Burger Project by Neil Perry | Sydney CBD

Grand lesson in life tend to come from trusted sources of wisdom. My parents? Fair enough – they’ve got years of experience on me. My teachers? Same deal. My boss? Yeah, I’m seeing a pattern here. A burger joint – wait, what?

And yet, a profound lesson is exactly what I received from Neil Perry’s Burger Project. Unfortunately, it was an education at his expense: don’t visit a new establishment in its first month of operation. Ouch, but true. The details are in the second part of this post, but suffice to say – I was not a fan of Burger Project when it opened late in last 2014. It was a 5/10 experience (using current scoring), and I saw very little reason to return. Those milkshakes sadly did not bring me to the yard.

Time passed, and I recently caught wind about Burger Project’s plans to expand to Martin Place (MLC food court), five stores in Melbourne, and even internationally. Positive feedback from burger fiends had been accumulating at some length now. Staff had begun to listen, and before I knew it, here was a phoenix of a burger joint before me. Burger Project has been reborn, so here I stand, in its yard once more.

Date Last Visited: 25/8/15  (four extra visits) 2/11/14
Address: (TBC – November 2015) MLC Centre, King St & Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000Shop 1106 644 George St Sydney, NSW 2000 (adjacent to DTF)Recommended Dish(es): the double, the bacon project, spicy fried chicken burger

My first visit to Burger Project was in November 2014. It was just over a month old at that time – a baby in the world of burgers, even if it is backed by the culinary genius that is Neil Perry. My latest series of revisits (all four of them, in fact) were between July and August 2015. It’s been quite the set of revisit experiences – Burger Project’s all grown up :’)

Many items have changed on the menu, with most from the original review no longer present. Recently, they’ve kept a similar selection of burgers for awhile, so there’s reason to believe it will stay like this for some time yet. Let’s see just how well Burger Project has aged.

Burger Project by Neil Perry

The Bacon Project – grass fed beef, bar fridge-smoked bacon, cheese, pickles & secret sauce – $13.9

Now if you’re going to name a burger the Bacon Project then you’ve taken $13.9 of my money easier than it is to take candy from a baby.

Before I get into the specifics of this porky sandwich, I have to remark on a change that’s apparent across all the burgers at BP since my last visit: the buns. If you take a trip down memory lane below, you’ll notice that the burger’s buns back in 2014 looked quite different. Indeed, they tasted very different too – far too bready, dry, and akin to a cheap supermarket bun which should be your final port of call, rather than what a Neil Perry product ought to be.

I’m very glad to say that we’re getting proper, squishy milk buns here. Sure, supermarket buns aren’t bad per se, but these are just so much better – they don’t fall apart with sauce, they taste better (higher butter/sugar content), and they’re fluffier. This applies to all four burgers I’ve tried – very happy about that!

As for the burger itself, you’d be forgiven to think there’s a bit of bacon in there (uh-huh). Indeed, there’s 2-3 layers of the stuff, rounded out with Burger Project’s fantastic Cape Grim patty (although those have always been good) and a smoky-sweet BBQ sauce. The bacon itself is cut thinly, chewy on the inside, extending out to crispy & crunchy outer areas. There’s enough bacon to position itself as the dominant flavour behind the burger, which overpowers even the wagyu patty. I’m not so sure that’s how I’d prefer it as the patty should be the hero, but the copious amounts of bacon definitely give the burger’s name justice. As for the cheese? Gooey, soft, and does a great job at tying everything together. I felt an extra slice would have gone a long way, but I can’t have everything now, can I?

N.B. all Burger Project burgers use the same cheese – as far as I’ve tried.

The pickles are cut wide, thin and crunchy, with a bit of a mustard kick. However, some pickles had a bit of a plasticky taste to them, which I couldn’t quite explain – it was only for some pickles, not all, and only for this burger – not the others. Curious.

Overall? A solid presence on the menu that already outshines any of Burger Project’s previous attempts at a burger.

Burger Project by Neil Perry

Cheese & bacon – grass fed beef, bacon, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce – $10.9

If you prefer a burger where the beef patty is actually the star, but would still like to appreciate that extra zing only bacon can provide, give the cheese & bacon burger a try. Heck, it’s cheaper too, and that change could go towards fries.

