Huxtaburger Pop Up (Sydney)

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Huxtaburger Pop Up verdict 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10
Other Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 6/10

 

So why the Huxtaburger pop up?

She says: I have been waiting to try Huxtaburger for ages. Particularity since He killed it on the radio in an interview about recent comments by David Chang about Australian burgers with the Chef from Huxtaburger not so long ago (yep, for real). Also I have drooled over their Instagram many, many times and the fact that we braved the line process, (not just  line but a ‘process’ given that really three lines, a name taking exercise and a ordering and retrieving stage) for one and a half hours is indicative of my level of commitment particularly in light of our recent 5 minute line effort with the Ume pop up. I should mention though that there was popcorn delivered to the line at regular interview by the friendly staff and really it wasn’t THAT painful.

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He says:  Safe to say that it feels like there’s been a burgeoning swarm of people banging on about Huxtaburger for what feels like eternity. The Sydney pop up craze continues and with it provides me an opportunity to inhale the Huxtagoodness. Excitement was at it’s peak (and kind of needed to be as we queued up for an hour and a half which is shithouse no matter how you look at it).

What did you order?

  • Huxtaburger Burger – $9.50
  • Theo Burger- $12
  • Claire Burger – $13
  • Crinkle Cut Chipotle Chips – $4

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Tell us about the Huxtaburger Burger?

He says:  Like a Hungry Jacks burger with top shelf ingredients and that is by no means a criticism. Great combo of flavours in a bun that felt like it would disintegrate in my mouth. Slightly marred by a patty that was overcooked – it was perfect pink on the outside but a little charred and even crispy on the outside. Weird.
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She says: No complaints from me. This burger was a  made up of a beef patty (I didn’t have the same issue with the patty as He) with lashings of  mustard, mayo and tomato sauce. It had nice fresh  tomato and lettuce and was topped off with some tangy pickles and American cheese. I loved it from its super squishy outer bun to its saucy middle of goodness.

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So then, how did you find the Theo Burger?

She says:  This one was definitely the winner – just more of everything, slightly bigger and some bacon which really stood its ground and look at it, what a beauty queen!

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He says: My pick of the night. Basically the Huxtaburger with the addition of bacon and BBQ sauce. The bacon made all the difference and I’ll always have a soft spot for the way mayo and BBQ sauce mingle together. Would love to try this in one of their Melbourne restaurants to garner the quality.

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And can you share your thoughts on the Clair Burger?

He says: Thought this would be a little stronger. The chicken was more on the warm side than hot, the slaw was average and there was too much of it and I was expecting more kick  and flavour from the jalapeño mayo.

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She says: This is one of those rare occasions where I have to say I disagree with him. I really liked this little guy (maybe its Stockholm Syndrome – see above re ‘Line Process’), I liked the way they did the slaw – it was chopped up and lathered in sauce rather than sliced. I thought the fried chicken was spot on.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Oh my – its a sad day when crinkle cut fries fail to impress me. These were soggy and unremarkable. We did have quite a bit of burger to get through so really, its probably a good thing.

He says: Epic let down. Basic crinkle cut fries which didn’t have enough chipotle and were cold as soon as they arrived.


|| http://www.huxtaburger.com.au || Check website for address details in Victoria ||

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This was a pop upheld for one weekend only (25th & 26th July) at Harpoon Harrys in Sydney. (Cross your fingers for more!)

Lord of the Fries

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Lord of the Fries verdict: 6.5/10

Vegetarian Beef Burger: 5/10

Vegetarian Chicken Burger: 5/10

Sides: 8/10

So why Lord of the Fries?

She says: They gave us free burgers!! For real. First place to send us an email (bar a mega chain that shall remain nameless who invited us to build our own burger. We missed it because we missed the email, not because of our  moral standpoint on such things). Also, we do get a bit of flack from various vegetarian friends about not including enough veggie burgers, so we thought this might serve to silence them.

