Here's another inexpensive one that is interesting because the owner, Matthew Page, was one of the pioneers of Sydney’s gourmet pizza industry, starting the very successful Wood and Stone in Surry Hills and Manly. Now that pizza place used to be a staple food when I lived in Surry Hills. Just down the road on Devonshire Street, he now has Burger Bar. Like those excellent wood-fired bases, his current damper buns (and gluten free products) are “vehicles for delivering flavour”. And fans of his old venture may find some similar flavours here too!
While the flavour on the Lamb Vindaloo Burger ($11.90/ burger only, $18.80/ with chips and salad) with a spiced ground lamb filet patty, banana, pine nuts, minted cucumber yoghurt and leaves, might not be authentic vindaloo, it certainly is interesting.
The Chilli Beef Burger ($10.90) was a bit of a messy mouthful with house-made jalapeno sauce and avocado sour cream dressing, but as Page advises, remove the stick, flatten the burger, cut it in half and then pick it up in your hands. You’ll still need a napkin or two, but his method worked for me. Add a serve of nice, non-oily Chips ($3.50) to any burger and you’ve got a filling mountain of food.
Interesting vegetarian choices like a Spicy Pumpkin and Zucchini Rosti Burger ($9.90); a small selection of cheap wines by the glass and bottle ($5.90-$7.50/glass); and an excellent alternative to an iced coffee – the Expresso and Caramel Milkshake ($4.90) – round out the experience. There are also special nights that offer a variety of discounts every Mon-Thurs, from 6-9pm including for example a free salad with a vegetarian burger on Thursday Night 'Veg Out'. You’ll be able to see why they’ve lasted three years in a market where burger joints come and go.
118 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9690 0465