Jack’s Newtown

IMG_6927Jacks verdict: 9/10

 

Beef Burger: 9/10

Other Beef Burger: 9/10

Vegetarian Burger: 6/10

Sides: 8/10

 

So why Jacks?

She says:  I have been obsessed with this place ever since it was a kebab shop that closed because it was vandalised. He used to claim that the kebab shop was superior to Istanbul down the road but I have stood by my boy Istanbul because I am 100% sure it saved me from alcohol poisoning in my early 20s a million times over. He and I stalked this place every day it was under renovation and when we were popped our heads in during the renos and the lady inside informed us that it would be a ‘fast food’ restaurant we had our fingers and toes crossed for burgers. And we were pumped when the neon sign was revealed and our dreams came true.

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He says: This place is located literally around the corner from our house and after hearing that it was ‘fast food’ moving into the space we’ve been peering in for months trying to decipher what would open up. When the doors opened and there was talk of them being Sydney’s answer to Shake Shack we were there for their first Saturday of service.

What did you order?

  • Cheeseburger with Onion  – $11
  • Bacon Cheeseburger – $12
  • Vegetarian Burger – $11
  • Crinkle Cut Fries – $5
  • Pistachio Frozen Custard Shake – $?

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Tell us about the Cheeseburger with Onion?

He says: Immediately hit with what is up there with the most flavoursome patty in the city – perfect salt to meat ratio on this one and it disintegrated into my mouth. My bun was a bit on the doughy side and I could have done with double the amount of sauce provided. The onions gave a great crunch. All in all a very welcome addition to the burgeoning Sydney burger scene.

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She saysI loved this. The bun is awesome, almost the sweetest milk bun I have had, but it worked. The bottom was soggy but it actually didn’t bother me. The meat was cooked well and the lettuce had a good crunch. I was dubious about the fried onions but they were a really good addition – added a bit more crunch and another flavour level. Great burger – highly recommend.

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So then, how did you find Bacon Cheeseburger?

She says: Very much like the cheeseburger with onion but without onion and with bacon. It is hard to pick favourites between these burgers as they are both very similar but I think the juicy, flavourful thick cut bacon takes this one over the line for me. This will sit in the hall of great burgers of my life. Love it and have been trying to drop it into conversations casually to entice people to come back to Jack’s with me.

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He says: Great quality bacon that formed an effective team with that aforementioned patty. My bun on this one was a little better but could have done with being a little softer. Again not enough sauce for my liking.

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Wow – you have three burgers?? Well, what are your thoughts on the Vegetarian Burger?

She says: It was after eating this burger that the insightful He and I realized that we have no place reviewing vegetarian burgers. The answer to us trying a vego burg will always be ‘It was good, but it could have done with some meat’. This burger had the same bun, sauce and salad elements as the other two angels but the patty was a rice and bean patty that fell apart as you ate it. It was to me, a very strange choice.

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He says: Hard to judge as I wouldn’t normally order this but the patty (seemed like it was made of rice and black beans) had a strange texture and taste that I didn’t think went all that well with the rest of the burger. I’d come back here for the cheeseburgers but in the off chance I was craving a vego burger I’d go around the corner for Raven’s Eye’s tempeh number.

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Now, what about the sides?

She says: Crinkle cut fries make normal fires look like idiots. They are far superior. These were golden and seasoned perfectly. In the war of the fries I would join the crinkle cut army and I would die for their cause (unless there was a waffle fry contingent, in which case things could get complicated). Oh and that Pistachio Frozen Custard Shake – get outta town, it was awesome. Just a slight pistachio flavor, it wasn’t too sweet but it was good and thick.

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He says: High points for the frozen custard shake having a great consistency and not overdoing it on the sweetness front. The crinkle cut fries were simple but delicious (and must be dunked in a side of the burger sauce!).

|| 170 Missenden Road, Newtown, NSW, 2042 || https://instagram.com/jacksnewtown/ ||

HOURS: Open seven days, 12pm – 12pm

 

 

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Lord of the Fries

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Lord of the Fries verdict: 6.5/10

Vegetarian Beef Burger: 5/10

Vegetarian Chicken Burger: 5/10

Sides: 8/10

So why Lord of the Fries?

