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:

 

 

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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The Coogee Pavilion

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The Coogee Pavilion verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Coogee Pavilion? 

He says:  This has been on our golden burger list since it opened and finally everything aligned to get us there. Being a huge fan of Dan Hong’s burgers I was suitably super pumped.

She says: Another long time list lurker, we again needed to get here for cred purposes. Also as He mentions, it’s a Hong burger which based on his  burger at The Fish Shop, meant it would be worth the schlep over to the east.

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What did you order?

  • Coogee Diner burger – $19
  • Fried chicken sandwich- $19
  • Beer battered onion rings – $9

 

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Tell us about the Coogee Diner burger?

He says: A spectacular burger. From the sheer visual upon arrival and the first taste of the accompanying fries which had a slight smidgen of the burger sauce coating it we were immediately whisked off into dazzling burger territory. The soft milk bun and perfect patty with Amercian cheese both melted in unison in my mouth. And along with my favourite burger sauce of 2015 formed a holy trinity of sorts. On par with Hong’s Fish Shop burger and the kind of little stunner that inspired us to start this blog in the first place.

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She says: From first glance I knew this one would be good – that wrinkly bun, a signature of the Hong burger, gives away the soft fluffy greatness that will come. The ingredients seem sparse, the meat patty comes with just one piece of each addition (one piece of cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce) and is doused in special sauce. It avoids one of the common burger pitfalls of coming with so much filling you cant get your mouth around it while dazzling with a perfectly balanced, symphony of flavours. We were silent as we ate this – it was one of those moments where I wish we didn’t do the blog so I got a whole one to myself.

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So then, how did you find the fried chicken sandwich?

She says: There is always a less favourite child and when they are sat next to the family’s golden child, they will inevitably look haggard and useless. This chicken burger could have been merely a non-event if we hadn’t just experienced beef burger heaven. The same great bun gave a fluffy bed to crunchy coleslaw and some deep fried chook. The chicken was dry – real dry – I actually left a corner of one of the pieces that lacked so much moisture it was unrecognisable as chicken. And I think both of us (as usual) would have been pretty keen for some extra sauce.

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He says: For the record (and as the photo’s will attest) this was a burger not a sandwich. Was a little let down by this one. The bun was again a winner and I was down with the B & B pickle slaw and the spicy mayo but the whole party was let down by the chicken itself which was super dry and chewy. Maybe an off day in the chicken kitchen department or possibly I was just I was let down after how sensational the beef burger was.

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And what about the sides? 

She says:  The sides were a bit ‘meh’ for me. I have tried with onion rings, honestly I have. I just don’t get it!! These were objectively a good version of them however and he seemed pretty taken with the ranch sauce (it would have better suited chicken wings but not every day is chicken wings day). And the chips were pretty good too.

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He says: The fries were as good as any going around and, as always, benefited with the addition of a lovely aioli. The onion rings were a little over battered but the cooling ranch sauce was a winner and had me dipping anything and everything possible into it.

 


|| 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee, NSW, 2034 || (02) 9240 3000 || Website  || Email ||

 

HOURS

Monday – Sunday: 7:30am till late

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Hinky Dinks

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Hinky Dinks verdict : 7/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken burger: 9/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

So why Hinky Dinks? 

She says: Hinky Dinks had somehow ended up with a bad rap in our little OBM family. For some reason both of us thought the food was not great  – not sure if the genesis of this was a review from a friend or some other source but we realised we hadn’t tried their burgers and shouldn’t judge without giving it a proper chance. Lucky we tried it for ourselves!

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He says: It was a Sunday night and having Her thankfully back by my side after a brief sojourn at a friend’s wedding it seemed only right to indulge in a cheeky burger.

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger – $14
  • The Hinky Zinger – $14
  • Popcorn Chicken – $12 with BBQ Sauce $1
  • Beer Battered Onion Rings – $10
  • Gin ‘n’ Jam – $20
  • Zombie – $22

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger?

He says:  This really wasn’t my thing. The patty was too large for everything around it, lacked flavour, was a touch overcooked and the addition of jalapeños and cloyingly sweet onions made for one very confused burger.

