Fritzenberger (Brisbane, QLD)

52 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Fritzenberger Verdict: 8.5/10dsc022031

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Fritzenburger?

He says: A Brisbane jaunt in honour of my darling Mum’s 60th birthday brought us here the day after the party (and all the party drinks). Am a big fan of the Harajuku Gyoza restaurants and this is the same team’s take on burger goodness.

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She says: This was our saviour on an extremely hot day in Brissy. The lay out here is cool, front bar (with air-con) leads out to an open back area which, while too hot to eat in when we went, looks like a great place for a group of people and a bunch of burgs/beers.

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What did you order?

  • The Fritzen Burger with Maple Syrup Candied Bacon c$13
  • The Chicken Burger – $12
  • The Loaded Frites – $10

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Tell us about the Fritzen Burger?

He says: Great Burger. The patty melted in your mouth and had the perfect partner in the sensational Fritzensauce. The addition of the Maple Syrup Candied bacon should be made mandatory. The bun was a little on the dry side but it would take a whole lot more than that to bring the quality down on this little guy.

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She says: You could tell by looking at this cutie it was going to be good. I didn’t mind the bun and I liked how soft it was and how much it compressed when you bit in. The star of this really was that candied bacon –  love that salty sweet!

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: The chicken looks pretty thick but it wasn’t too much. Nice crispy lettuce, fresh tomato, spicy sauce and a good hunk of american cheese meant this was a solid burger choice. Juicy chicken thighs with spicy mayo are a perfect pair.  Would eat again.

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He says: Top stuff once more. I’d normally prefer my fried chicken fillet to be of the breast variety but the thighs got it done here and made me look like a fool. The spicy mayo lifted everything up another notch as well.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: These were as good as they sounded on the page: French fries loaded with cheese sauce, candied bacon, green onions, Fritzensauce and Twisties salt. YES, TWISTIES SALT!

She says:  Seconded.


|| 52 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD, 4000 || www.fritzenberger.com || (07) 35063656 HOURS: Open Monday to Thursday 11:30am – Midnight, Friday – Sunday 11:30am to 1:00am
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The Chippo Hotel

81-97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2000

The Chippo Hotel: 9/10dsc02658 

Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Chicken Burger: 9.3/10

Sides: 9/10

 

So why The Chippo Hotel?

He says: Hangover + convenient location + the menu looked to be a cracker = Saturday feasting at the Chippo Hotel with my favourite person in the world. Side note: this also used to my local way back when it was less ‘hip’ and known as the Shannon Hotel so I was intrigued by it’s recent makeover.

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She says: They have really done this place up – I’ve only been there once before, during the Beams Festival and it has changed heaps. Has a great outside area and I reckon would be great for a big group

What did you order?

  • The Chippo Burger with Bacon – $21
  • The Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $18
  • Popcorn Chicken – $14
  • Mac & Cheese – $12

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Tell us about the Chippo Burger?

He says: This was superb. A soft milk bun cradled a perfect patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and a heap of onion. I was suspect on the mountain of onion upon arrival but my fears were allayed after one mouthful as it just worked. The sauce on this bad boy was also a winner.

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She says: Hot, tasty and delicious – there isn’t really much you could fault with this one. Great sauces, great melted cheese, even the onion worked. I was very happy with this. The patty maybe could have been a bit saltier but it was still delicious and the cheese added the required salt. As I said, very little you could dislike about this burger. I highly recommend.

 

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

He says:  Again an absolute ripper of a burger. The southern fried chicken is the stuff dreams are made of and I need more of the Louisiana dipping sauce in my life. My only quibble would be I don’t really go for tomato on a fried chicken burger and didn’t think it worked here but each to their own on that one I guess.

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She says: Another awesome burger. Everything just worked really well together, like music that just sounds right. The chicken was beautifully cooked inside and retained its crunch even with lashings of delicious sauce. He said He didn’t like the tomato but it worked fine on my half – maybe He just got a dud slice.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  Like the rest of the meal the sides were killer. Pretty standard fries but done well. The popcorn chicken was of the same ilk as the chicken on the burger, juicy with a great crunchy batter and served with that Louisiana dipping sauce. The mac and cheese was up there – the bits with melted cheese on them were prefect, but without the melted cheese, one could argue that it wasn’t salty enough. But overall they were really really good!