She says: They gave us free burgers!! For real. First place to send us an email (bar a mega chain that shall remain nameless who invited us to build our own burger. We missed it because we missed the email, not because of our  moral standpoint on such things). Also, we do get a bit of flack from various vegetarian friends about not including enough veggie burgers, so we thought this might serve to silence them.

He says: In perhaps the greatest moment in OBM’s history we were approached to test out Lord of Fries new shop and menu in Sydney’s Central Station. This of course means we’ve hit the big time as these little puppies were free!  It sparked a valid debate with She regarding our belief that we should act with integrity by rendering honesty with our opinions of the burgers paramount even if they aren’t independently paid for. Considering the entire menu is vegetarian (mock pattys etc) I wasn’t sure what to expect from Lord of the Fries with my only other experience with them being a drunken visit in Melbourne a few years ago.

What did you order?

  • Original Burger – $7.95
  • Parma Burger- $7.95
  • Nuggets and Onion Rings – $9.95
  • Shoestring Fries (with Parisian sauce) – $4.95 (sauce: $0.75)
  • Sweet Potato Fries – $4.95
  • Classic Fries French Canadian Style – $4.95 (sauce: $1.25)

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Tell us about the Original Burger?

He says:  It’s hard to work out whether I should rate this on it’s merits alone against a ‘normal’ burger or take strongly into account that it is vegetarian with a faux patty that I wouldn’t ever normally order. For what it was it was perfectly decent – the patty had a distinct bean like texture though and although it never fooled me for being meat it did compliment a burger that had a typical American style (cheese, pickles, onion, mustard, mayo ketchup) about it that you don’t often see with vegetarian burgers. I imagine this would be quite the treat if you were a vego craving a fast food fix.

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She says: If I was a drunk, vegetarian whose will was being gradually weakened by the idea of a late night beef burger from the local fast food counter, this burger would draw me back to the vego side and show me that there were ways to live the life I chose. It has a junk food vibe (not high quality junk like Mary’s or The Old Growler, just junk food like actual $5 late night, gutter side chow down) and for that purpose I think it does its job, and it’s on that basis that I am reviewing it. It just doesn’t compare to real so I am not going to try.IMG_6343

So then, how did you find the Parma Burger?

She says: Another burger that tasted like a pizza – I feel like that has been happening a lot lately. I wasn’t as keen on this one as I was on the first. Again it was junk food, but it needed something more to cut through the salty garlic tomato sauce, and the soy bacon was just tangible weirdness. He liked this burger more than me but I don’t love pizza so maybe that’s why. If your a vego – go the Original.

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He says: We both agreed pretty much simultaneously that this tasted a whole lot like Dominoes pizza (which wasn’t such a bad thing in my book). Unlike She I enjoyed this more than it’s (mock) beef counterpart and thought the soy bacon was a star. Would have loved some mayo on here, the bun could have been a little softer and although I can’t see myself dabbling with this again anytime soon I am glad I gave it a go and would happily recommend it to those few herbivores I know.

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And what about the sides?

She says: The chips are the star at this joint (as probably should be clear by the name). Top points for both variety of chip and sauce. My favourite had to be the poutine – the ‘gravy’ had that guilty pleasure, RSL gravy vibe and the chips were fat and juicy. The  sweet potato were also a winner because salty sweet is always nice. The Parisian – which was essentially a garlic aioli – was good but outshone by its chip cousins. He was totally blown away by how much the fake chicken nuggets tasted just like chicken (!!) which was pretty fun to watch.

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He says: There  were some cracking sides here. The nuggets were delicious and really did taste like chicken. The fries, in all their incarnations, were across the board delicious with a special shout out to the French Canadian style (which was their version of poutine) and the Parisian sauce that came with the perfectly cooked shoestring fries. Safe to say I’d happily return at some point for another chip feast.

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Note: As mentioned these foods were given to us on the house (for real!!) but burger fans, while they can buy our burgers they can’t buy our hearts and minds. Everything we tell you is our opinion and not that of the lovely people willing to generously provide food for us to smoosh down our faces.

|| 10A Henry Deane Plaza, 18 Lee Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000 || Website || Email ||

HOURS:
Mon – Thursday 7:00am – 10:00 pm
Friday 7 am – 1 am
Saturday 11:00am – 1:00 am
Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm (no breakfast service on the weekend)

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