It’s blog resurrection time! Apologies for the lack of posts throughout all of March and some of April so far. I struggled through unemployment and am now battling actual employment at a job that, as cliche as it sounds, I actually do love. But more on that in a separate post, I’m here to educate you about some very naughty burgers. Cheeky in fact.
I scoped out the (then) new Cheekyburger back in February, courtesy of The AU Review. Once a Paddington-only exclusive, you can now check out their duds at The Chippendale Hotel, located a stone’s throw from Broadway. One can get nice and cosy in the dimly lit interior of the pub or make like my friends and I did and enjoy the outdoor seating area while our current ‘not too hot, not too Alaska’ weather still holds up.
The decor does feel like something out of the chic and edgy Eastern suburbs while also staying true to being an All-American burger joint. Check out the red, white and blue.
Yam fries ($6.99)
Curiosity is what led us to order the yam fries, but we realised upon their arrival that they’re actually sweet potato. It’s less crispy due to its chunk, making it more like wedges than the advertised fries. It has good flavour though, from being well seasoned, and we made quick work of it with the aioli sauce provided. However, the portions are a little scant for the price point.
Root beer soda float ($6.99), Peanut butter and jelly milk shake ($7.99)
Our float or ‘spider’ (if you wish ‘Straya), of choice was the root beer float topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Having it brought me back to early childhood days of A&W drive-throughs with my parents, so you know this float is the real deal. The peanut butter and jelly shake was good enough to bring all the boys and girls to the yard. It tasted like a good ol’ strawberry milkshake with copious chunks of peanut butter throughout. Sucking peanut butter through the straw was like finding the prize at the bottom of a cereal box, a glorious achievement of the little things in life.
Deep fried pickles ($6.99)
Five big fat ones were delivered to our table with the same aioli. I’m not the biggest fan of cucumbers fresh or pickled, but my friends demolished this in its entirety. This is one that’s definitely for pickle superfans and I can appreciate that the moreish batter complements the tanginess within quite well.
Philly cheesesteak ($15.99)
The Philly cheesesteak was a neat little sandwich packed to the brim with slices of tender steak, capsicum and an unidentifiable sauce that unites all the components together. Steak sandwiches are notorious for housing dry, leathery meat but I’m happy to report that nothing of the sort goes down here at Cheekyburger.
Cheeky doublecheese ($15.99)
The main event is now here, the “Cheeky Cheeseburger” signature consisting of a classic American beef burger with pickles and gooey cheese. Feeling a little bold that night, I opted for the double. The photo doesn’t show it but both patties came to be a formidable portion of meat. Each bite denotes flavours of awesome as I fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the combination of meat, meat juices and cheese. The bun while pillow soft, was made enough of the tough stuff to not cave to saucy innards.
Shroom burger ($15.99)
My vegetarian friend ordered the shroom burger which was the antithesis of me and my meat sweats from the aforementioned cheeseburger. It’s the sole vegetarian burger option on the menu with haloumi, a giant mushroom cap, some lettuce and sauce that make up the filling. For the same price of a double cheeseburger, it’s surprisingly lacklustre and I couldn’t help but feel shortchanged on behalf of my vegetable-loving friend. She noted that while decent, it’s certainly not the best veggie burger around and one of the most expensive.
Cheekyburger is home to one of the best burgers I’ve had in Sydney. Come for the burgers, stay for the sides and return for the milkshakes because you will fall to the biggest of food comas if you attempt all at once. Take it from someone who has lived to tell the tale. Some of the menu items are a little on the pricey side but hey, be cheeky and treat yo’self.