone with a real hankering for sweet/salty goodness very happy. I want to point out though that even though these burgers weren’t ground breakingly awesome – the service here was above and beyond. The staff seemed really happy to work there and were lovely, positive and attentive. I will definitely go back for their breakfasts, which look really bloody good.

He says: Unfortunately for us these guys don’t have too many sides available (although the ramen looks off the freaking chain!) but luckily the wedges we went for hit the spot. Sweet potato perfectly cooked with a crunchy exterior rubbed in delightful spices and made even more perfect when doused in the spiced aioli it’s served with.


|| Newtown Railway Station, 324A King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || http://www.cuckoo-callay.com.au || 02 95577006

 

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 6:00am – 4:00pm,

Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm,

Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm

 

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