Brooklyn Depot

 65 Holt Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

dsc02058Brooklyn Depot Verdict: 8/10 

Beef Burger: 8/10

Chicken Burger: 7.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

So why Brooklyn Depot?

She says: He is just so good at this. I feel like I should have a permanent answer to this question that I cut and paste every time that says “He found this joint. He is a genius at burger stalking. I honestly believe He could find good burgers even if the internet didn’t exist”.

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He says:  Convenient location and a great looking (American styled) menu made us heed the call to Brooklyn Depot.

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What did you order?

  • The Depot Burger – $16
  • The Chicky Babe Burger – $14
  • Pimped Chicken Winglets – $10
  • Garbage Fries – $12
  • Maclovin Balls – $14
  • Gringo Shake – $8

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Tell us about the Depot Burger?

He says:  I’m always appreciating some double patty action so was pretty stoked with this one. Unfortunately the patties definitely erred on the overcooked side of things. Massive fan of the addition of pineapple, hickory smoked bacon and a wonderful Depot special sauce. If only there was a bit more pink in that patty.

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She saysI only ever order the double if my arm has been twisted (or if it has been so long between doubles that I feel bad). It really relies on the meat, the quality and how well it was cooked. Here the quality was pretty good but as he says it was a bit overcooked. Despite that I liked this burger, more so once I removed the second patty. And let it be known, I am a total pineapple convert – and with the bacon and the cheese, oh lordy!

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So then, how did you find the Chicky Babe Burger?

He says: A solid burger with on point chicken, slaw and chipotle mayo. Not really a fan of the so called ‘cowboy caviar’ as its black bean flavour was a little jarring when combined with everything else here.

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She says: I liked this burger – the beans were a little jarring but over all, crispy chook and cheese with coleslaw, always gets me.

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Now, what about the sides?

He says: The winglets (we chose spicy buffalo sauce) were top notch, the garbage fries tasty as fuck, maclovin balls had their moments but were a little dull, and the Gringo shake was as delicious as it sounded on the menu.

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She says:  The sides were super trashy and would be awesome to share with a big group – we were massive pigs and got heaps to ourselves.

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|| 65 Holt Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 || http://www.brooklyndepot.com.au/ || HOURS: Open seven days 11am until late

Kepos Street Kitchen

96 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016

DSC01930Kepos Street Kitchen verdict: 8.5/10

Lamb Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 6/10

 

So why The Kepos Street Kitchen?

She says This was another of His suggestions. I didn’t realise that it was a fancy restaurant and when we turned up I have to admit I sulked a bit because I was sure they couldn’t do great burgers if they weren’t in our favourite American style. Oh, how wrong I was.

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He says: This has been on our list for yonks and looked to be a nice switch up from the American diner styled burgers we’d been scoffing down of late.

What did you order?

  • The Lamb Kefta Burger – $18
  • The Southern Fried Chicken Burger – $18
  • Vanilla Milkshake- $7

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Tell us about the Lamb Kefta Burger?

He says:  They said the meat on this was served medium rare but it was definitely on the rare side of things (it was kind of like a burger tartare!) which is something I’m not used to but adapted to quite quickly. The harissa relish and kohlrabi slaw further heaved this little middle eastern inspired delight into enjoyablility.

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She saysThis burger was really special and very different. It WAS super rare, like He says, when I ate it it was almost like a juicy steak tartare on bread (which I realise sounds gross but which was actually really great). Not for the faint of heart. But the freshness of the apples and mint was perfect with the richness of the lamb. It was a really great burger. Not our usual style but delicious.

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

She says: This was a massive burg, and the mayo was bright yellow. I was almost expecting it to have that earthy turmeric taste. But it was magic, juicy chicken, crunchy schnitzel batter and lots of sauce. Another smashing burg.

