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Five Points Burgers, North Sydney

I’ve often said that in Sydney, people will travel for food. Armed with a Google Maps or a GPS, we will hunt down that laneway, that side street, the underground bar. Whether it is in the CBD or some suburb we can’t pronounce and have never been to, we will go to extraordinary lengths to track down and try something new. Sometimes it is only one dish, one slice of cake, a certain drink that drives us Sydneysiders in our – frankly occasionally crazy – food pursuits and our willingness to stand in a very long queue.

So when a Heston Blumenthal alumni opens a burger joint in a North Sydney street of largely office blocks that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic and not much other retail nearby, word spreads quickly and I find a ridiculous number of people in a small space and a line out the door. I heard that Eastern suburbs residents even crossed the harbour bridge to come here.

Five Points is the new burger hotspot with Tomislav Martinovic as the “consultant chef”. Yes, TM worked for Heston – and more recently had his own hatted restaurant in Sydney – so I can’t help but wonder if I’m going to get an actual burger or just something that looks like a burger.

Its American style – probably American calories too but what the hell, I contemplate walking back to the CBD afterwards and feel justified in getting burger, chips and a milkshake. Of course I don’t actually do that but it is the thought that counts. Your choices are the Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Being in Sydney I do think they could still throw in a bit of a patriotic ‘Straya burger with a bit of beetroot.

I go for the Bronx Burger – it’s big, it’s juicy, and it’s delicious with the right amount of mustard and sauce so its not just a drippy mess; the bun has a good consistency and is not sugary like some brioche burger buns have been of late. The chips have decent crunch though are underseasoned, and unfortunately they have no slaw available that day to try. The salted caramel milkshake has a proper amount of flavour without being sickeningly sweet.   Despite the queue, my order does arrive reasonably quickly.  I know the next time I’m at Aldi in North Sydney buying the occasional random stuff like a slab of marble or garden gnome with built in lighting I’ll be enticed into trying the other boroughs.Fivepointsburger

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Five Points, 124 Walker Street, North Sydney

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Burger Project, Sydney CBD

Burgers. Fries. Milkshakes. They aren’t part of my normal diet, maybe something I have two or three times a year. But a Neil Perry burger for under $10? I’m going to take part in that. Also, Google Maps kindly informs me that it is 1.6km from my office and I figure the 3.2km round trip will offset it, well partially anyway. It has only been open 5 days when I get there and a plethora of other food bloggers (we are cyberfriends, one day we really should meet in person!) have already been. Feedback has been mixed, and despite Neil’s very hands on best efforts, there have been a few teething issues. Today, for example, there were no wings, and that was one of the things I really wanted to try. I wondered how they could be sold out of wings already at 12.30pm, but apparently none at all had arrived that day. “No shipment” we were advised.

The queue was long, but not horrendous, and it moved reasonably quickly.

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Its a simple and efficient ordering process, take a buzzer and take a seat if you’re eating in. There’s a good amount of seating, indoors and out.

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We tried the cheese burger which contained grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and “secret sauce. For $8.90, I thought it was pretty good. My beef was well flavoured, the burger held together well, and unlike a lot of the brioche burger buns around these days, it didn’t taste like it was full of sugar.

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The pork burger had pork belly, salted chilli, pickles, pickled slaw, and lettuce. There wasn’t enough pork on this in my view and you didn’t get enough of a taste of it.

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The chips were crispy and easy to eat. The salted dulce de leche milkshake was disappointing though, it just tasted like watery milk with a hint of flavour, I had hoped it would be more pronounced being a big d.d.l fan.

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Versus other burgers I have tried in the last couple of years – it was certainly better than Parlour Burger, and I thought Chur was overhyped. I did recently have a good cheeseburger at Bowery Lane which comes with chips and is sit down table service for only a few dollars more.

So I think yes, there are a few teething issues but that it will come together in time. Mr Perry isn’t one to do things by halves and he will listen to feedback. And hey, this is a “project” right? It takes time to get them just right.

Burger Project, World Square Shopping Centre, Sydney
http://www.burgerproject.com

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Chur Burger – Sydney’s finest?

