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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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the Big Bite, North Point, Hong Kong

I first went to this restaurant many years ago – the first time we moved to Hong Kong which was in 2010. The Big Bite has also moved location, it is still in North Point, but not on King’s Road but Java Road. The new location is slightly bigger and the menu is a lot more intensive then before. They now serve breakfast instead of just burgers.

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‘The Mother’ was hungry, so he thought we would share a couple of things. Now, when ‘The Mother’ is hungry, his idea of sharing isn’t quite 50-50. It’s more like 90-10 to him! The big breakfast was indeed big – scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, mushroom and tomato – everything I love on the one plate!

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The cheese burger was good, but wasn’t as good as I remembered it to be. It had way too many veggies for my liking, and no sauce trickled down my hand. It wasn’t as messy, it was just way too neat. It was good but the old burger was infinitely better.

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The buffalo wings were spicy, and not too bad. I have definitely had better, especially in the USA.

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Service is minimal, there is no table service, you order at the counter and then food is delivered to your table (from memory). Unfortunately I wasn’t blown away by the burgers which is sad, but the breakfast I would definitely come back for!

GA’s ratings: 6 / 10 (for burger), 7 / 10 (for breakfast)

The Big Bite

Shop 4B, G/F Kar Fu Building,

196-202 Java Road, North Point Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2327 3263

Honolulu and Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

After what seems to be an eternity, ‘The Mother’ and I were finally heading to Hawaii. ‘The Mother’ has had quite a relaxing two weeks, roaming around HK, NYC and Miami but was certainly looking forward to our short albeit relaxing trip in Hawaii. We were staying with ‘Lobster Dynamite’ and ‘The Professor’ – they have a six month stint in Honolulu and thought we would take the advantage and visit them. I have wanted to go to Hawaii for a while now, 3.5 days was simply not enough but we did manage to eat some wonderful food and I even managed to do a bit of shopping – which was VERY important!

The weather in Honolulu was not kind, I didn’t see the lovely sun like in Miami, it was cloudy and rainy at times but it didn’t dampen our mood. We were here with friends, and we planned to have a good time! Our first evening, we were picked up by Lobster Dynamite and The Professor, their penthouse is absolutely amazing, it was near Waikiki beach and we could see the ocean from where they lived. Some afternoon, we were even dolphin watching, which was uber cool!

We didn’t do much that evening, the next day, we drove around the island, from Waikiki up the centre and around the coast which was nice. Stopped by to see the turtles – very cute!

Had some snow ice, had a very late lunch at Ola at Turtle Bay Resort, and driving back to Waikiki and stopping at Bubbies for some mocha ice cream. All in all it was a superb day of eating!

Lobster Dynamite was very organised, prior to us arriving, he sent us a list of restaurants 18 to be exact, and in 3.5 days, I am proud to say that we ate at 8 of them, not quite 50% but a frigging good effort I thought! So THANK YOU for being a great host and we look forward to our next trip next year to VEGAS! VEGAS BABY!

The evening we landed, we were starving! Lobster Dynamite suggested this burger place that was just around the corner from where he lived – Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, which was opened in April 1998 at the foot of Diamond Head. They claim they only use 100% chilled ground chuck (no fillers or binders) and burgers are hand pattied daily and always charboiled to order. Their produce and buns are the highest quality and are delivered fresh daily.

The menu – burgers of course and lots of it. Pick a type of burger – original, teri, monster double or spud, then ‘awesome toppings’, followed by fries and sides. There also have different types of burger combos to choose from.

I only wanted a burger, so opt for the Original Teddy’s burger, which are all cooked medium and stacked with super sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles unless otherwise requested and added cheese with that.

OMG – it was absolutely delicious! The ‘super sauce’ was excellent! The burger was a little bigger than I thought but it was divine. Tender beef pattie, the bun was also fresh and soft, the sauce trickled down my hands, it was one frigging messy burger but well worth it! It went down nicely and quickly and I could have probably gone for another half!

‘The Mother’ opt for monster double – you can’t see it from the pic, but the pattie is bigger.

The fries were uber crispy, and Lobster Dynamite ordered tots which are like potato gems – crunchy on the outside and soft pillowy on the inside.