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He says: This bad boy is listed on the menu as a sandwich so I took the liberty of renaming it for them. A generous couple of chunks of juicy schnitzel make friends here with coleslaw and chermoula mayo. It’s delicious but lost points for arriving at the table strangely cold (as if it had been sitting on the counter too long) and the brioche bun was a touch on the dry side.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The sides were a bit meh, as He says below this isn’t really a place where sides are going to kick any goals. The chips were good, fat and juicy, but I wasn’t super unimpressed with the milkshake.

He says: This is a café (the other stuff on the menu looked tremendous) so it’s hard to get too grumpy on them regarding their lack of traditional burgering feast sides. The fries served with the burger were standard but tasty if, again unfortunately, a little on the cold side upon arrival. The milkshake needed a whole lot more sweet syrup to stand up to my tastes but each to their own.


|| 96 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016 || Website ||

HOURS: Open 7 days,

Monday – Saturday 7:30am – 10:30pm

Sunday 8am – 3pm

 

Kepos Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bangbang Cafe

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Bangbang Cafe verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 9/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why The Bangbang Cafe?

She says He was having a rough morning so we decided to stay close-ish to home and try a burg that He has been talking about for ages. The photos of the burgers here looked just like the kind of thing required to feed this monstrous hangover.

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He says: After demolishing schnitzels and way too many beers the night before my spectacular love, She, decided to drive my sorry hung-over ass over to Bangbang in Surry Hills. Turned out to be a great call.

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What did you order?

  • The All Star Burger with Bacon – $17
  • The Fried Chicken Burger – $13.90
  • Chocolate Milkshake- $5

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Tell us about the All Star Burger?

He says: Cheezus this was good! A terrific wagyu patty mingled with smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomato, added bacon and a mind blowingly good Bangbang sauce. My only complaint would be the bun had a touch of the ‘Sunday stales’ but that’s a minor quibble.  Seriously that sauce was truly banging (yeah I did it, soz)!

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She saysThis was simple and delicious. Great tender meat with lots of sauce, the whole thing was really tasty.  held together well, the cheese was melted to perfection.  You should try these burgers, they are special.

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

She says: Wow. A very, very nice burger. The fried chicken was key, and there was just enough  of it. It was tender and moist and would have been awesome even by itself. Double cheese, crunchy coleslaw, lettuce and tomato topped with generous lashings of  saucy-mayo goodness. The filling worked perfectly with the crunchy chicken. Very solid work.

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He says: Really fucking great hangover tonic this one as well with the stars being the buttermilk chicken and the Sriracha sauce coleslaw. The bun had the same issue but the once again the Bangbang sauce smashed it out of the park.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The chips were perfectly suitable, nothing special but just right. Macca’s style with lots of salt. The milkshake was the only let down of this whole meal. I am not sure if it was on the menu. Because of his fairly average feels, He just ordered it (said like it was his dying wish) so perhaps the waitress just whipped it up to try and cheer him up. Anyway had a bit of the hot-chocolate-powder-mixed-with-milk vibe that my ma used to try and sneak past us as kid. No mum, milkshakes have lots and lots of ice cream and are made in a blender!

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He says: Not much by way of the sides but the fries served with the burger (great value for money here) were on point and a force to be reckoned with when doused in aioli. The shake was more of an iced chocolate than a milkshake but the sugar hit still sated my post inebriation thirst.


|| 113 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 ||  Facebook ||

HOURS:

Open 7 days, 7:30am – 3:30pm

 

Bangbang Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Big Daddy’s Burger Bar

DSC01728Big Daddy’s Burger Bar verdict: 6/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Big Daddy’s?

He says: Being a Newtown local I’d seen this place coming up and had gawked in with interest every time I walked past. I’m a sucker for American styled diner food and when I came across a few solid reviews online there were no longer any excuses to avoid Big Daddy’s.

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She says:  As you can see form the photos this place has a lot going on. we managed to snag a booth (because booths are the way to go) and hid up the back with our hangovers.

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What did you order?