He says: In perhaps the greatest moment in OBM’s history we were approached to test out Lord of Fries new shop and menu in Sydney’s Central Station. This of course means we’ve hit the big time as these little puppies were free!  It sparked a valid debate with She regarding our belief that we should act with integrity by rendering honesty with our opinions of the burgers paramount even if they aren’t independently paid for. Considering the entire menu is vegetarian (mock pattys etc) I wasn’t sure what to expect from Lord of the Fries with my only other experience with them being a drunken visit in Melbourne a few years ago.

What did you order?

  • Original Burger – $7.95
  • Parma Burger- $7.95
  • Nuggets and Onion Rings – $9.95
  • Shoestring Fries (with Parisian sauce) – $4.95 (sauce: $0.75)
  • Sweet Potato Fries – $4.95
  • Classic Fries French Canadian Style – $4.95 (sauce: $1.25)

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Tell us about the Original Burger?

He says:  It’s hard to work out whether I should rate this on it’s merits alone against a ‘normal’ burger or take strongly into account that it is vegetarian with a faux patty that I wouldn’t ever normally order. For what it was it was perfectly decent – the patty had a distinct bean like texture though and although it never fooled me for being meat it did compliment a burger that had a typical American style (cheese, pickles, onion, mustard, mayo ketchup) about it that you don’t often see with vegetarian burgers. I imagine this would be quite the treat if you were a vego craving a fast food fix.

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She says: If I was a drunk, vegetarian whose will was being gradually weakened by the idea of a late night beef burger from the local fast food counter, this burger would draw me back to the vego side and show me that there were ways to live the life I chose. It has a junk food vibe (not high quality junk like Mary’s or The Old Growler, just junk food like actual $5 late night, gutter side chow down) and for that purpose I think it does its job, and it’s on that basis that I am reviewing it. It just doesn’t compare to real so I am not going to try.IMG_6343

So then, how did you find the Parma Burger?

She says: Another burger that tasted like a pizza – I feel like that has been happening a lot lately. I wasn’t as keen on this one as I was on the first. Again it was junk food, but it needed something more to cut through the salty garlic tomato sauce, and the soy bacon was just tangible weirdness. He liked this burger more than me but I don’t love pizza so maybe that’s why. If your a vego – go the Original.

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He says: We both agreed pretty much simultaneously that this tasted a whole lot like Dominoes pizza (which wasn’t such a bad thing in my book). Unlike She I enjoyed this more than it’s (mock) beef counterpart and thought the soy bacon was a star. Would have loved some mayo on here, the bun could have been a little softer and although I can’t see myself dabbling with this again anytime soon I am glad I gave it a go and would happily recommend it to those few herbivores I know.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The chips are the star at this joint (as probably should be clear by the name). Top points for both variety of chip and sauce. My favourite had to be the poutine – the ‘gravy’ had that guilty pleasure, RSL gravy vibe and the chips were fat and juicy. The  sweet potato were also a winner because salty sweet is always nice. The Parisian – which was essentially a garlic aioli – was good but outshone by its chip cousins. He was totally blown away by how much the fake chicken nuggets tasted just like chicken (!!) which was pretty fun to watch.

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He says: There  were some cracking sides here. The nuggets were delicious and really did taste like chicken. The fries, in all their incarnations, were across the board delicious with a special shout out to the French Canadian style (which was their version of poutine) and the Parisian sauce that came with the perfectly cooked shoestring fries. Safe to say I’d happily return at some point for another chip feast.

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Note: As mentioned these foods were given to us on the house (for real!!) but burger fans, while they can buy our burgers they can’t buy our hearts and minds. Everything we tell you is our opinion and not that of the lovely people willing to generously provide food for us to smoosh down our faces.

|| 10A Henry Deane Plaza, 18 Lee Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000 || Website || Email ||

HOURS:
Mon – Thursday 7:00am – 10:00 pm
Friday 7 am – 1 am
Saturday 11:00am – 1:00 am
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm (no breakfast service on the weekend)

Lord of the Fries Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chur Burger

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Chur Burger verdict : 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken burger: 7/10

Sides: 6/10

So why Chur Burger? 

