Bloody Mary’s

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Bloody Mary’s verdict: 5/10

Beef Burger: 4/10

SPAM Burger: 4/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Bloody Mary’s?

She says: We walk past this place a lot. And I really don’t mind the odd Bloody Mary. Plus we saw blog posts with a Bloody Mary that had a burger in it like how a normal cocktail has an umbrella (note: for some crazy reason we did not sample said Bloody Mary – perhaps because we  are Bloody Fools).

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He says: I won’t lie – this place is about 40 metres from my front door and, to both support the locals and also due to sheer perverse curiosity, I wanted to try their SPAM burger (yep, that meat in the can stuff).

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What did you order?

  • Bloody Mary’s Beef Burger – $19
  • SPAM Burger- $16
  • Buffalo Wings – $12
  • Jalapeño Poppers – $9
  • Truffle and Parmesan Fries – $8

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Tell us about the Bloody Mary’s Beef burger?

He says:  Unfortunately this was not a pleasant burger to eat. The patty was overcooked to the point where I honestly couldn’t tell you what flavour it had outside of burnt sausage. Nothing else here made any case to miraculously save the day but it was ok when I left the patty out and stuffed it with chips coated in aioli. Hopefully just a bad day at the office here.

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She says:  We eat so many mind blowing burgers that when I eat something like this it makes me a bit sad. It wasn’t a very interesting burger, the meat had no flavour and there were very few redeeming factors.

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So then, how did you find the SPAM Burger?

She says: I should say straight out that I never wanted to eat this. My general attitude towards this burger is poor becuase, like most sane 21st century folk, I have zero interest in SPAM (see previous posts about mystery meat). Despite this, in the spirit of love and positivity I went with Him to try the SPAM burger. I took one bite of the SPAM burger and I did not take any more. From that one bite I can tell you that really the SPAM didn’t have much taste – like spiced, cheap, jellied ham, but it wasn’t overpowering. This said, I wouldn’t eat this again…mainly because THE MEAT IS FROM A CAN. He wanted to score this higher but I dragged the score down when He wasn’t looking.
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He says: An interesting idea but not the greatest execution. The SPAM is cooked and the closest thing I could compare it to would be the fry up you have with leftover Xmas ham in the festive season. The addition of pineapple is a good match but there was an ungodly amount of mustard and ketchup that drowned the flavour out of everything else. The menu stated it had mayo but that was unfortunately nowhere to be found. Disappointing.

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And what about the sides?

She says: Another ‘thank god for the sides’ moment came with the Jalapeno poppers – they started off fantastic, jam packed full of hot cheese and with a chilli bite, maybe a little too much batter but post-SPAM who cares!  The fries were great, and took up most of my time after the burgers lost me. I wasn’t as taken with the Buffalo wings as He was but they were ok.

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He says: I thought the buffalo wings were pretty damn good. High quality chicken with a solid little marinade that a good amount of spice. Also enjoyed dipping them in the ranch sauce. Jalapeño poppers were adequate but I’m not a valid judge on these as they’re just not my thing in general (She has the same issue with onion rings). The truffle and parmesan fries were so delicious I almost forgot about the burgers. Almost anyway.

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The Hub House Diner

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The Hub House Diner verdict: 6.5/10

 

Beef Burger: 6/10

Chicken burger: 6/10

Sides: 6.5/10

 

So why The Hub House Diner? 

She says: We stumbled on this one a while ago on Instagram but lost it among the many lists we have of places to go. It is a little oasis in Dulwich Hill and sits surrounded by some pretty depressing main road action. The staff are lovely and there are HEAPS of them so you get some pretty speedy service. I really loved the vibe here and some of the other, non-burger food definitely looked like it was worth a go.

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He says:  Mouthwatering shots of burgers and chicken on the blogosphere from this place had me amped to hit up Dulwich Hill.

What did you order?

  • Double Beef Cheeseburger – $19
  • Crispy Bird Burger – $19
  • Pimp My Fries – $11
  • Popcorn Chicken – $14
  • Honeycomb biscuit smoothie- $8.50

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Tell us about the Double Beef Cheeseburger?

He says:  When this arrived I was excited as it looked like a champ. T’was a touch disappointing though. It tasted exactly like a McDonalds cheeseburger (that’s not a diss) with a more complex patty. There was way too much ketchup though and it overpowered everything in it’s midst.

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She says: This burger really has potential but unfortunately I can’t honestly say I would order it again. I hate giving bad reviews but the double beef patties were drowned in tomato sauce – which meant that tomato sauce was all I could taste. I couldn’t really distinguish the cheese, pickles or even the meat – just sauce. And then there was the texture …the whole burger, meat included, had a really strange texture – kind of mushy. Not for me. (And to be honest, at $19 it was pretty expensive for what it was.)

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

He says: Again looked like a legend but fell just a little short. Perfectly competent burger but nothing jumped out to make it memorable. The breading had split from the chicken which didn’t help things.

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She says: This is one of those rare burgers that he and I disagree on – I didn’t think it actually was ‘perfectly competent’. Again, I don’t think I can honestly say I would order this again. The bun had the same problem as the beef burger – it was just super mushy (and not in the good, fingerprint saving squishiness of Mary’s or Publife). And the coleslaw had a strange bitter taste. Again, this one was not at all to my tastes.

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And what about the sides? 

 

She says: The popcorn chicken surprised me – I was just thinking KFC but it  it actually comes with popcorn, in a jar. i really liked the presentation. The chicken itself was fine but the popcorn it comes served on, drenched in oil and salt, is really, really, good. It was my stand-out for this meal. The smoothie was okay – it wasn’t as thick as I would have liked but it wasn’t the worst. We also ordered ‘Pimped’ fries – which were good for ordinary fries – but the pimping quality (they were covered with cheese and truffle oil) didn’t really hit the spot – the truffle smelled great but wasn’t as strong as I would have liked.

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He says: The smoothie was an immediate hit for a hung over Sunday – frothy and sweet with honeycomb crumbs surrounded by a chocolate syrup that improved when whisked around. The pimped fries were suitably rich and the fries themselves were cooked to perfection. Like the rest of the meal the popcorn chicken was a ‘solid’ contribution that lacked a little flavour (could have been mystery meat by taste but when cut in half it was clear it was chunks of chicken breast).

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|| 410-412 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill. NSW 2203 || (02) 95181887 || Website ||  eat@thehubhousediner.com.au ||

Opening Hours: 

Monday : Closed.

Tuesday – Friday : Breakfast (from 7am), Lunch & Dinner.

Saturday – Sunday : Breakfast (from 7:30am), Lunch & Dinner (8pm close Sunday)
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