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She says:  I definitely preferred the chicken to this one – the meat wasn’t very flavourful, it had that ‘greymeat’ taste and came as a giant meatball type thing – it was really big and left the cheese and all the other ingredients with no chance of even a cameo flavour role.

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So then, how did you find the Hinky Zinger burger?

She says: Wow – this was unexpected. Well actually, not once we saw the bun and the juicy, juicy cheese seeping out from the crunchy  chicken –  I guessed we were on to a good thing… and I was correct. What a difference a nice crispy  fried chicken, still juicy on the inside makes. And I love such finely chopped lettuce! This restored my faith in the non-beef burger. I was in such a rush to eat the damn thing that I really messed up the cross section picture (see below).

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He says: This on the other hand was a winner. The fried chicken was sheer perfection and a nice point of difference in slicing it up and then piling it in. Top shelf mayo and a nice soft bun made this a contender in the chicken burger stakes.  

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And what about the sides? 

She says: So the complimentary popcorn came out first (it looked like it comes out when you order even just drinks) and it was awesome. Chilli and salty goodness in every bite, I wanted to take the left over one from the people who left but thought better of it. The popcorn chicken was next and was pretty heavily battered… but I still liked it because I am a batter fiend. No level of batter fiendishness however could prepare you for the nightmare that was the onion rings. I am not one to seek out onion rings, and although He seems quite fond of them he agreed these were a monstrosity – just oil and batter and the merest suggestion  of onion somewhere… buried deep, deep beneath. The BBQ sauce did save the day and my Gin n’ Jam was a god send on a Sunday evening after rather a big wedding (BTW congrats Tom and Anni!).

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He says: The popcorn chicken was heavy on an oily batter that suffocated what little actual chicken there was. Really disappointing but still better than the onion rings which had the same issue as the chicken but to the point where the batter was so oily it was actually soggy. In saying that the BBQ sauce made everything it touched come alive in it’s smoky hickory goodness. This place is first and foremost a bar and the cocktails were unsurprisingly top notch – the Zombie was a rum based fire starter!  

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|| 185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, 2010|| (02) 80846379 || www.hinkydinks.com.au || info@hinkydinks.com.au ||


HOURS: 

Monday-Saturday: 4pm-Midnight

Sunday: 1pm-10pm

 

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The Old Growler

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Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 6/10

 

Why the Old Growler?

She says: My flatmate (clever and talented photographer who promises to provide OBM with a portrait of He and I for our About Us page one day) suggested this place and raved about it. It’s a great little venue, underground and just outside the gross zone of the cross (well, almost). Down some stairs just near the Coke sign you’ll find this little haven. Methinks it will be puuurfect for winter dranks too. it is very dark and cozy (which is why the pictures for this review are so heinous – apologies.

He says: I’m a local and have eaten there a few times and always enjoyed the food and vibe. A friend of gorgeous She informed us that they were now doing burgers and they were rather impressive. She wasn’t wrong.  

What did you order?

  •        Road House Burger with fries – $13
  •        Chicken Burger with fries – $15
  •        Cheesy Balls – $14

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Tell us about the Road House burger?

He says: This was serious burger shit right here. When it arrived at the table the smell alone had me convinced we were onto a winner. Arguably the best brioche bun we’ve had since this blog’s conception holds an almost perfect grass fed beef patty that’s surrounded by a dead set stunning sauce. The cheese and pickles only served to further put the bastions of burger excellence in this town on notice. Nothing is superfluous here and there is a lot of trust in the simplicity of the quality ingredients at hand all prepared to perfection. An instant classic.

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She says: The bun was the first thing to wow me – it had that heavenly squish that saves your fingerprints when you hold it. Then each bite was more and more perfect – cheese, pickles, meat – all held their own but also played their unique role perfectly. If this meal was a film I would rewind and watch the moment I ate this burger again and again. This burger shot immediately to burger hall of fame level and was a total winner.

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

She says: Another hands down superstar of burgers. Same bun brought glory to the chicken greatness inside. The sauce was luscious and flavourful. Big BIG thumbs up from me.

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He says: Again the bun was a star and the entire thing fantastic. The chicken was ostensibly schnitzel (breaded) but the sauce had a real spicy kick to it and was all the better for it. More mayo, smoked cheddar cheese and possibly the addition of bacon could have furthered enjoyment but they are minor quibbles really.

