Riverview hotel burger and tapas
I visited the Riverview hotel in Balmain. It’s a beautiful hotel with a cozy interior. The food you see in this picture is: tempura zucchini flowers with Italian cheeses, spiced squid with harissa aioli and smoked duck & manchego croquette with paprika aioli. The food was good, although my squid was not tender. There is also a burger that was tasty – I had a big bite!
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced meal in a pub, I’d recommend it.
Chur Burger is just a burger place. They make the whole gamut of burgers, contenders in all basic meat categories with the token vegetarian offer.
I’ve been a little over-burgered lately. There was the Town Hall pub in Balmain with their amazing veggie burger, a lacklustre contribution from the Paragon Hotel down in Circular Quay, and now Chur Burger, who, it could be argued, should be taken a little more seriously. All they do is burgers!
I’m just sad because Adelaide has this amazing burger chain called Fancy Burger, and an amazing American style food truck called The Sneaky Pickle. I never miss places like these more than when I try their counterparts. Sneaky Pickle knows Reubens, pulled pork, po’ boys and the rest. Their flavours are complex and pack a real punch.
Chur Burger’s pulled pork was good, can’t deny it. But I wonder if they pulled the pork to pieces and felt they were done. Where were the spices? The intricacy of flavour? Sure, the mayo was nice. The burger as a whole was nice. The old sugar bun, Mr Brioche, was sandwiching some meat between his buns. Everything was good. It just wasn’t amazing.
Chur Burger pulled pork and beef burgers
The day was grey. Apologies for the photo. It’s a new phone (Nexus 5 in bright red!) and the camera is taking some getting used to.
I’d recommend trying these guys out. They are in no way offensive. They are good. They are not the best.
I’ve visited Fancy Burger before, but it was the one in town. I think Fancy Burger in Blackwood wins the food wars, although maybe when it’s a chain restaurant you can peacefully coexist?
Fancy Burger #1
I can’t remember which photo goes with what burger. Suffice to say there were five of us and we ordered four types of burger, Lovely Lamb, The Biggy, Sunrise Surprise and The Legend. No one uttered a complaint.
The meat was tender and juicy. Toppings were well thought out and were harmonious. The buns were not the usual sweet monstrosities, but plain and just dense enough to stay together throughout the eating process.
Fancy Burger #2
Before we left for FB, one of the party mentioned that usually good burgers are found in pubs, with skewers stuck in them to keep the massive amount of ingredients in place. We may not have been in a pub, but at least her skewer wish was granted.
Fancy Burger #3
I love a good fancy burger. These were great. It was busy when we got there, on a Friday just after 12pm.
Fancy Burger chips
This was a large-sized chips, around $6.50 if memory serves correctly. Massive serve, really well cooked and nice and thick. If you go there, have some chips. But be warned… this was the perfect size for five hungry people. You may not need the large size.
If you’re craving a burger in the Southern ‘burbs, you can’t get better than this. I’m always open to suggestions, though. I love burgers.