The Lady Hampshire

| 91 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050 |

The Lady Hampshire Verdict: 8/10

Beef Burger: 9.1/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 6/10

So why the Lady Hampshire?

He says: Great pub to drink at and dog friendly. Loved the burgers at their other joint (The Lord Gladstone) and hence was pumped to finally get into the bad boys here.

She says: This is another great pub from the guys that brought you the Lord Gladstone. Like its older brother, this place has good vibes and a “no gronks” policy. They also serve house smoked meats on a Sunday (the house smoker out the back so if you sit outside, you can smell the smoke while you eat and you may go home smelling like you’ve been camping). Also, we brought the dog and we  outside, which means you won’t get a peek here at the cool reno job they have done inside. Worth a visit and don’t miss the awesome mural featuring all your Australian icon faves.

 

What did you order?

  • The Camperdowner Burger – $22
  • The Fried Chicken Burger – $17
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings – $18

Tell us about the Camperdowner Burger?

He says: Fuck yeah. A melt in you mouth patty surrounded by double American cheddar, streaky bacon, onion rings, fried egg, grilled pineapple, beetroot, tomato, coral lettuce, dill pickle, and a sensational burger sauce on a soft steamed milk bun. This was a monster! Think your classic American cheeseburger walked into a bar and met and old school Fish N Chip style Australian classic with the lot.

She saysGreat burger. I am generally a bit suss on burgers “with the lot”, the massive proportions usually make them more trouble to eat than they are worth, but this was epic greatness. Perfect proportions of each of the many inclusions, good sauce ratio and great burger bun. I would go back for this – but only on an empty stomach because it was huge.

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

She says:  We were in quite early on a Sunday so it could have just been like when you get the first coffee of the day and it’s not quite right, but this chicken burger wasn’t the best. With chicken thigh, American cheddar, bacon, lettuce and Sriracha mayo, it had all the makings of a great burg – but the chook was pretty dry and it was totally overshadowed by the greatness of the Camperdowner. I think this might be worth trying again on another day to compare.

He says: Might have just been an off moment in the kitchen with this one but my fried chicken was 80% batter 20% chicken. T’was also a little dry.

Now, what about the sides?

She says:  The chicken wings weren’t my favourite but the chips were great – standard pub fries, no bells, no whistles done well.

He says: The fries were standard but delicious nonetheless. Wasn’t a massive fan of the seasoning/batter on the fried chicken wings. Might just be a personal taste thing there.


|| 91 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050 ||https://www.facebook.com/ladyhampshire/ || HOURS: Monday – Saturday 11am – Late, Sunday 12pm – 12am

 

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Big Daddy’s Burger Bar

DSC01728Big Daddy’s Burger Bar verdict: 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Big Daddy’s?

He says: Being a Newtown local I’d seen this place coming up and had gawked in with interest every time I walked past. I’m a sucker for American styled diner food and when I came across a few solid reviews online there were no longer any excuses to avoid Big Daddy’s.

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She says:  As you can see form the photos this place has a lot going on. we managed to snag a booth (because booths are the way to go) and hid up the back with our hangovers.

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What did you order?

  • The SAYMYNAME Burger – $12
  • The Honey Mustard Chicken Burger – $12
  • Cheesy Fries- $8
  • 3 Chicken Wings – $7
  • Rock Salt Caramel Shake – $6

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Tell us about the SAYMYNAME Burger?

He says: Unfortunately this was really disappointing. The bun was a touch on the stale side, the patty was both way overcooked and lacking flavour (or quality meat) and there was nowhere near enough mayo. We did decide to get this one without the mushrooms (She is not a fan) so maybe that threw the flavour profile out but somehow I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the problem.

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She saysThis burger wasn’t at all my thing. The meat was the worst part. I’ll leave it at that.  

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So then, how did you find the Honey Mustard Chicken Burger?