  • The SAYMYNAME Burger – $12
  • The Honey Mustard Chicken Burger – $12
  • Cheesy Fries- $8
  • 3 Chicken Wings – $7
  • Rock Salt Caramel Shake – $6

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Tell us about the SAYMYNAME Burger?

He says: Unfortunately this was really disappointing. The bun was a touch on the stale side, the patty was both way overcooked and lacking flavour (or quality meat) and there was nowhere near enough mayo. We did decide to get this one without the mushrooms (She is not a fan) so maybe that threw the flavour profile out but somehow I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the problem.

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

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So then, how did you find the Honey Mustard Chicken Burger?

She says: This was my preferred burger of the two (which is strange because I am not usually a fan of a grilled chicken burg) but it was still just ok. The chicken was well cooked, staying soft and moist (urgh, sorry). The mayo sauce however wasn’t quite right, it was a bit overpowering.  The bun let both of these burgers down and the shredded lettuce had a real left-out-overnight vibe. Also, there wasn’t much going on flavour wise, mostly due to the overwhelming sauce, there wasn’t a point of difference to lift the flavours.

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He says: Very fast food styled but relatively tasty. The chicken seemed as if it was poached (or maybe just microwaved) but was juicy. The addition of cheese worked well but again the burger needed more mayo.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: The milkshake was the saving grace of this meal, if the sides score was purely on the milkshake alone they would have received a 9.5 from me. It was super thick, rich and featured nuggets of honeycomb at the bottom, which you got in every sip and spoke to me as a hokey-pokey ice cream fan. The curly fries were good on their own, and the cheese-in-a-can sauce has a weird place in my heart (next the canned spaghetti jaffles) but the bits of bacon sprinkled on top were no good. They were that dry, pink, strange bacon bits you get in your Bakers Delight cheese and bacon roll that should never be served outside such a bready home. The blue sauce that came with the chicken wings will haunt my nightmares for years to come, but the wings alone were alright – average pub food style.

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He says: A real mixed bag. The cheesy curly fries (with a whole heap of cheese sauce, sour cream and bacon on top) did the job but weren’t as good as they threatened to be upon first glance. The chicken wings were oily but did hit the spot although I’d avoid the weird blue cheese sauce next time. The Rock Salt Caramel shake was the highlight of the meal and was reminiscent of a certain ice cream flavour She seemed particularly fond of.


|| 227 King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || www.bigdaddysburgerbar.com.au || (02) 95174335 ||

HOURS:

Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:30pm,

Friday – Sunday 11:00am to 11:00pm

 

Bare Grill

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Bare Grill verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.4/10

Other Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why The Bare Grill?

She says: Finding this little gem was all Him and his near obsessive scouring of the internet. Bare and Grill is out of the way for us but we had friends in town (Hi Dan and Dre!) and had an out of town wedding to head to, so thought we would stop in on the way.

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He says: The sight of these banging hot looking burgers were becoming ubiquitous on the net of late (easily attributed to this place due to the ‘branding’ in the buns). Also hadn’t been to La Perouse and, with some friendly overseas visitors in tow, this served as the first stop en route to a Kiama wedding.

What did you order?

  • The Fatties Burger – $13
  • The Outback Burger – $15
  • Malt Milkshake- $5.50
  • Chips – $4

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Tell us about the Fatties Burger?

He says: I was expecting this to be solid but was taken aback by how delicious it was. The patties were thick, juicy, cooked to perfection and formed an irresistible union with the bacon, cheese and pickles. The house sauce ranked as one of the great burger sauces of the Southern Hemisphere and luckily for all involved they were very generous with it. Possibly a smaller and softer style milk bun might rank this bad boy even higher but all in all a sensational burger.

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She saysThis burger is seriously good. It was a double patty burger so I used my usual ‘just take one out’ approach (will offer courses in this technique somewhere down the road). The remaining patty had that great char grilled taste and sat at the perfect point between good greasy and bad greasy. The sauces were just right, and all the flavours balanced well. The bun did tend to fall apart a little but that was really the only criticism. Great bacon. Great cheese. Great burger.

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So then, how did you find the Outback Burger?

He says: I was more of a fan of this than She. This one featured the aforementioned exceedingly on point patty and house sauce and pushed in the direction of a quintessentially ‘Aussie’ styled burger (egg, bacon, tomato, sautéed onion, lettuce and beetroot relish). Maybe a bit too much going on here but if you’re into an Oz styled burger with the lot methinks you’d fall for this one.

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She says: This burger was good but not so much my thing. It was still pretty good but it lacked that balance and near perfection of the first burger. The extra ingredients seemed to be thrown on willy-nilly and for me for some reason the egg just didn’t work.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says:  The milkshake and chips were perfectly fine, no complaints!

He says:  Chips were fairly standard but delicious nonetheless (make sure you get a side of house sauce to dip them into). Malt milkshake was appropriately rich as well.


|| Shop 3/1599 Anzac Parade, La Perouse, NSW, 2036 || www.baregrillandcafe.com||

HOURS: Open 7 days 11am – Late (except Thursday open 11am – 3pm)

Bare Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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
Bar Luca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Standard (Hobart)

IMG_6805The Standard (Hobart) verdict: 8.5/10

Beef Burger: 8.5/10

Chicken Burger: 7/10

Sides: 8/10 

 

So why The Standard?

He says: Faced with a weekend away in stunning Hobart with a special group of friends it would be a tragedy if we didn’t check out what was on offer burger wise. Blog investigations and personal recommendations lead us to this place with the advice that we were in for some cracking burgers.

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She says: We eat burgers wherever we go and sometimes it can be a not so positive experience (check out the Wambi Whopper if you dare). I have to admit, underestimated Hobart’ ability to offer up such a cool burger experience. The ads for Tassie are all mountains and nature, cheese and wine, but the Standard is pretty cool and hip. Tucked into a back alley, behind another less-cool milk bar style burger shop (poor guys) and off a main street, you kind of have to seek it out. And the décor is effortlessly cool, the ceiling is covered with paper light-shades and it is more of a burger bar than a restaurant. 

What did you order?

  • Cowboy burger – $11
  • Los Pollos Hermanos burger – $12
  • Animal Fries – $10
  • Chicken Popplers – $7
  • Oreo Malted Shake – $8

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Tell us about the Cowboy Burger?

He says: We were going to devour the regular Standard burger but the lovely staff recommended this bad boy. Incredibly flavoursome patty well cooked that was well complimented by tasty bacon, pickles cheese and mayo. The onions were perhaps a little on the sweet side for my taste but this is a wonderful burger and that is a minor gripe.

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She saysThis burger wouldn’t be for everyone. The patty is super thin and cooked through. Kind of like the Five Guys patties I tried that time I was in New York There. There is a generous layer of pickles and the cheese and mayo played their part well. It was a very compact burger so if you are looking for heft, this wouldn’t be for you. But I liked it.

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So then, how did you find the Los Pollos Hermanos Burger?

He says: The actual fried chicken involved in this was bordering on perfection but the combo of blue cheese and red hot sauce made it incredibly rich and harder to get through. Not sure if I’m a massive fan of blue cheese on a burger so we really only have ourselves to blame. My friend Neil a member of this country’s fried chicken cognoscenti went for another less rich chicken burger (the Reverse Cowgirl) and proclaimed it to be the “best burger he’s had in his life”. Next time I’m having what he had.

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She says: I reckon this was just a poor choice on our part. Blue cheese and Frank’s Hot sauce tastes like a spicy sock. I think people should choose one or the other, but not both. The chicken was great in and of itself but next time I too would order the atrociously named ‘Reverse Cowgirl’ (really guys??).

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 Now, what about the sides?

