Burger Lounge (Coolangatta, Qld)

Burger Lounge verdict: 7/10

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Beef Burger: 7.5/10

Other Beef Burger: 5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why the Burger Lounge? 

 

She says:   We went to see His lovely parents and His mum had been mentioning this place for a while, she was a particular fan of the sweet potato fries. They humoured us and came for a reivew

He says:  A trip to visit the wonderful parentals brought with it the most serendipitous of lunches – we happened to be staying just down the road from what Trip Advisor recently crowned as the best burger joint in the country.

 

What did you order?

 

  • Nirvana Burger – $16.50
  • Le Grand Fromage Burger- $13.50
  • Crispy Fries (Handful size) – $3
  • Sweet Potato Chips – $7
  • Buffalo Wings – $9

 

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Tell us about the Nirvana Burger?

 

He says:  A very Australian styled burger with the lot (which I’ve always had a soft spot for).  The patty was surprisingly flavoursome and the beetroot relish and garlic aioli complimented the mountain of other ingredients (egg, char grilled pineapple, bacon, pickled cucumber, lettuce, tomato and spanish onion). The main issue here was that it was almost impossible to eat and touches like serving the pineapple as two separate pieces instead of the one only exacerbated this. Was a refreshing change to have a simple white bun to (attempt to) valiantly hold it all together.

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She says:  I still can’t really believe that I am a fan of pineapple of a burger. And the pineapple in this burger was grilled – what a genius move! Still, I didn’t go crazy for this burger. It had lotsa stuff in it yeah, but it was a bit blah for my liking. Not bad, but the kind of burger your dad would love.

 

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So then, how did you find the Le Grand Fromage Burger?

 

She says:   Holy Gold Coast this was a mustard party! That ooze you see coming out of the burger in the photo – it must have been cheese but man alive, it tasted like it was ALL MUSTARD. It was crazy. I scraped the majority out and it made a big difference. I did like the pickles (perhaps that is all I could taste after the mustard assault) but the rest was a take it or leave it type situation for me.

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He says: Whoa mustard overload. There was so much of it that it drowned out every other ingredient on the burger to the point where you couldn’t even tell there were four different types of cheese involved. Would steer clear of this and go for something else next time as it has enormous amount of options on the menu.

 

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And what about the sides? 

 

She says: As predicted by His lovely Ma, the sweet potato fries were a high point. The Buffalo wings were an even higher point, good and spicey with the signature bright orange Frank’s hot sauce. The fries were fine too – thick cut and pretty soft, good if that is your thing.

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He says: My Mum had been raving about the sweet potato chips here for weeks and they certainly hit there mark. The fries were simple but effective and hard to resist when dipped in the aioli provided. Also thought the buffalo wings were as good as any I’ve had for a while (big shout for the use of Frank’s hot sauce).

 

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|| Shop 6b, 1 Douglas Street, Coolangatta, 4225 || 07 55995762 || www.burgerlounge.com.au || info@burgerlounge.com.au ||

 

HOURS:  Monday to Sunday 11am – 9pm

 

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Surly’s

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Surly’s verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 9/10

 

 

Why this place?

She says: Each week we spend countless hours working out where to go for smash burgers on the weekend. He texted me about this one about mid-week and as we got closer to the weekend, we noticed a little bit of related internet chat regarding Surly’s too so obviously we invited our friends and turned up before they opened on Saturday and waited outside until they would let us in.

He says: With our work hours it’s rare to get to a chance to attend the early days of a new burger joint. After seeing this one on the interwebs and being blessed by living close by and having a Saturday free, we assembled with friends for an epic Anzac Day feast.

What did you order?

*        The Surly Burger with Bacon: $13

*           The Cajun chicken Burger: $14

*           Bacon Cheese Fries: $10

*           Chilli Cheese Nachos: $14

*           Buffalo Hot Wings: $12

*           Fried Chicken (3/pc): $15

(It wasn’t just us though okay – don’t judge us!!)

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Tell us about the Surly Burger with Bacon?

He says: This was a solid little champ of a burger. The patty was flavoursome and well cooked, and although not a massive fan of the bun (a touch dry and doughy) the Surly’s sauce and American cheese rounded this out well. As always the addition of bacon was a masterstroke.

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She says: This was a good burger and He is right, the bacon was a star. Good ratio of succulent meat to fresh light salad and generous lashings of sauce takes this burger to the ‘food you think off as you are drifting to sleep’ category. I recommend highly washing it down with a glass of Blue Moon beer (served with a slice of orange).  

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

She says:  FINALLY – a grilled chicken burger that doesn’t suck! It was great. I thought about telling Him how great I thought it was while I was eating but didn’t because it wouldn’t have been worth stopping. The chicken was cooked and seasoned to perfection – succulent and juicy – it ticked all the right boxes. Again – generous sauce and bacon, this has to be one of the top grilled chicken burgers going around.

