Jack’s Newtown

IMG_6927Jacks verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9/10

Other Beef Burger: 9/10

Vegetarian Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Jacks?

She says:  I have been obsessed with this place ever since it was a kebab shop that closed because it was vandalised. He used to claim that the kebab shop was superior to Istanbul down the road but I have stood by my boy Istanbul because I am 100% sure it saved me from alcohol poisoning in my early 20s a million times over. He and I stalked this place every day it was under renovation and when we were popped our heads in during the renos and the lady inside informed us that it would be a ‘fast food’ restaurant we had our fingers and toes crossed for burgers. And we were pumped when the neon sign was revealed and our dreams came true.

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He says: This place is located literally around the corner from our house and after hearing that it was ‘fast food’ moving into the space we’ve been peering in for months trying to decipher what would open up. When the doors opened and there was talk of them being Sydney’s answer to Shake Shack we were there for their first Saturday of service.

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger with Onion  – $11
  • Bacon Cheeseburger – $12
  • Vegetarian Burger – $11
  • Crinkle Cut Fries – $5
  • Pistachio Frozen Custard Shake – $?

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger with Onion?

He says: Immediately hit with what is up there with the most flavoursome patty in the city – perfect salt to meat ratio on this one and it disintegrated into my mouth. My bun was a bit on the doughy side and I could have done with double the amount of sauce provided. The onions gave a great crunch. All in all a very welcome addition to the burgeoning Sydney burger scene.

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She saysI loved this. The bun is awesome, almost the sweetest milk bun I have had, but it worked. The bottom was soggy but it actually didn’t bother me. The meat was cooked well and the lettuce had a good crunch. I was dubious about the fried onions but they were a really good addition – added a bit more crunch and another flavour level. Great burger – highly recommend.

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So then, how did you find Bacon Cheeseburger?

She says: Very much like the cheeseburger with onion but without onion and with bacon. It is hard to pick favourites between these burgers as they are both very similar but I think the juicy, flavourful thick cut bacon takes this one over the line for me. This will sit in the hall of great burgers of my life. Love it and have been trying to drop it into conversations casually to entice people to come back to Jack’s with me.

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He says: Great quality bacon that formed an effective team with that aforementioned patty. My bun on this one was a little better but could have done with being a little softer. Again not enough sauce for my liking.

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Wow – you have three burgers?? Well, what are your thoughts on the Vegetarian Burger?

She says: It was after eating this burger that the insightful He and I realized that we have no place reviewing vegetarian burgers. The answer to us trying a vego burg will always be ‘It was good, but it could have done with some meat’. This burger had the same bun, sauce and salad elements as the other two angels but the patty was a rice and bean patty that fell apart as you ate it. It was to me, a very strange choice.

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He says: Hard to judge as I wouldn’t normally order this but the patty (seemed like it was made of rice and black beans) had a strange texture and taste that I didn’t think went all that well with the rest of the burger. I’d come back here for the cheeseburgers but in the off chance I was craving a vego burger I’d go around the corner for Raven’s Eye’s tempeh number.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Crinkle cut fries make normal fires look like idiots. They are far superior. These were golden and seasoned perfectly. In the war of the fries I would join the crinkle cut army and I would die for their cause (unless there was a waffle fry contingent, in which case things could get complicated). Oh and that Pistachio Frozen Custard Shake – get outta town, it was awesome. Just a slight pistachio flavor, it wasn’t too sweet but it was good and thick.

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He says: High points for the frozen custard shake having a great consistency and not overdoing it on the sweetness front. The crinkle cut fries were simple but delicious (and must be dunked in a side of the burger sauce!).

|| 170 Missenden Road, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || https://instagram.com/jacksnewtown/ ||

HOURS: Open seven days, 12pm – 12pm

 

 

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Hoochie Mamma

IMG_6785Hoochie Mamma verdict: 5/10

 

Beef Burger: 3/10

Sides: 5/10

 

So why Hoochie Mamma?

He says: The amazing She and I are now Newtown residents and which warranted a complete devotion to being on point with all the inner west burger options. I’m normally about as likely to believe in Santa Claus than I am to believe anything written in the Daily Telegraph but I noticed they’d listed this in their 10 best burgers in Sydney list and considering the close proximity to our home it we had a date .

She says: We noticed this place a while ago and couldn’t get over the name – it means a woman with questionable morals right? (Well that is what the Online Slang Dictionary told me.) Anyway it is very close to our new house and we were feeling lazy and I had already said no to going to this place too many times – so we went.

What did you order?

