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Mister Gee Burger Truck, Leichhardt

I have seen so many pictures of Mister Gee’s Burger on my feed that I had to check it out for myself on my trip to Sydney. The menu is minimal, burger, french fries and a milk shake. The burger menu changes weekly, and on the night we went it was serving the fat boy burger, chili cheese fries and baklava shake.

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The queue when we rocked up was quite long, thing we waited a good 30 – 40 mins for our burger and seating is minimal, however, we were lucky enough to have found a seating. Majority of the people had takeaway, but I can’t imagine driving back 30 mins and eating a soggy burger! I had originally thought about eating in the car also, but with kids, I don’t think that would be very comfortable!

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The Fat Boy Burger – Oh my my… beef patty, melted jack cheese, oak leaf lettuce, pickled cabbage some sauce which I couldn’t figure out what and bacon jam all in a soft light brioche bun. The patty was cooked well-done (i would have preferred it medium rare but i would assume it would be difficult to have it cooked different ways!), the pickled cabbage i love, it really gave it that added sour flavour and the caramelised bacon was sweet and smokey which was a wonderful addition to the burger. It was messy, it was big, and it was frigging delicious!!! Burger cravings SATISFIED!

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The chili and cheese fries was also excellent, my SiL and I couldn’t stop eating it, and neither did our kids! They absolutely loved the fries.

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The baklava shake was a little on the sweet side for me, but my brother, F, really enjoyed it!

Glad to have tried this burger, it was definitely tasty and those chili and cheese fries were excellent! Would I wait again for 30 – 40 mins? Probably not, but that’s just me, however, I wouldn’t mind dropping by after a big night out and need some grease!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Mister Gee Burger Truck

315 Parramatta Road

Leichhardt, 2040

Ph: +61 411 092663

PS: do check their website on Facebook or Instagram, they have previously moved location since they first started.

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Papi Chulo, Manly, Australia

Sorry for the lack of post! Am finally in Sydney and enjoying the somewhat cooler weather! It’s so good to be back, catching up with family and friends – oh I have missed you all! The cool change is definitely welcoming, not to mention the space and fresh air!

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Papi Chulo is the ‘newish’ establishment by the Merivale empire. It is located in Manly, just over looking the Manly wharf .The space is bright and spacious, and there are both booth seating with high bench tables and stools. I have wanted to try this new place ever since it opened, and rightly so, as soon as we got to Sydney, I had to try. I wanted to try everything on the menu, snacks, smoked bbq, you name it, everything!

We started with the pea guacamole with tortilla chips (AUD14) – the pea guacamole was deliciously smooth, and Dragon couldn’t help but lick her spoon every time I give it to her. The tortilla chips we also adored and it was a wonderful complement.

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We opt for the Papi Chulo BBQ Plater – half rack of lamb ribs, 150gm each of wagyu brisket, pulled pork and pork belly platter served with pickles and soft bread (AUD86). This was definitely a winner for every one!

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My favourite was definitely the wagyu brisket, it was incredibly tender and succulent that I wanted more.

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The pork belly and the pulled pork were also fantastic. Melt in your mouth and I love the flavour of the pulled pork.

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My least favourite was probably the lamb ribs, it had quite a strong lamb taste in my opinion but my fellow dining companion enjoyed it.

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Lastly, we ordered the curly fries, oh my my… crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was fantastic and i couldn’t help but polished the plate, including Dragon.

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We also had a side of Vietnamese Coleslaw (AUD8) which was refreshing and perfect with the meat fest we were having for lunch.

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Unfortunately, that’s all we had as there were only 3 of us. I really wanted to try the burger and the bone marrow. I guess I just have to go back for more! Service was polite and friendly and food came relatively quickly. If only we lived closer to Manly – I could get my wagyu brisket fix every single week!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Papi Chulo

22-23 Manly Wharf

Manly, 2095

Australia

Ph: +61 2 9240 3000

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Beef & Liberty, Admiralty, Hong Kong

I am on the hunt for the best burger in Hong Kong and I may have found it! Beef and Liberty started in Shanghai and has opened up here in Hong Kong, in Wan Chai district. The restaurant is on the second floor just above Pizza Express on Star Street and the ambience is very casual and relaxing – as should a burger joint should be!

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Beef and Liberty offers diners delicious burgers, fries, wings and beers. It takes pride in serving hormone free grass fed beef. Apparently, all their beef is sourced from a small farm in Cape Grim region of Tasmania. I have been here twice now and both times it did not disappoint.

