The Erko

DSC00449The Erko Verdict: 6/10

 

 

 

Beef Burger: 4/10

Brisket Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

So why The Erko?

She says:  I really like the feel of the Erko – it has that great old Aussie pub vibe, the staff are really friendly and it never feels like its packed with dickheads. It’s family friendly and spacious.  We have been here a couple of times to try the BBQ meats (totally worth a try) and the burgers looked impressive as they went past. (…okay yes, also we are lazy and it’s close to home.)

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He says:  Not only conveniently located for us but also a cracking location for smoked meats and many beers in the past. Surely the burgers would follow suit?

 What did you order?

  • The Erko Cheese Burger – $19
  • The Brisket Burger – $22
  • Pulled Pork Poutine- $16

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Tell us about the Erko Cheese Burger?

He says: Really disappointing. The patty was like and oversized (and cooked) pepper rissole with extra pepper. Seriously, the pepper in this one pretty much negated the taste of every other ingredient. Was also near impossible to hold.

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She saysYeah, this was a massive let down. It looked good and I was pumped for a classic burger with that good greasy flavourful meat patty backed up by some strong flavour friends in the cheese, bacon and sauces. But, sadly no such luck. The bacon was hard to taste, the sauce was M.I.A. and the cheese, while it looked promising from the outside but when I bit into it, it actually wasn’t melted very much and wasn’t very strong or bitey. I don’t think I’ll be going for this one again.

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So then, how did you find the Brisket Burger?

He says: The brisket itself was on point but didn’t really seem to work with the rest of the ingredients. The brisket was carved into two distinctly shaped pieces and didn’t seem to fit well in the burger which hence meant there were a whole lot of meatless bites which in itself is nothing short of a tragedy.

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She says: Better than the Cheese Burger because the meat was the good, smokey brisket chunks, this burger still wasn’t awesome (sorry canned beetroot but you are going to have to do more than this to win me over). He is right about the logistical issues that we faced with the meat to rest ratio. It was hard to eat and not that much fun.

 

DSC00428Now, what about the sides?

She says:  Firstly at the risk of getting all food bloggy, this is not traditional poutine. The traditional dish is fries and cheese curds with a “gravy-like” sauce (thanks Wikipedia). Instead the Erko’s poutine is fries, gravy, pulled pork and just normal melted cheese. Perhaps it’s my childlike fascination with that RSL/nursing home flavour of powdered gravy (which is both amazing and disgusting at the same time), or that I just think any meal whose basis is fries is incredible, but there is something about this poutine. I can’t decide if I love it or hate it… I was leaning more towards love this day as I had a teensy bit of a hangover, which this dish is pretty much made for.

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He says: Have had the poutine a few times before and it was just as tasty as usual. A big shout out to the aioli which, in my opinion, resides near the top of the garlic mayonnaise kingdom for the year.


|| 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW, 2043 || www.theerko.com.au||

HOURS:

Monday to Saturday 11:00am – Midnight,

Sunday 11:00am to 10:00pm

 

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The Local Taphouse

IMG_5216 The Local Taphouse verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9.1/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why this place?

She says: Full disclosure: a friend of mine’s partner is imbedded in some capacity in the Local Taphouse (I am not going to lie – really not sure what his role is and wouldn’t like to speculate. Let’s say he is the Junior Vice President)  and my friend mentioned their burgers to me previously. He and I made our usual deal where friends are involved. Which is a) we let you all know straight up that we have mates involved and b) if it sucks we eat it and don’t review it – rather than lie to you beautiful burger fans in order to save our friendship. Luckily it didn’t suck!

He says: I’ve enjoyed the beers here on numerous occasions and a chance meal there a few weeks prior gave me burger envy whilst watching a friend devour their beef burger. Unlike the magnificent She I have no personal affiliations with the establishment and so have no qualms being negative if the experience genuinely called for it.

What did you order?

  • The Local’ Beef Burger: $18
  • The Buttermilk Chicken Burger: $18
  • Slow Cooked Crumbed Brisket: $12

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Tell us about the ‘The Local’ Beef Burger?

He says: This was outstanding. A flavoursome patty with serious character and cooked to just the right amount of pink lay down on a bed of to die for ‘secret’ sauce and soft American cheese. I would have put this in the top 5 burgers we’ve had on the blog if it wasn’t slightly let down by a dry brioche bun. Would love to see some milk bun action up in here!

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She says:. I was surprised by how good this one was – it didn’t really look the part but it was actually a pretty special burger. The proportions in both burgers were really well done. This one had exactly the right ratios of meat to sauce to bread. I didn’t have a problem with the bun, but He makes a good point about the milk bun – it would have taken this bad boy to the next level.

