Fish Shop Verdict: 9/10
Fish burger: 7.5/10
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Monday – Saturday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – late
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – 10:00pm