Papi Chulo


Papi Chulo Verdict: 6.5/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Brisket Burger: 4/10

Sides: 8/10



Why Papi Chulo?

She says: This is a fairly recent entry onto the restaurant landscape and Merivale family. I had heard about it opening but I didn’t realise they did burgers (He did of course). Though Manly is a bit out of our way usually, we were on our way out of town right past it (sort of) so we thought  thought we would give it the OBM once over.

He says: It’s not often I’m in the vicinity of the Manly wharf so when She’s wonderful parents lent us their car and we were already headed to a weekend soiree nearby the food god’s aligned to give us the opportunity to try the legendary Dan Hong’s (he of the Fish Shop burger perfection) new patty in bun creation.

What did you order?

  • Papi Chulo Burger  $18
  • Smoked Wagyu Brisket “Sandwich” – $18
  • Curly fries – $9
  • Peanut butter milkshake

Tell us about the Papi Chulo Burge?

He says: This was a really decent burger. Patty, sauce, pickles, bun and texture all ticked the right boxes. There were no clear faults but I feel it just lacked that little something to up the ‘wow’ factor. A workmanlike effort that I commend but hardly sent me into the passionate burger induced psychosis I desired.


She says: This is a solid, classic beef burger – nice, somewhat smokey, grilled patty with those awesome crunchy cooked bits. Good, American style melted cheese and a fair bit of sauce. I was expecting a lot after He told me that the same chef was responsible for the Fish Shop burger, (which remains to be reviewed by us but which is very high in my esteem) but it wasn’t quite as mind blowing as I had hoped. I would eat it again though for sure if it was a little bit closer town.

So then, how did you find the Smoked Wagyu Brisket “Sandwich”?

She says: Alas, this was not at all my kind of burger. I did make note to Him that it was described in the menu as a sandwich but He assured me that it would be suitable to be reviewed as it came on a burger bun. I am in no way pointing fingers (squarely at him), but I will say unless you are a big caramelized onion fan, I would stick with the beef burger.

He says: This was described as a Sandwich (a strange trait that is appearing at a few places of late) but after catching a few photos of it on other blogs and the fact that it was served on a burger bun made me feel at peace at it’s inclusion. When it arrived it looked like it was going to be the cat’s pyjamas. Alas it didn’t work at all. There was an over arching feeling of bad team work here. All the elements on their own (tender beef brisket, well cooked egg, sweet but not cloying caramelised onions, juicy pickles and soft luscious bun) kicked goals but when you put them together they negated each other’s virtues. To use another sports analogy- this burger was a team of champions rather than a champion team. Avoid it.IMG_4698

And what about the sides?

She says: It was my first time curly fries experience and I am a believer. They were that great style of chip that is almost crumbed, common to hotel room service menus an d with extra crunch. And the peanut thickshake was incredible. Both sides were big winners in my books. I would travel to Manly once a week by Segway for these sides.

He says: The curly fries had devilish batter that could charm even the most hardened culinary critic. The peanut milkshake was akin to liquid gold and put me in a heavenly food coma at it’s completion.

Visited on 26 July 2014

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Mon – Fri 12:00pm – 10:30pm (Reduced menu 3:00pm – 5:30pm)
Sat 11:30am – 10:30pm
Sun 11:30am – 9:00pm

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