She says: I feel like we had to do Chur Burger to make sure we had enough burger cred. It is a staple of ‘best burger lists’ and we hadn’t gotten around to reviewing it. A little note on context, we got there at 11:29 on a Saturday, they open at 11:30, they made us wait outside until about 11:35 (which was pretty annoying – more so because I was hangry) but once we were in (with the 3 other groups who had turned up and were waiting) the burgers were fast as lightning.

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He says: I’d been here a few times pre OBM days and had never understood the hype. Was intrigued to see what I thought now that the blog had rendered my burger appreciation expertise at peak form.

What did you order?

  • Beef burger with double cheese and bacon – $13
  • Marinated grilled chicken burger- $10
  • Frickles – $7
  • Chips with chilli salt- $6
  • Salted Caramel milkshake – $8

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Tell us about the beef burger?

He says:  I apologise to all the Chur lovers out there but I just think this burger is the epitome of mediocrity. The patty is overcooked, dry and flavourless . The bun was on the stale side and the tomato jam just doesn’t do it for me at all. The mustard mayo needs more personality (and to be  lathered with more consistent coverage) but the addition of double cheese and bacon helped to make it mildly enjoyable.

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She says Yeeeeah, I don’t get it either. I like the tomato jam more than Him but the meat was pretty tasteless and the burger was a huge let down. I had high hopes (despite His Chur-negative attitude). I actually didn’t bother finishing the beef, it was just a bit ‘meh’.

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She says: This one was better than the beef and totally edible but not super special. The chicken was cooked well and the salady-colslaw was crunchy and fresh, but I don’t think I would go for this again…I still don’t rate grilled chicken (as opposed to fried) so it may be me being a princess!

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She says: Frickles saved the day for me here – I filled up on them which was fine because I wasn’t super fussed with the burgers. The frickles (which are deep fried pickles) were covered in a nice crispy light batter but stayed crunchy and juicy on the inside. I also rated the fries and the shake (however by the end a bit the richness of the salted caramel was overwhelming).

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|| 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 || (02) 92123602 || www.churburger.com.au ||

OPENING HOURS: 

Monday: 11:30am – 9pm

Tuesday –  Saturday: 11:30am – 10pm

Sunday 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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Bowery Lane

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Bowery Lane Verdict : 6/10

Beef Burger: 6/10

Chicken burger: 6/10

Sides: 6/10

 

So why Bowery Lane?

He says: This place was the toast of food blogs throughout town for a while there and the burger photos had me salivating.

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She says: Yeah, yeah, yeah – this was ANOTHER Instagram find, so… I’ll attribute finding it to myself as I drive the Oh, Burger Me! Instagram. They popped up on our feed more and more and the burgers looked incredible. We happened to be headed to town to play Escapeism  (DO IT, IT IS THE BEST) and needed some sustenance and team planning time so it all just fell into place. It is a bit hard to locate, but don’t be put off by the fact it is an office building– it’s just in the back corner of the lobby a bit.

What did you order?

  • New York Cheeseburger – $18
  • American chicken fillet – $17
  • Manchego Croquettes – $14

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Tell us about the New York Cheeseburger?

He says: Really disappointing. Looked like a champion but tasted like a pretender. The patty was overcooked and surprisingly flavourless. The bois boudran also lacked flavour and the burger itself was overwhelmingly dry. Flavour improved once I’d doused it in a heap of aioli.  Also, minor quibble agreed, but this isn’t really a New York styled cheeseburger.

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She says: I agree with his summation. The wagyu patty wasn’t particularity exciting – it looked like it was going to be a ripper when we cut it, nice and pink, however sadly really unimpressive. The aoli did help but it wasn’t enough to make me excited about this burger.

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So then, how did you find the chicken burger?

She says:  I think I preferred the chicken to the beef but still it was a bit of a non-event. Another good looking burger that didn’t live up to expectations. There was quite a bit of chicken too – it probably could have done with less.