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He says: As has been well documented on this blog neither She nor I are particularly big fans of grilled chicken on burgers. This however was one of those rare exceptions which I put down to the chicken being seriously juicy and tender (avoiding the dry pitfalls of so many before them). Had a similar issue with the bun as mentioned earlier and I didn’t get that much of a Cajun vibe from the seasoning but was a big fan of the provolone cheese and all in all it was a delightful little burger.

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And what about the sides?

He says: For me this was where it was at. Utilizing the extra bodies we had at hand we were able to try more of the sides than we usually would. The Bacon fries were outstanding and I’m a sucker for that plastic-esque liquid American cheese sauce. The Nachos were also next level and would put out a special shout out to the chips themselves which seemed home made. The Buffalo wings were as good as any I’ve had in Sydney and they had a ranch sauce that lifted it further into side heaven. The MAc n Cheese was also ridiculously rich and moreish even without a crunchy top or the addition of bacon which are normally a staple in my book. Only the fried chicken was a little lacking as I felt it could have done with a hint of spice and a thinner batter. I’ve already made plans to head back to Surly’s next week to attack their smoked meats and imbibe their cocktails. A welcome addition to the area.

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She says: Apologies about the picture – the buffalo wings looked so good I evidently took one (blurry) photo, thought ‘good enough’ and jumped in. They tasted as good as they looked (IRL). They were classically sticky, tangy and fluro orange and were served with a ranch sauce (which could have been a bit stronger – or maybe I was hankering for a blue sauce instead). The fries were outta sight, covered in bacon and cheesy sauce. I wasn’t as taken with the nachos or the mac and cheese as Him but they were still pretty good. This was a great place to bring a group. Get on board!

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|| 182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.surlys.com.au ||  02 93313705 ||

 

HOURS

Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm-12am

Monday: Closed

 

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The Keg and Brew

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The Keg and Brew verdict: 5/10

Beef Burger: 5/10
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich: 2/10
Sides: 5/10

 

 

So why the Keg and Brew?

He says: Again there was a quite large recent online presence with these guys. Was especially excited to try the lobster burger. Unfortunately when we arrived on a Saturday lunch time it coincided with a mini local beer festival and hence we had to order form a limited ‘drunken’ menu. There was only one burger on the limited menu which seemed to set the scene for the disappointment that followed.

She says:  I tried not to be sad when He told me the bad news re- the lobster burger, but it was tough. I know it’s not a burger but we had to order the Philly cheese steak as it really was the closest option. Add to all this that this place was near central station and it was the day of Future Music festival – and I think you get a pretty good sense of the vibe in this joint.

What did you order?

  • KB burger – $15
  • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich – $15
  • 1kg Bucket of Buffalo Wings – $9 (daily special)
  • Monterey Jack Fried Cheese Sticks – $10

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Tell us about the KB burger?

He says: Expected more here. There was way too much relish and the Black Angus beef patty was so overcooked it could have been anything really. The on point aioli and gruyere cheese tried gallantly (and unsuccessfully) to lift this out of mediocrity.IMG_5630

She says: This burger was not to my tastes at all. I think I had two bites and tapped out. The meat didn’t have any lusciousness or juiciness, there was good melted cheese but the bun was too doughy for me and there wasn’t enough contrast in the flavours for me.

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So then, how did you find the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich?
 

He says: The only upside to not having any other burgers on the menu for the day was that provided the chance to indulge in another passionate love of mine – Philly Cheese steak sandwiches. Unfortunately this was a train wreck of a meal. Strangely served on Turkish bread the meat itself had an odd taste that was almost like the steak had been boiled, there was nowhere near enough cheese and the whole thing arrived cold. Such a shame.

She says:  I wish the lobster burger was on offer instead. I didn’t finish this.

 

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And what about the sides?

She says: Thanks heavens for fried cheese sticks. They crunchy and salty and just the right amount of melt happening. I stripped the Philly cheese steak sandwich of its innards and made myself a little cheese stick sandwich, which was delightful. The buffalo wings weren’t spectacular – but I am a snob when it comes to them, I am willing to admit that.

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He says: I had one bite out of the buffalo wings and left it at that. Like the sandwich they were on the wrong side of hot and the meat itself had a peculiar taste to it. The accompanying blue cheese sauce was tasty though and great to dip the chips (that arrived on the plate with our burger/sandwich) in. The Monterey Jack fried cheese sticks were the clear highlight of the meal but not really the kind of thing you can eat that much of. Hoping we just caught the Keg and Brew on and off day and will be glad to try them again down the track if people state a case that it’s worth it.



|| 26 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || (02) 92121740 || www.kegandbrew.com.au || office@kegandbrew.com.au ||

Opening Hours:
Monday- Sunday: 10am – late (kitchen opens 11am)
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