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He says: I’d happily christen the popcorn chicken here as being the best of it’s kind. My stomach was packed to the seams halfway through it but I couldn’t look myself in the mirror if I let any of it go to waste (especially when it was drenched in that Louisiana dipping sauce). The Mac & Cheese was solid but needed a little salt (or bacon would do the trick!).dsc02686

|| 81-97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2000 || www.thechippohotel.com.au || (02) 93105133 II HOURS: Open Monday to Sunday 12pm – 10pm

Bernie’s Diner

|| 402 – 404 Argyle Street, Moss Vale, NSW, 2577 ||

dsc02092Bernie’s Diner Verdict: 6/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 3/10

Sides: 7.5/10

So why Bernie’s Diner?

 

 

He says: A Southern Highlands sojourn beckoned and we would be batshit crazy if we didn’t check out what the area had to offer burger wise. According to the interwebs this was the spot.dsc02091

She says: When we go away, anything from a longish drive to an overnight stay, He always manages to find somewhere cool to get a burger. This place is great looking from the outside, old-school diner vibe and easy to find.

What did you order?

The Bernie’s Burger – $13

The Vegas Baby Burger – $11

Cheese Fries- $8

Vanilla Malt Thickshake – $8

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Tell us about the Bernie’s Burger?

He says: Unlike the immaculate 50’s diner style architecture we were surrounded by in Bernie’s their namesake burger borrowed from the legends that are the classic Australian local milk bar/fish and chips shop burger. Think burger with the lot (including the quintessential stalwarts, bacon, egg, pineapple and cheese). Thoroughly enjoyable old school goodness here.

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She saysHaving totally converted to pineapple on burgers, I was pretty excited to give this one a go. This burger was huge, had everything in it and would be totally passable for a hangover cure. If I was going to be picky I would mention the meat, which was a bit overcooked and oily.  But the cheese on this burger was plentiful and well melted, which makes such a difference and while it was not 100 percent my thing, I can see this burger having many loyal fans.

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So then, how did you find the Vegas Baby Burger?

She says:  Its been a while since I have had chicken burger that didn’t blow me away and this burger left me a bit cold. The chicken inside seemed like it might have been pre-batered and frozen. It was super tasteless and could have been a fish finger. The lettuce did have a good crunch, I dig the shredded lettuce on a chicken burg but the cheese wasn’t melted properly and the mayonnaise was wrong tasting, it had that weird texture of the stuff they use in the RSL.  I found it really hard to find positives with this guy.

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He says: Unfortunately this wasn’t my thing. Main issue would be they use a mayonnaise like the ones I used to fear at the school tuckshop (definitely not whole egg style). The chicken here also didn’t quite live up to expectations.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The cheese fries are a thing of beauty, they are essentially just really hot chips with chese mixed thorugh to melt. They are rich as a social influencer at a yoga festival though so I would limit yourself to a few bites. Oh yeah – the thickshake, it was killer. I hogged the whole thing and it was worth it.

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He says: The cheese fries were worth the trip alone and were nothing more than a generous serve of golden fries coated in a vat of melted cheese. The thickshake was also a cracker.

|| 402-404 Argyle Street, Moss Vale, NSW, 2577 || www.berniesdiner.com.au|| HOURS: Open Seven Days 6am – 10pm

 

Brooklyn Depot

 65 Holt Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

dsc02058Brooklyn Depot Verdict: 8/10 

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 7.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

So why Brooklyn Depot?

She says: He is just so good at this. I feel like I should have a permanent answer to this question that I cut and paste every time that says “He found this joint. He is a genius at burger stalking. I honestly believe He could find good burgers even if the internet didn’t exist”.

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He says:  Convenient location and a great looking (American styled) menu made us heed the call to Brooklyn Depot.

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What did you order?

  • The Depot Burger – $16
  • The Chicky Babe Burger – $14
  • Pimped Chicken Winglets – $10
  • Garbage Fries – $12
  • Maclovin Balls – $14
  • Gringo Shake – $8

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Tell us about the Depot Burger?

