Beef Burger: 7.5/10
Chicken Burger: 9.1/10
So why Chicken and Sons?
He says: We’d been tossing up checking them out over at their Chatswood home so when they instigated a pop up in an inner west pub we really had no excuses. Was also a fan of the burgers at the Local Taphouse back in the day and I understand they are borne of the same hands.
She says: Honestly, His burger obsession is getting worse. He now has a hundred entry strong list of burgers we need to try across the country. This was on that list. Also – why not spend your Saturday hanging out at a dodgy old pub on Paramatta Rd. Seriously though, the main pub is pretty old fashioned. It smelled mostly like cricket and TAB. Lucky they have a nice little beer garden our the back.
What did you order?
- The Angus Beef Burger with Bacon – $18
- The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger – $14
- Truffled Mac ‘N’ Cheesy Chips – $12
Tell us about the Angus Beef Burger?
He says: A tidy burger featuring a flat iron and short rib pattie accompanied by American cheese, pickles, onion, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce (and of course we added bacon). Pattie and secret sauce were on point but I wasn’t a massive fan of the bun (too doughy) and there was way too much Spanish onion. The groundwork is there for a future classic with a bit of tinkering.
She says: I have said it before and I will say it again, Spanish onion has no place on a burger. Unlike Him I didn’t have any objections to the bun but for me the pattie and the bacon didn’t have a huge amount of flavour. The sauces were great though and for a pub bugrer it was definitely above average.
So then, how did you find the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger?
She says: This was the star burger of the day, crispy fired chicken, fresh and zesty coleslaw, lashings of sauce – all very good. The fried chicken on its own did have a hint of that old-oil-fair-ground-food taste but in the burger it was a dream. I really liked this one. He got all the pickles though. More pickles would have been nice but I wasn’t distraught at the lack of them.
He says: With a name like Chicken and Sons you’d imagine the chicken burger would be their forte and they didn’t disappoint. The buttermilk chicken itself was fucking outstanding and I’d happily swim in a river of the chipotle aioli involved with this one. One of Sydney’s better chicken burgers.
Now, what about the sides?
He says: Truffles, cheese and fries are three of my favourite things so I nearly lost the plot when I saw they had Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheesy chips on the menu. The generous serving of fries were cooked golden to perfection but I didn’t sense any truffle action going on and the mac n cheese was ok but nothing to write home about (a touch on the bland side and needed either a sharper cheese or some pepper). On the whole though they deserve full points for ambition and innovation as it was tasty enough in its’ own way.
She says: The mac and cheese fried were a bit of a pointless smoosh together. The fries by them selves – great, would get them again in a second. But the mac and cheese on top was a bit to try and didn’t really combine with the chips at all, the cheese wasn’t melted and the béchamel was a bit too dry to use to sip the fries into. I think I was expecting a more of a mac and cheese poutine (which sounds amazing if I do say so my self).
Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm-3pm and 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 9:30pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm