Sydney, Sydney - Inner City, Sydney - Inner West

Jack’s Newtown

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This new burger joint has just been opened in Newtown, and each day, a long line of people awaits to try one of their infamous burgers.  Social media has hyped up this place, with a recent article in Good Food suggesting that this may be the best burger place in Sydney, comparing it with the legendary American fast-food chain, Shake Shack.  However, reviews have since been mixed about this place, so we decided to brave the queues and try it out for ourselves.

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Walking into the store at 5.15pm on a rainy Saturday night, there was already a long queue inside the store.  The store is very small, and can accommodate around 25 people.  It has a simple layout, with lots of small tables, and an open kitchen where you can see the workers at work.  The first impression we have of this place was the aroma coming from the open kitchen, with the smell of beef cooking on the open grill making us hungry as we waited in anticipation for our food.

The menu here is very simple, with a choice of Cheeseburger ($10), Bacon Cheeseburger ($12), Double Cheeseburger ($15) and a Vege Burger ($11).  Fries were also available for $5.  Unlike some other reviews we have read, there was no choice for us to add onions, so we presume their menu has changed.

Drinks offered at this place were termed “Sodas” and is $3 for a small cup and $4 for a large cup.  When asked further what sodas were available, we were told that the sodas were basically standard soft drinks, so we did not order any.  This was different to what we have read in other reviews, which suggested that they were offering their own sodas with 30% to 50% less sugar than standard soft drinks.  We also could not see any shakes on the menu, which we understood was offered on the menu previously.

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We ordered a Double Cheeseburger, Bacon CheeseBurger and a serving of Fries.  They were ready for collection, in a small metal tray, after around 15 minutes wait.

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The Fries were crinkle cut, which gave them some nice texture.  They were well seasoned, and were crispy and crunchy.

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The appearance of the burgers was quite rustic, and no attempt has been made to make them look more glamourous.  The size of the burgers were quite small.  The buns of the burgers were soft, yet firm enough to absorb all the sauces and juices from the filling.  This may be due to the addition of a special ingredient in creating buns, which we understood to be mashed potatoes.

The patties were made with beef mince from Vic’s Meat, with a meat to fat ratio of about 80:20.  The result was a very flavoursome beef patty, with the beef being cooked to perfection.  The cheese just melted in our mouths, and the special sauce that was used in the burger had a tangy savoury flavour which lifted the burgers to another level.

The soft buns, combined with the rich beef patties and gooey cheese, literally melted in our mouths.  The burgers were really well made.

The Double Cheeseburger, with its double beef patties, had a much more richer beef flavour, compared to the other burger we tried.

The Bacon Cheeseburger included an additional piece of bacon, and the smokey flavour of the bacon complimented well with the flavours of the beef patty.

Overall, as a fast food burger joint, Jack’s Newtown really satisfies.  The burgers, although a bit small, are rich in flavour, and is a place to be if you are in the area and want a quick no-fuss burger fix.

 

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Jack’s Newtown

Website: https://instagram.com/jacksnewtown/

Address: 170 Missenden Road, Newtown

Phone Number: Not available

Opening hours: Tues to Fri: 5pm until sold out, Sat and Sun: 12pm until sold out

Accepts all major credit cards

Australia, Sydney, Sydney - Inner West

Foodcraft Expresso & Bakery

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Foodcraft Expresso & Bakery is a huge social media sensation lately, thanks to their newly invented Tella Ball Shake. We just had to come and try this place out on an early Sunday morning.

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The café is located at the ground floor of the “Erko” residential complex in the hip inner-city suburb of Erskineville. The café is small internally, but has a large outdoors space for seating.

We arrived at 8am, and waited about 20 minutes before being seated down. The wait staff responsible for the waiting list got our name wrong and the number of guests wrong as well. When we finally sat there, the first wait staff asking for our drinks order was very enthusiastic, while the second staff asking for our food orders had a Gen Y “meh” attitude.

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Tella Ball Shake ($10)

We tried two flavours – the Nutella flavour, consisting of a Nutella filled donut with a Nutella milkshake, as well as the Salted Caramel flavour, consisting of a salted caramel filled donut with a salted caramel flavoured milkshake.

The donuts were very dense and was the perfect complement to the shake as we sipped the drink up through the donut. The donuts were very sweet, and it balanced well with the more milky flavour from the shake. This was the ultimate comfort food, and we enjoyed our drinks immensely.

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Bacon & Egg Panini ($10)

This consisted of free range eggs, crispy bacon, provolone cheese, topped with house tomato relish and aioli. A very standard staple food and nothing special to report. However the mix of tomato relish with aioli was quite special, as it tasted like a creamy version of BBQ sauce.

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Foodcraft Big Brekkie ($20)

This included bacons, eggs, Italian sausages, grilled tomato, hash brown, grilled haloumi and field mushrooms on organic sourdough. Everything was done right, with nothing burnt or smoky. However, there was no elements of surprise.

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Haloumi Stack ($16)

This consisted of grilled haloumi, balsamic glazed tomato, poached eggs, baby spinach and avocado. The menu actually stated that there would be an organic sourdough, but there was no sourdough on the plate. The haloumi was not grilled properly, and there seem to be an overindulgence of balsamic in the dish.

 

From the items that we have ordered, the only item that is special and worth coming here for is the infamous Tella Ball Shake. All the other breakfast items we have tried are very ordinary. If you wish to try the Tella Ball Shake, you need to be here early, as they tend to sell out quite quickly.

 
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Foodcraft Expresso & Bakery

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Foodcraftespressoandbakery/info

Address: 33 Bridge Street, Erskineville.

Phone: (02) 8971 8817

Opening hours: Tues to Fri, 7am to 4pm; Sat and Sun, 8am to 4pm

Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express

Australia, Sydney, Sydney - Inner West

The Hub House Diner

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Located on the main road in the inner west suburb of Dulwich Hill, Hub House Diner is a trendy little café selling American diner inspired food. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the place was full with people of all ages.

After sitting down, a wait staff quickly asked us for our orders. The food came out relatively quickly. However, the bottle of water on our table was not filled, and because it was so hard to get the attention of a wait staff, we ended up getting up to grabbing a bottle of water ourselves.

Since most people there ordered the burgers, we also tried the burgers. We tried the Double Beef Cheese Burger and the House Beef Burger ($19 each).

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The Double Beef Cheese Burger had double beef, American jack, onion, gherkin, mustard and ketchup, while the House Beef Burger had American jack, lettuce, onion, tomato, bacon, egg, beetroot relish and smokey BBQ sauce. Both were served on a specially designed wooden board with a serving of chips on the side.

The burgers were quite flavoursome, but unfortunately the beef patties were a bit dry. Maybe they were overcooked or there were not enough fat contents in the patties. However, the rest of the ingredients in each burger provided good balance of flavour. The buns were traditional burger buns, and they were firm enough to hold, yet soft to the mouth. However, the buns on one of the burgers we ordered were cold.

The chips were very crispy and was topped with some chicken salt. We devoured them quite quickly.

In conclusion, for the price we paid for the burgers, we expected better quality burgers than what was served. Maybe we should have tried other food here instead.

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Hub House Diner

Website: www.hubhousediner.com.au

Address: 410-412 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill 2203

Phone: (02) 9518 1887

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Friday, 7am til late; Saturday, 7:30am til late; Sunday 7:30am – 8pm

Accepts MasterCard and Visa for bills over $20

By Greg