She says: This was my preferred burger of the two (which is strange because I am not usually a fan of a grilled chicken burg) but it was still just ok. The chicken was well cooked, staying soft and moist (urgh, sorry). The mayo sauce however wasn’t quite right, it was a bit overpowering.  The bun let both of these burgers down and the shredded lettuce had a real left-out-overnight vibe. Also, there wasn’t much going on flavour wise, mostly due to the overwhelming sauce, there wasn’t a point of difference to lift the flavours.

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He says: Very fast food styled but relatively tasty. The chicken seemed as if it was poached (or maybe just microwaved) but was juicy. The addition of cheese worked well but again the burger needed more mayo.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The milkshake was the saving grace of this meal, if the sides score was purely on the milkshake alone they would have received a 9.5 from me. It was super thick, rich and featured nuggets of honeycomb at the bottom, which you got in every sip and spoke to me as a hokey-pokey ice cream fan. The curly fries were good on their own, and the cheese-in-a-can sauce has a weird place in my heart (next the canned spaghetti jaffles) but the bits of bacon sprinkled on top were no good. They were that dry, pink, strange bacon bits you get in your Bakers Delight cheese and bacon roll that should never be served outside such a bready home. The blue sauce that came with the chicken wings will haunt my nightmares for years to come, but the wings alone were alright – average pub food style.

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He says: A real mixed bag. The cheesy curly fries (with a whole heap of cheese sauce, sour cream and bacon on top) did the job but weren’t as good as they threatened to be upon first glance. The chicken wings were oily but did hit the spot although I’d avoid the weird blue cheese sauce next time. The Rock Salt Caramel shake was the highlight of the meal and was reminiscent of a certain ice cream flavour She seemed particularly fond of.


|| 227 King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || www.bigdaddysburgerbar.com.au || (02) 95174335 ||

HOURS:

Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:30pm,

Friday – Sunday 11:00am to 11:00pm

 

Bloody Mary’s

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Bloody Mary’s verdict: 5/10

Beef Burger: 4/10

SPAM Burger: 4/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Bloody Mary’s?

She says: We walk past this place a lot. And I really don’t mind the odd Bloody Mary. Plus we saw blog posts with a Bloody Mary that had a burger in it like how a normal cocktail has an umbrella (note: for some crazy reason we did not sample said Bloody Mary – perhaps because we  are Bloody Fools).

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He says: I won’t lie – this place is about 40 metres from my front door and, to both support the locals and also due to sheer perverse curiosity, I wanted to try their SPAM burger (yep, that meat in the can stuff).

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What did you order?

  • Bloody Mary’s Beef Burger – $19
  • SPAM Burger- $16
  • Buffalo Wings – $12
  • Jalapeño Poppers – $9
  • Truffle and Parmesan Fries – $8

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Tell us about the Bloody Mary’s Beef burger?

He says:  Unfortunately this was not a pleasant burger to eat. The patty was overcooked to the point where I honestly couldn’t tell you what flavour it had outside of burnt sausage. Nothing else here made any case to miraculously save the day but it was ok when I left the patty out and stuffed it with chips coated in aioli. Hopefully just a bad day at the office here.

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She says:  We eat so many mind blowing burgers that when I eat something like this it makes me a bit sad. It wasn’t a very interesting burger, the meat had no flavour and there were very few redeeming factors.

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So then, how did you find the SPAM Burger?

She says: I should say straight out that I never wanted to eat this. My general attitude towards this burger is poor becuase, like most sane 21st century folk, I have zero interest in SPAM (see previous posts about mystery meat). Despite this, in the spirit of love and positivity I went with Him to try the SPAM burger. I took one bite of the SPAM burger and I did not take any more. From that one bite I can tell you that really the SPAM didn’t have much taste – like spiced, cheap, jellied ham, but it wasn’t overpowering. This said, I wouldn’t eat this again…mainly because THE MEAT IS FROM A CAN. He wanted to score this higher but I dragged the score down when He wasn’t looking.
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He says: An interesting idea but not the greatest execution. The SPAM is cooked and the closest thing I could compare it to would be the fry up you have with leftover Xmas ham in the festive season. The addition of pineapple is a good match but there was an ungodly amount of mustard and ketchup that drowned the flavour out of everything else. The menu stated it had mayo but that was unfortunately nowhere to be found. Disappointing.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Another ‘thank god for the sides’ moment came with the Jalapeno poppers – they started off fantastic, jam packed full of hot cheese and with a chilli bite, maybe a little too much batter but post-SPAM who cares!  The fries were great, and took up most of my time after the burgers lost me. I wasn’t as taken with the Buffalo wings as He was but they were ok.