He says:  I’m always appreciating some double patty action so was pretty stoked with this one. Unfortunately the patties definitely erred on the overcooked side of things. Massive fan of the addition of pineapple, hickory smoked bacon and a wonderful Depot special sauce. If only there was a bit more pink in that patty.

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She saysI only ever order the double if my arm has been twisted (or if it has been so long between doubles that I feel bad). It really relies on the meat, the quality and how well it was cooked. Here the quality was pretty good but as he says it was a bit overcooked. Despite that I liked this burger, more so once I removed the second patty. And let it be known, I am a total pineapple convert – and with the bacon and the cheese, oh lordy!

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So then, how did you find the Chicky Babe Burger?

He says: A solid burger with on point chicken, slaw and chipotle mayo. Not really a fan of the so called ‘cowboy caviar’ as its black bean flavour was a little jarring when combined with everything else here.

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She says: I liked this burger – the beans were a little jarring but over all, crispy chook and cheese with coleslaw, always gets me.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: The winglets (we chose spicy buffalo sauce) were top notch, the garbage fries tasty as fuck, maclovin balls had their moments but were a little dull, and the Gringo shake was as delicious as it sounded on the menu.

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She says:  The sides were super trashy and would be awesome to share with a big group – we were massive pigs and got heaps to ourselves.

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|| 65 Holt Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || http://www.brooklyndepot.com.au/ || HOURS: Open seven days 11am until late

Big Bunz

Shop 1207 Anzac Parade, Matraville, NSW, 203

Big Bunz Matraville frontBig Bunz verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 9/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Big Bunz?

She says: Finding this place was all Him (with a little help from Dr Internet, I imagine). We got a puppy (yay) and the puppy got stung in the eye by a bee (less yay), so we wanted somewhere we could take said Pup because he had to wear one of those shame buckets and we felt bad. Ever resourceful, He came up with this place. They can’t let pups inside but the pooch could sit at the door while we ate at the closest table. (If you look closely in the photo above you can see him by the door on the left  – he sat there, while we ate, and made friends with every person who sat a the bus stop.)

Big Bunz Matraville inside

He says: A late night poker foray bestowed upon me a malignant hangover that whose only cure could surely be burger goodness. With the tremendous She as my chauffeur we arrived in Matraville ready to get amongst some Big Bunz glory.

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What did you order?

  • The Feast Burger – $8.50
  • The Southern Fried Ranch Burger – $9.50
  • Southern Fried Chicken Strips – $9
  • Friez – $4.50
  • Onion Rings – $5.50
  • Big Bunz Shake – $7.50

Big Bunz Matraville Feast burger

Tell us about the Feast Burger?

He says: This was fucking delicious! A soft milk bun (you can choose your bun here) cradled a tasty and well cooked Angus beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion pickles and a delectable “Feast” sauce. Like a fast food burger but with bang on ingredients and preparation. My only issue would be the Spanish onion but that’s a personal gripe. My first time in Matraville has come up trumps.

Big Bunz Matraville feast burger cross section

She says: The cross section photo of this one is lets it down  and while here it looks like some kind of school-cafeteria grey meat fiesta, it actually tasted much, much better. As he says – bloody good. Fresh, tasty and right on point. This is a burger you would wake up craving.

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

She says: The chicken in this bad boy tasted how you think KFC will taste when you see the ads – crispy, slightly spiced and delicious (which is not how KFC tastes IRL IMHO). The chook and the sauces were ample, which is the way to our hearts. Bacon, mayo, fresh salad bits – great work Big Bunz!

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He says:  Perhaps I’m prone to hyperbole or maybe it was the hangover talking but this was another burger highlight for the year. The fried chicken was close to perfect in every department and when mingled with bacon, cheese and a cracker of a ranch sauce my Saturday morning hangover woes may have just found a panacea.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  These onion rings were up there with the best I’ve had. Perhaps because they were so batter-y that you could hardly taste the onion and they were crunchy as all hell (I am not a huge onion ring fan – the less onion you can taste the better in my book). The rest of the sides were pretty good,  the chicken strips were just a bit rich for me and the marshmallows in the thick shake has a really strange musty taste but the shake itself was thick and delicious – the majority of it was gone about 3 minutes after it hit the table. And while the chips were pretty standard, large and soft, the sauces that came with the them were off the chain.

