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Published April 3rd 2014
Fine-dining Burgers for $10
What do you do when you keep on hearing raving reviews about a burger joint?

You check it out yourself, of course.

Chur Burger flagged our attention with various publications, reviews and word of mouth. Come on, it is 'just' a burger joint, why the attentions and commotions?

I will be honest, I was sceptical at first, but very curious at the same time.



From what we have read, this is not your typical burger bar.

Former fine dining chef Warren Turnbull ditched the plain catalogue of ingredients for burgers and only uses a few selected premium ingredients.

He turned a simple burger into something exceptional.

Chur Burger was awarded the most popular restaurant in 2013.

You will expected to see traces of upscale touches in these 'common' creations.



On a sunny afternoon, we made a specific point to pay Chur Burger a visit. It is located close to Central Station and hides in midst of the leafy Surry Hills area.

It has an unassuming facade and blends in harmoniously with the Surry Hills' hippy, cool and unpretentious' vibe.



We were surprised to see a roomful of waiting customers inside.

Obviously, waiting for a table is common sight here.

Fortunately, the turnover rate is quick and table service is efficient and friendly.

We quickly grab the first available table when it became free.



We peeked expectantly at the menu.

It is a simple menu with succinct descriptions.

Chur only offers 6 types of burger: beef, pull-pork, chicken, lamb, fish and a vegetarian variety. This made me confident that Chur had perfected the choices available.

It is only $10 for any burgers, and $5 for sides.

I think it is a great value for a burger meal.

There was a bunch of hot sauces on the table, they look like they have a very high chilli factor. Maybe we will use them to play truth or dare.



When Chur talked about thick hand-cut, they meant it. Literally.

The sweet potato chips were thick; I could almost see a whole sweet potato in the tub.

We were slightly disappointed with the chips, they weren't hot and fresh out of the fryers. They tasted a bit bland, flavourless and slightly soggy.

We think the thicker pieces weren't cooked right through. Perhaps, it was the fryers' off-day.

If these were done it right, it should be a very addictive side snack.



We ordered Chur's signature burger - the pulled pork burger that received overwhelming fan supports and likes.

Slow-cooked pull pork seems to be the 'IT' ingredient among all the trendy, hip cafes. Nearly every second cafe in Surry Hills is offering their pull-pork variation, and we couldn't get enough of it.

This pull pork burger was juicy and quite tasty.

The light, sweet sesame-seeded top brioche bun was soft but tasted slightly crusty-dry. But together with fresh purple coleslaw and a generous slab of fennel mayonnaise make this a good decent meal.

Staff were friendly throughout and the wait time for the food wasn't long.



Two diners seated in the bar stools facing out the window.

They looked content.

The sky could be falling down, but it does not matter.

The world is all rosy because of the Chur burgers in their hands.

This is a cool little place to chill out.



Is it average? No and Chur is raising the burger's standard in Sydney.

Is it small serving? The burger looks on the smallish side, but it is filling.

Is it an over-priced experience? For $10, it is a very reasonable price for a quick gourmet burger experience.

Have you tried a Chur Burger? What are your thoughts?
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Why? Most raved-about Pull-pork burger
When: 11:30am-10:00pm
Phone: 02 9212 7979
Where: 48 Albion Street Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Cost: $10 for burger, $5 for side
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Those chips are thick enough to build with!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12386) 1898 days ago
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