Chur Burger Sydney is arguably the most popular burger bar in Sydney, serving up burgers that are considered by many to be the city’s best. After the original Chur Burger burned down in March 2013, it reopened bigger and with a liquor license. The place had a diner vibe about it and when I went on a Saturday night it was very busy, with old school hip-hop tracks adding to the Saturday night vibe.
Chur does not refer to the small town in Switzerland, but rather to the Kiwi slang word chur. Whenever I’ve asked a Kiwi mate to explain to me what “chur” means, the conversation generally goes somewhat like this “well, I don’t know… it’s just.. well it’s chur”. The best I can gather is that it’s equivalent to cheers/thanks/all good, but not exactly.
Moving on to the menu, the New Zealand influence is dotted throughout – from some of the sauces on offer, to the sweet potato (kumara) chips and the L&P (a soft drink you’ll either love or hate).
Overall the whole menu at Chur Burger looks quite appetising. Not just the burgers which are all quite different but the snacks, which include things like tacos, ceviche and quail eggs. Sides, desserts and milkshakes are also available.
Miso Brisket Taco, Pickled Veg, Chilli ($10.00 for 2)
I’m not sure what happened to the photo that I took of the tacos, but in any case they were very tasty. The brisket was really tender and pulled apart very easily. My wife and I had one each and they were very filling – you certainly don’t need them on top of a burger and despite the fact that we were starving we couldn’t finish our burgers that came next.
Chips with Chilli Salt ($5.00)
The chips were really nice. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside – simple. The chili salt was not too hot but still had a noticeable kick to it.
Grilled Lamb, Mint Sauce, Feta, Red Onion, Aioli ($10.00)
The lamb burger was full of flavour. I was surprised with the size. The patty was large as was the slice of feta. The large slice of feta actually worked against the burger in my opinion as it made the burger saltier than it needed to be. There were a lot of onions too. The quality of the ingredients were top notch and when I pulled out half of the onions and some of the feta the burger became more balanced and was great.
Does Chur Burger serve Sydney’s best burgers? I wouldn’t know, as the burger I had here was the only burger that I’ve ever eaten in Sydney. The chips and taco were great and the burger was good, but I’ve had better elsewhere. Service was efficient, and quite good given how busy the place was.
At the end of the day, would I go back again? Yes. I want to try the sweet potato fries and pulled pork burger on offer looks very tempting.
Sydneysiders (or anyone else for that matter) I’d love to hear your thoughts on Chur Burger. What’s your favourite burger in Sydney?
48 Albion Street
New South Wales 2010