The Lord Gladstone Hotel

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The Lord Gladstone Hotel verdict: 9/10

Beef Burger: 9.2/10

Chicken Burger: 9.5/10

Sides: 7/10

 

Why this place?

She says: I once wandered in here (before it was re-done) on the way to Freida’s. As soon as I walked into what was then a sweaty, stinking rave pit, I knew I was lost. it was fun to walk around in my very out of place (read: floral) outfit and see all the raveraverave guys and girls doing their incredible intense thing though so I stayed for a bit. Anyway, we read about this on the nerd and I wanted to see if you could still smell the sweat and drugs. Good news, you can’t!

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He says: Saw a few recommendations on the FBAS page and, apart from burger action, was intrigued in seeing what they’d done with the place as my past memories involve being there for Purple sneakers, smoking sheesha out the back and imbibing in a normally empty run down bar if I couldn’t get into Freida’s down the road.

What did you order?

The Lord’s Burger: $18

The Fried Chicken Burger: $17

Crispy Chicken Wings: $12

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Tell us about the The Lord’s Beef Burger?

She says: Yep. Yep. Great. Good work. Solid burger goodness – juicy patty, nice solid bun, great sauce and all the right proportions.  This is on my list of ‘come back and have again’ burgs.

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He says: Wonderful stuff. The patty was terrific on all fronts and was destined from birth to convene with the special sauce. Nice to have beetroot on a burger for a change and the brickworks sesame seed bun was also a pleasant diversion from the norm. NOTE: I also returned the following week and had the Bushwick Burger and although I didn’t get a chance to review it, it was even better!

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

She says: Blown away by this one. It was fantastic – good crispy but juicy, seasoned well but not so much you can’t taste the tender, perfect-cooked chook, on a great milk bun with good crisp fresh salad. This ticked all the right boxes for me. I recommended it straight away to about 4 people. One of my flatmates did have a minor quibble and questioned the size but it still filled me up so I am going to say that though it looks small it is perfectly sufficient size wise by my standards (but maybe not gutso-McGee’s).

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He says: Hard to imagine a better chicken burger in Sydney right now. The fried chicken had a batter and seasoning that would make the Colonel sell his family for the recipe and when paired with a brilliant sirachaya mayo, slaw, cheese and soft NYC bun you have a masterpiece on your hands (literally and figuratively). Off the freaking chain.

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And what about the sides?

He says: The fries were down the line macca’s style and did the trick. The crispy chicken wings were ok but so much to my tastes. They came out with Frank’s hot sauce, Bacon ketchup, ancho chilli mayo all of which were delicious on their own (and with my fries dipped in them) but I guess I just prefer my wings to arrive coated in sauce and ready to go rather than sort of deconstructed like this. NOTE when I returned the following to week eat said burger I also had the nachos and they were a winner.

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She says:  Love those fries – though they aren’t the most out there (come on waffle fries!!) I really can’t fault them. The chicken wings were not what I expected – they had a Frankenstein vibe and given my slight hang over it was a challenge to jump in. When I did though they were so, so…ok, to be honest, I didn’t read the menu properly and through they were Buffalo wings and was disappointed when they weren’t. Really, the only lesson here is READ THE MENU. And yes – as He said,  the nachos the following week (though looking very different to any I had previously encountered) made up for the scary chicken.


|| 115 Regent Street, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia, 2008 || www.lordgladstone.com.au || ben@lordgladstone.com.au || 02 93101483 ||

HOURS:

 Mon – Tue: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Wed: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Thu – Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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1346 Venice [CLOSED]

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1346 Venice Verdict: 7.5/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8/10

 

 

Why the 1346 Venice ?

She says:  This is close to my home suburb of Newton and…  okay okay, I can’t even pretend it wasn’t another of his finds. The venue is awesome. Great converted industrial space with beaten up old chairs, converted industrial machines and restored motorbikes. We turned up pretty much as   they opened. The people who worked there were really really lovely. Definitely the kind of place where you feel welcome and comfortable.

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He says: I’d read a few things online regarding Venice and the whole concept reeked of cool and, most importantly, the burgers looked boss. Although relatively quiet on the Saturday we attended there was a slick yet homely vibe coupled with super friendly and attentive service.

What did you order?