It was a frigging good burger, a little fancier than both In-n-Out and Shake Shack but it was GOOD! I’m beginning to think Sydney needs a burger joint like this! My favourite burger place Lotus has closed down, so where can I get my burger fix?

Lobster Dynamite can vouch that it is one of the nicest burgers in Honolulu. It was a perfect way to end the first evening in Honolulu and I can say that dragon and I slept extremely well that evening!

GA’s ratings: 8 /1 0

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

134 Kapahulu Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

Ph: +1 (808) 735-9411

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Shake Shack, New York

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to visit Shake Shack! I have been to NYC a few times now but didn’t visit Shake Shack until this trip. I know our first visit, I was on the hunt for the best bagel so my focus was just on bagels. Second visit, we had been to Chicago, and LA eating lots of burgers that by the time I got to NYC I couldn’t look at another burger. The third time, it was such a short visit that it didn’t even occur to me, so this time round, I had to make sure that I visit the place.

It has been compared to in-n-out burgers which can only be found on the West Coast of US. I LOVED the burger at in-n-out, it was simple and tasty, and even the menu was simple and easy to read. I think ‘The Mother’ and I went here three times to get our cheeseburger fix!

Now Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park in 2004 and became very popular. It has locations in New York, Miami, Washington, Westport, Saratoga Springs and Middle East. In New York alone, it has seven different locations. You can even go on the Shack Cam to see if they are busy or not! COOL!

‘The Mother’ and I came here after we watched a very exciting but violent game of NHL. It wasn’t as violent as I had anticipated but it was definitely fun.

We both couldn’t go past the single ShackBurger ($4.55) – American cheese, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce.

Oh my, soft bun, tender and succulent meat pattie, this burger was good! So good that I asked ‘The Mother’ if we could come back the next day for a little snack! The burger was just the right size, it wasn’t too big, and it didn’t have a lot of stuff. Simple burgers are usually the BEST burgers I think! I haven’t had a good burger since my last visit at Lotus – unfortunately they have closed so I am uber gutted!

We shared a serving of cheese fries ($3.65) – crinkle cut topped with Shack Cheddar and American cream sauce. I love crinkle cut fries so this was excellent, it was crunchy and soft pillowy at the same time. Excellent fries I say!

I ordered their fair shake ($5.50) – the most expensive thing I ordered, vanilla shake spun with 100% certified organic Arabia fairly traded coffee. It was good but not my favourite I thought, it was a little bit on the sweet side for my liking.

‘The Mother’ ordered the Arnold Palmer ($2.15) – half lemonade, half iced tea. I thought it sounded weird at first, but it was definitely refreshing. ‘The Mother’ thought it could be sweeter, but thought it was perfect for me. It had a little bit of fizz and it went down extremely nicely!

‘The Mother’ and I did come back for a late night snack, the Madison Square Park closes at 11pm so we rocked up at 10.45pm for a burger fix, after our early dinner. Disgusting I know but I really needed one last burger fix before we left NYC.

Eating in the cold isn’t ideal, but thankfully they had heaters and we sat right underneath one. The burgers are fantastic, compared with in-n-out? It’s been a while since I had in-n-out burger so it wouldn’t be a fair comparison. But I do remember loving it, but I think Shake Shack would have to be a little bit better. Regardless, AWESOME awesome burger! If only they had one in Australia!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Shake Shack (Madison Square Park)

11 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10010

Ph: +1 212 889 6600

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Glass Brasserie, Sydney

It’s definitely been a while since my last visit at Glass, last time I was here was for the MiL’s birthday which was a few years ago now. Not sure why I have not returned since. I was catching up with dumplinggirl, A, for lunch one day, and we were supposed to have a ‘healthy’ lunch due to all the Chinese New Year feasting but I couldn’t get burger out of my head, so she suggested Glass.

There are two parts of Glass, Glass Brassiere and Wine Bar, owned and run by Luke Mangan which can be found on the second floor of the Hilton Hotel on George Street.  The restaurant itself is quite big, the bar section not so much, and that was where A and I were going for our burger.

