Chicken and Sons Pop Up at Bald Faced Stag

DSC01556Chicken and Sons Pop Up verdict: 8 /10

Beef Burger: 7.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9.1/10

Sides: 7.5/10

 

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.

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What did you order?

  • The Angus Beef Burger with Bacon – $18
  • The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger – $14
  • Truffled Mac ‘N’ Cheesy Chips – $12

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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.

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She saysI 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).


|| 345 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt, 2040 || Chicken and Sons website || Bald Faced Stag website ||

 

HOURS:

Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm-3pm and 5pm – 9pm

Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 9:30pm

Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm

Monday: Closed
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Bonarchè Burger

Bonarche Bruger outside

Bonarchè Burgers Verdict: 8/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

Why Bonarchè?

She says: Bonarchè was included in Concrete Playground’s ‘Top Ten Burgers in Sydney’ list. Which is lucky because it is an unassuming little shopfront that I probably wouldn’t have chosen to enter based purely on its looks (or its website for that matter, which is like a throw back from the time when you had to wait and listen for your modem to connect). 

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He says: I had yet to stumble across a negative review of Bonarchè and had a local Leichardt friend who swore by the place’s quality.

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What did you order?

  • Tender Tokyo – $15.00
  • Beach n Beef – $15.00

  • Disco Fries – $9.00

  • Malted musk milkshake – Special

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Tell us about the Beach and Beef burger?

He says: What a monster. This burger would have dwarfed three Mary’s burgers triple piggy backing each other. Flavour was spot on, patty cooked to perfection and the BBQ sauce/aioli combo a winner. There did just seem to be too much packed into the burger though (especially on the avocado front) and two handed consumption became a logistical nightmare. Otherwise a really solid belly filler. 

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She says: This was a stupendously big burger. As per our usual practice, we halved each burger to share. Luckily He was in charge of this one. Cutting it somewhat compromised the structural integrity of the burger and it was it pretty much fell to bits (although based on the patty consistency, I think this may have happened anyway). Structural issues aside, the meat was delicious  and was complimented by the avocado and smoky BBQ sauce. This was another burger with pineapple, which I think I am coming around to.

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So then, how did you find the Tender Tokyo burger?

She says: It is probably one of my top chicken burgers of the year. As the name would suggest it is Japanese inspired with a Panko breadcrumbed tender chicken breast tonkatsu sauce, Japanese coleslaw & kupi mayo dressing it was as beautifully balanced as a chicken burger based haiku. The crumbing was perfectly crunchy with just the right amount of chicken to sauce to coleslaw to bun ratio.

Tokyo special cross sectionHe says: This was a cracker. A chicken burger to tell the kids about. Redefined the notion of synergy as everything on this burger came in to play to aid the other in a near perfect marriage. The Panko breadcrumbed chicken holding hands with a suitably crisp coleslaw whilst straddling the delicious tonkatsu sauce and mayo dressing double threat was one I’d be happy to experience on, at the very least, a weekly basis. 

Chips and milkshakeAnd what about the sides?

She says: The disco fries covered in cheese and real gravy, not the powdered insulting stuff that they have at the RSL. If only we had have had more room to finish them off. And the malted musk milkshake was pretty incredible. At His suggestion we tried it, and it was a delicious decision. 

He says: The disco fries are suitably decadent and hard to fault for what they are. Being a musk lifesaver junky in my youth the musk flavoured milkshake was right up my alley. Well played Bonarchè, well played.


Visited on 22 June 2014

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Wed 5-9PM

Thurs 5-9.00PM*

Fri 12-3PM  and 5-9.30PM

Sat 12PM-9.30PM*

Sun 11AM-8.OOPM

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