Burgers Anonymous

DSC01812Burgers Anonymous verdict: 8.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Burgers Anonymous?

He says:  A long gestating proposal to share a burger with the awesome Bianca from For Food’s Sake resulted at us hitting up Burger’s Anonymous.

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She says: Like he says, it was almost the burger date that never happened. But then it did, and it was a heap of fun.

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What did you order?

  • The Eazy-E Burger with Crack Bacon – $14
  • The Chooklyn Burger with cheese – $15
  • Maple Mayhem Chicken Wings – $8
  • Loaded Fries – $6

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Tell us about the Eazy-E Burger?

He says:  This was great without being outstanding. Pretty close to an upmarket Hungry Jacks burger in taste. I’d prefer a softer bun and the patty a little more on the pink side but these are minor quibbles. The BA sauce raised the game tenfold and you’d be a total dick if you didn’t add crack bacon to this bad boy.

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She saysPretty solid burger, not outstanding but if I lived close by this would definitely be one of my staples. The insides were great but I think the bun let it down. I wasn’t crazy about the bun on either of these burgers, it was perhaps a bit too ry?

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So then, how did you find the Chooklyn Burger?

She says: That piece of chicken was huge, and cooked really well! This burger was easily my favourite, nice crisp salad, great warm cheese  and tonnes of sauce. Again, a solid burger that you would go back for.

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He says:  A chicken schnitzel styled patty that did wonders when combined that BA sauce and sweet BBQ. Again a bit of a bun issue here but damn if it was freaking delicious.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chicken wings were great – sticky and sweet but with nice moist chicken inside. The fries were decadent and delicious however not for the faint hearted (they would be great friends with a hangover.)

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He says: I was a massive fan of both of these. The loaded fries had the aforementioned bang on BA sauce (seriously you dunk anything in this and it would taste delicious) with Crack Bacon and I’m a fan of a sweet and spicy combo when it comes to wings these were right up my alley.


|| 80 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 || Instagram || HOURS: Open seven days 11:30am – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

Guilty

DSC01748 (1)Guilty verdict: 9.1/10

Beef Burger (Rowdy): 9.4/10

Other Beef Burger: 8.0/10

Sides: 9/10

 

So why Guilty?

She says: This place is the (I think) third burger joint from internet burger man Jimmy’s Burgers. He has a couple of places in Melbourne and the dude seems to know his stuff. Also he uses our friend Eli’s pastrami (check out their Ruben the Eli’s Ruby when you go) so the fella must have taste.

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He says: The photos of the burgers at this place had me all sweaty and lusty like from the get go. With an ever growing list of burger joints to try (we are amidst Sydney’s burger golden age and it’s almost like there’s a new place opening every week!) this was at the top of our esteemed list.

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What did you order?

  • The Rowdy Double Jeopardy Burger – $17
  • The Kecksburger – $10
  • Tots To Life- $8

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Tell us about the Rowdy Dowdy Double Jeopardy Burger ?

He says:  This was a superb burger. The double patties, both salted and cooked to perfection, melted in the mouth upon arrival.  Add to that a sensational soft milk bun, crispy bacon, glorious cheese and juicy jalapenos (a nice alternative to pickles) and a burger star has been born.

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She saysI have never been quiet about my distaste for the double but on this menu it was really the only other viable choice and after eating it, I am so glad of that. This burger was one of my favourites this year. The patties were magical, somehow creamy and luscious but also a bit crumbly. The double meat was just right, even with the bacon, no were near the super rich meat overload of other doubles I have tried. The bun was great, soft by not too soft, the cheese was plentiful, the bacon crispy and packed with flavour, over all this burger just kicked all the goals. Try it.

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So then, how did you find the Kecksburger?

She says: Pretty significant difference between this burger and the pervious. So much so that I think perhaps we god a dud. The bun was way to tasted, resulting in a very dry, hard burger and the patty had none of its predecessor luxuriousness – it was over cooked and a bit tasteless.

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He says:  Not as good as it’s bigger sibling but still a solid little burger. The bun was a little on the stale side and the patty was overcooked a little.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Tater tots are some of my favourite potato incarnations. These were up there with the best, crispy, salty, doused in just enough (read actually not that much) cheese sauce, caramelised onion and bacon bits. Rich, too much but bloody awesome.

He says: Crispy tater tots covered in cheese sauce, bacon and caramelised onion that tasted even better than that just sounds. Next time I’d attempt to up the game with double cheese and chicken salt.


|| 105/46-50 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW || https://www.facebook.com/Guilty-533272270167854/ ||

HOURS: Mon-Sat 11am-12am; Sun 11am-10pm
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Bloody Mary’s

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Bloody Mary’s verdict: 5/10

Beef Burger: 4/10

SPAM Burger: 4/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Bloody Mary’s?

She says: We walk past this place a lot. And I really don’t mind the odd Bloody Mary. Plus we saw blog posts with a Bloody Mary that had a burger in it like how a normal cocktail has an umbrella (note: for some crazy reason we did not sample said Bloody Mary – perhaps because we  are Bloody Fools).

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He says: I won’t lie – this place is about 40 metres from my front door and, to both support the locals and also due to sheer perverse curiosity, I wanted to try their SPAM burger (yep, that meat in the can stuff).

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What did you order?

  • Bloody Mary’s Beef Burger – $19
  • SPAM Burger- $16
  • Buffalo Wings – $12
  • Jalapeño Poppers – $9
  • Truffle and Parmesan Fries – $8

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Tell us about the Bloody Mary’s Beef burger?

He says:  Unfortunately this was not a pleasant burger to eat. The patty was overcooked to the point where I honestly couldn’t tell you what flavour it had outside of burnt sausage. Nothing else here made any case to miraculously save the day but it was ok when I left the patty out and stuffed it with chips coated in aioli. Hopefully just a bad day at the office here.

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She says:  We eat so many mind blowing burgers that when I eat something like this it makes me a bit sad. It wasn’t a very interesting burger, the meat had no flavour and there were very few redeeming factors.

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So then, how did you find the SPAM Burger?

She says: I should say straight out that I never wanted to eat this. My general attitude towards this burger is poor becuase, like most sane 21st century folk, I have zero interest in SPAM (see previous posts about mystery meat). Despite this, in the spirit of love and positivity I went with Him to try the SPAM burger. I took one bite of the SPAM burger and I did not take any more. From that one bite I can tell you that really the SPAM didn’t have much taste – like spiced, cheap, jellied ham, but it wasn’t overpowering. This said, I wouldn’t eat this again…mainly because THE MEAT IS FROM A CAN. He wanted to score this higher but I dragged the score down when He wasn’t looking.
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He says: An interesting idea but not the greatest execution. The SPAM is cooked and the closest thing I could compare it to would be the fry up you have with leftover Xmas ham in the festive season. The addition of pineapple is a good match but there was an ungodly amount of mustard and ketchup that drowned the flavour out of everything else. The menu stated it had mayo but that was unfortunately nowhere to be found. Disappointing.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Another ‘thank god for the sides’ moment came with the Jalapeno poppers – they started off fantastic, jam packed full of hot cheese and with a chilli bite, maybe a little too much batter but post-SPAM who cares!  The fries were great, and took up most of my time after the burgers lost me. I wasn’t as taken with the Buffalo wings as He was but they were ok.

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He says: I thought the buffalo wings were pretty damn good. High quality chicken with a solid little marinade that a good amount of spice. Also enjoyed dipping them in the ranch sauce. Jalapeño poppers were adequate but I’m not a valid judge on these as they’re just not my thing in general (She has the same issue with onion rings). The truffle and parmesan fries were so delicious I almost forgot about the burgers. Almost anyway.

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|| 332 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 || www.bloodymaryssydney.com.au || (02) 9360 5568 ||

HOURS

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Hinky Dinks

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Hinky Dinks verdict : 7/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken burger: 9/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

So why Hinky Dinks? 

