Kepos Street Kitchen

96 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016

DSC01930Kepos Street Kitchen verdict: 8.5/10

Lamb Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 6/10

 

So why The Kepos Street Kitchen?

She says This was another of His suggestions. I didn’t realise that it was a fancy restaurant and when we turned up I have to admit I sulked a bit because I was sure they couldn’t do great burgers if they weren’t in our favourite American style. Oh, how wrong I was.

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He says: This has been on our list for yonks and looked to be a nice switch up from the American diner styled burgers we’d been scoffing down of late.

What did you order?

  • The Lamb Kefta Burger – $18
  • The Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $18
  • Vanilla Milkshake- $7

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Tell us about the Lamb Kefta Burger?

He says:  They said the meat on this was served medium rare but it was definitely on the rare side of things (it was kind of like a burger tartare!) which is something I’m not used to but adapted to quite quickly. The harissa relish and kohlrabi slaw further heaved this little middle eastern inspired delight into enjoyablility.

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She saysThis burger was really special and very different. It WAS super rare, like He says, when I ate it it was almost like a juicy steak tartare on bread (which I realise sounds gross but which was actually really great). Not for the faint of heart. But the freshness of the apples and mint was perfect with the richness of the lamb. It was a really great burger. Not our usual style but delicious.

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So then, how did you find the Southern Fried Chicken Burger?

She says: This was a massive burg, and the mayo was bright yellow. I was almost expecting it to have that earthy turmeric taste. But it was magic, juicy chicken, crunchy schnitzel batter and lots of sauce. Another smashing burg.

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He says: This bad boy is listed on the menu as a sandwich so I took the liberty of renaming it for them. A generous couple of chunks of juicy schnitzel make friends here with coleslaw and chermoula mayo. It’s delicious but lost points for arriving at the table strangely cold (as if it had been sitting on the counter too long) and the brioche bun was a touch on the dry side.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The sides were a bit meh, as He says below this isn’t really a place where sides are going to kick any goals. The chips were good, fat and juicy, but I wasn’t super unimpressed with the milkshake.

He says: This is a café (the other stuff on the menu looked tremendous) so it’s hard to get too grumpy on them regarding their lack of traditional burgering feast sides. The fries served with the burger were standard but tasty if, again unfortunately, a little on the cold side upon arrival. The milkshake needed a whole lot more sweet syrup to stand up to my tastes but each to their own.


|| 96 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016 || Website ||

HOURS: Open 7 days,

Monday – Saturday 7:30am – 10:30pm

Sunday 8am – 3pm

 

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish verdict: 8/10

Brekky Burger: 6/10

The Big Mick: 8.5/10

Korean Fried Chicken Burger: 6.5/10

Sides: 9.5/10

Why this place?

She says: We have been going past Ish regularly and ever time we enter into the same argument – I say that Ish used to be at the bottom of Hollis Park in Newtown (where the current Café Ism is) and He says either that he isn’t sure that is quite right or points out that I say that every time we go past. Anyway – the FBAS (Fatties Burger Appreciation Society on Facebook) has seen a couple of reviews lately so we thought we would get on board. Turns out Ish have the nicest, smiley-est, friendliest staff ever, (who chased me all the way to Redfern station to return the phone I absent-mindedly left behind) and I would go back there just to get to hang out with them and eat the chips every day of the week.

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He says: I’d been here before in those dull pre OBM days and remember it being solid. Word of a new menu, a belter of a hangover and our friend Sam along for the ride we walked through the doors on a windy Sunday primed to devour.

What did you order?

  •        The Big Mick (weekly special) – $15.50
  •        Brekky Burger (weekly special) – $16
  •        Korean Fried Chicken Burger – $10.50
  •        Twice Cooked house fries – $6
  •        Freakin Awesome wings – $4.95
  •        Chuck Norris Milkshake – $7.50
  •         Snickers Milkshake – $7.50

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Tell us about the Big Mick?

He says: The menu here is enormous and our lovely waiter insisted profusely that we try the specials and he was on the money with this one. This is Cafe Ish’s version of a Maccas Big Mac and it shines as an up market relative. Juicy and flavoursome patties mingle with a cracking milk bun and delicious Jack cheese with pickles and tartare sauce.

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She says: This was my favorite burger – they got the onion and the pickles just right. I loved the sauces and though it looks enormous, it was actually okay to eat. I did see one lady pull it apart and eat it with a knife and fork but hey, each to their own.

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So then, how did you find the Korean Fried Chicken Burger?

She says:  I am not convinced about minced chicken burger patties. It was a bit too weird for me. I don’t have a great deal that I liked about this one – it wasn’t terrible but definitely not my thing.

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He says: This was interesting. I don’t recall ever having a minced chicken pattie and it was nice for a change (and had a nice crunchiness to it). The pineapple worked well but I wasn’t a massive fan of the Korean pepper sauce (and boy was there a lot of it). Would have preferred the addition of a mayo or creamy sauce and some cheese but that’s just personal opinion.

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How about that Brekky Burger?

He says: This was one of the other specials. Didn’t really enjoy this one all that much. The baconater pattie (12g free range beef studded with bacon bits) was lacking in flavour and although there was supposed to be a hollandaise sauce it was pretty much non existent which rendered the whole thing a little dry and bland. Dissapointing.

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She says: I think this burger would be great for giant pork lovers, the bacon patty was super bacony (which I suppose we should have realized). I loved the hash brown – because carbs on carbs is always kind of special – but apart from that it wasn’t as great as it sounded. The egg could have been a bit runny too (although that is such a personal preference – I know that He for one would have hated that!)

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And what about the sides?

She says: Ish does KILLER sides. The chips were as good as any I have eaten in my whole life. Double fried and crunchy but soft in the middle, these are the kind of fries I will tell my children and my childrens children about one day in the future when all we are eating are holograms and hover-boards. The milkshakes were also out of sight. The mint green coloured Chuck Norris  (vanilla ice cream, housemade green lime syrup, coconut macaroon icecream and vanilla braised pineapple) sounds weird on paper but totally works. And the snickers milkshake was so true to its name it could actually have been blended Snickers bars and milk – which for the record is totally okay with me! Let’s not forget the chicken – so very rich but beautiful and crunchy. Flavorful chicken inside awesome batter with just enough spring onion to cut through the salt a little but not so much you can’t kiss your burger eating companion (not you Sam)

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He says: The highlight of the meal and amongst the best spread of sides I’ve had in these Sydney burger adventures. The twice cooked chips were to die for with a perfect crunchy layer coated with chicken salt on the outside and soft gooey potato on in the inside. The Freaking Awesome wing lived up to their title indeed whilst both milkshakes came close to saving my life after the hours of damage I let alcohol ravage upon my body the night prior. I look forward to their mac and cheese next time around.

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|| 1/105 Regent Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016 || 02 96988598 || www.themilkbarbycafeish.com ||

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 11:30am – 6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

 

 
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