The lunch menu at Glass Wine and Bar, for $20 you have an option of Wagyu burger (with bacon, cheese and BBQ Sauce) and fries, or Luke Mangan Pie (a home-style chunky beef pie, mash potatoes and mushy peas), tempura fish (tempura fish, fries, tartare sauce) or minute steak and either a beer, or wine or soft drinks. No guessing what we both had!

The wagyu burger with bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce of course!

Burger at Glass is 50/50 brioche and burger bun, filled with tomatoes, house-made BBQ sauce and mayo, onions and beef pattie.  The beef pattie was juicy and tender. I would have preferred the pickle in the burger rather than on the side. The overall burger wasn’t as juicy or as messy at that of Lotus’s. I do prefer tomato sauce with my burger instead of BBQ, however, it was still a pretty good burger.

However, compared to my favourite Lotus burger? Lotus burger still wins and undoubtedly still my favourite burger in Sydney. It was just juicier, messier, pickle and onion relish in it, overall just better. Slightly more expensive than Glass but oh man, definitely worth it!

The fries I love, crispy and thin.

For $20 it is good value, and definitely not bad. I noticed others having the tempura fish and the minute steak and that looked good too! Definitely worth coming back for the $20 lunch.

Unfortunately they don’t take reservations for the wine and bar section, they are open at midday, so come early. Service at Glass was friendly and efficient. It was definitely lovely to catch up with you A, will do it again soon!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Glass Brasserie

488 George Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9265 6068

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Jazz City Diner, Surry Hills

Jazz city diner was opened in December 2010, a New Orleans-inspired burger joint. The diner is small but yet cozy, I love the obligatory booths, the retro looking tables and chairs. The jazz posters, the mini screens at each booth playing old jazz clips gave it a really nice touch.


I was catching up with one of my dearest friend, M for lunch and she suggested this place which is located on the busy street of Crown street. As the name suggests, the menu had a nice American touch to it, burgers, and lots of it, ribs, chicken and waffles and desserts! I recall eating so many burgers in America! Trying to figure out what was the best.

We both couldn’t resist getting a float – soda and ice cream. I had the lime float, whilst M had the root beer float. It brought back to my childhood.

The chicken and waffles sounded interesting but wrong at the same time – belgium waffle, southern fried chicken pieces. But we were here for burgers, so opt for egg and bacon burger ($16) – ground beef patty, egg over easy, smoked bacon, tomato, mayo and lettuce, which was served with sweet potato fries.

The burger was surprisingly good – tender beef patty, the bacon cooked to perfection and who can say no to egg on a burger? It was a simple burger, no wagyu meet, or brioche bun, but it was tasty.

The sweet potato fries though were excellent! Crunchy but yet soft on the inside. Diners can substitute the sweet potato fries for onion rings for an extra $3.

M on the other hand ordered the Southern fried chicken burger ($16) – fried chicken burger with tabasco mayo, corn salsa, lettuce and tomatoes.


I loved the crunchiness of the fried chicken, and the corn salsa, it was a little messy to eat though, the corn kept falling out of the burger, but it was good, she definitely enjoyed it more than the bacon and egg burger.


Unfortunately, we were both too full for dessert, but I was told that the banana cream pie is a must order! NEXT time! We asked if they do take away, and thankfully they do! YAY!

Service was friendly, and welcoming. I thought the burgers were tasty, I actually do prefer them too Grill’d. Is it the best burger in Sydney? Unfortunately not, but I wouldn’t hesitate coming back to try their other burgers.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Jazz City Diner

238 Crown St

Surry Hills 2010

Ph: +61 2 9332 2903

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Half baked, Stoner degustation, Darlinghurst

I first heard of this through a friend. She thought I would enjoy it, but she herself couldn’t make it. The description didn’t really say much, I have heard of the chefs and have eaten at their restaurants, Dan Hong (Lotus), Thomas Lim (Duke), Mitch Orr (Duke). I love Lotus, especially THE CHEESEBURGER and also love Duke for its CHICKEN WINGS.