  • The Hoochie Double  Burger – $15.90
  • Caramel Thick Shake – $5

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Tell us about the Hoochie Double Burger?

He says: Stale bun, dry tasteless canteen sausage meat styled patties (didn’t need two of them), and overly sweet beetroot relish unfortunately made this a rather underwhelming lunch. The aioli and cheese was good though!

 

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She says:  It’s hard when a burger like this shows up on your plate. My instinct is to try and find something positive to say to make the harsh truth a bit softer. But there were no redeeming features. I have no idea how this ever got onto any list other than ‘Burgers I Will Never Eat Again’.

 

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  The thick shake was weird  – it was watery and had little chunks of ice in it. And it didn’t really taste of anything but water-milk. The fries were pretty standard, made more appealing by the sad state of the burger but not good enough to draw me back any time soon.

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He says: The fries that arrived with the burger were of the standard skinny shoestring variety and did well when coated in aioli. The thick shake was completely devoid of any thickness and tasted a whole lot like icy water with a mild hint of caramel and maybe a touch of milk to finish it off. I think I’ll add The Daily Telegraph’s appraisal of burgers in the same boat as their politics. I hope that boat sinks as well.


||156 Missenden Road, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || (02) 95579444 || http://www.hoochiemammacafe.com.au/ ||

HOURS:

Open seven days

Mon-Sun: 7am – 5pm

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Bonditony’s Burger Joint

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Bonditony’s Burger Joint verdict: 7/10

 

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Bonditony’s ? 

He says: Strong recent food blog presence (with mouth watering photos in tow), a recommendation from a local, and already being in the area to meet She’s utterly gorgeous Goddaughter combined to get us to Bonditony’s  on a lovely winter Sunday.

She says: Yes, we were over in the east seeing the gorgeous girl and figured that seeing as we are so rarely in the east (we are still car-less – but not for long) we could get a burger in too. The pictures of these burgs were phenomenal – needless to say we were pumped.

What did you order?

  • Trippin Zeahorse – $13
  • Just a Jezebel Burger – $14.5
  • Sweet Potato Fries – $8
  • Salted Caramel Thickshake – $8

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Tell us about the Trippin Zeahorse Burger?

He says: I was drunk on food envy just looking at the burgers around me on other tables as they arrived. When ours finally hit the table it indeed looked a winner. Unfortunately I was deceived by looks here but it was a decent enough burger. There was a lack of sauce and the patty didn’t have much flavour but I thought the bun was probably the best brioche style I’ve had all year. Was expecting better things here.

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She says:  Oh, she is a pretty little burger this one. I was excited by the oozy cheese and soft looking bun that I had seen splashed across the internerd. But this was yet another burger that looks like a winner but failed to deliver (and perhaps it was just this time because this place has a pretty steady following of satisfied customers). The meat was pretty meh and the bacon couldn’t really be tasted. The cheese also didn’t really stand out. It wasn’t bad though its was just that it promised so much through its presentation! perhaps in a blind tasting it would have been better.

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So then, how did you find the Just a Jezebel Burger? 

She says: This was my preferred burger of the two. The chicken had good crunch and so did the slaw. The slaw could have done with a bit more juiciness  – perhaps some more sauce on the whole thing would have been good (which is fast becoming the Oh, Burger Me! mantra).

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He says: Relatively tasty run of the mill chicken burger. The chicken tasted like a regular schnitzel style (didn’t get even a hint of it being marinated overnight in honey ginger soy as suggested on the menu) and was coated in a slaw that could have done with a little more salt. As I’ve often mentioned on this blog I’m not a fan of avocado on burgers and, although in guacamole form and fairly inoffensive, my mind wasn’t changed here.

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And what about the sides? 

She says:  Though technically not a side, the real stand out for me were the sauces on the table, good and flavourful I added them to both burgers and even used a bit for the fries. The sweet potato fries were good and rich, they are a must if you go. The normal fries were fine, no complaints but I would recommend the sweet potato over them if you are looking for something different. The thick shake was thin and milky instead of thick and ice-creamy-y but I liked that it had fancy sweeteners and seemed to come in every possible milk you could imagine.

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He says: The fries that came with the burger were simple and effective and the same could be said for the sweet potato fries (make sure you get a side of lemon dill or seeded mustard mayo to dunk them in). The thickshake wasn’t thick enough to earn it’s title and although interesting (all shakes here include pure coconut palm sugar and local honey) it was a little confused in execution taste wise.

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|| 1/155 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach, NSW || www.bonditonysburgerjoint.com || 0414985577 ||


 

OPENING HOURS:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 5:00pm – 11pm,

Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 11pm: