“Nah man, Chur Burger burnt down…”
…was the response we got last time we tried to go to Chur Burger. Back then it was still located in a concealed back lane of Surry Hills – now it has occupied the space of Assiette/Albion Street Kitchen with much easier access than before. With several burger-chains like Moo Burgers and Grill’d around, it’s so nice to see another independent burger joint open up.
It’s day 2 of opening and arriving just around midday comfortably gets us a seat on one of the round, wooden share tables. By the time we leave however, the place is full – but there’s no line outside (yet). DS went for the Grilled beef burger, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo and pickle, comfortably priced at $10, until you realise it doesn’t come with chips. These add another $5 to the bill, and although it is a rather generous portion, I guess you could do without it. There is also no option of just normal chips – it’s chilli chips or sweet potato fries (which are more like wedges). DS’s remarks were that it was a really good burger – you can really taste the mustard mayo, combining two condiments that are essential for burgers. Yeah – it’s on the small side of burgers, but at $10 you can’t really complain. The meat is also of the highest quality. I decided to try out one of the snacks. All priced at $10 as well, the snacks range from Pork Crackling to Marinated Fish so everyone can find something they will like if they’re not so into burgers. I went for the BBQ chicken wings, blue cheese dressing ($10) which came in a medium sized portion with around 3-4 wings and 2 small drumsticks. The blue cheese dressing, in my opinion, is not entirely necessary – the flavour of the chicken speaks for itself. The charred bits are tasty, and it was good to see lean chicken used without excess of skin or fat. Having said that, some form of dipping sauce would be nice…blue cheese just isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Any suggestions?
Now for the inevitable debate – Chur or Mary’s? I must say that I would prefer Mary’s on several points: I like the soft bun more, I feel like a burger should have the capacity to be squishy instead of a perfectly tiered sculpture. The Mary’s cheeseburger also comes with fries, totalling at $14, making it $1 cheaper than the Chur burger + chips combo. On the flip side, Chur Burger is probably a nicer setting and is more of a restaurant than a (somewhat rowdy on a Saturday night) pub-bar-eatery. Chur also has more burger options, so I’m keen to go back to try out the Lamb and Pulled Pork varieties. How have you found Chur Burger?
48 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010