Here is the a little blurb about the ‘stoner’ degustation “If it’s deep fried, filled with cheese, dipped in cream or covered in chocolate you’ll be able to find it on the menu, with courses so inspired and over the top that even the most chronic, dutchie induced munchies will be satisfied! Smokers who want to get their drink on too will be able to, with The Dude’s cocktail of choice, a White Russian, free flowing all night plus a few other beverage options. Expect to hear a non stop mix of smoke anthems on the jukebox just to get your mind right. Anyone who’s ever dreamed of a STONER DEGUSTATION should stop dreaming and buy a ticket now!”

The event took place at Duke, which is becoming a favourite and local of mine. The chicken wings are finger licking good – better and ‘healthier’ than KFC. The drinks are awesome, and well, who doesn’t like chicken wings?

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it will deep fried, cheese type, cream and chocolate – hopefully not all mixed together, but I knew I was in for a treat. A ‘Stoner Degustation’ and it was just that, mind blowing and a ‘stoner’!

I went with a dear friend, S, whom I haven’t seen for such a long time. M was there too, and we sat next to each other which was tres cool. As soon as we sat down, we were presented with ‘arizona stoner punch – mint, gin and peach ice tea’. You could definitely taste the gin, it wasn’t strong, it was refreshing and absolutely delicious. Best part, it was refillable! After the day I had today at work, I couldn’t help but drink the first glass fast! Like water it went down quickly, smoothly and absolutely nicely!

First, chip and sambos and it was just that! Two loaves of bread with spread and a bowl of potato chips. Sounds weird? Don’t knock it until you try it.

The potato chips, thin and crispy.

The bread was warm, and had some sort of cheese spread, it was creamy, cheesy and topped with potato chips it was crunchy and burst into all sorts of crunchiness and creaminess. It reminded of something my brother used to eat when he was young, burger rings with rice – its surprisingly good!

Next corn flake milkshake with deep fried corn and bacon pancake – obviously not both together. The corn flake milkshake was weird, it was pretty much just milk with corn flakes, like something you would eat for breakfast. I was definitely not a fan.

The deep fried corn and bacon pancake on the other hand reminded me a little of jagung goreng, corn fritters, and something I grew up with. The corn and bacon pancake was crunchy, and I love the sweetness from the corn (although I don’t think they put enough corn) and the saltiness from the bacon.

Cheese, bacon, sauerkraut spring rolls with butterscotch mayo – you heard that right – BUTTERSCOTCH MAYO! Three words, OH MY GOD!

The spring rolls were cheesy and stringy.The bacon and sauerkraut gave it that extra flavouring. M’s comment ‘Who would’ve have thought bacon, cheese and sauerkraut would go so well together’ – exactly! The butterscotch mayo was just to die for! M wanted to marry it, because it was so fricking good! If she was ‘half-baked’ she would have walked home and licked the damn thing out of its container! Butterscotch mayo – you had me at butterscotch!

Deep fried pickles with ranch. I’m not a massive fan of pickles, I am one of those people that would take out the pickles in burgers, however, this was surprisingly good. Lightly battered, then deep fried, the sourness was a ‘kick’. Dipped in ranch dressing, it was heavenly! Wasn’t my favourite but it was interesting to say the least. S seemed to enjoyed it though and ate majority of it.

The next dish by Mitch is very clever – instant noodles with bong water. Bowl of instant noodles, with fried egg topped with fried onions.

Bong water – soup (which I think is shiitake mushroom) in a bottle in a shape of a ‘bong’ – it was cleverly done. As M would say ‘it was homage to mie goreng, Mitch style!’ It was M’s favourite of the night, the shiitake mushroom broth was absolutely wonderful. The fried egg oozed with yolk, and it was full of flavours and complemented the instant noodles.

Mac and cheese fondue with fried chicken and French onion toast. Oh My God – fried chicken!!!! I squealed like a girl when I saw it. The fried chicken, as always, were sensational! I was tempted to eat all four, but was saving my stomach for what was to come. The French onion toast with crushed doritos was absolutely superb. I loved the crunchiness, the onion flavour, the taste, the dollop of cream cheese on top, it was wonderfully sinful! The mac and cheese fondue I didn’t enjoy as much – it was a little too salty for my liking, and extremely rich! I tried dipping my fried chicken into the fondue and it just made it too salty, which I didn’t enjoy.