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He says: I thought the buffalo wings were pretty damn good. High quality chicken with a solid little marinade that a good amount of spice. Also enjoyed dipping them in the ranch sauce. Jalapeño poppers were adequate but I’m not a valid judge on these as they’re just not my thing in general (She has the same issue with onion rings). The truffle and parmesan fries were so delicious I almost forgot about the burgers. Almost anyway.

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|| 332 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 || www.bloodymaryssydney.com.au || (02) 9360 5568 ||

HOURS

Monday – Sunday: 8am – 10pm

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Harpoon Harry

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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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|| 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.hotelharry.com.au || 02 82628800 ||  info@hotelharry.com.au

HOURS:

Mon – Sun: 11:30am – Midnight

 

The Lord Gladstone Hotel

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The Lord Gladstone Hotel verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why this place?

She says: I once wandered in here (before it was re-done) on the way to Freida’s. As soon as I walked into what was then a sweaty, stinking rave pit, I knew I was lost. it was fun to walk around in my very out of place (read: floral) outfit and see all the raveraverave guys and girls doing their incredible intense thing though so I stayed for a bit. Anyway, we read about this on the nerd and I wanted to see if you could still smell the sweat and drugs. Good news, you can’t!

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He says: Saw a few recommendations on the FBAS page and, apart from burger action, was intrigued in seeing what they’d done with the place as my past memories involve being there for Purple sneakers, smoking sheesha out the back and imbibing in a normally empty run down bar if I couldn’t get into Freida’s down the road.

What did you order?

The Lord’s Burger: $18

The Fried Chicken Burger: $17

Crispy Chicken Wings: $12

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Tell us about the The Lord’s Beef Burger?

She says: Yep. Yep. Great. Good work. Solid burger goodness – juicy patty, nice solid bun, great sauce and all the right proportions.  This is on my list of ‘come back and have again’ burgs.

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He says: Wonderful stuff. The patty was terrific on all fronts and was destined from birth to convene with the special sauce. Nice to have beetroot on a burger for a change and the brickworks sesame seed bun was also a pleasant diversion from the norm. NOTE: I also returned the following week and had the Bushwick Burger and although I didn’t get a chance to review it, it was even better!

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

She says: Blown away by this one. It was fantastic – good crispy but juicy, seasoned well but not so much you can’t taste the tender, perfect-cooked chook, on a great milk bun with good crisp fresh salad. This ticked all the right boxes for me. I recommended it straight away to about 4 people. One of my flatmates did have a minor quibble and questioned the size but it still filled me up so I am going to say that though it looks small it is perfectly sufficient size wise by my standards (but maybe not gutso-McGee’s).

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He says: Hard to imagine a better chicken burger in Sydney right now. The fried chicken had a batter and seasoning that would make the Colonel sell his family for the recipe and when paired with a brilliant sirachaya mayo, slaw, cheese and soft NYC bun you have a masterpiece on your hands (literally and figuratively). Off the freaking chain.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The fries were down the line macca’s style and did the trick. The crispy chicken wings were ok but so much to my tastes. They came out with Frank’s hot sauce, Bacon ketchup, ancho chilli mayo all of which were delicious on their own (and with my fries dipped in them) but I guess I just prefer my wings to arrive coated in sauce and ready to go rather than sort of deconstructed like this. NOTE when I returned the following to week eat said burger I also had the nachos and they were a winner.