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She says: The burgers definitely outshone the sides (a welcome change). The cheese balls were a tad strange – haloumi didn’t really work in them – it made them a bit too rubbery and a bit too salty. The chips were good though, classic and crunchy and of course He loved the aioli.

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He says: The fries were as good as they get really and had a wonderful crunchy batter which reached to the next level when coated in a delightful aioli. The cheesy balls were the only really misfire here (which came as a surprise) with the main issue seeming to be the choice to use haloumi as it rendered the balls to dry, salty and a touch on the rubbery side. 


|| Basement Level, 218 William Street, Woolloomooloo, New South Wales || Website || 0422 911 650

 OPENING HOURS:

Tuesday – Sunday 5pm-12am

 

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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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Burger Liquor Lobster at The London

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Burger Liquor Lobster Verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger:  7/10

Crab Burger: 7/10

Sides:  7/10

 

Why Burger Liquor Lobster?

She says: One of my friends from work was talking about how she had gone back to Chur Burger above the London and it was really, really good.  Later that same day He had told me about Burger Liquor Lobster and about three days later I put two and two together and worked out my friend had actually gone to Burger Liquor Lobster and given it a glowing review. Long story short this was another one of His finds (although I maintain I heard about it first!!… I just didn’t realise).

He says: Had been to the Chur Burger pop up here a few times and got rather excited by the early press that arose from the new effort. As a concept the lobster focus had me on my knees before you even had to mention burgers

What did you order?

  • Beef burger – $10
  • Soft shell crab burger – $15
  • Lobster bites – $15
  • Chips  – $7
  • Aioli – ?

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Tell us about the Beef Burger?

He say: It was uspiciously hard to tell the difference between this burger and the Chur burger beef version that preceded it in the very same venue. Almost too similar that it’s hard not to feel it’s a little disingenuous. In saying that it was still just as tasty as it’s Chur counterpart.

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She says: I quite liked this burger. It featured a good, quite thick patty, and a ‘smoked tomato chutney’, which I didn’t think I would like but which tasted to me to be less of a ’chutney’ (as it didn’t have that chutney spice) and was more sweet and smokey  – it was great with the mayo. The bun looks pretty doughy but was good and squishy and the cheese was perfectly melted.

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So then, how did you find the Crab Burger?

 She says: After the great soft shell crab debacle of 2014, (the offending burger still trails on our Burger Scoreboard) choosing this burger was a hard for Him and I. But it paid off. All the ingredients of this one worked together – the slaw  and the Singapore chili sauce (which has that almost curry powder taste of Singapore noodles) and the actually really crispy soft shell crab were great. (It was so crispy and battered that at the end it tasted a bit like a chip sandwich – which is a good thing.)

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He says: I’m not sure I’ll ever rant and rave over the virtues of soft shell crab in a burger but I’m so pleased to say this eradicated the prejudice formed after Brooklyn Social. The crunch of the crab smacked a minor home run when coupled with the slaw.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Popcorn Lobster? Amazing…. But it really could have been popcorn anything as you could hardly taste the lobster that well… and I have a feeling that if it had been chicken or prawn there would have been a lot more in each serve. The serves as shown in the picture are a little deceiving – the basket is about half filled with iceberg lettuce at the bottom! As for the chips – they are somewhat of a sore spot. We thought that at a whopping $7 the serve would be huge or the chips would be special – neither of these assumptions were correct.

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He says: Everything she said. I have nothing more to add other than maybe being a little less forgiving of the notion of serving 7 fucking dollars for a serve of chips. Really dudes?


|| 85 Underwood St, Paddington NSW 2021 ||  Website and Menu ||

Hours:

Midday till late, seven days a week.

 

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Goodtime Burgers

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Good Time Burgers Verdict: 4/10

Beef Burger: 3/10

Chicken Burger: 4/10

Sides: 5/10

 

Why Good Time Burgers?

She says: This was another one we heard of via the food blog universe. We were intrigued by the ‘Juicy Lucy’ and the photos on other blogs looked incredible. It down the bottom of the Eastern in Bondi Junction, which is a difficult place to get both Him and me to visit at the best of times. But based on the hype – we decided to give it a go.

