The Chippo Hotel

81-97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2000

The Chippo Hotel: 9/10dsc02658 

Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Chicken Burger: 9.3/10

Sides: 9/10

 

So why The Chippo Hotel?

He says: Hangover + convenient location + the menu looked to be a cracker = Saturday feasting at the Chippo Hotel with my favourite person in the world. Side note: this also used to my local way back when it was less ‘hip’ and known as the Shannon Hotel so I was intrigued by it’s recent makeover.

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She says: They have really done this place up – I’ve only been there once before, during the Beams Festival and it has changed heaps. Has a great outside area and I reckon would be great for a big group

What did you order?

  • The Chippo Burger with Bacon – $21
  • The Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $18
  • Popcorn Chicken – $14
  • Mac & Cheese – $12

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Tell us about the Chippo Burger?

He says: This was superb. A soft milk bun cradled a perfect patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and a heap of onion. I was suspect on the mountain of onion upon arrival but my fears were allayed after one mouthful as it just worked. The sauce on this bad boy was also a winner.

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She says: Hot, tasty and delicious – there isn’t really much you could fault with this one. Great sauces, great melted cheese, even the onion worked. I was very happy with this. The patty maybe could have been a bit saltier but it was still delicious and the cheese added the required salt. As I said, very little you could dislike about this burger. I highly recommend.

 

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

He says:  Again an absolute ripper of a burger. The southern fried chicken is the stuff dreams are made of and I need more of the Louisiana dipping sauce in my life. My only quibble would be I don’t really go for tomato on a fried chicken burger and didn’t think it worked here but each to their own on that one I guess.

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She says: Another awesome burger. Everything just worked really well together, like music that just sounds right. The chicken was beautifully cooked inside and retained its crunch even with lashings of delicious sauce. He said He didn’t like the tomato but it worked fine on my half – maybe He just got a dud slice.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  Like the rest of the meal the sides were killer. Pretty standard fries but done well. The popcorn chicken was of the same ilk as the chicken on the burger, juicy with a great crunchy batter and served with that Louisiana dipping sauce. The mac and cheese was up there – the bits with melted cheese on them were prefect, but without the melted cheese, one could argue that it wasn’t salty enough. But overall they were really really good!

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He says: I’d happily christen the popcorn chicken here as being the best of it’s kind. My stomach was packed to the seams halfway through it but I couldn’t look myself in the mirror if I let any of it go to waste (especially when it was drenched in that Louisiana dipping sauce). The Mac & Cheese was solid but needed a little salt (or bacon would do the trick!).dsc02686

|| 81-97 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2000 || www.thechippohotel.com.au || (02) 93105133 II HOURS: Open Monday to Sunday 12pm – 10pm

New Britannia

DSC01595New Britannia verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why The New Britannia?

He says: Full disclosure – a friend is involved in the establishment of this new bar on Cleveland street. However the fact that the kitchen is responsible for the same burgers as those found at Raven’s Eye, Henrietta Supper Club and the Neighbourhood in Bondi resulted in my patronage not at all being based on nepotism.

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She says: This is the new bar where Millennium Pizza used to be (they still do pizza). It’s still a bit of a weird space – half of it feels like a trendy new small hole in the wall and the other half feels like a hotel lobby bar. They have board games though. And keep an eye out for the super interesting guest book.

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What did you order?

  • The Dodger Burger – $15
  • The Dirty Bird Burger – $16
  • Beer Battered Chips with Curry Spiced Salt – $7
  • Mac & Cheese – $9

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Tell us about the Dodger Burger?

He says:  A glorious new star in the bourgeoning burger wars of Sydney. Arguably the best bun I’ve had all year houses a sublime patty, American cheese, tomato, iceberg lettuce, pickles, onions and a secret sauce that would fuck with the best of them. This little fella is allegedly inspired by In n Out burger and we accordingly added bacon (you should too!).

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She says I didn’t have super high expectations of the burgers at The New Brittania because to be honest I hadn’t heard anything on the nerd about it and usually if there is a good burger, the Fatties (see Fatties Burger Appreciation Society of FB) will have sniffed it out way before we get to it. But, when this came out and I saw it in its beauty, I knew we were in for a good burg. It was jaw droppingly good. Really good bun, rich and buttery without being to heavy, great balance between all the ingredients – fresh crunchy salad with high quality meat patty, and bacon that added that extra punch. The only drawback is that it wasn’t huge – but I probably would have made myself sick if it was.

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So then, how did you find the Dirty Bird Burger?