  • Juicy Lucy – $16
  • Chicken burger – $14
  • Hot wings – $5
  • Aioli
  • Apple juice and Jameson – $5

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Tell us about the Juicy Lucy ?

He say: After our last experience with a Jucy Lucy I nearly shuddered in dread when I saw it on the menu. Flashbacks aside my trepidation was to be overcome as what was served up was a perfectly acceptable burger. Special mention to the flavoursome patty and although I wouldn’t wax lyrical about the the burger, it sat in I certainly would have any issues devouring it all over again. Another solid addition to the burgeoning ‘American style’ burger infatuation currently booming in Sydney. Wish there was more cheese though as double cheese should be to a burger what Vladimir Putin is to dickheads – synonymous.

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She says: As a beef burger this was a solid contender. (It was not however a ‘Juicy Luicy’ where the beef paddy is usually stuffed with cheese – thank god!). The star of this burger was Americana trio of pickles, mustard and ketchup – giving it that great diner taste.  The patty was quality but it was all let down a bit by the bun which was a bit to dry for my liking. I would defs’ eat this again though. I think it would be fantastic as a hangover cure.

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So then, how did you find the Chicken Burger?

She says: Oh grilled chicken burgers… there always  seems to be a bit more grilled chicken than I require (I am beginning to think its me that is the problem) – and this was no exception. The chook was cooked well though, juicy and if you like that much chook you would be stoked. The bright red sauce had a chili capsicum flavour, again not to my tastes but well executed. There was also some kind of difficult to describe, cubed, green salad. Which was prettly nice, and added a good fresh crunch to the whole burger.

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He says: I just don’t think this was ever going to do it for me – grilled not fried chicken (this worrying trend is bordering on sacrilege now), no cheese (there is never any fucking excuse for that!) and a dominating capsicum sauce (straight up not a fan of ‘capsicum sauce’ on anything let alone a precious burger). In saying that it was all well cooked and compiled and I have a feeling I may know some types who might really get into this one. Matter of taste I guess.

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And what about the sides?

She says: two words – HOT. WINGS. Hot, sticky tangy hot wings. Gaaawh – these were awesome and come back to me in moments of hunger, or boredom, or simply moments of existing.  If they had a blue cheese sauce this would have been a 10 for me! The chips and aioli were also good but I only have eyes for hot wings. Oh, and the freshly made Apple juice and Jameson which was cheap as chips was puuuuurfect.

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He says: The chips and aioli were difficult to fault and really lifted the meal as a whole up. The buffalo wings were just the way I like them and their consumption certainly warranted the glorious hot sauce that clung to my face, hands, and and shirt at their completion. The fresh apple juice and Jamesons were refreshing, addictive and utterly delicious.


THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED DOWN.

 

The Forresters

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The Forresters Verdict: 7/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 6/10

 

Why this place?

She says: Again, this was His suggestion. Perhaps it should just be a given that He does the research and has the experience, and I willingly follow His advice based my trust of His encyclopaedic burger knowledge. (Also, based on my previous experience of Queenies, the restaurant upstairs, I knew that this would have to be okay.)

He says: In my experience the Drink n Dine company have always been rather reliable with their burgers and The Forresters also doubles as an enjoyable weekend drinking spot.

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What did you order?

·         Cheeseburger – $18

·         Fried Chicken Burger – $18

·         Fries with Pulled Pork & Cheese – $12

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger?

He says: This was top notch and hard to deny. Not on the same level as the Oxford Tavern but still a cracker. The addition of the fried onion rings atop the tasty patty was a masterstroke. My only complaint was that the quality and freshness of the bread left a little to be desired.

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She says: This was a really good, solid cheeseburger. It hit the spot. Not too much bread in the bun, a good amount of sauce. Juicy patty and nice fresh thinly sliced iceberg lettuce. I liked the onion rings too – nice touch. It tasted like how a burger should taste and I would go back for it again, for sure.

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

She says: After the Oxford Tavern fried chicken burger, I didn’t have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Foresters’ chicken burger was far more cohesive than the Oxford Tavern’s version. This one had a good amount of sauce and avocado which held the bun and the chicken together and incorporated the chicken as part of the burger rather just a piece of chook between two pieces of bread. It was indulgent and luxurious. This is another burger that I have thought of again and would definitely return for. Order it. You will not regret it.

