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.)

Big Bunz Matraville inside

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.

dsc01952

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.

Big Bunz Matraville feast burger cross section

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.

dsc01972

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!

dsc01975

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.

dsc01964

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.

dsc01974

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.

dsc01981

dsc01966


|| 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

The Coogee Pavilion

IMG_5863

The Coogee Pavilion verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.5/10

Chicken burger: 7/10

Sides: 7/10

 

So why Coogee Pavilion? 

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

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

IMG_5841

What did you order?

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

 

IMG_5849

Tell us about the Coogee Diner burger?

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

IMG_5858

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

IMG_5847

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

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

IMG_5856

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

 IMG_5860

And what about the sides? 

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

IMG_5851

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

 


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

 

HOURS

Monday – Sunday: 7:30am till late

Coogee Pavilion Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hinky Dinks

IMG_5813

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!

IMG_5810

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

IMG_5800

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.

IMG_5809

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.

IMG_5798

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).

IMG_5807

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.  

IMG_5780

 

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!).

IMG_5791

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!  

IMG_5805

IMG_5784

 

IMG_5786

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


HOURS: 

Monday-Saturday: 4pm-Midnight

Sunday: 1pm-10pm

 

Hinky Dinks on Urbanspoon

Meat District Co.

IMG_5322

Meat District Co. Verdict: 5/10

 

Beef Burger: 5/10

Chicken Burger: 5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why the Meat District Co.?

He says: There seemed to be a heavy push on social media regarding Meat District with the chief selling point being there expanding empire from Pasadena. I was skeptical as it was located smack bang in the middle of a tourist trap mecca (Darling Harbour) but the photos I’d seen online made their burgers look like the they were the shizzle!

IMG_5319

She says: I’ve made my feelings about Darling Harbour clear before [link to meat and wine co] so I wasn’t super excited to go here, but when we turned up on a Saturday night, it was pumping. The restaurant itself has really a good vibe and heaps of people seemed to be there in big groups getting ready to head out. If that is your M.O. it looks like a good option around those parts.

What did you order?

  • Cheese Burger – $12
  • Chicken Burger – $14
  • Onion Rings – $7.50
  • Truffle Fries – $7.50

IMG_5335

Tell us about the Cheese Burger?

He says: If you’re going to have an open kitchen it might be a good idea to conceal the fact that your patty mince isn’t ground and minced on site (which became evident by the unopened industrial sized plastic bags holding the mince in the refrigerator). This burger was mediocre city. The bun was far too doughy and dwarfed the size of the patty, the patty itself was overcooked and had too many notes of cheap sausage, and there was nowhere near enough sauce. Disappointing.

IMG_5346

She says: This burger was a beauty queen but lacked substance to back up its fairly awesome first impression (and to add to that, note that it was not a traditional Cheeseburger). The patty was really, really salty and had a weird Ikea meatball type taste. Also – as far as I am concerned, the jury is out on rocket on burgers. The pickle was strange too with an almost musty flavour. The cheese was great though and the sauce was working pretty hard to pull the burger from the depths of meh.

IMG_5344

So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: This burger featured fried crumbed chicken breast which we were pumped about after having not such a great time with grilled chicken burgers of late. It was a fairly standard, schnitzel type piece of chicken – which would be good with some tomato sauce and cheese, parmigiana style at your local, washed down with a Carlton Draught while you scratch in your Kino numbers with a pretty much blunt pencil that is far too small. The coleslaw and horseradish mayo weren’t super tasty and the bun was a bit too doughy. Again – this burger looked fantastic but failed to deliver.

IMG_5351

He says: Same issue here with the bun as the prior effort. The chicken itself was dry and again there was nowhere near enough sauce and slaw so the whole thing was rendered rather bland. Also could have done with the addition of cheese.

IMG_5352

And what about the sides?

She says: The fries were the best part of this visit – they were great and crunchy, golden with a light dusting of cheese. He thinks He could taste the truffle but I couldn’t, which is strange because I am usually a gun when it comes to smelling, tasting, seeking out and devouring truffled-anything. The onion rings weren’t amazing (but they are more His thing than they are mine, so maybe listen to him on them and not me).

IMG_5356

He says: The sides were the saving grace and highlight of the meal. The chips were cooked to perfection (crunchy on the outside with soft pillows of potato goodness ready to pour out of the center) and the onion rings were bang on as well. The truffled aioli accompanying them both raised the bar again


|| King Street Wharf 1 Lime St Sydney || Website ||

 

Open 7 days a week and 365 days a year – Monday – Sunday : 11am till ‘late’

Meat District Co. on Urbanspoon