She says: More weirdness – the weirdest weird actually – the Chicken Poppers. They were these strange giant chicken nugget type things were filled with what can only be described as chicken extender – very strange, not terrible but I definitely wouldn’t be interested in more than a bite (okay perhaps with a hangover these would work – the same way a oven cooked fish finger seems like a viable choice after a night on the cans). But don’t worry, because the animal fries swooped on in to save the day. They were so so rich, salty and doused in a tangy cheesy sauce. The bacon jam escorted them swiftly acorss the line them to bad/good, wrong/right territory.

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He says: The animal fries so fucking good they’re almost worth the heart attack they’d no doubt engineer if you ate them on a regular basis. I’d put them right up there with my personal favourite at Dr. Faustus. The malted oreo shake tasted as good as it sounded. The Chicken Popplers were just plain weird. Like a chicken nugget with strange processed dim sim type chicken meat. Not sure what they were going for with this but it was about the only thing I strongly disagreed with in our brief and otherwise delicious visit.

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|| Hudson Lane, Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000  || (03) 62341888|| Facebook ||

HOURS:

Open seven days, Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm

 

The Standard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Five Points

IMG_6982Five Points Verdict: 9/10 

 

Beef Burger: 9/10

Chicken Burger: 7.5/10

Sides: 8.5/10

 

So why Five Points?

She says: I work in North Sydney and talk about burgers and this blog at work A LOT (it’s kind of a one lady direct marketing plan that I figured out, basically I hound people until they follow or subscribe (heeeey you should also subscribe – it’s just down on the right hand side of the page)). Anyway it is a bit shameful that we hadn’t been there yet but I blame Five Points for not opening on the weekend. So He came in to meet me one lunch time and gave them a go. The line at 12:30 on a Friday was not as bad as I had warned him but after we ordered the place went crazy.

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He says: This has been our go to list since it opened but the weekday hours have made it inconvenient. Finally we were presented with an opportunity for a lovely Friday lunch jaunt and had to take it. To say I was expecting big things would be an understatement.

What did you order?

  • The Bronx Burger – $12.50
  • The Queens Burger – $11
  • Beer Battered Fries – $4
  • Salted Caramel Milkshake – $6

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Tell us about the Bronx Burger?

He says: Undeniably a solid burger and I was a massive fan of the patty in particular. The aioli, onion jam, bun and cheese are also worth a mention (although I could have done with more of the two sauces). The whole thing was let down by the bacon which was both hard and cold. On another day (and perhaps with lower expectations) I assume this would climb a little higher on my ‘loved’ list.

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She saysThis burger came out looking like a regular old burger beauty queen. That cheese – it was almost too much. This was one of those moments where I want to eat first, photo later (and that is why you might notice a little blur here and there. Big sorry!) And when I tasted it first thought was, ‘Good burger’. I was ready not to love the brioche looking bun but it worked well and the onion jam really wasn’t too sweet. The meat was cooked just right, but He is on the money, hard bacon stole some points from this burger. Oh and the pickles were nice counterpoint – without them it could have verged on entering Too-Salty Town.

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So then, how did you find the Queens Burger?

She says: The new OBM motto, decided on just now is ‘More Sauce!’ and it is perfect for this very situation. This burger wasn’t up there with my faves – not even my favorite grilled chicken burgers (see Sould burger for great chicken). It was let down by a) the sauce b) the same bacon problems as before c) less cheese and e) just general meh chook. Totally edible and a filler if you for some reason don’t want beef but I would never order it over the Bronx.

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He says: Would have much preferred the chicken to have been fried here as its grilled counterpart was rather dry. Again had the same issue with the bacon as with the Bronx burger. Would stick to just their beef burgers in the future.

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 Now, what about the sides?

He says: The beer battered chips had me all nostalgic with their hotel room service on overdrive type vibe and were lifted even further by the aioli dipping sauce. Salted caramel shake was as good as they come.