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He says: I’d come across this one on quite a few food blogs. The ‘Jucy Lucy’ appeared to be a novel cheese lovers delight with the cheese pouring out of the centre of the patty like molten lava.

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What did you order?

  • Juice Lucy – $15.50
  • The 34DD – $12.50
  • Fries and Aioli
  • Mac and Cheese

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Tell us about the Juicy Lucy ?

He say: Bit of an epic fail really. Flavourless sauce, the cheese in the middle tasted like liquid plastic, and the patty akin to something I’d feel more comfortable feeding to a German Shephard. Think cheap ALDI sausage.

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She says: This was verging on inedible for me. The meat was super greasy and had that dreaded a sausage meat texture (the kind of thing my friend Georgie would describe as ‘Mystery Meat’). The cheese inside which could have been so awesome, didn’t really taste like much, but just made the burger sloppy and difficult to eat… I am going to stop because I can’t say anything nice about this one.

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So then, how did you find the 34DD?

She says: The chicken burger came out piping hot – so hot that when we cut it in half, steam poured out of the chicken. The burger was made of a piece of fried, crumbed chicken, some green leafy lettuce and a whole lot of mayonnaise…. any maybe coleslaw but I can’t remember – maybe He can? The chicken by itself would have made a great schnitzel, and chicken and mayo is an old reliable marriage that has lasted an eternity, but as a whole this burger does not have the required coherence and basically just lacked flavour.

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He says: Maybe the kitchen was having a bad day as the only nice thing I can really say about this is that the crumbed chicken was super hot. There was coleslaw involved but the bland meat to burger ratio obliterated everything else around it. The ‘guacamole’ also tasted like one of the cheap ones you buy in plastic tubs at the discount section of the supermarket.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The chips were fine, they are double fried which is always nice but the aoli tasted like it was out of a tub. Again we were faced with a disappointing mac and cheese…more cheeeese, please!

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He says: The chips were fine but the mac n cheese joined the burgers in ho-hum city.


|| 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022 || Website || Menu || Phone: 02 9387 7828 ||

HOURS:

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4am daily (with 1.30am lock out)

Sunday: 10am – Midnight

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The Fish Shop

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Fish Shop Verdict: 9/10

Cheeseburger: 9.5/10

Fish burger: 7.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

 

Why The Fish Shop?

She says: When we met and discovered our mutual love of burgers (among other things) I told him that at that point my number 1 burger had to be Mary’s. He told me that he could top it and took me to The Fish Shop for the cheeseburger. And now we have a blog dedicated to burgers.

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He says: This is one of my most cherished burgers. Voted as best burger in Sydney numerous times it’s that old friend that never lets me down. A cheeseburger so good that it was retained on the Fish Shop menu, apparently due to popular demand, after its success at the restaurant (Lotus) that stood before it in the same location.

What did you order?

  • Dan’s famous cheeseburger 18.0
  • Crumbed fish, bacon & chilli burger 19.0
  • Aoli – 2.5
  • Bloody Caesar – 16

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Tell us about Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger ?

He says: I could eat this burger every day with rapture. Just one mouthful elicits immense euphoria throughout every inch of my body. It’s greatest asset is it’s simplicity. The most flavoursome patty in Sydney cooked to medium rare perfection, decadent gooey cheese, crisp bacon, an old school sesame bun and a spellbinding special sauce. This here burger stands as an effigy of all things great humanity can achieve. As long as they keep serving it I’ll keep eating it until the day I perish.

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She says: As mentioned above, I have had this burger before (a few times actually) and this time it was not as good as usual. I should note that I realised (after a small meltdown related to the fact that our burgers came out pre-cut, which I was convinced completely ruined any chance i had of getting a good photo) that perhaps I got out of the wrong side of the bed. That said, this burger was still a ripper. The bun was perfectly proportioned, fresh and squishy. Great sauce and pickles added the perfect amount of tangy to the cheese and bacon saltiness. This burger is a song with a harmonious melody that gets stuck in your head.

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So then, how did you find the Fish Burger?