She says: Hinky Dinks had somehow ended up with a bad rap in our little OBM family. For some reason both of us thought the food was not great  – not sure if the genesis of this was a review from a friend or some other source but we realised we hadn’t tried their burgers and shouldn’t judge without giving it a proper chance. Lucky we tried it for ourselves!

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He says: It was a Sunday night and having Her thankfully back by my side after a brief sojourn at a friend’s wedding it seemed only right to indulge in a cheeky burger.

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger – $14
  • The Hinky Zinger – $14
  • Popcorn Chicken – $12 with BBQ Sauce $1
  • Beer Battered Onion Rings – $10
  • Gin ‘n’ Jam – $20
  • Zombie – $22

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger?

He says:  This really wasn’t my thing. The patty was too large for everything around it, lacked flavour, was a touch overcooked and the addition of jalapeños and cloyingly sweet onions made for one very confused burger.

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She says:  I definitely preferred the chicken to this one – the meat wasn’t very flavourful, it had that ‘greymeat’ taste and came as a giant meatball type thing – it was really big and left the cheese and all the other ingredients with no chance of even a cameo flavour role.

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So then, how did you find the Hinky Zinger burger?

She says: Wow – this was unexpected. Well actually, not once we saw the bun and the juicy, juicy cheese seeping out from the crunchy  chicken –  I guessed we were on to a good thing… and I was correct. What a difference a nice crispy  fried chicken, still juicy on the inside makes. And I love such finely chopped lettuce! This restored my faith in the non-beef burger. I was in such a rush to eat the damn thing that I really messed up the cross section picture (see below).

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He says: This on the other hand was a winner. The fried chicken was sheer perfection and a nice point of difference in slicing it up and then piling it in. Top shelf mayo and a nice soft bun made this a contender in the chicken burger stakes.  

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And what about the sides? 

She says: So the complimentary popcorn came out first (it looked like it comes out when you order even just drinks) and it was awesome. Chilli and salty goodness in every bite, I wanted to take the left over one from the people who left but thought better of it. The popcorn chicken was next and was pretty heavily battered… but I still liked it because I am a batter fiend. No level of batter fiendishness however could prepare you for the nightmare that was the onion rings. I am not one to seek out onion rings, and although He seems quite fond of them he agreed these were a monstrosity – just oil and batter and the merest suggestion  of onion somewhere… buried deep, deep beneath. The BBQ sauce did save the day and my Gin n’ Jam was a god send on a Sunday evening after rather a big wedding (BTW congrats Tom and Anni!).

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He says: The popcorn chicken was heavy on an oily batter that suffocated what little actual chicken there was. Really disappointing but still better than the onion rings which had the same issue as the chicken but to the point where the batter was so oily it was actually soggy. In saying that the BBQ sauce made everything it touched come alive in it’s smoky hickory goodness. This place is first and foremost a bar and the cocktails were unsurprisingly top notch – the Zombie was a rum based fire starter!  

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|| 185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, 2010|| (02) 80846379 || www.hinkydinks.com.au || info@hinkydinks.com.au ||


HOURS: 

Monday-Saturday: 4pm-Midnight

Sunday: 1pm-10pm

 

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Rupert and Ruby

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Rupert and Ruby Verdict: 9/10 

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Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger and Pulled Pork Burger: 9/10

Sides: 8/10

 

Why Rupert and Ruby?

She says: Okay –full disclosure – head chef of Rupert and Ruby, Eli and his wife, Ruby are dear friends of mine and I have been waiting for this restaurant (and particularly the Chicken and Waffles breakfast offering) for a good while. In working out whether we should review their restaurant, He and I actually debated whether we could be unbiased, and vowed that if we did not think we could give an accurate account of our burgers, we would not post it to OBM. As it turned out, it was a situation akin to that where you’re going to watch a friend’s new band and you hope that they are good so that afterwards you can sincerely praise their brilliant efforts, but then they are actually mind blowingly better than expected and you are totally impressed and relieved.