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She says:  Love those fries – though they aren’t the most out there (come on waffle fries!!) I really can’t fault them. The chicken wings were not what I expected – they had a Frankenstein vibe and given my slight hang over it was a challenge to jump in. When I did though they were so, so…ok, to be honest, I didn’t read the menu properly and through they were Buffalo wings and was disappointed when they weren’t. Really, the only lesson here is READ THE MENU. And yes – as He said,  the nachos the following week (though looking very different to any I had previously encountered) made up for the scary chicken.


|| 115 Regent Street, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia, 2008 || www.lordgladstone.com.au || ben@lordgladstone.com.au || 02 93101483 ||

HOURS:

 Mon – Tue: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Wed: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Thu – Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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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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Cheeky Burger

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Cheeky Burger verdict: 8 /10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Sloppy Joe: 2/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So, why Cheeky Burger?

She says: This one is another tribute to the brilliance of Instagram for exposing new and exciting places to eat. I saw the first few Instagram posts by these guys but neither of us could work out they it was. By chance, we passed in on a Paddington stroll. It looks great from the outside and there is a killer back garden which would be great for a burger and drinks smashing session in the sun.

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He says: This was an Instagram find by my gorgeous Burger blog partner. Then, whilst engaged in an unrelated stroll down Oxford Street, we stumbled across it, noticed it open, and made immediate plans to return later that same evening for a dinner feast!

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What did you order?

  • Cheeky Cheeseburger – $9.99
  • Sloppy Joe – $12.99
  • Fries – $2.99 (with burger purchase)
  • Buffalo Wings – $12.99 (or $1 per wing on Wednesdays)
  • Mac n’ Cheese – $13.99
  • Peanut Butter and Jam Shake with Bourbon – ($7.99 for shake and extra $6.99 for bourbon)

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Tell us about the Cheeky Cheeseburger?

He says: This cheeseburger is more than just a welcome addition to the Sydney burger fraternity – it could be en route to becoming an icon. A simple USA styled cheeseburger where everything is well executed. Melt in your mouth patty which is cooked just right, soft shiny mildly sweet bun, puddles of melted jack cheese and a delicious mustard styled sauce that serves to push everything else in the party into it’s most flattening light. For my mind this is better than the Mary’s plain cheeseburger and that’s saying a whole lot.

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She says: I am not usually a fan of the cheeseburger – I forget that it really is nothing more than cheese and meat, and usually wish for some lettuce (at least) to cut through the fat. But this cheeseburger was really close to perfect. The cheese was super melty and delicious and the pickle was perfectly tangy. The bread and the patty both achieved the right texture and together this burger was a song!

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So then, how did you find the Sloppy Joe?

She says:  Like previous choices such as the soft shell crab burger disaster have made in the past, this was not our finest moment. He isn’t a huge pork burger fan and this was really the only other choice. The waitress was sure to explain that essentially this was bolognaise on bread but we were stuck to our guns and forged on. She was right- it was just bolognaise on bread – but really, really sweet bolognaise. Two words: Never. Again.

He says: I have to be honest I’m not that well versed in Sloppy Joes and after this initial experience I’m fine to keep it that way. What we got was a burger bun filled with bolognaise mince. The mince itself was so cloyingly sweet that I could hardly manage more than a mouthful without recoiling into some kind of Willy Wonkaesque food coma. This was not my idea of enjoyable by any means.

So, what about the sides? Tell us!!

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She says:  GAWD the sides! Glorious (for the most part). The fries were standard – Maccas’ style skinny but crunchy with lots of salt. The Mac n’ Cheese was one of the best we have had – sneaky bits of bacon ramp up the saltiness without being overpowering and the crunchy breadcrumbs on top are prefect with the not-too-soft macaroni. The star of the show was the wings – these wings are very, very good. Sticky, spicy and tangy, they are again some of the best I have had and feature that signature Franks Hot Sauce taste. The Peanut Butter and Jam Shake with Bourbon however let the team down. Our experience with The Nighthawk Diner  shows that there is potential greatness in a peanut butter and jam milkshake but alas, that was not achieved in this instance.

