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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:30pm,

Friday – Sunday 11:00am to 11:00pm


Papi Chulo


Papi Chulo Verdict: 6.5/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Brisket Burger: 4/10

Sides: 8/10



Why Papi Chulo?

She says: This is a fairly recent entry onto the restaurant landscape and Merivale family. I had heard about it opening but I didn’t realise they did burgers (He did of course). Though Manly is a bit out of our way usually, we were on our way out of town right past it (sort of) so we thought  thought we would give it the OBM once over.

He says: It’s not often I’m in the vicinity of the Manly wharf so when She’s wonderful parents lent us their car and we were already headed to a weekend soiree nearby the food god’s aligned to give us the opportunity to try the legendary Dan Hong’s (he of the Fish Shop burger perfection) new patty in bun creation.

What did you order?

  • Papi Chulo Burger  $18
  • Smoked Wagyu Brisket “Sandwich” – $18
  • Curly fries – $9
  • Peanut butter milkshake

Tell us about the Papi Chulo Burge?

He says: This was a really decent burger. Patty, sauce, pickles, bun and texture all ticked the right boxes. There were no clear faults but I feel it just lacked that little something to up the ‘wow’ factor. A workmanlike effort that I commend but hardly sent me into the passionate burger induced psychosis I desired.


She says: This is a solid, classic beef burger – nice, somewhat smokey, grilled patty with those awesome crunchy cooked bits. Good, American style melted cheese and a fair bit of sauce. I was expecting a lot after He told me that the same chef was responsible for the Fish Shop burger, (which remains to be reviewed by us but which is very high in my esteem) but it wasn’t quite as mind blowing as I had hoped. I would eat it again though for sure if it was a little bit closer town.

So then, how did you find the Smoked Wagyu Brisket “Sandwich”?

She says: Alas, this was not at all my kind of burger. I did make note to Him that it was described in the menu as a sandwich but He assured me that it would be suitable to be reviewed as it came on a burger bun. I am in no way pointing fingers (squarely at him), but I will say unless you are a big caramelized onion fan, I would stick with the beef burger.

He says: This was described as a Sandwich (a strange trait that is appearing at a few places of late) but after catching a few photos of it on other blogs and the fact that it was served on a burger bun made me feel at peace at it’s inclusion. When it arrived it looked like it was going to be the cat’s pyjamas. Alas it didn’t work at all. There was an over arching feeling of bad team work here. All the elements on their own (tender beef brisket, well cooked egg, sweet but not cloying caramelised onions, juicy pickles and soft luscious bun) kicked goals but when you put them together they negated each other’s virtues. To use another sports analogy- this burger was a team of champions rather than a champion team. Avoid it.IMG_4698

And what about the sides?

She says: It was my first time curly fries experience and I am a believer. They were that great style of chip that is almost crumbed, common to hotel room service menus an d with extra crunch. And the peanut thickshake was incredible. Both sides were big winners in my books. I would travel to Manly once a week by Segway for these sides.

He says: The curly fries had devilish batter that could charm even the most hardened culinary critic. The peanut milkshake was akin to liquid gold and put me in a heavenly food coma at it’s completion.

Visited on 26 July 2014

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Mon – Fri 12:00pm – 10:30pm (Reduced menu 3:00pm – 5:30pm)
Sat 11:30am – 10:30pm
Sun 11:30am – 9:00pm

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