Burger hunter. Is that a job? People should pay me to eat burgers. That would be pretty sweet. Whenever someone mentions that a place is the best place in Sydney, my senses immediately start tingling … not really, but a $10 burger joint that was crowned ‘Best Burger in Sydney’ by SMH is sure to send your heart racing. After a long day of video editing at uni last semester (trust me, this takes a toll on your life), I met up with a friend to try it out. The restaurant is cute and very brightly lit, which is lovely compared to most of the dingy places I go to for burgers.
We ordered a Salted Caramel Milkshake $8 to share, made with Heilala vanilla, this drink was packed full of flavour. The caramel to me tasted more burnt than salted, and made me think of eating sticky toffee. We also had the Chips with Chilli Salt $5 to share, good chips but nothing to swoon over. They also had sweet potato chips, but they didn’t look too crisp so I erred on the side of caution.
After a long deliberation over which burger to choose, and I really do mean long, as we actually talked online the night before and pondered over the menu in anticipation of the next day’s lunch. Do you guys do that? My friends and I seem to have a habit of looking through menus in advance and mulling over, Googling and debating which items to get on a menu. Our lives are exciting. Anyways, we ended up choosing the Grilled beef, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, pickle $10 and the Pulled pork, Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw, fennel mayo $10. Giving up the Grilled Chicken with Hot Mayo Sauce was like severing a limb. Everything sounded so darn good.
When the burgers first came out, I was torn between being pleased at the serving sizes and scared that I was going to have to flatten this burger in order to fit it in my mouth. I don’t have the coordination prowess to eat burgers. If I had a dollar for every time my bun and patty disjoin and I end up holding a lone patty, I would have enough money to buy another Chur Burger.
The Pork Burger did not live up to my expectations. I had read some raving reviews about it, so I was very surprised when my face reflexively scrunched up after the first bite. It was the sweetest burger I had ever bit into and I think that was largely due to the Chur BBQ sauce, sorry, but not sorry – definitely not my thing. The Beef Burger, thankfully, worthy of it’s hype. Good old classic beef burger that wasn’t trying to be something it’s not. The mustard mayo and tomato jam was a winning combination!
Interestingly, Edwina went to visit Chur Burger as well and contested the tastiness of the Beef Burger, insisting that the Grilled lamb, mint sauce, feta, red onion, aioli trumped it by a million miles. I guess I am going to have to return and give that one a try.
Chur Burger – Surry Hills
48 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9212 3602
Open Monday – Saturday
11:30am – 10:00pm