Ok, so I’m the last person with a food blog in the Southern hemisphere, and possibly the universe, to try and then write about Chur Burger. Well, I’ve been busy, and also I’m not a burger fanatic so don’t go traipsing around Sydney especially for them. In case there is someone out there who has been trapped in a cave for several months, Chur is the burger haven of Warren Turnbull. He had the fine diner Assiette, decided fine dining was dead, opened the more casual Albion Street Kitchen, which then got burnt down in a fire (awful). He decided then he’d go with a casual burger joint, which by all accounts has paid handsomely, selling over 3,000 of the $10 burgers a week, plus fries $5, and $8 milkshakes. Never have I seen so much hype about a bun cut in half with a slab of something in the middle. Parlour Burger subsequently pretty much copied this formula (but theirs are definitely smaller for the same price, and less preferable).

I didn’t go to the original Surry Hills venue, but stumbled across their new one at Manly Wharf, near Papi Chulo. We tried the beef (with cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, pickle), the fish (with pickled cucumber, lemon mayo, and dill), and the pulled pork (with Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw, fennel mayo). What did we think? Not as mindblowing as the huge amount of raving led us to expect. The classic beef was my pick and the one I liked most – good quality meat and liked the tomato jam, this one is a good feed. And the others? The fish was decent but a touch underseasoned, the pork was very tender, but was missing the mark on flavour and was probably slightly on the sweet side. The brioche buns are probably a touch too soft and also seem more suited to something sweet. So I can’t proclaim this the best burger in Sydney, but I haven’t really tried enough to compare.  For $10 its not bad, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.  For $10 I’d probably prefer Asian noodles from one of Sydney’s many holes in the wall that dish up great cheap food.

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Chur Burger, Manly Wharf Hotel, Surry Hills, and Paddington
http://www.churburger.com.au

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Bridge Street Garage Bar & Diner, Sydney

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I’ve been eyeing off this place every night driving home for the last few months. Its hard to miss the big neon sign, and the industrial type space through the big windows, reflecting its heritage as an actual garage once upon a time. With an Argentinian chef at the helm, its meant to be an American diner/South American cross. So it is no surprise that meat features heavily on the menu.

There are a few good value banquets which I’d seen on the website, $25, $40, and $60, so we opt for the $25 and order a few extra dishes we like the sound of. Our waitress is friendly and keen, but has no idea they even have banquet menus, and has to go ask someone about them.

We start with the guacamole. It is stock standard, probably slightly too acidic, certainly not as good as Mejico’s, lacking the texture and flavour of the latter.

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The empanadas on the other hand, which come with a beef or corn filling, are done well – a good pastry, a tender beef filling, and a great acidic sauce.

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Buffalo wings are next – Spicy chicken wings coated in a sticky BBQ sauce and served with fresh-cut vegetables and a blue cheese sauce.  I found the presentation of this dish particularly unappealing.  As for the taste, there was a good smokiness to it, but it tasted like sauce from a jar.

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Next off is the Garage Burger – Angus & Wagyu beef patty with lettuce, tomato, beetroot, pineapple, bacon, pickles and sauces in a toasted bun, and hand-cut chips on the side.  The burger combo is a good one, and I polish it off quickly.  The chips are underseasoned though and have no special quality to them, so I leave them.

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Deep fried southern crispy chicken, served with a coleslaw salad and Garage sauce. I didn’t try this so don’t know how it compares to Mary’s or Hartsyard, but my dining companions give it an “okay”.

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Sticky pork ribs. These are apparently slow roasted for over 4 hours, so I expect them to be meltingly tender.  And while the flavour is good, the ribs themselves are a little tough.

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The bill is presented in some part of a motor engine (don’t ask me what part, I’m a girl) and it’s a nice touch.

The CBD really needed something like Bridge Street Garage, but unfortunately I don’t think they quite have the formula right yet and won’t be hurrying back.

Bridge St Garage, 17-19 Bridge Street, Ph (02) 9251 9392
http://bridgestgarage.com.au/

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