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He says: Again looked the goods but didn’t really deliver. The chicken was a little on the dry side and again there was a distinct lack of sauce. The inclusion of avocado was a good call though.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: The croquettes were beautifully presented but were fairly tasteless – no cheesy goodness, more just like fried potatoes balls. They did have a good crispy golden shell which was nice when lathered with their mayo. Actually – the savior of the day was the mayo – which they
brought out with the tomato sauce after we ordered but which was so perfect looking that I thought that it was (and told everyone else that it was) it as butter. It was great, seemed homemade and was light and creamy.

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He says: I love manchego and croquettes so obviously was really hanging out for the manchego croquettes. Unfortunately disappointed again. I didn’t taste even a hint of manchego. On the bland side so much so that we didn’t even finish them (which if you know us you would be aware very rarely happens). The fries that accompanied the burger were solid and great dipped in the aforementioned aioli.


Bowery Lane || Shop 1 Level 4 1 O’Connell Street Sydney CBD 2000 ||  (02) 92528017 ||  reservations@bowerylane.com.au|| Website and Menu ||

 

Opening Hours:

Monday-Wednesday  (7am-10pm)

Thursday-Friday (7am-late)

Saturday (5pm-late)

 

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Meat District Co.

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Meat District Co. Verdict: 5/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why the Meat District Co.?

He says: There seemed to be a heavy push on social media regarding Meat District with the chief selling point being there expanding empire from Pasadena. I was skeptical as it was located smack bang in the middle of a tourist trap mecca (Darling Harbour) but the photos I’d seen online made their burgers look like the they were the shizzle!

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She says: I’ve made my feelings about Darling Harbour clear before [link to meat and wine co] so I wasn’t super excited to go here, but when we turned up on a Saturday night, it was pumping. The restaurant itself has really a good vibe and heaps of people seemed to be there in big groups getting ready to head out. If that is your M.O. it looks like a good option around those parts.

What did you order?

  • Cheese Burger – $12
  • Chicken Burger – $14
  • Onion Rings – $7.50
  • Truffle Fries – $7.50

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: If you’re going to have an open kitchen it might be a good idea to conceal the fact that your patty mince isn’t ground and minced on site (which became evident by the unopened industrial sized plastic bags holding the mince in the refrigerator). This burger was mediocre city. The bun was far too doughy and dwarfed the size of the patty, the patty itself was overcooked and had too many notes of cheap sausage, and there was nowhere near enough sauce. Disappointing.

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She says: This burger was a beauty queen but lacked substance to back up its fairly awesome first impression (and to add to that, note that it was not a traditional Cheeseburger). The patty was really, really salty and had a weird Ikea meatball type taste. Also – as far as I am concerned, the jury is out on rocket on burgers. The pickle was strange too with an almost musty flavour. The cheese was great though and the sauce was working pretty hard to pull the burger from the depths of meh.

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: This burger featured fried crumbed chicken breast which we were pumped about after having not such a great time with grilled chicken burgers of late. It was a fairly standard, schnitzel type piece of chicken – which would be good with some tomato sauce and cheese, parmigiana style at your local, washed down with a Carlton Draught while you scratch in your Kino numbers with a pretty much blunt pencil that is far too small. The coleslaw and horseradish mayo weren’t super tasty and the bun was a bit too doughy. Again – this burger looked fantastic but failed to deliver.

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He says: Same issue here with the bun as the prior effort. The chicken itself was dry and again there was nowhere near enough sauce and slaw so the whole thing was rendered rather bland. Also could have done with the addition of cheese.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The fries were the best part of this visit – they were great and crunchy, golden with a light dusting of cheese. He thinks He could taste the truffle but I couldn’t, which is strange because I am usually a gun when it comes to smelling, tasting, seeking out and devouring truffled-anything. The onion rings weren’t amazing (but they are more His thing than they are mine, so maybe listen to him on them and not me).

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He says: The sides were the saving grace and highlight of the meal. The chips were cooked to perfection (crunchy on the outside with soft pillows of potato goodness ready to pour out of the center) and the onion rings were bang on as well. The truffled aioli accompanying them both raised the bar again


|| King Street Wharf 1 Lime St Sydney || Website ||

 

Open 7 days a week and 365 days a year – Monday – Sunday : 11am till ‘late’

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Mary’s (CBD)

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Mary’s Verdict: 9.5 /10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Veg Burger: 6/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why the Mary’s CBD?

