Burgers So 2014?
Yes I may be a bit late to the burger bandwagon, but it is never too late to eat burgers, literally.
The humble ol’ burger has taken on a brand new image, they are no longer straight dude food and greasy fast foods associated with a certain golden arch.
Yes, if you haven’t already seen, heard and devoured a burger or 2, Sydney has been on the recieving end of a plethora of new burger joints, so many that I can't even say I've scratched the surface of what is on offer.
First up is Neil Perry’s latest venture, The Burger Project. This burger project of his is hidden in an upstairs section of the ever confusing World Square complex (next to Ding Tai Fung). with so many accolades to his name, expectations were high , especially when Neil Perry offers a highly praised burger in his fine dining institution.
The fit out is neat and simplistic just like the menu, with just a few choices including a mushroom burger for the non-meat eaters, sides consisting of fries and wings as well as a brief dessert and drinks menu. Just like a typical fast food place though, you order and pay at the counter, gather your cutlery, grab a seat and patiently wait for the buzzer to sound.
date night or quick dinner? not a problem
I wanted to road test their burgers so I opt for the cheeseburger, topped with the usual suspects, Burger Project differs by using grass-fed beef cooked to a juicy tender medium (just let them know if that ain’t your style). The burger pretty much ticked all the boxes of a good burger, soft bun (the bun had already been changed when I visited) and generous, tasty fillings (Lettuces is a tasty burger filling too!), its nothing to ring home about but it is definitely not bad for $8 (I’ll have to admit that I may be slightly biased as Mary’s cheeseburger will forever have my heart).
The dining buddy opted for the classic, essentially the cheeseburger sans cheese, He had no complains and promptly devoured it. We also ordered a side of fries and wings to share.
The fries were golden, crunchy and salted perfectly, I had not fully recovered from the cold when I visited so I opted to leave the chilli off.
The wings were also pretty tops, great seasoning (reminds me of the southern style fried chicken) flesh was juicy. Satisfied.
We had plans to have dessert elsewhere so we left off the drinks and desserts, I will definitely be back to try them though, because, why not?
Mister Gee Burger truck- Burwood carwash
A bit out west is where a strong contender lies in the comfort of a carwash. That's right, Mister Gee Burger truck. You would have to be living under a rock to not know them, given that they are currently taking social media by storm.
Are you Mister Gee?
It may be a food truck but they have their fans chasing after them for one of their creations. Asides from serving delicious foods, they aren’t available every single day thus crowds are expected when you want to get your hands on one of their burgers. It is also a bonus how friendly the staff is!
romance is overrated.
To avoid the hungry crowds or disappointment, arrive early (opening time) or later in the evening. We arrived close to 9pm and despite it being a rainy evening, we still had to wait for a “table” to free up. By table, I mean makeshift table of drums and wooden boards, not the most comfortable but definitely embraces to whole street food concept.
perfect post-exercise meal
Their burger menu changes weekly, with such a small space to work with, only one choice on offer, decision-phobics, fear not and embrace Mister Gee’s. On our visit, cheese boogie was the burger on offer.
burger of the week: cheese boogie
Also on the menu is the dirty fries, a mix of shoestring fries topped with a tasty refreshing mix of tomato and cheese. No complaint from me!
Drinks wise, baklava shake seems to be the staple, I prefer my shakes to have a more intense flavour and thicker (not quite thick shake consistency though) so unfortunately, the baklava shake was the only let down of the evening.
So as this post was about to go live, a little birdy nudged me and told me the burger of the week was The Truffe, so naturally I had to go check it out right? for research purposes of course!
With the highly anticipated the Truffe on offer, I knew I had to get there early!
I arrived there at 530pm, before the truck and to my surprise there was already a hungry crowd waiting! Fast forward to the burger, as soon as I pulled open the foil, the pungent smell of truffles filled the vicinity, oh boy were there no regrets queuing 30+ minutes for this baby! Even the I'm not a burger fan friend of mine said this was a pretty amazing burger, say what?!?
So guys, If you want to get your hot little hands on these bad boys, go early and soon, you can find these guys at Burwood car Wash Thursdays through to Saturdays
So dear readers, what appeals to you more, a burger with gourmet innards or food truck style burgers with a street food vibe? Let me know in the comments below!
Till next time,