Burger Project

Neil Perry’s new burger joint, which attempts to recreate the old school corner shop burgers, opened yesterday at World Square to much public interest. Apparently they had sold out at lunch time. Lucky I missed the rush at lunch, finished work early on time and jumped in the dinnertime queue just before it got out of hand.

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Crispy hot wing - whole chicken wing with sichuan pepper and salt ($3.50 ea or 3 for $9) Nice crispy batter, the Sichuan pepper definitely gives it a certain unique fragrance.
Crispy hot wing – whole chicken wing with sichuan pepper and salt ($3.50 ea or 3 for $9) No doubt a sizeable wing with nice crispy, flakey batter, the Sichuan pepper gives it a certain unique, almost flowery, fragrance. Wish I got 3.
Classic burger - grass fed beef, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce ($7.90)
Classic burger – grass fed beef, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce ($7.90)
Cross section of above beef burger. Pattie quite rare, but juicy and the
Cross section of the above beef burger. The pattie is quite rare, but juicy and decent sized. The veggies were sparse, but the pickles crispy and tangy. The secret sauce was chilli. The bun definitely rocked a ‘corner shop’ vibe, a bit like the white buns available at Coles/Woolies, which I’m not sure is a good idea.
Spicy chicken burger: free range grill chicken, salted chilli, pickles, pickled slaw, lettuce, coriander, soy and mayo
Spicy chicken burger: free range grilled chicken, salted chilli, pickles, pickled slaw, lettuce, coriander, soy and mayo ($8.90)
Cross section of above chicken burger. My companion commented she wasn't a fan of flavour combo.
Cross section of the above chicken burger. My companion commented she wasn’t a fan of flavour combo of the sweet bun and salad.
House made chips ($4.90) I keep reading other people saying their chips were crispy cos they were thrice fried. Ummm did I get dud fries? Maybe they were once fried, instead of thrice. Both my companion and I were extremely unimpressed by our flavourless SOGGY chips.
House made chips ($4.90) I keep reading other people saying their chips were crispy cos they were thrice cooked. Ummm…did I get dud fries? Maybe they were once cooked, instead of thrice? Both my companion and I were extremely unimpressed by our soggy chips.

Both burgers look unimpressive, but I thought mine tasted alright, while my companion didn’t love hers. I acknowledge that Neil Perry is trying to recreate the good old corner store burgers, but with his name, I can’t help but expect a little bit more gourmetness. The intention is there, I can see it in his menu, but I think execution of that finesse is lacking. Perhaps it’s teething problems? My companion is admittedly indifferent to all food, but she made the point this was not a place she is likely to revisit. I might come back, their ice creams look tempting.

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