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.

dsc02704So then, how did you find the Ebi Burger?

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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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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The Royal Albert Hotel

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The Royal Albert Hotel Verdict: 7.5/10

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

Why this place?

She says: We have had a couple of people leave comments and send us emails about this one (shout out to Enrico particularly!). I realised once we turned up that I had eaten some dumplings out the back previously and was pleasantly surprised by the contrast between my previous experience and this one.IMG_6051

He says: This had been running around my head as a place to chow down on burgers for some time. The photos I’d seen looked on the delicious side and the location fitted in perfectly with our plans for the remainder of the day.

What did you order?

  • Royale with cheese, double patty, streaky bacon and fries: $16.50 (bacon $2.50)
  • Chicken Katsu Burger with fries: $14

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Tell us about the Royale with cheese?

He says: In a show of beauty and selflessness the wonderful She informed me that she didn’t mind if we went for a double patty today (which is not so much her thing but most definitely mine). This was a decent little burger but with just a little bit of tinkering and care could have lifted it’s level big time. The patties had a great flavour to them but were overcooked to buggery. The bun also seemed a little stale, the cheese could have afforded to have been melted and there must have been a pickle scarcity in the kitchen that day because the quarter one we got was nothing like the whole ones I’d seen in all the pictures. In saying that the although overcooked but undeniably tasty patty was a perfect match to sensational special sauce and the addition of streaky bacon soothed my stomach and soul.   

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She says: It really was an act of charity to agree to the double patty, He is right. One may think that a two patty burger easily becomes a single patty burger of just as high quality when one paddy is removed but one would be wrong because one would forget the amount of cheese and sauce the second patty takes with it. I did keep that in mind though and was willing to be kind to this burger on that basis. Big stand-outs for me in this burger were the pickles and special sauce. I think I may have got the pickle half, which was great for me (sorry to my He!) and the sauce was plentiful and delicious. The meat was a bit dry for me and crumbled a little too much for my taste. As always, I wanted more sauce (we noticed too late that there was a whole bottle of the special sauce at the cutlery station that we could have helped our selves to).

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

She says:  The chicken in this burger was a bit bizarre – my notes say ‘Weird salty chicken square’. It was covered in a really fine coating of crumbs, almost like a fish finger. The ton katsu sauce was great (but I do have a soft spot for that sweet goodness). I didn’t really like this one so much but I do feel like this would be a burger you could get a strange craving for late at night, in the same way that you (or maybe just me) sometimes get a craving for fish fingers in the early hours of the morning.

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He says: This was a strange experience. Everything in the burger when tasted on it’s own was great but when brought together seemed a little lost. Compared to a similar chicken Katsu burger we had at Bonarche  this was nowhere near being in the same league. I think the issue was the katsu sauce, which had a weird balance of sweetness. The chicken itself also had a processed chicken nugget vibe to it.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The only sides in the menu were the crinkle cut fries that accompany each burger and boy were they good. Although not breaking any new ground they served as a potent reminder of just how good perfectly cooked golden brown crinkle cut chips taste covered in salt and doused in sauce actually are.

She says: GREAT CHIPS. They had those chips that you can fossick through time and time again and keep finding crunchy, awesome gold. Do it for the chips. And maybe just to experience the weird salty chicken square.

|| Corner of Commonwealth and Reservoir Streets, Surry Hills, || www.royalalberthotel.com.au || 02 92812522 || info@royalalberthotel.com.au ||

 


HOURS:

Monday – Saturday: 12pm-12am

Sunday: 12pm-10am

 

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Bonarchè Burger

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Bonarchè Burgers Verdict: 8/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

Why Bonarchè?

She says: Bonarchè was included in Concrete Playground’s ‘Top Ten Burgers in Sydney’ list. Which is lucky because it is an unassuming little shopfront that I probably wouldn’t have chosen to enter based purely on its looks (or its website for that matter, which is like a throw back from the time when you had to wait and listen for your modem to connect). 

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He says: I had yet to stumble across a negative review of Bonarchè and had a local Leichardt friend who swore by the place’s quality.

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What did you order?

  • Tender Tokyo – $15.00
  • Beach n Beef – $15.00

  • Disco Fries – $9.00

  • Malted musk milkshake – Special

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Tell us about the Beach and Beef burger?

He says: What a monster. This burger would have dwarfed three Mary’s burgers triple piggy backing each other. Flavour was spot on, patty cooked to perfection and the BBQ sauce/aioli combo a winner. There did just seem to be too much packed into the burger though (especially on the avocado front) and two handed consumption became a logistical nightmare. Otherwise a really solid belly filler. 

Your burger cross section

She says: This was a stupendously big burger. As per our usual practice, we halved each burger to share. Luckily He was in charge of this one. Cutting it somewhat compromised the structural integrity of the burger and it was it pretty much fell to bits (although based on the patty consistency, I think this may have happened anyway). Structural issues aside, the meat was delicious  and was complimented by the avocado and smoky BBQ sauce. This was another burger with pineapple, which I think I am coming around to.

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So then, how did you find the Tender Tokyo burger?

She says: It is probably one of my top chicken burgers of the year. As the name would suggest it is Japanese inspired with a Panko breadcrumbed tender chicken breast tonkatsu sauce, Japanese coleslaw & kupi mayo dressing it was as beautifully balanced as a chicken burger based haiku. The crumbing was perfectly crunchy with just the right amount of chicken to sauce to coleslaw to bun ratio.

Tokyo special cross sectionHe says: This was a cracker. A chicken burger to tell the kids about. Redefined the notion of synergy as everything on this burger came in to play to aid the other in a near perfect marriage. The Panko breadcrumbed chicken holding hands with a suitably crisp coleslaw whilst straddling the delicious tonkatsu sauce and mayo dressing double threat was one I’d be happy to experience on, at the very least, a weekly basis. 

Chips and milkshakeAnd what about the sides?

She says: The disco fries covered in cheese and real gravy, not the powdered insulting stuff that they have at the RSL. If only we had have had more room to finish them off. And the malted musk milkshake was pretty incredible. At His suggestion we tried it, and it was a delicious decision. 

He says: The disco fries are suitably decadent and hard to fault for what they are. Being a musk lifesaver junky in my youth the musk flavoured milkshake was right up my alley. Well played Bonarchè, well played.


Visited on 22 June 2014

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Hours:

Wed 5-9PM

Thurs 5-9.00PM*

Fri 12-3PM  and 5-9.30PM

Sat 12PM-9.30PM*

Sun 11AM-8.OOPM

*Winter trading hours

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