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He says: All the sides here were superb with a special shout out going to the chicken strips (whose leftovers got me through the following evening) and the sauces that accompanied them. I feel like waving a lighter in the air in deference of the day Big Bunz saved my life.

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|| Shop 1207 Anzac Parade, Matraville, NSW, 2036 || Website||

HOURS: Open Wednesday – Sunday 10:30am – 8:30pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

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Burgers Anonymous

DSC01812Burgers Anonymous verdict: 8.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Burgers Anonymous?

He says:  A long gestating proposal to share a burger with the awesome Bianca from For Food’s Sake resulted at us hitting up Burger’s Anonymous.

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She says: Like he says, it was almost the burger date that never happened. But then it did, and it was a heap of fun.

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What did you order?

  • The Eazy-E Burger with Crack Bacon – $14
  • The Chooklyn Burger with cheese – $15
  • Maple Mayhem Chicken Wings – $8
  • Loaded Fries – $6

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Tell us about the Eazy-E Burger?

He says:  This was great without being outstanding. Pretty close to an upmarket Hungry Jacks burger in taste. I’d prefer a softer bun and the patty a little more on the pink side but these are minor quibbles. The BA sauce raised the game tenfold and you’d be a total dick if you didn’t add crack bacon to this bad boy.

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She saysPretty solid burger, not outstanding but if I lived close by this would definitely be one of my staples. The insides were great but I think the bun let it down. I wasn’t crazy about the bun on either of these burgers, it was perhaps a bit too ry?

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So then, how did you find the Chooklyn Burger?

She says: That piece of chicken was huge, and cooked really well! This burger was easily my favourite, nice crisp salad, great warm cheese  and tonnes of sauce. Again, a solid burger that you would go back for.

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He says:  A chicken schnitzel styled patty that did wonders when combined that BA sauce and sweet BBQ. Again a bit of a bun issue here but damn if it was freaking delicious.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chicken wings were great – sticky and sweet but with nice moist chicken inside. The fries were decadent and delicious however not for the faint hearted (they would be great friends with a hangover.)

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He says: I was a massive fan of both of these. The loaded fries had the aforementioned bang on BA sauce (seriously you dunk anything in this and it would taste delicious) with Crack Bacon and I’m a fan of a sweet and spicy combo when it comes to wings these were right up my alley.


|| 80 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 || Instagram || HOURS: Open seven days 11:30am – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

Bonditony’s Burger Joint

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Bonditony’s Burger Joint verdict: 7/10

 

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Bonditony’s ? 

He says: Strong recent food blog presence (with mouth watering photos in tow), a recommendation from a local, and already being in the area to meet She’s utterly gorgeous Goddaughter combined to get us to Bonditony’s  on a lovely winter Sunday.

She says: Yes, we were over in the east seeing the gorgeous girl and figured that seeing as we are so rarely in the east (we are still car-less – but not for long) we could get a burger in too. The pictures of these burgs were phenomenal – needless to say we were pumped.

What did you order?

  • Trippin Zeahorse – $13
  • Just a Jezebel Burger – $14.5
  • Sweet Potato Fries – $8
  • Salted Caramel Thickshake – $8

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Tell us about the Trippin Zeahorse Burger?

He says: I was drunk on food envy just looking at the burgers around me on other tables as they arrived. When ours finally hit the table it indeed looked a winner. Unfortunately I was deceived by looks here but it was a decent enough burger. There was a lack of sauce and the patty didn’t have much flavour but I thought the bun was probably the best brioche style I’ve had all year. Was expecting better things here.

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She says:  Oh, she is a pretty little burger this one. I was excited by the oozy cheese and soft looking bun that I had seen splashed across the internerd. But this was yet another burger that looks like a winner but failed to deliver (and perhaps it was just this time because this place has a pretty steady following of satisfied customers). The meat was pretty meh and the bacon couldn’t really be tasted. The cheese also didn’t really stand out. It wasn’t bad though its was just that it promised so much through its presentation! perhaps in a blind tasting it would have been better.

