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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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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