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She says: Hotel fries!! Always a winner and make me want a club sandwich. The milkshake was good – salty and sweet just how I like ’em.


|| 124 Walker Street, North Sydney, NSW, 2060 || https://instagram.com/fivepointsburgers ||

HOURS:

Open Monday to Friday 11:30am – 5:30pm

 

Five Points Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nordburger (Adelaide)

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Nordburger (Adelaide) verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.3/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 9/10

 

So why Nordburger?

She says: Whenever we travel now we always seek out a new burger joint to try. We spent a long time looking and chose Nordburger based on the available burger info online. When we turned up, the actual restaurant seemed pretty new, covered in shiny tiles and with its stylish white, green and teak interior. A bit more Melbourne than Adelaide (no dis).

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He says: A jaunt to beautiful Adelaide to see friends would be remiss without a local burger excursion. A little research and a spirited debate brought us to Nordburger. Epic pats on the back all around for ending up at this one.

 What did you order?

  • Nordburger with Cheese – $8.70
  • Chicken Kahuna Burger – $9.80
  • Chicken Nuggets – $6.40
  • Crinkle Cut Royale Fries – $6.40
  • Tater Tots – $3.50
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake – $7

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Tell us about the Nordburger?

He says: One of the best burgers I’ve had in 2015. Everything here was on point. The patty tasted about as excellent as possible to my taste buds, was cooked to perfection and couldn’t have had a better accomplice than the Nord sauce and bun it came housed in. Almost worth a trip to Adelaide just for one of these alone.

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She saysThis was a very good burger – I wasn’t as taken with it as him but I admit that it was up there with the best of the year. The patty was thinner than most, more like the Five Guys patties I tried in the States. Good soft bun and crisp salad, heaps of sauce and cheese. Yeah, it was pretty damn good.

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

He says: Another cracker here. Delicious fried buttermilk chicken that was taken to the next level by the bacon, cheese, pineapple and Delta sauce (these guys really do their sauces well).

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She says: This was nowhere near up to the standard of its beef sister. It was still amazing though  (its just the beef was up there). The same bun, salad and sauce were still awesome and I am a total pineapple convert but the chook was a bit cold (not something I would usually comment on as we do a bit of messing before we actually get to the eating bit and that means things can cool down a bit, but but this was definitely notably cold)and the batter was quite thick and hard.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: I am going to get a new tattoo across my back that reads ‘CRINKLE CUT 4 LYF’ because that is how dedicated I am to this genre of chip. They are definitely up the top of the chip hierarchy for me. The Nordburger chips were no exception to the rule and kicked about a million goals. But if I were to get the crinkle cut tatt, I would then have to also get ‘TATTER TOTTS’ across my knuckles because they too are at the pointy end of the chip-greatness-pyramid. The sauce (which is always His genius addition) was fantastic and went well with the chips, totts and chicken nuggets. The nuggets were good – no complaints but they didn’t makes me quite as happy as my potato-y friends. All of it was washed down perfectly with the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake. Needless to say we left full and happy.

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He says: Great sides that pushed me into one epic self induced (and pleasurable) food coma. The Crinkle Cut Royale fries were decadent but sensational (that fries sauce!) and I’d even push it to the next level by adding bacon next time. The Chicken nuggets, although a little heavy on the batter to chicken ratio, were still both crisp and juicy and, like their siblings the tater tots, benefited greatly when drowned in sauce. The Peanut Butter and jelly Milkshake was thick, sweet, well balanced and an essential companion to what was a wonderful meal.

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Fri-Sat: 8am – 10:30pm

Sun: 8am – 9pm

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish verdict: 8/10

Brekky Burger: 6/10

The Big Mick: 8.5/10

Korean Fried Chicken Burger: 6.5/10

Sides: 9.5/10

Why this place?