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We started with the chicken wings – chili sauce on the side as it was spicy (HKD58). I really liked this wings – crispy, juicy and the chili sauce was just perfect. I have friends who did not enjoy the wings as the skin was a little thick but Dragon and I really enjoyed it.

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If you are worried about eating too much carbs or are on a gluten free diet, you can try burger in a bowl which is really a gunless burger served with salad. It is an extra HKD20 but definitely worth it. I had the bacon cheese – beef, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, bacon jam in a bowl. The beef was fantastic – cooked to perfection juicy and incredibly tender!

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‘The Mother’ had cheese – beef, cheddar cheese, iceberg, house bbq sauce (HKD79) and he was impressed. The bun was pretty good also but it was missing that runny sauce down your arm factor!

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I love how you can order 1/2 portion of chips – french fries and pommel frites (both are HKD15) and they were good! Even Dragon couldn’t resist.

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Service was fast and efficient, and the burgers awesome! On my next visit, I had the all day sets – was tempted to order the falafel but didn’t want to be disappointed so had the cheese burger and indeed it satisfied my burger cravings!

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Possibly my favourite place for burger thus far. Where is your favourite burger place?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Beef and Liberty

2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street

Admiralty, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2811 3009

The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

There has been a lot of talk and hype about this cafe. The crab po’boy and the fried chicken is what I have been hearing from Paramount. Extremely sad that this cafe opened after we left our pad in Surry HIlls – this would definitely have been our hang out cafe! Great food, great coffee – what more can one ask for?

With any cafes in Surry Hills on the weekends, you really do need to go early or be prepared to wait for at least 30 mins! We were here on a Saturday just a little after midday and rightly so, the place was PACKED! Thankfully we didn’t have to wait for long, 20 mins max and we were seated. Unfortunately, we were seated on the bench and with Dragon and my baby niece it was quite difficult. However, there were no tables so we sat on the benches.

The menu was definitely interesting – eggs, french toast, fried chicken and po’boy. I was here with the family and everyone had the crab po’boy – it is their favourite and this is not the first time that they had it. Everyone loved it – the fried crab was crunchy and the coleslaw gave it that extra zing.

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I couldn’t go past the fried chicken – crunchy exterior and deliciously tender inside. Even Dragon loved it! I have to say that it is a pretty decent fried chicken.

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The vanilla milk shake went down nicely too – quickly and perfect for a warm day.

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Service was polite and friendly. Get there early or slightly later if you want to miss the lunch time rush. I had a friend waiting for over 90 mins – I personally wouldn’t. Glad to have tried it though, how can I say no to fried chicken?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

The Paramount Coffee Project

80 Commonwealth St

Surry Hills, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9211 1122

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Green Waffle Diner, Central, Hong Kong

It’s certainly has been a very very long time since I last went to Green Waffle Diner, 3 years to be exact. One of my colleagues at work had gone here for brunch and really enjoyed it and wanted to check out the lunch menu. The restaurant hasn’t changed, it is busier than what I remembered it to be and considering we didn’t have a reservation we were told that we only had the table for less than an hour – which was fine.

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Green Waffles offers diners set menus for lunch. I really wanted to have the fried chicken or buffalo chicken wings but we were ‘highly recommended’ to take the set lunch as we only had an hour and the a la carte menu took a bit longer. It kind of annoyed me a little, as they gave us the a la carte menu – don’t offer it then!

Anyways, we settled on the a la carte menu, G couldn’t go past the country brunch skillet – bacon, green peppers, onions, poached eggs, potatoes and cheddar cheese. As the name suggested, this actually came in a skillet and it was tasty! This would be a perfect hangover breakfast cure!

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C couldn’t go past the chicken penne with peppers, he wasn’t overly thrilled, and was a little disappointed. It was a little tasteless and the penne was a little on the hard side.

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I couldn’t go past the southern chicken burger with fat chunky chips and corn. The chicken was a little thin and too crispy for my liking but the fat chunky chips were good.

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With the set lunch, we all got waffles served with chocolate with a dollop of cream. It was good but I wouldn’t say it was fantastic! From memory I think my first visit was infinitely better. The fried chicken was definitely tasty and I am pretty sure the waffles tasted better the first time.

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Not sure if I would come back during lunch time, but maybe for dessert or even for breakfast. Service was ok, it was busy though and people were lining to get in.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Green Waffle Diner

Shop 3 , G/F ,35-39 Graham St. Kar Ho Building

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2887 9991

Mary’s, Newtown

I love fried chicken, and I am not talking just about Kentucky Fried Chicken but all sorts of fried chicken. Korean fried chicken, chicken Karaage, western fried chicken, you name it – I LOVE FRIED CHICKEN!