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He says: As mentioned above She is very well affiliated with two of the key ingredients at Rupert and Ruby. After numerous occasions of devouring their heavenly cuisine at Ruby’s BBQ at Fat Ruperts restaurant in Bondi Junction it’s fair to say, sans any conflict of interest, that my excitement to try Eli’s new burgers were at a level of mass hysteria.

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What did you order?

  • Big Poppa burger – $13
  • Notorious K.F.C burger – $13
  • Black Berkshire burger – $13
  • Fries – $6
  • Native Hybiscus Cheesecake – $15

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Tell us about the Big Poppa Burger ?

He says: This is a triumph. What a breathtaking burger! The brioche bun is perfectly moist with a hint of sweetness (almost akin to a croissant), the piquant house made pickles form a perfect union with the divine melted cheese and a zesty special sauce that all surround the secret weapon that is the patty. This is as flavoursome and perfectly cooked as any patty I’ve had on this earth – seriously it may as well have been hand delivered by angels. So yeah, to further She’s ‘friend’s new band’ analogy above it turns out her friends are in Black Sabbath and they just played a freewheeling heavy rock set about as incendiary as the sun. It would take more than a nation to hold me back from ordering the double patty option next time.

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She says: I have been waiting to try this burger since I saw its first incarnation on the Fat Rupert’s Instagram. Originally served in slider form as the Fat Rupert’s Yeezy Burger, the Big Poppa is a natural evolution and a true mind blower. The patty is full of meaty goodness, holds together well, is nice and moist and tastes like really good quality meat. The house made pickles, which add just the right amount of tang and a bit off crunch, sit atop a generous amount of melted cheese. The iceberg lettuce, cuts through the richness of the burger while the soft and not to thick brioche bun has a hint of sweetness which works a treat. I have been thinking of this burger each day since trying it and next time will give in to His pleadings that we get the double patty option.

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So then, how did you find the Notorious K.F.C?

He says: Bang on again. This is the same fried chicken from Ruby’s BBQ united with brioche, lettuce and mayo so there were never going to be any complaints from me. The chicken itself (which I’ve craved often) is the scene stealer alone with just the right amount of crunch and a golden honey type sauce that finds a perfect ally in the creamy mayo.

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She says: This burger uses what is arguably the best fried chicken in Sydney (up there for me with fried chook from the now closed Mexico Food and Liquor). Coated in just the right amount of spices the chicken is deep fried, giving it a bit of crunch, while keeping the chicken tender and moist. Also served on the slightly sweet brioche bun, the sesame seeds on top and the mayo inside make this into a harmonious offering. Again the iceberg lettuce cuts through, ensuring that this burger is delicious but not so rich that you need to hibernate straight after eating. Next time, I’ll order it with double mayo (which was so, so good!)

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What about the Black Berkshire burger (wait – you had three burgers?!)?

She says: Yes, we had three burgers (its only one and a half between us!!). We couldn’t resist the pork burger. The succulent shredded pork was delicious and rich while the subtle sweetness of the apple slaw (which photographs so well) added depth. The house made mustard tops this burger off, taking it to office-lunch-daydream territory!

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He says: I’m personally not all that way disposed to pulled pork on a burger but this was still delicious. The apple slaw is a masterstroke and the house made mustard was born to neighbour with pork.

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And what about the sides?

She says: We ordered the hand cut chips to nibble on while we waited for a friend and they were so great they disappeared almost immediately. (There was one left and I politely offered it to Him to eat it, promptly forgot and found myself stuffing it in my mouth before he had a chance to snatch it up.) Served with a generous amount of cheese and awesome aioli, nicely cooked with a great crunch, these were winners. We also got the cheesecake (which changes really frequently) which was flavoured with native hibiscus. It is served with fresh blueberries and cream and was super rich and luxurious.

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He says: The fries were delectable! Cooked and cut to perfection and coated in (personal favourite) pecorino cheese with an aioli I could have happily bathed and frolicked in for days on end. Would love to see if they’d accommodate a request to melt the cheese next time as well. By the time the cheesecake came out I was already creeping into food coma territory but it did finish off the meal with a pleasant kick.


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