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He says: Like the aforementioned burgers the sides continued on polemic vibe. The buffalo wings had a light crunchy batter, on point traditional marinade and delightful blue cheese sauce which saw them up there as being as good as any I’ve had in some time. The Mac n’ Cheese was not only a behemoth in size but is easily the best one we’ve reviewed for this site and one I’m sure I’ll dream about for some time to come (crunchy top? check, generous servings of bacon strips? check, different types of cheeses? check creamy gooey cheesy fun all round? check). The Peanut butter and jam thick shake with bourbon on the other hand will be more likely to produce fever dreams as it was a bit of a disaster. The ratio of Peanut butter to jam was completely out of whack and the whole thing ended up tasting like a pint of bourbon with some sour milk plopped into it. I don’t think I’m being harsh by saying it was near undrinkable. Could just be opening week jitters though and that cheeseburger was such a delight that anything can be delivered at this point.

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|| 312 Oxford Street, Paddington 2021 || (02) 93317436|| Website ||

 

Hours:

MON TO SUN: 11am – 11pm

 

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1346 Venice [CLOSED]

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1346 Venice Verdict: 7.5/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8/10

 

 

Why the 1346 Venice ?

She says:  This is close to my home suburb of Newton and…  okay okay, I can’t even pretend it wasn’t another of his finds. The venue is awesome. Great converted industrial space with beaten up old chairs, converted industrial machines and restored motorbikes. We turned up pretty much as   they opened. The people who worked there were really really lovely. Definitely the kind of place where you feel welcome and comfortable.

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He says: I’d read a few things online regarding Venice and the whole concept reeked of cool and, most importantly, the burgers looked boss. Although relatively quiet on the Saturday we attended there was a slick yet homely vibe coupled with super friendly and attentive service.

What did you order?

  • Juicy Lucy – $16
  • Chicken burger – $14
  • Hot wings – $5
  • Aioli
  • Apple juice and Jameson – $5

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Tell us about the Juicy Lucy ?

He say: After our last experience with a Jucy Lucy I nearly shuddered in dread when I saw it on the menu. Flashbacks aside my trepidation was to be overcome as what was served up was a perfectly acceptable burger. Special mention to the flavoursome patty and although I wouldn’t wax lyrical about the the burger, it sat in I certainly would have any issues devouring it all over again. Another solid addition to the burgeoning ‘American style’ burger infatuation currently booming in Sydney. Wish there was more cheese though as double cheese should be to a burger what Vladimir Putin is to dickheads – synonymous.

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She says: As a beef burger this was a solid contender. (It was not however a ‘Juicy Luicy’ where the beef paddy is usually stuffed with cheese – thank god!). The star of this burger was Americana trio of pickles, mustard and ketchup – giving it that great diner taste.  The patty was quality but it was all let down a bit by the bun which was a bit to dry for my liking. I would defs’ eat this again though. I think it would be fantastic as a hangover cure.

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: Oh grilled chicken burgers… there always  seems to be a bit more grilled chicken than I require (I am beginning to think its me that is the problem) – and this was no exception. The chook was cooked well though, juicy and if you like that much chook you would be stoked. The bright red sauce had a chili capsicum flavour, again not to my tastes but well executed. There was also some kind of difficult to describe, cubed, green salad. Which was prettly nice, and added a good fresh crunch to the whole burger.

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He says: I just don’t think this was ever going to do it for me – grilled not fried chicken (this worrying trend is bordering on sacrilege now), no cheese (there is never any fucking excuse for that!) and a dominating capsicum sauce (straight up not a fan of ‘capsicum sauce’ on anything let alone a precious burger). In saying that it was all well cooked and compiled and I have a feeling I may know some types who might really get into this one. Matter of taste I guess.

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And what about the sides?

She says: two words – HOT. WINGS. Hot, sticky tangy hot wings. Gaaawh – these were awesome and come back to me in moments of hunger, or boredom, or simply moments of existing.  If they had a blue cheese sauce this would have been a 10 for me! The chips and aioli were also good but I only have eyes for hot wings. Oh, and the freshly made Apple juice and Jameson which was cheap as chips was puuuuurfect.