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There has been a lot of talk and hype about Mary’s which can be found in the cool suburbs of Newtown. I was in Sydney and was catching up with two of my lovely girlfriends. Originally we were thinking of going for a fried chicken crawl, start at Mary’s then go to NaruOne and potentially end up at Arisun! Yes, our eyes were bigger than our stomach. We didn’t even go to the second location, we went to Mary’s and that was pretty much it!

Mary’s is headed up by Jake Smyth (ex-bodega) and Kenny Graham (ex-Gardel’s bar at Porteno). Luke Powell, ex-head chef at Tetsuya’s is in charge of the kitchen – so there are some pretty big names! The entrance is tucked away down Mary’s Street off King Street, and if I didn’t see anyone come out I don’t think I would have found the place!

The menu is on a blackboard and it is short and sweet – it’s burgers or fried chicken.

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We ordered the fried chicken, whole ($28) and it arrived in a basket. The fried chicken is Southern American style, the batter was crunchy and had a lovely kick to it and the chicken meat was incredibly tender and scrumptiously juicy.

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The cheeseburger ($14) has been voted as one of the best cheese burger in Sydney. It was good, but for me, it would still have to be Dan Hong’s at Lotus. I have yet to try the cheeseburger at the Fish Shop so I don’t know. However, the Mary’s burger was simple, a glorified version of In ‘N’ out burger which I absolutely love. The bun was soft and a tad sweet but not overpowering.  The burger was simple and delicious, almost as good as Dan Hong’s but not quite!

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The shroom burger ($12) grilled field mushroom in placed of pattie was good but I have to admit, the cheeseburger was probably better.

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Mary’s is DARK! Extremely dark but I do like the vibe – it’s cool, friendly and extremely down to earth. The menu is simple which makes it easy to decide and I have heard the drinks are seriously awesome! Will definitely come back to have some cocktails and perhaps a cheeseburger or fried chicken.

Service friendly but there was one thing I noticed, majority of the guys, so about 90% of guys at Mary’s that night all had a beard! I kind of felt left out! HA!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Mary’s

6 Mary Street

Newtown, NSW 2042

Ph: +61 2 4995 9550

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Little Hunter, Melbourne

I love going to Melbourne for a short trip, whether it is for work or a long weekend getaway. I was in Melbourne for work during my Sydney trip and I have heard so much about Little Hunter that I had to go and check it out myself. Gavin Baker (ex sous chef at Fat Duck, London) and Pete Evans (chef and host / judge on My Kitchen Rules) head this lovely establishment which is located in the basement of 195 Little Collins Street.

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I had perused the menu before coming and knew exactly what I wanted. We started with the in-house baked herd bread which was served with chicken skin butter – yes you heard me right, chicken skin butter! It was incredibly delicious, the bread was warm and soft and slathered with the butter was just AMAZING! I wanted to lick the little bowl on my own!

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My dining companions and I couldn’t go past the pork crackling topped with paprika and white cheddar which was served with apple sauce ($6). My goodness – these were so addictive that I couldn’t stop eating them. The pork crackle were light, airy and crispy and I absolutely loved the paprika and white cheddar.

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The cured kingfish with seasoned roe, roasted peppers and bay oil ($14) was a hit. ‘The Mother’ absolutely loved it – he said it was extremely light and the flavours were wonderful.

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My aunt couldn’t go past the fish, Chatham Island Blue Cod which was served with sea grasses, leeks, and brown butter ($39). The fish was pan fried which was deliciously crispy and the fish itself was wonderful.

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The rest of us, the three of us, couldn’t go past the wood-roasted pork served with kale, cider vinegar and fresh sausage ($38). Oh my, more crackles! The pork meat was tender, and I loved the cider vinegar, it really gave it a nice kick. I couldn’t help but steal some of ‘The Mother’s’ crackle as well!

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We ordered a couple of sides, fresh vegetables, olive oil, butter, and lemon peel ($9).

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I absolutely loved the roasted yams with gremolata ($7) – it was incredibly tender and absolutely delicious.

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The little hunter fries with fry sauce ($6) was also a hit!

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We were stuffed but couldn’t help but order dessert. Thought we would share the licorice ice cream, milk crumbs, bee pollen and candied citrus ($12). I have never had licorice ice cream and oh my, this was fantastic! It was different but in a good way and not too sweet. The milk crumbs and candied citrus was a wonderful complement.

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Service was excellent and food came relatively quickly. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and would definitely be back for more. I love Melbourne and its fantastic restaurants.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Little Hunter

195 Little Hunter Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Ph: +61 3 9654 0090

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