Bar Ume

478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

 

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Bar Ume verdict: 9.5/10 

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Prawn Burger: 9.1/10

Sides: 9.5/10

 

So why Bar Ume?

She says:  We almost ate here a bunch of times. Once we rolled up to one of their pop ups once and waited in line. But we were pretty quick to decide that our hangovers took precedence over their delicious looking burgs so we bailed after about 5 minutes. Then these guys actually invited us to do a review when they opened up at Barangaroo (WE ARE IMPORTANT BLOGGERS AND VERY POPULAR) and we spoke about going here maybe once a week for about 3 months but never made it in. After that we’d waited so long it felt weird demanding free burgers, so we just went in and bought some one day. It was worth the wait and every hard earned cent.

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He says: This had been on our radar since they started doing the pop ups. Excitement levels regarding this place were at an all time high. It was also Saturday and we were famished and hung.

What did you order?

  • The Bacon Cheese Burger – $14.80
  • The Ebi Burger – $15.50
  • The Koji Fried Chicken- $9.50
  • Hot Chips With Umami Salt – $4.80

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Tell us about the Bacon Cheese Burger?

He says: This belongs in Sydney’s burger royalty. It’s hard to fin fault with anything here. The pattie is off the charts perfection form the bottom up and it’s found it’s perfect partner with the spectacular UME sauce that lives up to its ‘special’ namesake. Cue crispy bacon, rice vinegar pickles, American cheese and onions and you have perfect show. Can’t wait for the next time (will be defs tapping a double).

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She saysThis was a very special burger. I was a massive fan. I couldn’t recommend it more and find it pretty hard to find any faults with this soft-buned beauty.

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She says: Ordering this felt like a risk – I mean, a prawn burger? It could have been horrible but it was absolutely brilliant. The textures in this one were really key to its success. It had a great crumbed prawn pattie that had firmness and even a bit of bounce, without being too chewy. This teamed with the crunchy, fresh cabbage and silky, tangy mayo was magic.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Umami salt is like a dream that I never want to wake up from. I would like it on all the things from now on. The fried chicken absolutely owned and the sauces were perfect. Another smash hit for Ume.

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He says: The Koji fried chicken is up with there with Butter as being in my favourite fried chicken delights in Sydney. Karaage in style with a perfect batter and irresistible when dunked in mayo. The chips with umami salt were outstanding. In umami salt, chicken salt must now bow in deference.


|| 478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || www.umeburger.com || (02) 9380 7333 II HOURS: Open Monday to Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 9:00am

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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.)

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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.

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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)

BIG BUNZ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pub Life X Barrio Chino Pop Up at Deus Café

DSC01088Pub Life X Barrio Chino Pop Up at Deus Café verdict: 9.5/10

Beef Burger: 9.7/10

Chicken Burger: 9.4/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Pub Life X Barrio Chino?

She says: This was two of the greats coming together. Any burger fan knows both of these joints spit out some awesome snacks. It would be crazy to have missed it. In saying that – I think it closes in a couple of days so if you want to check it out, get a wriggle on!! The overall verdict should have lost a few points because it took so long for us to get our burgers (but the food was so good.. and we are suckers). We waited for what felt like a really long time and I had to be restrained from stealing food from other tables. By the time they arrived I was panic-hungry (thus the blur in some of the photos).

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He says: Considering the parties involved this is a fairly redundant question.

What did you order?

  • The Cheese Burger with Bacon – $16
  • The Fried Chicken Burger – $14
  • Chicken Nuggets – $12
  • Dirty Fries – $7

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: Close to perfection. Everything I loved about Barrio Chino and Pub Life (and burgers in general) all rolled into one heavenly package. Between the patty, M’Clures pickles, American cheese, soft bun and to die for dirty sauce you have a burger you could pretty much start a religion for. Also massive props for the crunchy bacon add on. This is the swag shit right here.