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He says: The chips and aioli were difficult to fault and really lifted the meal as a whole up. The buffalo wings were just the way I like them and their consumption certainly warranted the glorious hot sauce that clung to my face, hands, and and shirt at their completion. The fresh apple juice and Jamesons were refreshing, addictive and utterly delicious.


THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED DOWN.

 

Pub Life Kitchen (at the Lord Wolseley)

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Pub Life Verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9.7/10
Chicken Burger: 9.5/10
Sides: 9.5/10

 

 

Why this place?

She says: We happened to pass by the Lord Wolseley Hotel by chance about 2 weeks before the kitchen re-opened and noticed that it was going to be a Pub Life Kitchen. Of course, with His encyclopaedic knowledge of burgers (and of actually pretty much everything) he gave me a quick Pub Life history. When it finally did open in this location, the good reviews started flowing thick and fast and we had to give it a go.

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He says: I had frequented Pub Life in its earlier incarnation at The Macquarie hotel and remember waxing lyrical about the burgers way back then. The stream of overpowering food blogging burger porn emanating from the early reviews at their new home at the Lord Wolseley Hotel (once my former local drinking hole) had me primed for something special.

What did you order?

· The OG Burger – $18

· The Bird – $18

· Sticky Hot Wangs – $12

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Tell us about the OG Burger?

He says: Fuck me! Sydney has a new competitor in the pantheon of burger royalty. The OG is veering dangerously close to perfection. The patty itself, superbly cooked to medium rare goodness, is hands down the most flavoursome of it’s kind I’ve had this year. Striding into battle joined by a sublime roast garlic and lime aioli, a suitably fresh and moist bun and the perfect amount of heavenly jack cheese it will be hard pressed to beat. Next time I might try it minus the onion jam (for no reason other than to differentiate) and with the addition of another patty and I’m pretty sure that’ll be the best meal I’ve devoured in my existence on this dear planet. I want a photo of the OG burger on my roof so I can wake up to the image of it and worship it every day. I want to staple of photo of it onto my heart.

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She says: I can’t put it better than Him. This was a truly magnificent burger. I was initially worried by the “onion relish” component as I have previously had it ruin an otherwise honourable burger, but it was really mild (though perhaps, like Him I would try without next time). Each of the rest of the burger elements were so bloody good. Amazingly soft squishy bun, great melted punchy cheese, really good quality beef in a party which held its shape, and lashings of aoli. I have already thought back to this burger numerous times and it has crept to the top of my all time favourites.

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So then, how did you find the Bird?

She says: The chicken burger also smashed my expectations – one of the very best fried chicken burgers that I have tried. It was almost unfathomably crunchy and tasted incredible (with the Dorito flour which he explains below). The elements of this burger worked in perfect harmony. Again, great balance between the salty chook and the tang of the crunchy coleslaw, awesome bun – just really a quality, top notch burger.

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He says: Snap again. The batter here is made from crushed up Dorito corn chips and it really does taste as good as that sounds. The chicken itself is also nice and hot when it hits our table (a strange rarity) and the slaw was divine. Add this one to the burger shrine.

And what about the sides?

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She says: These were incredible – in fact, I think they will inspire some bright young spark to start a fried chicken blog (do it pleeease!). They were sweet without being sickly and hot and moist (urgh that word). Overall they were amazing. We had an awesome selection of aioli, which He in His usual fashion went mad for. It was a joy to watch. The bone marrow gravy was incredible. (Hot Tip:) we discovered that if you fold a chip in half and use the broken ends to dip, there is a greater gravy take up than otherwise.

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He says: The hot sticky wangs performed a dazzling balancing act on the tightrope of sweet and spice. The fries were also superb and when combined with the bone marrow gravy, maple mustard, wasabi mayo, roast garlic and lime aioli to drown them in you pretty much have side nirvana. Also a big shout out to the service which was both attentive and passionate. I LOVE THIS PLACE.

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|| 265 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo || Website or maybe this|| Menu on website||

Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch – 12pm to 3pm
Dinner – 6pm to 10pm

Sunday
12pm to 5pm

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