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So then, how did you find the Just a Jezebel Burger? 

She says: This was my preferred burger of the two. The chicken had good crunch and so did the slaw. The slaw could have done with a bit more juiciness  – perhaps some more sauce on the whole thing would have been good (which is fast becoming the Oh, Burger Me! mantra).

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He says: Relatively tasty run of the mill chicken burger. The chicken tasted like a regular schnitzel style (didn’t get even a hint of it being marinated overnight in honey ginger soy as suggested on the menu) and was coated in a slaw that could have done with a little more salt. As I’ve often mentioned on this blog I’m not a fan of avocado on burgers and, although in guacamole form and fairly inoffensive, my mind wasn’t changed here.

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And what about the sides? 

She says:  Though technically not a side, the real stand out for me were the sauces on the table, good and flavourful I added them to both burgers and even used a bit for the fries. The sweet potato fries were good and rich, they are a must if you go. The normal fries were fine, no complaints but I would recommend the sweet potato over them if you are looking for something different. The thick shake was thin and milky instead of thick and ice-creamy-y but I liked that it had fancy sweeteners and seemed to come in every possible milk you could imagine.

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He says: The fries that came with the burger were simple and effective and the same could be said for the sweet potato fries (make sure you get a side of lemon dill or seeded mustard mayo to dunk them in). The thickshake wasn’t thick enough to earn it’s title and although interesting (all shakes here include pure coconut palm sugar and local honey) it was a little confused in execution taste wise.

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|| 1/155 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach, NSW || www.bonditonysburgerjoint.com || 0414985577 ||


 

OPENING HOURS:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 5:00pm – 11pm,

Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 11pm:

 

 

Cuckoo Callay

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Cuckoo Callay Verdict: 7/10

 

Wild Boar Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Cuckoo Callay? 

She says:  This place has always struck me as a bit weird because of its strange position, sitting just a the top of Newtown Station. He read so much blog chatter about it thought that it quickly floated to the top of our list.

He says: Saw this place get a lot of love in the local food blogosphere and I was pretty gutted I missed their Bacon festival. News of a popcorn chicken burger on the menu and a free few hours in Newtown had us there in a heartbeat.

What did you order?

  • Wild Boaring Burger – $21
  • Pop Goes the Chicken Burger- $19
  • Wedgy – $9

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Tell us about the Wild Boaring Burger?

He says: Considering the sheer magnitude of burgers we smash through it’s always nice to try somewhere that’s trying something a little different. Unfortunately this was just too rich for me. The Cajun spiced pulled wild boar and the bacon relish were a little on the sweet side for me which was further complicated by serving it on a brioche bun that was dangerously close to dry croissant territory. The wild boar had a unique taste to it but I didn’t really see how it fit in with the rest of the ingredients. The choice to use manchego cheese however was a good one!

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She says:  This burger was incredibly rich and the flavours were heavy and strong. For me the sweetness of the brioche with the boar and the bacon relish was overwhelming and far to oily. As there is in love, I feel like there is the perfect burger for each person. While this was far and away not my cup of tea, I can recognize that this burger has the potential to make someone very happy one day. That person would have diabetes. And maybe die of heart disease. But they would bask in the sweet richness of this burger.

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So then, how did you find the Pop Goes the Chicken Burger?

She says: This burger looked beautiful but just didn’t succeed in wowing me. The ‘popcorn chicken’ was a thick chunk of chook, a bit dry and overcooked and with a fairly unmemorable coating. This sauerkraut was not my sort of sauerkraut, salty and smooshy without any body or tang, I actually couldn’t take it and rudely (hopefully subtly) scraped most of it off. Again the flavors were a bit punch-in-the-face-esk.

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He says: The popcorn chicken itself was hard to fault and again the addition of manchego (which was sharp, tasty and oozed out of it) had me wondering why more other places don’t do the same. Unfortunately I had the same issue with this one as I did with the wild boar burger as on the whole is was just too rich and cloyingly sweet. I would think if they changed the bun and swapped the sauerkraut out this might have improved dramatically.