In this burger, it’s the same great toasted bun (I can’t get over how much better they are!), but with a much saner, single layer of bacon. The patty and cheese remain the same. Oh, there’s greens and tomato, which add some extra wateriness and crunch, but some of you may prefer a burger in its “pure” form – i.e. devoid of anything remotely healthy 😛

Maybe it’s just me, but I found that the single layer of bacon packed a whoppingly powerful smokiness. It’s the only burger for which its bacon gives this impression, and it’s quite enjoyable – if smoked meats is your thing. This is cut back by the tart pickles and the gooeyness of the melted cheese. The patty exhibits a much more assertive presence here – I was actually able to taste the beefiness and fattiness of that delicious Cape Grim cut – an area in which Neil never floundered.

A solid burger and highly recommended to anyone new to Burger Project!

Burger Project by Neil Perry

Spicy fried chicken – free range chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, cheese & rose mayonnaise – $10.5

I’m going to get this out there: I love my chicken, but the miracle bird will always play second fiddle when it comes to patty choice in a burger. Chicken simply lacks that fattiness and juiciness that a properly ground, apportioned beef patty elucidates.

But then again variety for variety’s sake, right?

While I was a little apprehensive in trying the spicy fried chicken burger, all my fears were allayed when I beheld it for the first time in person. Look at the size of that chicken breast. Do you even see the bottom bun? Goddamn, this thing’s sizable. Don’t get me wrong, the whole burger is still an easy eat, but proportionally speaking, there’s just so much chicken. In fact, there’s actually two pieces – one piece takes the backstage pass.

Burger Project by Neil Perry

Chicken bigger than my hand

Now double the shock factor in terms of taste and you have Burger Project’s fried chicken burger. The chicken is crumbed and fried so well it’s like biting into crisps – the batter alone is worthy of starring in its own burger. Not only is it texturally perfect, it’s also very flavoursome – full of spiciness and – I’ll say it – that “chicken salt” flavour. The chicken itself is predictably a little dry, but the patty isn’t particularly thick, so that was quite acceptable. Further, the cheese & mayonnaise (nope, couldn’t taste any rose) helped to juice the chicken up somewhat, though the sauce did need to be more evenly spread around the burger. It was clumped up at several places in my particular burg.

As for the spiciness – that comes from the jalapeno peppers, which thankfully come mashed rather than in whole pieces. A clever move, as doing it that way would make the burger more difficult to eat – you don’t want to gulp down a whole piece of jalapeno when you only wanted biteable tidbits at a time. That kind of cut belongs on pizzas, not burgers. Ultimately, I’d still have preferred a spicy mayo over jalapenos, but it’s nice to see something different – and I don’t really take much issue with it anyway.

This is a pretty nice bird if I don’t say so myself – one of the better chicken burgers out there.

Burger Project by Neil Perry

The double – 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce – $13.9

This is it. The creme de la creme of the menu. The Double has existed since the ye olde days when Burger Project was still a baby trying to figure out how to do a good burger, and now it’s all grown up and clearly has gone on a powerlifting regime – it kicks ass.

There are no surprises here, no curveballs – this is my favourite burger at Burger Project, and the reason is everything you see in the picture above. Two of Burger Project’s “damn good” patties, double of that gooey cheese (finally), and some of that green & red food which my food eats. No bacon – but that’s not even necessary. A 2nd patty beats the pants off bacon (though admittedly, a 2nd patty + bacon is better still). For me, unless the patty is rather large, say at Neil Perry’s other burger joint, then I find that two patties provides the optimal ratio between buns, patties, sauces and cheese. It’s my own personal golden ratio.

Oh man, just go spend that $14. Spend it now, spend it here, and eat your heart out. This is double the fun, double the trouble. Burger Project’s best burger yet.

While I believe everyone deserves a second chance, it’s rare that they’re actually given. I’m glad I gave Burger Project not only a second, but a third, fourth and fifth chance. Each time, it’s shown just how much of an improvement it’s made since nine months earlier, and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, it’s unlikely to replace local favourites such as Barrio Cellar or Bar Luca for me on a regular basis, but at least when Burger Project moves to Martin Place – I can say another good burger joint has joined our ranks.

Burgers have never been more alive.

