We were all saddened when Sydney's best burgers were reduced to ashes — literally. However, perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, as Chur Burger is back with fervour. There's been a shift in location, too. Thankfully, they've moved into the former space of Albion Street Kitchen, which means that you won't be getting so flustered with Google Maps trying to seek out the hidden backstreet spot it once occupied (despite laneways being kind of fun to loiter about in and pretend you're up to mischief). Additionally, the upsize from a tiny laneway bar means that your burger won't fall victim to vicious elbowing wars with neighbouring diners.
And thank god — you'd almost be reduced to tears if one of these culinary constructions fell on the floor. It may seem a little extravagant to honour them as being 'the best'; however, it's hard to argue otherwise. Warren Bull and his team have somehow managed to combine the softest buns, the best homemade sauces, juiciest meats, relishes, pickles, you name it, into burgers that are, just, well, downright marvellous.
In a neighbourhood riddled with fancy restaurants and cafes, the Chur crew have kept it simple and fuss-free. The area is spacious and light-filled, with chilled music playing that doesn't hurt your ears. Staff are friendly, but not the too-much-cheese-in-your-burger type. The burger menu has remained short and concise, thankfully, otherwise decisions would be much more problematic than they already are. There’s chicken, lamb, spiced chickpea, crumbed fish fillet, pulled pork, or grilled beef to choose from — all pretty much bound to leave you speechless. The pulled pork is a favourite, however: tender meat lashed into place with Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw and a fennel mayo. And did we mention the affordable price point of $10? For all burgers?
The menu gets slightly more expansive should you decide to dine in. Affordable snacks at $10 a pop are enticing: crispy quail eggs, miso brisket pancake or pork crackling with aioli that is the ultimate cardiac alert yet totally worth it. For the ravenous, opt for a larger meal like the jerk chicken with a burnt capsicum puree ($20). Chunky fries are a must-order for a side as well ($5), the chilli salt attacking your taste buds in a sensible enough manner to keep your hands going back for more.
If you can fit in dessert (oh come on, there's always room), splurge on the smashed pavlova ($10) or sample the ingenious Macadamia pie with whisky cream ($10). Prefer to slurp your sweets? The traditional vanilla milkshake ($8) will top off that nostalgic feeling for certain.
If you're feeling peckish and sort of cheeky at around 4pm, head to Chur Burger for happy hour, where a burger and a beer will set you back a mere $15. You heard us, burger and a beer, for $15. Great burgers at great prices, with more room to spread your arms in excitement: need we say more?