She says:  I feel a certain amount of totally misplaced ownership over Mary’s. I found them soon after they opened, when I first moved back to my spiritual homeland of Newtown and their burgers have nursed me through many a dire hangover. Giving the CBD store a go was a must.  (Note for you before you get to the cross section pictures: Although we engaged in a fairly lengthy conversation about which knife we to carry with us to town and went through potential explanations we would give the police if they happened to search us and find the knife, in the end forgot to bring it and so, in a quick thinking move of utter brilliance we nibbled the burgers to their middles to give you cross section shots. They are far from pretty, but then Mary’s burgers don’t need to be pretty and they don’t care what you think!)

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He says: Although no review is present on the site (due mainly to lighting not being conducive to photography and the generally dire hungover state when in it’s presence) it’s safe to say that I’ve demolished a Newtown Mary’s burger more often and with greater vigour than any other burger in Sydney. The service may often be so cold it’s reptilian and the burgers not much to look at when they arrive on the table but fuck me it’s hard to deny these aren’t the most delicious burgers this city has on offer. Upon hearing they’d opened a    new takeaway only venture in Sydney’s CBD (with a fried chicken burger!) i’d felt an invisible string yanking me towards since opening night.

What did you order?

  • Mary’s Burger with trashcan bacon – $10
  • Chicken burger – $12
  • Veg Burger – $10
  • Fries – $3
  • Smokey Maple Syrup Thickshake – $6

 

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Tell us about the Mary’s burger ?

He says:  Everything on this burger is on point. It truly is the perfect union. The meat disintegrates as opposed to melts in your mouth, the cheese wraps itself around it like the perfect partner, the sweet soft bun keeps it all honest and the sauce is one fit for the gods. The patty today perhaps a little overcooked but I will forgive for the army of miraculous burgers that had preceded at Newtown. Final meal on earth contender right here.

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She says:  This beautiful classic was, as always, top notch. Somehow I only got one piece of tomato which wasn’t ideal as you need that tomato to make this burger what it is. It cuts through the grease just a bit. This burger is heaven and joins a part of a whole suite of Mary’s burgers which have been consumed and enjoyed over the last year – the score given reflects a conglomerate experience.

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So then, how did you find the chicken burger?

She says: We were both pretty pumped to try the chicken burger – a new menu item is always something to get excited about. Mary’s fried chicken is awesome, it’s succulent and crunchy to boot putting it on the deliciously sweet burger buns at Mary’s seems like something no-brainer (He actually may have mentioned this as a great potential menu items many burgers ago). This burger, with a sprig of lettuce and  just a bit of tomato was the delicious counterpart to its beef sister. In a word – Fantastic.

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He says: Pretty much the fried chicken from the Newtown joint inserted into a burger format. Devilishly delicious and rockets straight to the top of any chicken burger within a 1000km radius.

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Shall we talk about the Veg burger then?

He says: We have a lot of vego friends who’ve banged on about this being the best veggie burger in town because it doesn’t focus on being healthy (apparently quite the trait in the vegetarian burger scene) instead bucking the trend and dishing up an old school dirty burger. I was open minded, am down with mushrooms and thought upon glancing at it that I was in for a treat. Really didn’t deliver though as for me the volume of mushrooms (two of them and both massive) over powered the other ingredients and it just seemed as if everything on the burger was initially designed for beef and anything else was an afterthought. In saying that I can see why people might wax lyrical about it and admit I’m clearly not the target market for this little guy.

