With $10 burgers and $10 cocktails, you can't really go wrong at Parlour Burger. Tucked away at the back of The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, the burger joint has a simple, short menu of six burgers and four sides.
Chef Sean Connolly decided it was time to open a dedicated burger bar because of the popularity of burger sales at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, often selling more than 100 per day, and so what was Parlour Bar has become Parlour Burger.
We try the original Morrison burger with chipotle mayo, which has a nice spicy kick in the sauce. It's a decently sized burger with staples of lettuce, tomato and pickles. There are good flavours in this burger, but the only let-down is the bun, which is unfortunately airy and quite crumbly. It appears to be a cross between a white roll and a brioche bun, so unfortunately it soaks up too much sauce and can get soggy.
The fish butty of beer battered fish, tartare sauce and housemade pickles is lovely. The batter is crunchy, the fish is delicious, and I thoroughly enjoy the tartare sauce and pickles. With a better bun, this would be a stellar burger.
In retrospect I regret not having ordered The Black Widow, which is served on a black charcoal bun. I would have loved to see how that bun compares.
Sadly when I head to the bar to order, I'm informed by a rather unfriendly bartender that there are no beer battered onion rings or deep fried pickles available.
Luckily the duck fat chips ($6) send me into an ecstatic oblivion. They're hands down the highlight of the meal. Flavoursome and moreish, we hit the bottom of the cone-shaped vessel the chips are served in very quickly. I could have easily eaten another serve of this. They're especially delicious with the tomato sauce that comes in a cool plastic tomato-shaped container.
In lieu of onion rings and pickles, we order a side of cabbage and parmesan slaw ($5), which instead of a mayo sauce has a light, vinegary dressing. There's also a good helping of Spanish onion and lettuce in there for good measure. I find it's a welcome freshness that cuts through the heartier, fattier flavours of the burgers and chips.
We're here for lunch on a lazy Saturday, so when we see there are $10 cocktails available, we jump at the chance. The Fancy Pants is a concoction of pear, rhubarb, apple and sparkling wine. We also order a refreshing mojito. Did I mention that the cocktails are $10 every day at any time? I'm keen to come back for more of these cocktails (to wash down numerous servings of duck fat chips of course).