The Erko

DSC00449The Erko Verdict: 6/10

 

 

 

Beef Burger: 4/10

Brisket Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

So why The Erko?

She says:  I really like the feel of the Erko – it has that great old Aussie pub vibe, the staff are really friendly and it never feels like its packed with dickheads. It’s family friendly and spacious.  We have been here a couple of times to try the BBQ meats (totally worth a try) and the burgers looked impressive as they went past. (…okay yes, also we are lazy and it’s close to home.)

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He says:  Not only conveniently located for us but also a cracking location for smoked meats and many beers in the past. Surely the burgers would follow suit?

 What did you order?

  • The Erko Cheese Burger – $19
  • The Brisket Burger – $22
  • Pulled Pork Poutine- $16

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Tell us about the Erko Cheese Burger?

He says: Really disappointing. The patty was like and oversized (and cooked) pepper rissole with extra pepper. Seriously, the pepper in this one pretty much negated the taste of every other ingredient. Was also near impossible to hold.

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She saysYeah, this was a massive let down. It looked good and I was pumped for a classic burger with that good greasy flavourful meat patty backed up by some strong flavour friends in the cheese, bacon and sauces. But, sadly no such luck. The bacon was hard to taste, the sauce was M.I.A. and the cheese, while it looked promising from the outside but when I bit into it, it actually wasn’t melted very much and wasn’t very strong or bitey. I don’t think I’ll be going for this one again.

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So then, how did you find the Brisket Burger?

He says: The brisket itself was on point but didn’t really seem to work with the rest of the ingredients. The brisket was carved into two distinctly shaped pieces and didn’t seem to fit well in the burger which hence meant there were a whole lot of meatless bites which in itself is nothing short of a tragedy.

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She says: Better than the Cheese Burger because the meat was the good, smokey brisket chunks, this burger still wasn’t awesome (sorry canned beetroot but you are going to have to do more than this to win me over). He is right about the logistical issues that we faced with the meat to rest ratio. It was hard to eat and not that much fun.

 

DSC00428Now, what about the sides?

She says:  Firstly at the risk of getting all food bloggy, this is not traditional poutine. The traditional dish is fries and cheese curds with a “gravy-like” sauce (thanks Wikipedia). Instead the Erko’s poutine is fries, gravy, pulled pork and just normal melted cheese. Perhaps it’s my childlike fascination with that RSL/nursing home flavour of powdered gravy (which is both amazing and disgusting at the same time), or that I just think any meal whose basis is fries is incredible, but there is something about this poutine. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it… I was leaning more towards love this day as I had a teensy bit of a hangover, which this dish is pretty much made for.

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He says: Have had the poutine a few times before and it was just as tasty as usual. A big shout out to the aioli which, in my opinion, resides near the top of the garlic mayonnaise kingdom for the year.


|| 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW, 2043 || www.theerko.com.au||

HOURS:

Monday to Saturday 11:00am – Midnight,

Sunday 11:00am to 10:00pm

 

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Bar Luca

DSC00353Bar Luca Verdict: 9.1/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Bar Luca?

She says: This is yet another place that we were ashamed not to have visited yet. A big favourite with burger pros such as Bianca for For Foods Sake and seemingly the entire FBAS community it was definitely somewhere we needed to hit up. Also our lovely mate Carly, photographer for the papers was in town on a break so why not meet for a burger and allow her to take some shots of the OBM team at work, which we will share with you in due course!

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He says: I’ve regularly needed a spatula to scrape my tongue off the floor every time I’ve come across the image of the Blame Canada burger at this place. Was pretty stoked we finally found a moment to get here.

What did you order?

  • The Blame Canada Burger – $15
  • The Chicken Karaage Burger – $14
  • Fried Chicken wings – $8
  • Cookies and Cream Milkshake – $7
  • Fries – $3 (with any burger)

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Tell us about the Blame Canada Burger?

He says: Wowzers! This was a 200g wagyu beef pattie with maple glazed streaky bacon, poutine and maple aioli in a sensational bun. There’s not a single ingredient there that doesn’t have a special place in my heart. The only negative I could see was that it’s obviously incredibly rich – which is not a problem when you get to share the burgers with the marvellous She.

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She saysKiller burger –literally – if you ate to many of these you easily make mayor of heart attack city. This burger was great though, perfect mix of salty and sweet. Kind of a stomach turning combo if you think about it too long but on taste alone, a real winner. Do prepare with extra serviettes though.

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

She says:  Another time where I think our ordering has let us down. This burger scores top points for the quality of the karaage chicken which was luscious and rich but we should have realised that pickled veggies and coriander (my mortal enemy) wouldn’t suit our tastes.

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He says: The chicken here was great (crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside with great seasoning) but I guess I’m just not a massive fan of the overall flavour (I’m not really into pickled vegetables and coriander on my burger). In all fairness I read what was on the burger before I ordered it so the fault lies purely with me. The wasabi mayo was a cracker though!

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The only milkshake option was cookies and cream which, while initially disappointing was actually fine because it was AWESOME. The chips played their supporting role like a champ. And the fried chicken wings, they great – totally pushed me over the edge into food coma but worth it for their crispy, crunchy lusciousness.

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He says: The wings were fantastic and along with the smokey bbq sauce and dill aioli formed a near perfect chicken party! The fries were standard but excellent and the cookies and cream milkshake was put a dairy infused smile all over my big bloated burger face.


|| 52 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD, NSW, 2000 || www.barluca.com.au ||

HOURS:

Monday to Wednesday 7:30am – 10:00pm

Thursday to Friday 7:30am to Midnight
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