Sometimes it’s the most spontaneous plans that turn out the best.
I was at the launch of a venue late August and was thrilled to bump into a few food bloggers who I know of via social media but had never met in-person before. With the number of events for bloggers happening across Sydney every week, it was only a matter of time really, but it’s always exciting to match up an online persona with a physical person.
The event was nearing its end and we were still feeling quite peckish. And a hungry food blogger…well, it just doesn’t happen. Sugarlace happened to live close by and suggested Chur Burger, and at that suggestion all five of us bloggers were immediately eager for some no-holds-barred burger indulgence.
I’ve seen many blogger snaps of this place on Instagram, but I never realised how close it was – walking distance, in fact, to Central Station.
It was past 8pm but the place was still pretty packed out. And I can’t say I was surprised -$10 burgers across their entire menu, and you’re able to have a beer while you’re at it as well. There’s communal tables for groups and some high bar seating as well along the open kitchen. It’s a fairly spartan large-ish room, but make sure to drop by the bathrooms as they’re pretty unusually out-fitted – nothing bad, but just unusual. Trust me on that 😉
We ordered our drinks first, and I had a Lobo Adelaide Hills Cloudy Apple Cider, which from memory was about $8. It was quite light in flavour and very refreshing, without much of an alcoholic or beery flavour. Really, having a cold cider with your burger is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Cooking Crusade meanwhile had a Milo Milkshake ($8), which was more like a thickshake as it was ridiculously hard to suck up the straw, albeit very tasty. The large paper cup it was served in wasn’t very practical, with the milkshake soaking through the cardboard easily and making it a little damp and hard to hold.
Our burgers arrived in quite a short amount of time once we were seated, and The Random Foodie and myself had both elected for the Grilled beef, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, and pickle:
All of the burgers come in a tasty, buttery brioche and sesame-seed bun. Look at that shiny glazed top! The grilled beef patty was nice and pink in the middle, but just slightly underseasoned. The pickle had a lovely crunch and flavour.
I had been agonising earlier over the Pulled pork, Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw, fennel mayo, but Sugarlace and Flick Your Food had both chosen it, so I refrained. Massive food envy when it arrived!
Cooking Crusade had opted for the Crumbed fish fillet, pickled cucumber, lemon mayo and dill. I apologise for the photo being so blurry…
But the reason why the photo was blurry is because I immediately whipped my camera up to get a photo of this hilarious moment:
When our food all arrived, we jumped up as one and whipped out our cameras, to the entertainment of the people at tables around us. As food bloggers, we had also gone over the top in ordering sides, and had ordered two lots each of the Chilli salt chips ($5) and Sweet potato fries, garlic, lime ($5).
While I enjoyed the crunch and subtle heat of the chilli salt chips, the sweet potato chips were also delicious, with the sweetness slightly offset by a sprinkle of tangy lime juice. The sweet potato chips were also quite filling and we were sad that we were all too full to finish off our chips.
A great night with fellow bloggers! I wouldn’t say Chur has the best beef burger I’ve ever tasted, but I’ll definitely go back to try the grilled chicken and pulled pork burgers. For $10 a burger and $5 for sides, how could you not!
48 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9212 7979