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And what about the sides? 

She says: These sweet potato fries were extravagant, huge chunk’s of sweet potato fried ’till crispy and crunchy. Again, given how sweet they are, after such a sweet meal I could only handle a few, but I do think these wedges could make someone with a real hankering for sweet/salty goodness very happy. I want to point out though that even though these burgers weren’t ground breakingly awesome – the service here was above and beyond. The staff seemed really happy to work there and were lovely, positive and attentive. I will definitely go back for their breakfasts, which look really bloody good.

He says: Unfortunately for us these guys don’t have too many sides available (although the ramen looks off the freaking chain!) but luckily the wedges we went for hit the spot. Sweet potato perfectly cooked with a crunchy exterior rubbed in delightful spices and made even more perfect when doused in the spiced aioli it’s served with.


|| Newtown Railway Station, 324A King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || http://www.cuckoo-callay.com.au || 02 95577006

 

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 6:00am – 4:00pm,

Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm,

Sunday 8:00am – 3:00pm

 

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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.


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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!)

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Harpoon Harry verdict: 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Soft Brisket Roll: 8.5/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

Why this place?

She says: We pass this place together on an almost weekly basis on our weekend pilgrimages between our respective houses in Newtown and Darlinghurst. For months we have wanted to try it and after some positive blog feedback it seemed like a no brainer.

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He says: Noticed these guys had a burger that was regularly recommended on various food blogs. With a couple of mates in tow and in the midst of a Sydney Film Festival marathon and we needed somewhere that both looked the goods and was close to the city – Harry’s fit the bill.

What did you order?

  • The Harry’s Burger: $18
  • The Soft Brisket Roll: $16
  • Diablo Chicken Wings: $12 ($5 on Sundays)
  • Crispy Polenta Fritters: $12
  • Calamari: $18
  • Guacamole – Dressed: $14

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Tell us about the Harry’s Beef Burger?

He says: When this came out it looked to be a winner and I was excited about the pork and beef short rib patty as a point of difference. Unfortunately it didn’t really do much for me. The patty was both way too big and overcooked and the guava ketchup didn’t really do much to further it’s case. Perfectly edible but at $18 and with a reputation behind it really was a let down.

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She says:  I was immediately disappointed with this one. We eat a lot of burgers and I accept that standards we have are high but the meat in this one really poor. And there was a lot of it. It was too oily but also with a tendency to fall apart, the outside of this super thick patty was blacked and dry while the inside was grey. It was reminiscent of the taste of your great-aunt’s home-made rissoles that are cooked for hours to within an inch of their lives. I couldn’t see past it to comment on the rest of the burger.

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So then, how did you find the Soft Brisket Roll?

She says:  THANK GOD FOR THE SOFT BRISKET ROLL. (While not technically a burger, there wasn’t any other option and He is a HUGE brisket fan (and is cursed by the fact that wherever we go with brisket, when we are there it is almost always sold out). The bun was soft, the brisket was beautifully cooked and seasoned and the salady bits were crunchy and fresh. I would go back for this again and again. A winner!

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He says: There wasn’t another burger on the menu so we thought we’d indulge in our love of brisket with this little guy. Unlike it’s sibling burger this was utterly delicious. The brisket was cooked to perfection and the only issue here was that it was about half the size it should of been.

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And what about the sides?

He says: As mentioned earlier we had a few friends in tow and this in turn afforded us the ability to order more sides than we normally would. The dressed guacamole was a favourite and came adorned with smoked bacon queso fresco and cheese.  The chicken wings were solid but nothing to bang on about. I had difficulty eating the polenta fritters as they were bland and had a strange texture to them. The fries served with the burger and brisket roll were simple but cooked well and, as they often do in a meal, shone accordingly.  

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She says: The fries were the winner for me, as He says, simple and done well. The guacamole was also pretty good, nice and fresh and served with some pizazz. I didn’t mind the chicken wings but probably wouldn’t get them again. The polenta fritters looked great and the crunchy exterior was nice because it was bathed in salt but the innards lacked flavour and they were too thick to rely on that outside seasoning to carry through.

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