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She says: Firstly: I hate mushrooms – I try not to and there are some mushies which I am beginning to like but all in all, I am a firm ‘no’ to mushrooms. As He mentions though we wanted to try this as a tribute to our lippy vego friends. Conceptually I can see how if you liked mushrooms and were sick of healthy burgers, this could be enjoyable – but to me it was like hell.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: The fries were consistent with the Newtown ones – don’t expect anything fancy, they are your stock standard Maccas style French fries. The thickshake was surprisingly smokey but it had a weird texture, it was almost too thin, as if there was lots of ice but it didn’t have that creamy texture of a good thickshake. The ANZAC cookie sitting on top was pretty great though. And to be honest, I missed the mash and gravy, which you MUST eat if you go to Newtown Mary’s.

 

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He says: The shake was surprisingly a let down as it was more a 3rd rate soft serve in a cup then a $6 drink. Fries were good but PLEASE PUT THE FRIED CHICKEN AND MAS H N’ GRAVY ON THE MENU HERE AS WELL! PLEASE!!!!


Mary’s ||  154 Castlereagh Street,  Sydney CBD, 2000

Opening Hours:

MON TO SUN: 10am -10pm

 

Mary's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Nighthawk Diner at The Unicorn Hotel

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The Nighthawk Diner Verdict: 8/10

 

Beef Burger:  9/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 5/10

 

Why the Nighthawk Diner?

She says: I am going to claim this one as my find – I reckon I saw them first on the Instagram account of their food van, which has always looked pretty awesome. And we have had their burgers before – when they did a pop-up at the Icon Park venue on Stanely St, Darlinghurst (a myriad of issues including bad pictures and a number memory fading bourbon milkshakes ensured that the review from that visit never eventuated).

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He says: I’d heard and read myriad glowing reviews regarding the mobile van and pop up incarnations of these guys. As mentioned I hit up a recent pop up of theirs with the gorgeous She recently and really enjoyed the burgers and sides. Had big expectations of their new kitchen at The Unicorn Hotel (which they’ve claimed vehemently is not a pop-up but here to stay).

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger – $16
  • Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $16
  • Buffalo Wings – 50c each (!!)
  • Chilli Fries – $8
  • PB & J Milkshake – $6

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger?

He says: This cheeky little fella made me feel like I was mainlining the culinary equivalent of euphoria. When I’m on my death bed and my life flashes before my eyes I’m pretty sure the patty and sauce on this burger will feature prominently. Very hard to fault and I can’t wait till the next time my mouth gets to annihilate it.

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She says: This cheeseburger was pretty special. Not your classic ‘cheeseburger’, the usual American cheese and meat patty were accompanied by butter lettuce, tomato and special sauce – and by god, that sauce was special. The deliciously soft bun and the most special of special sauces, as well as the rich, quality meat patty (that perfect marriage of chuck and brisket according to the menu) took this burger to the next level. Highly recommend!

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

She says: To be honest – when it saw this bad boy headed to our table I thought perhaps we had made a bad choice, or maybe they had messed up and served us a fish burger.  I’d not seen a chicken burger which had chicken which was so lightly  crumbed before. But this little baby was a taste sensation – lightly fried chicken with iceberg lettuce was kicked up a notch with the ‘Chipotle Barbie-Q Mayonnaise’. Same great bun as the beef this burger is totally worth a go.

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He says: This looked a nightmare but tasted like a dream. The chicken itself cradled the middle ground between a southern fried and lightly crumbed schnitzel style. The mayo had an addictive and unique tang and perfect complimented the chicken. Not meaning to sound like a broken record here but I can’t help but wonder just where this would sit in the grand pantheon of chicken burger land if they’d added a heap of cheese…..

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And what about the sides?

She says: Let’s get one thing straight – the peanut butter and jam milkshake was one of the very best milkshakes I have ever consumed in my entire life. Apart from that life changing milkshake however the sides were a bit of a letdown. Both the chili fires and the wings were cold when they got to us (and i know what you’re thinking, but we aren’t the types to let the food sit while take ages to photographs – photos are a two minute affair and we always pick at the sides pre-pictures anyway). And the wings were a bit too dry, they weren’t slathered with that finger licking, chin messing sauce that can make or break a wing.