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

She says: One great chicken burger – smooshy and a bit fall apart – which worked here. The chicken was nice and soft but still well cooked. The batter was golden and crunchy – not too thin/not too thick. Good coleslaw, pickle and a nice amount of awesome sauce. A real smashing snack that I would go again and again.

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He says: Again this was excellent. Was a massive fan of the buttermilk chicken used here (top marks for crunch and seasoning) and it’s hard to fault chicken of that ilk when combined with allies like slaw, American cheese and a creamy mayo-esque sauce. Again had the same issue with the brioche bun but maybe that’s a personal thing and even with it’s presence it remained a fantastic little chicken burger. 

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And what about the sides?

He says: We went for the slow cooked crumbed brisket because it wasn’t something either of us had tried anywhere before. It wasn’t so much my thing. The brisket itself seemed to suffer a dryness after being deep fried that couldn’t be saved by the surrounding horseradish cream. Taste wise it just didn’t make much sense to me. The fries served with the burger were of the McDonalds shoestring variety and went down a treat when coated in the delicious house aioli. Also will be kinder on the sides here as had the arancini balls and Taphouse fried chicken the week before and they were both delicious. Good to know this is more than just a cracking place to have a beer! 

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She says: The brisket was a bit strange – I wasn’t a massive fan – maybe because it looked a bit like a croquette so I was expecting it to be much less dry than it was.  I do love a maccas style chip though – mostly because our good friends at Mary’s. To be honest, our previous sides choices (detailed above) were much better!

|| 122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst, 2010, NSW || Website || Email || 02 93600088 ||

HOURS:

Monday – Sunday: 8:30am-8:00pm

 
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The Tuckshop

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The Tuckshop Verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

Why the Tuck Shop?

She says: I saw this one popping up all over Instagram and of course He researched it through all the blogs. We agreed it was a must. Lucky for us our friends who live in Parramatta had a second beautiful baby who we were yet to meet so we combined the trip with a detour to Glennhaven. It was perhaps the hottest day of the year and although we sat outside, the heat is the only logical explanation for how we stupidly neglected to also order the cheese burger, the star of so many reviews!

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He says: So much blogging food porn has been afloat regarding this place. The arrival of a gorgeous new child for two of my favourite people in the world and the close proximity of their house in Parramatta to The Tuckshop had serendipity knocking on the door.

What did you order?

– Beef n Bacon Burger – $16

– Southern Spiced Grilled Chicken Burger – $14

– Malt Milkshake – $5

– Fresh Coconut – $6.5

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Tell us about the Beef n Bacon Burger?

He say: This little guy reached for the heavens and nearly hit the ceiling. Top notch patty mingled with to die for bacon and hunger levelling cheese (plus the fresh salad stuff). The tangy special sauce was generously administered and served to enhance the flavour of every other ingredient that it became involved with. A legend of a burger is born.

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She says: The bun on this burger, in fact on both burgers looked like brioche but was actually a really good, squishy, fingerprint retaining consistency that flattens right out and makes taking a bite easy and enjoyable. The meat was super tasty, not too oily and clearly good quality. It had that great caramelised, burnt bits taste that i love. The bacon added depth and salt, and the cheese provided a good tang and point of difference to make this an awesome burger. All of this with a small amount of fresh lettuce and tomato and this was a winner. Special burger, worth the long drive.

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

She says: This was one of the better grilled chicken burgers we have had lately (still…hanging for a fried chook burg!). One of the major problems we have notices with grilled chicken burgers is a lack of sauce, however this burger laughed at a lack of sauce – it was slathered with awesome mayo and had a really well dressed slaw. Also, it wasn’t too much chicken, in fact it may have been just a bit to little, as to the end of my half i was munching on bread. Really solid example of a grilled burger.

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He says: Not ordering the cheeseburger regrets aside (we considered actually driving back a couple of hours later just to try it) this was a solid little burger. Have to stop complaining about grilled chicken in a burger if I keep ordering it. Unlike the last few I’ve had from a various places the chicken itself was juicy and tender as opposed to dry and the slaw and jalapenos gave it a good kick.

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And what about the sides?

She says: We didn’t order extra chips, having learnt our lesson over and over again and realising these burgers came with chips. The chips themselves were pretty good. One step up from your normal maccas style french fry, they were ‘old bay seasoned’ indicates is an actual brand. Anyway it was great, particularly with his predictable ordering of extra aioli. Oh, and of course we got drinks too – a malt milkshake (amazing) and a fresh coconut (I was heat mad and the coconut looked like the next best thing to the actual beach). Both were top notch!

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He says: If this is what Old bay seasoning in then feel free to coat anything and everything in it from this point on. The beautiful She is a massive malt fiend so the milkshake was a hit. Now if only we can get back here asap to try that friggin cheeseburger!


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