She says: We have been going past Ish regularly and ever time we enter into the same argument – I say that Ish used to be at the bottom of Hollis Park in Newtown (where the current Café Ism is) and He says either that he isn’t sure that is quite right or points out that I say that every time we go past. Anyway – the FBAS (Fatties Burger Appreciation Society on Facebook) has seen a couple of reviews lately so we thought we would get on board. Turns out Ish have the nicest, smiley-est, friendliest staff ever, (who chased me all the way to Redfern station to return the phone I absent-mindedly left behind) and I would go back there just to get to hang out with them and eat the chips every day of the week.

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He says: I’d been here before in those dull pre OBM days and remember it being solid. Word of a new menu, a belter of a hangover and our friend Sam along for the ride we walked through the doors on a windy Sunday primed to devour.

What did you order?

  •        The Big Mick (weekly special) – $15.50
  •        Brekky Burger (weekly special) – $16
  •        Korean Fried Chicken Burger – $10.50
  •        Twice Cooked house fries – $6
  •        Freakin Awesome wings – $4.95
  •        Chuck Norris Milkshake – $7.50
  •         Snickers Milkshake – $7.50

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Tell us about the Big Mick?

He says: The menu here is enormous and our lovely waiter insisted profusely that we try the specials and he was on the money with this one. This is Cafe Ish’s version of a Maccas Big Mac and it shines as an up market relative. Juicy and flavoursome patties mingle with a cracking milk bun and delicious Jack cheese with pickles and tartare sauce.

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She says: This was my favorite burger – they got the onion and the pickles just right. I loved the sauces and though it looks enormous, it was actually okay to eat. I did see one lady pull it apart and eat it with a knife and fork but hey, each to their own.

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

She says:  I am not convinced about minced chicken burger patties. It was a bit too weird for me. I don’t have a great deal that I liked about this one – it wasn’t terrible but definitely not my thing.

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He says: This was interesting. I don’t recall ever having a minced chicken pattie and it was nice for a change (and had a nice crunchiness to it). The pineapple worked well but I wasn’t a massive fan of the Korean pepper sauce (and boy was there a lot of it). Would have preferred the addition of a mayo or creamy sauce and some cheese but that’s just personal opinion.

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How about that Brekky Burger?

He says: This was one of the other specials. Didn’t really enjoy this one all that much. The baconater pattie (12g free range beef studded with bacon bits) was lacking in flavour and although there was supposed to be a hollandaise sauce it was pretty much non existent which rendered the whole thing a little dry and bland. Dissapointing.

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She says: I think this burger would be great for giant pork lovers, the bacon patty was super bacony (which I suppose we should have realized). I loved the hash brown – because carbs on carbs is always kind of special – but apart from that it wasn’t as great as it sounded. The egg could have been a bit runny too (although that is such a personal preference – I know that He for one would have hated that!)

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And what about the sides?

She says: Ish does KILLER sides. The chips were as good as any I have eaten in my whole life. Double fried and crunchy but soft in the middle, these are the kind of fries I will tell my children and my childrens children about one day in the future when all we are eating are holograms and hover-boards. The milkshakes were also out of sight. The mint green coloured Chuck Norris  (vanilla ice cream, housemade green lime syrup, coconut macaroon icecream and vanilla braised pineapple) sounds weird on paper but totally works. And the snickers milkshake was so true to its name it could actually have been blended Snickers bars and milk – which for the record is totally okay with me! Let’s not forget the chicken – so very rich but beautiful and crunchy. Flavorful chicken inside awesome batter with just enough spring onion to cut through the salt a little but not so much you can’t kiss your burger eating companion (not you Sam)

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He says: The highlight of the meal and amongst the best spread of sides I’ve had in these Sydney burger adventures. The twice cooked chips were to die for with a perfect crunchy layer coated with chicken salt on the outside and soft gooey potato on in the inside. The Freaking Awesome wing lived up to their title indeed whilst both milkshakes came close to saving my life after the hours of damage I let alcohol ravage upon my body the night prior. I look forward to their mac and cheese next time around.

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|| 1/105 Regent Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016 || 02 96988598 || www.themilkbarbycafeish.com ||

HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 11:30am – 6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

 

 
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