Address: 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills
Opening hours: Monday 11:30am- 5:30pm, Tuesday – Saturday 11:30am – 10pm
Chur Burger is a restaurant that has been open for over a year now, yet I just visited for the first time a little over 2 weeks ago. The burger restaurant is situated on Albion Street in Surry Hills, in the location where French restaurant Assiette used to be. It’s become very popular since its opening, and is frequently toted as one of the best burger places in Sydney. I came with A. a few weeks ago, as I still hadn’t tried it, and wanted to see if the place lived up to its name.
We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, at the time in between lunch and dinner. Due to this, it was pretty quiet and there were a few tables of people but it was by no means full. The cashier greeted us in a casual, friendly manner. I settled upon having a Salted Caramel Shake ($8) and the Crumbed Fish Filled with Pickled Cucumber, Lemon Mayo and Dill ($10).
The Salted Caramel Shake was brought to our table fairly quickly after ordering. I’ve had really good shakes at both Reuben Hills and Three Williams before, and Chur Burger’s Salted Caramel Shake was definitely as good. I was a little taken aback as they hadn’t filled the canister up to the top, but in the end, it wasn’t really that big of a deal because the shake was so creamy and filling. It was the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
A’s Chicken Burger came out shortly before mine. The chicken was slightly charred and had a nice flavour due to the marinade. The hot sauce mayo was quite mild. I thought the taste was average, and hoped my burger would live up to expectations at least.
Sadly, it did not. After the fish burger was brought to our table, I could tell from the colour of the fish that it was overcooked. The colour of the crumbed fish filled was not a lovely golden, but had turned to a brownish hue. It was almost the same colour as the bread. As soon as I tasted the burger, my suspicions were confirmed. The fish was completely overcooked, and was way too crisp on the outside, leaving the inside dry and tasteless. Not only that, the mayo did not taste like lemon at all. The mayo was very watery and constantly dripped from the burger onto the plate. The mayo had also soaked into the bread, leaving much of it very soggy. The bread also tasted stale. Overall, the burger was a complete disappointment and failure. It was a shame because I thought the burgers were great value for money.
A. and I left feeling full, but not satisfied. She had previously warned me that the burgers at Chur Burger weren’t spectacular but I decided to try it anyway. I left with pangs of regret, wishing I had heeded her advice and eaten somewhere else. I’ve strolled past Chur Burger dozens of times to see it packed with a line that spills onto the street. It also has lots of good reviews on Urban Spoon, so I can’t understand why our food was so lacklustre. Either way, they were having an off day, or the quality has seriously decreased from what it used to be. Whatever the case, I won’t be likely to return.