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She saysFirstly can I just point out again that we were RAVENOUS by the time our burgers came. That is why the first picture sucks so heavily. I am the photographer, please accept my apology. But this burger? Poetry! This was a smashing little burger. I second everything He says above. Just a dream burg.

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

He says: Like the cheese burger but replacing the world class patty with fried chicken that as good any I’ve come across. Crunchy on the outside whilst being perfectly moist and juicy on the inside. The green siracha mayo took on champ status as well.

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She says: The fried chicken was perfect, the great bun and condiments held it together the chicken version and all balanced really well. This was another really special burger.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: The buttermilk fried chicken nuggets were a very generous serve but I preferred dunking them in the dirty sauce than the provided Gochujo hot sauce. The dirty fries were immense (all fries should be coated in dirty sauce and cheese sauce from here on in)

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She says: The fried chicken sauce was straight out weird. Theory is that it might have been off – it was super sour,  vinegary and not nice. Luckily the chicken itself was amazing – crunchy but still really luscious in the middle –  and was fine by itself or as He mentions dunked in the dirty sauce. The fries were full on but they were super moreish and pretty great.


|| 98 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW, 2050 || Website ||

 

HOURS:

Monday – Friday 730am – 10 pm,

Saturday: 7:30 – 10pm,

Sunday: 9am – 3pm

 
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Bar Luca

DSC00353Bar Luca Verdict: 9.1/10

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Bar Luca?

She says: This is yet another place that we were ashamed not to have visited yet. A big favourite with burger pros such as Bianca for For Foods Sake and seemingly the entire FBAS community it was definitely somewhere we needed to hit up. Also our lovely mate Carly, photographer for the papers was in town on a break so why not meet for a burger and allow her to take some shots of the OBM team at work, which we will share with you in due course!

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He says: I’ve regularly needed a spatula to scrape my tongue off the floor every time I’ve come across the image of the Blame Canada burger at this place. Was pretty stoked we finally found a moment to get here.

What did you order?

  • The Blame Canada Burger – $15
  • The Chicken Karaage Burger – $14
  • Fried Chicken wings – $8
  • Cookies and Cream Milkshake – $7
  • Fries – $3 (with any burger)

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Tell us about the Blame Canada Burger?

He says: Wowzers! This was a 200g wagyu beef pattie with maple glazed streaky bacon, poutine and maple aioli in a sensational bun. There’s not a single ingredient there that doesn’t have a special place in my heart. The only negative I could see was that it’s obviously incredibly rich – which is not a problem when you get to share the burgers with the marvellous She.

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She saysKiller burger –literally – if you ate to many of these you easily make mayor of heart attack city. This burger was great though, perfect mix of salty and sweet. Kind of a stomach turning combo if you think about it too long but on taste alone, a real winner. Do prepare with extra serviettes though.

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

She says:  Another time where I think our ordering has let us down. This burger scores top points for the quality of the karaage chicken which was luscious and rich but we should have realised that pickled veggies and coriander (my mortal enemy) wouldn’t suit our tastes.

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He says: The chicken here was great (crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside with great seasoning) but I guess I’m just not a massive fan of the overall flavour (I’m not really into pickled vegetables and coriander on my burger). In all fairness I read what was on the burger before I ordered it so the fault lies purely with me. The wasabi mayo was a cracker though!

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The only milkshake option was cookies and cream which, while initially disappointing was actually fine because it was AWESOME. The chips played their supporting role like a champ. And the fried chicken wings, they great – totally pushed me over the edge into food coma but worth it for their crispy, crunchy lusciousness.

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He says: The wings were fantastic and along with the smokey bbq sauce and dill aioli formed a near perfect chicken party! The fries were standard but excellent and the cookies and cream milkshake was put a dairy infused smile all over my big bloated burger face.


|| 52 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD, NSW, 2000 || www.barluca.com.au ||

HOURS:

Monday to Wednesday 7:30am – 10:00pm

Thursday to Friday 7:30am to Midnight
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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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