Meat District Co. Verdict: 5/10
Beef Burger: 5/10
Chicken Burger: 5/10
Why the Meat District Co.?
He says: There seemed to be a heavy push on social media regarding Meat District with the chief selling point being there expanding empire from Pasadena. I was skeptical as it was located smack bang in the middle of a tourist trap mecca (Darling Harbour) but the photos I’d seen online made their burgers look like the they were the shizzle!
She says: I’ve made my feelings about Darling Harbour clear before [link to meat and wine co] so I wasn’t super excited to go here, but when we turned up on a Saturday night, it was pumping. The restaurant itself has really a good vibe and heaps of people seemed to be there in big groups getting ready to head out. If that is your M.O. it looks like a good option around those parts.
What did you order?
- Cheese Burger – $12
- Chicken Burger – $14
- Onion Rings – $7.50
- Truffle Fries – $7.50
Tell us about the Cheese Burger?
He says: If you’re going to have an open kitchen it might be a good idea to conceal the fact that your patty mince isn’t ground and minced on site (which became evident by the unopened industrial sized plastic bags holding the mince in the refrigerator). This burger was mediocre city. The bun was far too doughy and dwarfed the size of the patty, the patty itself was overcooked and had too many notes of cheap sausage, and there was nowhere near enough sauce. Disappointing.
She says: This burger was a beauty queen but lacked substance to back up its fairly awesome first impression (and to add to that, note that it was not a traditional Cheeseburger). The patty was really, really salty and had a weird Ikea meatball type taste. Also – as far as I am concerned, the jury is out on rocket on burgers. The pickle was strange too with an almost musty flavour. The cheese was great though and the sauce was working pretty hard to pull the burger from the depths of meh.
So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?
She says: This burger featured fried crumbed chicken breast which we were pumped about after having not such a great time with grilled chicken burgers of late. It was a fairly standard, schnitzel type piece of chicken – which would be good with some tomato sauce and cheese, parmigiana style at your local, washed down with a Carlton Draught while you scratch in your Kino numbers with a pretty much blunt pencil that is far too small. The coleslaw and horseradish mayo weren’t super tasty and the bun was a bit too doughy. Again – this burger looked fantastic but failed to deliver.
He says: Same issue here with the bun as the prior effort. The chicken itself was dry and again there was nowhere near enough sauce and slaw so the whole thing was rendered rather bland. Also could have done with the addition of cheese.
And what about the sides?
She says: The fries were the best part of this visit – they were great and crunchy, golden with a light dusting of cheese. He thinks He could taste the truffle but I couldn’t, which is strange because I am usually a gun when it comes to smelling, tasting, seeking out and devouring truffled-anything. The onion rings weren’t amazing (but they are more His thing than they are mine, so maybe listen to him on them and not me).
He says: The sides were the saving grace and highlight of the meal. The chips were cooked to perfection (crunchy on the outside with soft pillows of potato goodness ready to pour out of the center) and the onion rings were bang on as well. The truffled aioli accompanying them both raised the bar again
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