Cheeky Burger

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Cheeky Burger verdict: 8 /10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Sloppy Joe: 2/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So, why Cheeky Burger?

She says: This one is another tribute to the brilliance of Instagram for exposing new and exciting places to eat. I saw the first few Instagram posts by these guys but neither of us could work out they it was. By chance, we passed in on a Paddington stroll. It looks great from the outside and there is a killer back garden which would be great for a burger and drinks smashing session in the sun.

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He says: This was an Instagram find by my gorgeous Burger blog partner. Then, whilst engaged in an unrelated stroll down Oxford Street, we stumbled across it, noticed it open, and made immediate plans to return later that same evening for a dinner feast!

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What did you order?

  • Cheeky Cheeseburger – $9.99
  • Sloppy Joe – $12.99
  • Fries – $2.99 (with burger purchase)
  • Buffalo Wings – $12.99 (or $1 per wing on Wednesdays)
  • Mac n’ Cheese – $13.99
  • Peanut Butter and Jam Shake with Bourbon – ($7.99 for shake and extra $6.99 for bourbon)

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Tell us about the Cheeky Cheeseburger?

He says: This cheeseburger is more than just a welcome addition to the Sydney burger fraternity – it could be en route to becoming an icon. A simple USA styled cheeseburger where everything is well executed. Melt in your mouth patty which is cooked just right, soft shiny mildly sweet bun, puddles of melted jack cheese and a delicious mustard styled sauce that serves to push everything else in the party into it’s most flattening light. For my mind this is better than the Mary’s plain cheeseburger and that’s saying a whole lot.

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She says: I am not usually a fan of the cheeseburger – I forget that it really is nothing more than cheese and meat, and usually wish for some lettuce (at least) to cut through the fat. But this cheeseburger was really close to perfect. The cheese was super melty and delicious and the pickle was perfectly tangy. The bread and the patty both achieved the right texture and together this burger was a song!

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So then, how did you find the Sloppy Joe?

She says:  Like previous choices such as the soft shell crab burger disaster have made in the past, this was not our finest moment. He isn’t a huge pork burger fan and this was really the only other choice. The waitress was sure to explain that essentially this was bolognaise on bread but we were stuck to our guns and forged on. She was right- it was just bolognaise on bread – but really, really sweet bolognaise. Two words: Never. Again.

He says: I have to be honest I’m not that well versed in Sloppy Joes and after this initial experience I’m fine to keep it that way. What we got was a burger bun filled with bolognaise mince. The mince itself was so cloyingly sweet that I could hardly manage more than a mouthful without recoiling into some kind of Willy Wonkaesque food coma. This was not my idea of enjoyable by any means.

So, what about the sides? Tell us!!

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She says:  GAWD the sides! Glorious (for the most part). The fries were standard – Maccas’ style skinny but crunchy with lots of salt. The Mac n’ Cheese was one of the best we have had – sneaky bits of bacon ramp up the saltiness without being overpowering and the crunchy breadcrumbs on top are prefect with the not-too-soft macaroni. The star of the show was the wings – these wings are very, very good. Sticky, spicy and tangy, they are again some of the best I have had and feature that signature Franks Hot Sauce taste. The Peanut Butter and Jam Shake with Bourbon however let the team down. Our experience with The Nighthawk Diner  shows that there is potential greatness in a peanut butter and jam milkshake but alas, that was not achieved in this instance.

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He says: Like the aforementioned burgers the sides continued on polemic vibe. The buffalo wings had a light crunchy batter, on point traditional marinade and delightful blue cheese sauce which saw them up there as being as good as any I’ve had in some time. The Mac n’ Cheese was not only a behemoth in size but is easily the best one we’ve reviewed for this site and one I’m sure I’ll dream about for some time to come (crunchy top? check, generous servings of bacon strips? check, different types of cheeses? check creamy gooey cheesy fun all round? check). The Peanut butter and jam thick shake with bourbon on the other hand will be more likely to produce fever dreams as it was a bit of a disaster. The ratio of Peanut butter to jam was completely out of whack and the whole thing ended up tasting like a pint of bourbon with some sour milk plopped into it. I don’t think I’m being harsh by saying it was near undrinkable. Could just be opening week jitters though and that cheeseburger was such a delight that anything can be delivered at this point.

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Burger Liquor Lobster at The London

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Burger Liquor Lobster Verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger:  7/10

Crab Burger: 7/10

Sides:  7/10

 

Why Burger Liquor Lobster?

She says: One of my friends from work was talking about how she had gone back to Chur Burger above the London and it was really, really good.  Later that same day He had told me about Burger Liquor Lobster and about three days later I put two and two together and worked out my friend had actually gone to Burger Liquor Lobster and given it a glowing review. Long story short this was another one of His finds (although I maintain I heard about it first!!… I just didn’t realise).

He says: Had been to the Chur Burger pop up here a few times and got rather excited by the early press that arose from the new effort. As a concept the lobster focus had me on my knees before you even had to mention burgers

What did you order?

  • Beef burger – $10
  • Soft shell crab burger – $15
  • Lobster bites – $15
  • Chips  – $7
  • Aioli – ?

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Tell us about the Beef Burger?

He say: It was uspiciously hard to tell the difference between this burger and the Chur burger beef version that preceded it in the very same venue. Almost too similar that it’s hard not to feel it’s a little disingenuous. In saying that it was still just as tasty as it’s Chur counterpart.

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She says: I quite liked this burger. It featured a good, quite thick patty, and a ‘smoked tomato chutney’, which I didn’t think I would like but which tasted to me to be less of a ’chutney’ (as it didn’t have that chutney spice) and was more sweet and smokey  – it was great with the mayo. The bun looks pretty doughy but was good and squishy and the cheese was perfectly melted.

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So then, how did you find the Crab Burger?

 She says: After the great soft shell crab debacle of 2014, (the offending burger still trails on our Burger Scoreboard) choosing this burger was a hard for Him and I. But it paid off. All the ingredients of this one worked together – the slaw  and the Singapore chili sauce (which has that almost curry powder taste of Singapore noodles) and the actually really crispy soft shell crab were great. (It was so crispy and battered that at the end it tasted a bit like a chip sandwich – which is a good thing.)

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He says: I’m not sure I’ll ever rant and rave over the virtues of soft shell crab in a burger but I’m so pleased to say this eradicated the prejudice formed after Brooklyn Social. The crunch of the crab smacked a minor home run when coupled with the slaw.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Popcorn Lobster? Amazing…. But it really could have been popcorn anything as you could hardly taste the lobster that well… and I have a feeling that if it had been chicken or prawn there would have been a lot more in each serve. The serves as shown in the picture are a little deceiving – the basket is about half filled with iceberg lettuce at the bottom! As for the chips – they are somewhat of a sore spot. We thought that at a whopping $7 the serve would be huge or the chips would be special – neither of these assumptions were correct.

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He says: Everything she said. I have nothing more to add other than maybe being a little less forgiving of the notion of serving 7 fucking dollars for a serve of chips. Really dudes?


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