Barrio Chino

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Barrio Chino verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken burger: 8/10

Sides: 9.5/10

 

So why Barrio Chino?

She says: This was all Him. We were looking for somewhere near His place in Darlinghurst and this was on our list thanks to his incredible knowledge of our chosen foodstuffs (and just restaurants in general).

He says:  I’d eaten Mexican here a few times prior and was not be overly wowed but had a few fellow local Darlinghurstians who recently made their thoughts very clear about how much they loved the burgers here (or, as they call them, tortas). Also thought $10 Thursday burger night provided the perfect occasion

What did you order?

  • Barrio Torta with bacon and Ancho fries ($16 or $10 on Thursdays)
  • Southern style chicken torta ($14 or $10 on Thursdays)
  • Fried chicken with chipotle mustard dipping sauce ($12)

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Tell us about the Barrio Torta?

He says: Bang! Any prior misgivings about Barrio Chino are completely obliterated when this bad boy arrived.  The patty was flavoursome and cooked perfectly and the addition of cheddar, pickled jalapeños, and an utterly delightful chimmichurri mayo made this a tasty morsel to remember. Glad we added bacon as well. Sensational burger

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She says: I have to admit I was totally blown away by this one at the first bite. It’s getting rarer and rarer for us not to already have an inkling that a restaurant we visit will a good burger (thanks blogword!) so this was one awesome surprise. Great squishy bun, awesome fresh ingredients and fantastic flavourful sauce and good meaty meat.

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So then, how did you find the Southern style chicken torta?

She says: This was another ripper. Succulent crispy fried chicken, thinly sliced coleslaw and iceberg, and a perfect amount of chipotle mayo. The crispy freshness of the salady bits cut through the richness of the chicken and mayo combo, resulting in this fantastic balanced burger that was light and rich at the same time.

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He says: The fried chicken in this was brilliant (see sides review below) and it’s simplicity worked in its favour. The chipotle mayo should go wherever this chicken does. Wish there was more sauce and they added some cheese but these are minor quibbles (both of wish I can rectify the next time I order it!)

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And what about the sides? 

She says: That chicken – lordy-lou! This is up there with the best fried chicken in town right now – crispy batter that is just the right thickness and inside, hot succulent chicken that actually tastes like chicken, not just batter. (Actually, wasn’t someone going to start that fried chicken blog already??) The sweet sauce it comes with was just fantastic. The waiter saw my enthusiasm and offered to bring more to go with the chips, an offer which was accepted with gusto! Oh yes, and the chips – they too where top notch. Spicy but not so much that your lips hurt, crispy, plentiful. Top points for sides!

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He says: We kind of haphazardly ordered the fried chicken when we realised the tex mex nachos were only available on the late night menu. That turned out be serendipitous as said fried chicken turned out to be about as good as I’ve had in this city. The chipotle mayo and the chipotle mustard dipping sauce were all kinds of wonderful as well. The ancho fries were also on point.


|| 28-30 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, 2011|| Website || (02) 80219750 || queonda@barriochino.com.au ||

 

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday (5pm-late)

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The Fish Shop

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Fish Shop Verdict: 9/10

Cheeseburger: 9.5/10

Fish burger: 7.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

Why The Fish Shop?

She says: When we met and discovered our mutual love of burgers (among other things) I told him that at that point my number 1 burger had to be Mary’s. He told me that he could top it and took me to The Fish Shop for the cheeseburger. And now we have a blog dedicated to burgers.

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He says: This is one of my most cherished burgers. Voted as best burger in Sydney numerous times it’s that old friend that never lets me down. A cheeseburger so good that it was retained on the Fish Shop menu, apparently due to popular demand, after its success at the restaurant (Lotus) that stood before it in the same location.

What did you order?

  • Dan’s famous cheeseburger 18.0
  • Crumbed fish, bacon & chilli burger 19.0
  • Aoli – 2.5
  • Bloody Caesar – 16

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Tell us about Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger ?

He says: I could eat this burger every day with rapture. Just one mouthful elicits immense euphoria throughout every inch of my body. It’s greatest asset is it’s simplicity. The most flavoursome patty in Sydney cooked to medium rare perfection, decadent gooey cheese, crisp bacon, an old school sesame bun and a spellbinding special sauce. This here burger stands as an effigy of all things great humanity can achieve. As long as they keep serving it I’ll keep eating it until the day I perish.

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She says: As mentioned above, I have had this burger before (a few times actually) and this time it was not as good as usual. I should note that I realised (after a small meltdown related to the fact that our burgers came out pre-cut, which I was convinced completely ruined any chance i had of getting a good photo) that perhaps I got out of the wrong side of the bed. That said, this burger was still a ripper. The bun was perfectly proportioned, fresh and squishy. Great sauce and pickles added the perfect amount of tangy to the cheese and bacon saltiness. This burger is a song with a harmonious melody that gets stuck in your head.

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So then, how did you find the Fish Burger?

She says: We decided that we really ought to get this burger as it is the ‘Fish Shop’ despite the fact that neither of us are particularity keen on fish burgers (we debated at one stage getting a cheeseburger each as well so that we didn’t have to sacrifice the cheeseburger half for a fish burger). This was actually pretty good though, the fish was really not very fishy, and was in such crunchy crumbs that you could have been excused for thinking that it was a chicken burger. The addition of bacon sounds weird but worked and the chilli sauce had a surprising kick. It was great, but it was still a fish burger.

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He says: I was a little bummed out that I didn’t get to attack an entire cheeseburger to myself but thought it only fair that we try the fish burger. I’m not into fish burgers in general and feel that fish doesn’t deserve a home in a burger. This was about as good as I could conceive of a fish burger being though. The chilli sauce was a winner and the masterful addition of bacon nearly had me forgetting I was eating fish. Nearly.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The burgers each came with chips. They were pretty good, a bit soft for my tastes and otherwise unremarkable. The Bloody Caesar was a first for me – it was a Bloody Mary but made with Clamato juice – which is a mix of tomato and clam juice, and comes served with a boiled pippy floating in it. Honestly it just tasted like a really good Bloody Mary!

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He says: I really enjoy the chips here. Not quite sure why but they do seem to have the balance of external crunch with internal softness down pat. The aioli has a wonderful smokiness to it as well.


|| 22 Challis Ave, Potts Point NSW 2011|| Website || Menu ||

Hours

Monday – Saturday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – late

Sunday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – 10:00pm

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