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He says: I didn’t wax lyrical about this one like She but can understand why she loved it so much. The chicken was a knockout but there was the same issue with the bread as their was on the cheeseburger and, it is a personal taste thing admittedly, I’m not that into guacamole and sour cream on a chicken burger. Unless you’re going full tex mex I just don’t get what they’re doing there.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Well to begin with, we probably didn’t need to order fries – both the burgers came with a good amount of fries already…and well, basically we dropped the ball okay, we missed the Mac and Cheese on the menu until it was too late.  And then also, I think perhaps this dish was ready to go a while before the burgers, because by the time it got to us the cheese had hardened and cooled to form one giant cheese and pulled pork mass, which was not super pleasant. Hot, hell warm even, I think this side would be fantastic, but in its brick like state it was disappointing.

He says: Not realising there was Mac and Cheese on the menu was a gross oversight on our behalf. The pulled pork and cheese fries were a little confused. The crinkle cut fries are always a familiar and enjoyable old friend but they just seemed to haphazardly shove some blocks of cold pork in between them like they were playing a drunken game of reverse jenga. The cheese and sirracha were never going to be enough to save the day here.


Visited on DATE

|| 336 Riley St Surry Hills NSW 2010 || Website || Menu ||

Hours

Food served from 12 til around 10pm daily.

$12 lunch menu is available Mon-Fri, 12-3pm.

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Paul’s Famous Burgers

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Paul’s Famous Burgers Verdict: 8/10

Beef Burger: 7/10

Chicken Burger: 8/10

Sides: 8/10

 

 

 

Why Paul’s?

She says: He has mentioned Paul’s Burger Shop in every burger related conversation we have had (and there have been many) but I hadn’t heard of it before we met.

 

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He says: She has suffered (or I’d like to think fawned over) my incessant ramblings regarding Paul’s Famous Burgers for quite some time now. Since arriving in Sydney around eight years ago I’ve been subjected to list after list claiming Paul’s burgers to be the finest this city has to offer and year after year I’ve come close but never quite managed to make my way to this apparent burger utopia.

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What did you order?

  • Beef burger with the lot (egg, bacon, cheese, and pineapple)
  • Chicken burger with the lot (egg, bacon, cheese, and pineapple)
  • Hot chips with chicken salt
  • Special sauce

 

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Tell us about the Beef burger?

He says: It’s a beast of a burger that immediately reminds me of the no frills local fish and chip shop burgers I was reared on. Unlike She I liked the texture and flavour of the patty. It was an exercise in no nonsense minimalism. The key ingredient to the burger however was the special sauce which I’ll put down to taking 57 years to perfect. Creamy, garlicky with a bit of bite and so delicious I’d get a priest to dip my child into it at a baptism if I was that way inclined. This burger is the kind of elixir that I feel would have better chance of solving a 3 bottle Jack Daniels hangover than a UV drip. Put simply, it’s a behemoth and it’s awesome.

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She says: The beef burger was generous in every way but the meat was not up my alley. (He suggests that perhaps I left it to sit too long while I took my time to work through the chicken burger.)

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So then, how did you find the chicken burger?

She says: The chicken burger was my favourite. A huge amount of mayo and cheese, with a not-too-thick piece of chook, a sweet chunk of pineapple, egg and bacon which together tasted about a million times better than it sounds.

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He says: it’s almost identical to the beef except for the meat at hand. I enjoy it but have never been all that excited with grilled chicken in burgers (exceptions aplenty though e.g. Chur Burger and Buns & Balls).

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And what about the sides?

She says: Oh yes, and the chips! They were a highlight. Proper swimming carnival style, crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle and bright yellow with chicken salt.

He says: The French fries with chicken salt and aforementioned special dipping sauce deserve a shout out for near perfection. Sometimes I like to hope that the pillars of heaven are lined with chicken salt.


Visited on 21 June 2014

|| 12 Princes Highway Sylvania NSW 2224 ||   Menu  ||  Website  ||

Hours:

Monday to Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday to Friday 11:30am – 9:00pm
Saturday to Sunday 11:30am – 7:00pm
Daylight Savings 11:30am – 8:00pm (Weekends only)

 
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