Ume Burger

Japanese burgers and a soft serve machine by the water.
James Whitton
June 01, 2023


The duo behind Bourke Street's Japanese-inspired burger haven opened a new chapter in late 2016, with a second Ume Burger opening at Barangaroo. Owners Kerby Craig and Regina Jose took up residence on Wulugul Walk, the waterfront suburb's new dining precinct, with a simple, sustainably-focused selection of eats that bears a fraternal twin-like resemblance to the original Bar Ume — but with one notable exception.

With Japanese-inspired street food and burgers the cornerstone of Ume, the Bacon Cheeseburger has been tossed aside, and replaced with the younger, sexier Menchi Burger, made with handmade pork katsu, tonkatsu sauce and cabbage. They have, of course, retained the Kakiage Burger for plant-loving burger aficionados. Other must-tries include the fish katsu burger with Japanese tartare and the menchi burger with pork katsu, spanish onion and mustard. 

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Aside from the main attraction, Ume Burger has a whole lot on offer. The drinks list has a sweet spread of wines, beers, Japanese spirits, as well as intriguing house-made sodas like yuzu brown sugar or strawberry vanilla. Plus, and we mean plus, there's a soft serve station, in all its glory. The flavours rotate with regularity so expect a lucky dip — from lavender and white chocolate to sweet potato. The whole joint is rounded out by some pretty slick décor, with the kooky creations of Sydney paper engineer Benja Harney dotted about the place.

With burger restaurants multiplying like a year three maths class, Craig and Jose stand out from the crowd with their bold flavours and unique take on Japanese cuisine.

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