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He says: I concur with Her regarding the peanut butter and jelly shake – off the freaking change ecstasy in liquid form (especially when you hit the bottom and could scoop out the glorious chunks). Unfortunately there were major issues with the fries and wings. The fries were almost stone cold and had a very strange cardboard like taste to them (seemed like an oil issue). The wings were dry, bland and also strangely cold. This was further baffling as we seemed to be the only ones in the hotel dining at the time. Maybe just a bad day in the kitchen on the sides department and considering the quality of the burgers our expectations were indeed very high.

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The Burger Project

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The Burger Project verdict: 7

 

Beef Burger: 7
Pork Belly Burger: 6.5
Sides: 8

 

Why The Burger Project?
She says: Because we won a competition! (I assume it was genuine and we won because of the beautiful 25 words or less that I wrote about my favorite burger “it was with my now boyfriend and made me realize he was a keeper”) We were stoked because have been watching the Instagram keenly, waiting for TBP to open.
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He Says: Because the marvellous She won a competition! Am a bit of a fan of the Neil Perry food empire so to say I was excited to devour the creations from his new outlet solely devoted to burgers would be the understatement of 2014!

IMG_5123What did you order?
– Bacon and cheese burger – $9.50
– Pork belly burger – $9.90
– Salt and vinigar thrice cooked chips – $4.90
– Chipotle chilli thrice cooked chips – $4.90
– Malted creme de leche milkshake – $6.50
– Mandarins house made soda – $4.50

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Tell us about the Bacon and Cheese burger?
She says: First thing – expectations for this one were high. This is a Neil Perry burger and though I knew it wouldn’t be as good as the Rockpool burger, I was ready for something pretty great. And it was pretty good  – but not crazy amazing mind blowing awesome. You can tell that the paddy is made with high quality meat and it was paired with a nice amount of a tangy cheese. The paddy though was a bit inconsistent in its shape – He and I always halve each burger and we swapped halves because the meat in my half was a bit too thick. Turns out, he had all the pickles too – which were a big draw card and added a of flavour. I would eat this again though, perhaps we were just privy to some first night jitters.
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He says: This was a solid addition to the burger scene in Sydney. I really was expecting it to blow my socks off (which it didn’t) but would be keen to see how it develops once they’ve been open for a little while (especially on an evening when there isn’t a line around the corner and it doesn’t resemble a refectory production line). Basically everything with this burger is solid (patty flavoursome and well cooked, double cheese kudos, tasty sauce) but nothing makes it all that memorable. Am hoping my next visit relegates it to the upper echelons of burger heaven.

IMG_5146So then, how did you find the Pork Belly Burger?
She says: If you have read many of our previous posts, you’ll see that we usually try one beef and one chicken burger, but it was always intended to be one beef and one ’something else’. This time we went for pork, at my insistence because we have had such a bad trot with the grilled chicken burgers lately. It was not my finest choice (particularly in light of all the love that the Burger Project Korean burger has been getting on other blogs). Huge ups to TBP for using free range pork though -I think you can definitely taste the difference. The meat itself was high quality, well cooked with crispy crackling.  A little less of the chill sauce and the addition of some mayo or other sauce would vastly be warmly welcomed by the team here at OBM.
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He Says: I won’t lie – I’m just not that much of a fan of pork belly in a burger. I’ve noticed a lot of the other bloggers have really enjoyed this one so it might just be a taste thing. I’m not sure if it was quite on point tonight either as the pork was a little dry and not much ‘crack’ in the crackling. As She mentioned I also definitely craved some kind of creamy sauce or mayo in there.

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And the sides? What were they like?

She says: The chipotle chilli and the salt and vinegar thrice cooked chips were both amazing. The three rounds of cooking makes them the most crunchy, decadent chips I have had for a while. Old school style, they come out recognisable as roughly chopped potatoes with skin on. They were a highlight. The salt and vinegar could have been more strongly seasoned but either way I was still happy with them. I loved the mandarin soda too. And the salted creme de leche shake was a killer. I would go back in a heartbeat for these sides. And perhaps they are an indication of the quality of this place – maybe with some time, we will go back and see how they are going after a few months of being open.

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