She says: I didn’t quite understand from my first bite how awesome this burger was going to be. I wasn’t expecting the slight blue cheese tang (note to self: read the menu) but as soon as I got my head around it, this burger was poetry. The blue cheese is ever so slight and rather than adding a touch of mouldy foot, it gives depth, richness (and salt) to the mix. With crispy fried chicken, bacon cheese and that same rich buttery bun and this burger shot to the top of my ‘burgers I dream about just before lunch time, bed time and breakfast’ list.

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He says: On par if not better than its beef brethren. The fried chicken goodness melted in my mouth and, although I’m not normally a fan of it on burgers, the blue cheese lifted the whole thing to another level. Outstanding.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chips with curry salt were next level – we ordered chips by themselves to start (because we are ridiculous and who doesn’t love a hot chip entree) but they also came with the burger. There was a pretty big difference between the crunch of the two. Both were really good but the second batch were far superior crunch wise. The mac and cheese was a looker no doubt but not super flavourful, it was kind of the battler of this meal – but that would be easy, all the other foodstuffs were like the snooty older sister who will always do everything a bit better than you can.

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He says: The fries were simple but delicious and lifted by the curry spiced salt (and highly recommended addition of aioli as a dipping sauce). The mac n cheese was solid but lacked a little flavour and either needed salt, sharper cheese or both.


|| 103 Cleveland Street, Darlington, NSW, 2008 || Facebook ||

HOURS:

Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 12am

Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

 

Paradise Road Diner

DSC01344Paradise Road Diner verdict: 8/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Paradise Road Diner?

She says: We had some friends in town and one of them was gagging to go to the junction to ‘see if anything had changed’. So we thought why not? In the east, eat a burg. That is our motto. (I used to live in North Bondi and there was a part of me that is cross that this place has popped up since I have left and the rest of me was interested to give it a go having heard many, many good things.)

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He says: The photos of these guys on the interwebs always presented one handsome looking burger. There website states that they are going for Modern Americana food with a ‘South of the Dixie Line’ influence.

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What did you order?

  • The Cheese Burger with Bacon – $16
  • The Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $15
  • Chilli Cheese Fries – $8
  • Mac & Cheese – $8
  • Coleslaw – $5

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Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: As suggested this was a beautiful looking burger that housed a patty, two types of cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickles, aioli and tomato relish. There wasn’t much to fault here but I could have done with the patty being a little rarer and with more salt.

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She saysOverall this was a pretty solid burger. The good patty, lots of sauce and delicious bacon put this squarely in the ‘would eat again with pleasure’ box. I wasn’t crazy about the bun but I also think that I have had my heart stolen by the milk bun, and i can never come back from there.

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

She says: Wow – what a strange burger. The salad bits were good and fresh, the avo was creamy (maybe a little over pureed for my specific tastes), and the fried chicken was doused in a very generous amount of Frank’s Hot Sauce.  I really liked the flavours in isolation but the Frank’s on a burger really threw me. I couldn’t get past it and for me it wasn’t something I would eat again. I wished we had ordered one of the other burgs to try, there were so many I liked the look of.

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He says: This wasn’t so much my thing. The chicken itself was well battered and juicy but although I’m a massive fan of Frank’s hot sauce on buffalo wings, I found here it gave too much of an overpowering vinegar hit to the entire burger. Again, as I’ve often stated, I feel avocado has absolutely no business being on a burger.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: This is controversial and makes me feel like a traitor to my fast food leanings but man, that coleslaw was the stand out highlight of the meal. It was crispy, fresh and perfectly balanced. The chopped cornichons were fantastic and cut through the oil of the mayonnaise based dressing. The chilli fries were addictive but not necessarily the best I have tried, heavy on the meat with an almost Bolognese taste (wait is that how it is supposed to be?), it was too much for me. The mac and cheese was a winner with great cheese and salt levels (which is rare) but so rich I felt like I needed to do a few laps up and down Curlewis Street (BONDI REFERENCE) to feel human again.

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He says: Chilli Cheese fries are always one of those things I like in theory but am continually reassessing my thoughts for as I find the chilli in the most part heavy and overpowering. The ones here did little to change my mind although I’m more than happy to bear some of the blame there. The Mac & Cheese was as good as any I’ve had of late and the coleslaw (not something we’d usually order as a side) which had the genius addition of cornichons was almost my highlight of the meal.

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|| 296 Campbell Parade, North Bondi, NSW, 2026 || Website ||


HOURS:

Open 7 days a week

7am – 10pm Saturday – Sunday

11:30am – 10:00pm Monday – Tuesday

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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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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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