Next drink, vodka, kahlua, milk and cream with milo rim. This brought back memories from my uni days, kahlua with milk, or baileys with milk. Again, it was so easy to drink that it was dangerous! I love the milo rim – chocolaty goodness!

The moment I have been waiting for – Juicy Luther by Hongy (Dan Hong) himself. This was utterly sinful, calorific, and frigging evil. So wrong but at the same time, so very right! THE CHEESE BURGER with an evil twist! A tower of wickedness goodness.

Beef patty, bacon, cheese, tomato sauce, pickles and mayo (and other delectable delights which I can’t remember) on a KRISPY KREME donut bun! Yes, you heard me, it was a krispy kreme donut bun. The bun glistened with sugar and gave it that extra sweetness. I had to cut it in half as it was messy, and you know my thoughts on messy burgers. The cheese oozed out of the burger that I had to scrape it back (can’t have a burger without cheese!), the beef patty was tender, and juicy, the bacon, tomato sauce and pickles were great complements. Like last time, sauce trickled down my hands, it was seriously messy, it was seriously sticky, it was seriously wicked, and pure genius. I would like to say that I could probably have eaten another one on my own, but I think I would have had a heart attack! It was THAT FULL ONNN! I am also proud to say, that I did finish the whole thing (probably not something to be proud off!), every single bit of it. If no one was looking, I would have probably licked the plate as well! However, that I believe tipped my fullness right over the edge! Dan – It was heart stopping but pure brilliance! I LOVED IT!

The sinful cheese burger came with a serving of crinkle cut French fries. It was crunchy and crispy, and well, who doesn’t like crinkle cut deep fried French fries? Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the French fries, my hands were just sticky, messy and well dirty!

The food did not stop there, there were more! Desserts! Oh dear god, my poor stomach and liver! Us diners needed a 10 minute break after that mind blowing burger! M went for a walk, and I probably should have, but could not move! So happily sat there absorbing all the delicious goodness I just consumed.

Next the fanta, campari, spider – this had to be my least favourite drink, only cause I am not a fan of campari at all! For me, the campari was strong, couldn’t really taste anything else but I know ‘The Mother’ who didn’t come with me, would have enjoyed this drink very much.

First of the desserts: peaches, ice cream and zomp – that’s right, zomp chocolate. I was getting extremely full by this stage, but couldn’t help but try some of it. The ice cream was deliciously creamy, and the zomp brought back so many childhood memories! It was simple but yet tasty.

And lastly to top it all off deep fried banana split with peanut butter ice cream, peanut brittle, hot chocolate fudge strawberry cream. Oh dear god, my arteries, liver and cholesterol! One mouthful, I just wanted to try one mouthful – infamous last words. The peanut butter ice cream was to die for, large chunks of peanut brittle, sweet, gooey and crunchy were divine – I ate ALL the peanut brittle! So much for just one mouthful! The hot chocolate fudge was thick and chocolaty and the strawberry cream just topped it all off. The deep fried banana was not what I expected, I was hoping it was battered and deep fried, but no batter, just the banana itself. It was ok but the ice cream, brittle and chocolate fudge outshined it all. So good but so bad.

I was ‘half-baked’ and on a high. All that deep fried, the sugar, the cheese and the chocolate – I could feel my heart rate racing. Walking to the car yesterday was difficult, and even worse, the next morning when I got up, I felt light headed. As I walked to the bus stop I could feel my heart rate zoomed and I wasn’t even running, it was a casual walk! Thankfully I am not one of those people that counts calories, cause if I did, I would have probably reached my weekly limit on that burger!

It was a memorable evening, with frigging awesome food, great music, and wonderful friends. I couldn’t do it back to back again but will definitely like to be there for the next one!

Well done Mitch, Thomas and Dan – look forward to the next stoner dinner!

The event cost $100 plus booking fees through mosh tix.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Half-baked ‘Stoner Degustatoin’

Duke Bistro

63 Flinders Street

Darlinghurst, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9332 3180