Oxford Tavern

Oxford Tavern Verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 4/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

Why Oxford Tavern?

She says: I grew up in the inner west and used to pass the Oxford Tavern back in the days that it was a genuine girly bar, advertising “jelly wresting” (which I have since learnt is not as delicious as it sounds). Needless to say, I was repulsed by the whole thing back then but since it has been re-done but the Drinkn’Dine crew (also responsible for the Norfolk and the Foresters, among others) I was intrigued.

He says: Unlike She I have no stigma attached to the Oxford Tavern’s ‘shady’ former life. My knowledge of the venue mainly revolves around the Drink n Dine group taking it over. Being a fan of that company’s other and prior burger exploits (Norfolk, Carrington, Forresters and a special shout out to the Abercrombie’s {R.I.P.} Thursday night cheap cheeseburger debauchery) was enough to get me through the door with a decent amount of excitement. 

 

What did you order?

  • Hickory Burger – $10 (lunch)
  • Fried Chicken Burger – $10
  • Fries with Sour Cream, Bacon, Green Onions and Sriaracha – $10
  • The Jelly Wrestle – $20
  • Bloody Mary – ?

Tell us about the Hickory Burge?

He says: This is one of the better cheeseburgers I’ve had in Sydney. Every mouth water inducing element (from a patty wheeling and dealing in perfection for both taste and tenderness, glorious oozing cheese, a zingy pickle and a special sauce to rival any other) came into play to explode into burger excellence. Sure it was a Sunday, and perhaps I was a little hungover, but this cheeseburger was almost enough to make me  kneel down and cry tears of joy and deference.

She says:  I was really, really impressed with this burger (thank god because we have been on a not so great run with beef burgers lately). It had that great grilled burger taste with the chewy, crunchy, great almost-burnt bits around the edges of the patty.  There was more than ample cheese, which is always a plus and a nice amount of sauce, including a authentic American mustard which, with the pickle, added the perfect amount of tangy punch. Fresh, sparse salad finishes it perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend this burger!

So then, how did you find the Fred Chicken Burger?

She says: Oh my. I am not sure how to describe this one in kind terms. The fried chicken by itself was worthy of note, but as a burger it dropped the ball. It was little more than a bit of fried chicken wedged between two halves of a bun. The coleslaw lacked flavour and was generally un-sauced, and the corn added little to nothing to the burger as a whole.  It lacked the cohesion that we have seen executed so well in some of the other chicken burgers we have tried recently. Next time I would order the fried chicken alone.

He says: Unfortunately this one nearly made me cry for the exact opposite reasons. I don’t want to be too harsh but this was a bit of a train wreck burger wise. The bun seemed a little on the stale side, the fried chicken leaning towards bland and cold, the slaw devoid of flavour and personality, the addition of corn completely superfluous and, seriously, WHERE THE FUCK WAS THE SAUCE DUDES???? On the strength of the Hickory burger though I’m prepared to accept that maybe this was a one off anomaly in the kitchen and would be prepared to give it another crack.

And what about the sides?

She says: Crinkle cut chips will always have a special place in my heart, nestled next to the bigger section of said heart devoted to the king of the chip, curly fries. These chips with sour cream and Sriaracha were pretty good, with a fresh, nacho-esk vibe. The Bloody Marys we ordered were also pretty good but the real star of the sides show was the dessert, which we ordered out of pure greed when we saw it go past. It is a MOUNTAIN of waffles, cream and jelly topped with 100s &1000s. We discovered about halfway in that there was also ICECREAM  buried in its depths. We were informed that they usually provide customers with rubber gloves and  refuse them cutlery, forcing them to eat with their hands. We luckily had utensils left over and were spared the embarrassment of shovelling this into our mouths with our hands (forks and our own gluttony worked just fine to embarrass us)

He says: The crinkle cut chips alone were tasty but the addition of siracha, bacon and sour cream didn’t bring that much to the party. Maybe needed more of each ingredient (and possibly some melted cheese wouldn’t go astray). The Bloody Marys were impressive and served their purpose with vigour but the Jelly Wrestle desert opened up a new level. It’s a must try that transcends the novelty the moment you start heaving all of the different elements into your mouth. Probably the most flat out ‘fun’ dish I’ve had in ages.

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Visited on 17 August 2014

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Hours:

Mon – Thu: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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