She says: We decided that we really ought to get this burger as it is the ‘Fish Shop’ despite the fact that neither of us are particularity keen on fish burgers (we debated at one stage getting a cheeseburger each as well so that we didn’t have to sacrifice the cheeseburger half for a fish burger). This was actually pretty good though, the fish was really not very fishy, and was in such crunchy crumbs that you could have been excused for thinking that it was a chicken burger. The addition of bacon sounds weird but worked and the chilli sauce had a surprising kick. It was great, but it was still a fish burger.

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He says: I was a little bummed out that I didn’t get to attack an entire cheeseburger to myself but thought it only fair that we try the fish burger. I’m not into fish burgers in general and feel that fish doesn’t deserve a home in a burger. This was about as good as I could conceive of a fish burger being though. The chilli sauce was a winner and the masterful addition of bacon nearly had me forgetting I was eating fish. Nearly.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The burgers each came with chips. They were pretty good, a bit soft for my tastes and otherwise unremarkable. The Bloody Caesar was a first for me – it was a Bloody Mary but made with Clamato juice – which is a mix of tomato and clam juice, and comes served with a boiled pippy floating in it. Honestly it just tasted like a really good Bloody Mary!

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He says: I really enjoy the chips here. Not quite sure why but they do seem to have the balance of external crunch with internal softness down pat. The aioli has a wonderful smokiness to it as well.


|| 22 Challis Ave, Potts Point NSW 2011|| Website || Menu ||

Hours

Monday – Saturday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – late

Sunday
Kitchen, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Bar, 12:00pm – 10:00pm

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The Kings Cross Hotel

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Kings Cross Hotel Verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger: 6/10

Chicken Burger: 9/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why the Kings Cross Hotel?

She says: In a shocking turn of events He had previously eaten the chicken burger at the Kings Cross Hotel WITHOUT ME and He would not stop raving about it. I wasn’t super keen on going there as I am not crazy about the hotel itself. After a few weekends of him suggesting this one but us ending up elsewhere (we restored to the coin-flip method of decision making a number of times), fate finally chose the Kings cross hotel for us.
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He says: The SMH had listed the chicken burger at this establishment as one of the top ten burgers in Sydney. I live a stone’s throw away and although regularly drinking and indulging in their other pub food fare I had yet to hit up the burgers. In a bout of momentary insanity I ended up heading there without the stellar company of She. After admitting my burger infidelity I  kept banging on to her about going back as I thought the chicken burger was off the freaking chain good!

What did you order?

·        Buttermilk chicken burger, swiss, bacon, pineapple, thousand island-$17

·        KX cheese burger, pickles, ketchup, mustard – $17

·         Cider

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Tell us about the KX Burger ?

He says: The beef burger was of the pleasant old school cheese burger variety. It was seriously let down by the patty though that had a weird spice/funky cheap sausage vibe to it. The mustard, ketchup, cheese and pickle accompaniment helped to overcome though. Solid but instantly forgettable.
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She says: This burger excelled in the mustard and pickle department but was let down by the patty and the bread. The meat was edging on that flame grilled taste but didn’t commit and was a bit on the dry and chewy side. This burger was pretty standard, not special but not a total let down.

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

She says: This as a pretty fantastic burger. The picture doesn’t lie, it is massive. It had everything, bacon, cheese (and lots of it) sauces and pineapple (again). The chicken itself was coated in a spicy rub and was moist and delicious. The bacon was cooked to perfection and the pineapple and sauces were the perfect accompaniment. He was right to rave about this. I will think about this burger many times in the future.
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He says: I think this is chicken burger nirvana right here. Crunchy yet moist fried buttermilk chicken surrounded by a whole heap of bacon, melted swiss cheese, gorgeous pineapple and the unsung hero that is the thousand island sauce. It all comes together in a decadent symphony of burger virtuosity.  Possibly my favourite chicken burger in Sydney. I can only hope it will haunt my dreams for eternity and if I never have it again I will feel the immense lack.
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And what about the sides?

She says: There weren’t really any sides to choose from. (Lies – there was some salad or mash and gravy, but he thought better and didn’t order anything). The burgers did come with chips though, and they were pretty good. They were that special type of batter – like the kind you get in hotels with your club sandwich, almost crumbed.

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He says: The fries hit the spot with their cluster like batter and cajun seasoning.


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Hours:

FRI – SAT : MIDDAY to 3AM
SUN – THURS : MIDDAY to 1AM

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