The Good:

  • The legend of the phoenix is real
  • The burgers are better at Burger Project (vs before)
  • There is still a strong selection of sides, drinks and desserts for a complete package

The Bad:

  • The cheese and sometimes bacon are still not quite up to scracth
  • Plasticky pickles are a no-go zone

The Ugly:

  • Consistency will be key to Burger Project’s franchise prospects. Time will tell!

7/10 Caesars

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November 2013 Visit

When Rockpool Group legend Neil Perry announced The Burger Project earlier in 2014, I may have wet my pants. Just a little. When a chef known for some of Australia’s best fine dining announces plans to put out a casual burger joint, questions beg to be asked. Will it be a thing of beauty, or not foodporn-worthy at all? Will there be twists to the traditional burger? Will it be cheap? Will I be able to get a bear hug from Neil Perry?

Before answering any of this though, I needed to make sure I took on this challenge with a partner-in-crime worthy of my love for burgers. When I heard that Isaac from iFat is as good with burgers as he is with the ladies, I knew I was onto someone special.

Yeah, I’m Still Fat’s back.

Part of what excited me about the Burger Project so much was my experience with Neil Perry’s full-blood Blackmore wagyu burger served at Rockpool Bar. At $24, it’s not cheap, but it was legitimately the best burger I’ve had. Call me this; call me that, but that’s my honest opinion of the heavenly sandwich. I did not expect the same level of quality from Burger Project, but I did anticipate something off the beaten track – something that makes it…Neil Perry.

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As far as burger projects go, this is a big one

There is no expense spared on the outfitting. I can’t bear to think how much it all cost, including rental at such a convenient location, but I’m glad Burger Project possesses an ample presence. It needs all the pizzaz it can get, especially if it’s to compete with Din Tai Fung right next door, and Grill’d beneath on ground level.

Neil Perry's Burger Project

They may peddle burgers, but there’s no skimping on a quality outfitting

Clearly, Burger Project is aptly named – the level of work put reflects handsomely in the final result. The restaurant seats 100 people which is definitely above-and-beyond your usual burger joint. Not being able to find seating would be a definitive testament to the popularity of the place.

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Neil Perry’s in this picture – can you find him?

iFat and I did manage to get a glimpse of Mr Perry today – he’s the one at the very end to the left. But, I have already failed on my mission to get a selfie with the man. I’ll have to settle with an indirect method.

Hint: it involves a lot of burgers, and a lot of eating of said burgers.

Neil Perry's Burger Project

Burgers: stars of the show

If Neil Perry embarks on a burger project, our stomachs must do it justice. And you wonder why I’m Still Fat?

I’m immediately a bit concerned with the overall look of the burgers (this is how they came in their grease bags). Still, looks are only so important when it comes to food. Let’s dig in.

Neil Perry's Burger Project

Cheese and bacon – grass fed beef, bacon, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce ($9.5)

I’ve noticed that the simpler and more ubiquitous the food, the more vocal and picky people can get. “if it doesn’t have white sauce, it’s not a burger”; “if it’s got lettuce, then I’m staying away from it with a 10-ft pole”.

Well…that just means more of the cheese and bacon burger for me. Green is a great splash of colour for burgers – I could eat it with almost any burger.

The Burger Project doesn’t use any fancy buns – no brioche or sweet buns or any of that stuff. White, fluffy buns are as complicated as it gets. I’ll be happy to admit a bit of pretentiousness because I actually, truly like brioche buns, especially when toasted. Their buttery sweetness is pretty much crack in a bun. Thus, I do feel a slight twinge of sadness that the buns used for Burger Project are so simple – to each their own though! There is no disparaging here, just preferences.

All the beef is 36-month grass-fed Cape Grim beef. Said beef is ground on-site and you can see the process happening in the open kitchen.

That last part is important – true burger aficionados know a large piece of the burger puzzle comes in grounding the beef yourself, as you control all the aspects of the patty mix. I’ve tried it myself at home, and the results were sensational, even by my standards.

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The cheese and bacon burger – in hand

The results mostly speak for themselves – it’s a pretty decent burger, with a good mix of vegetables, meat and cheese. Two slices are always better than one! However, this is where the rosiness ends.

There were two major letdowns, which seem to be reflected in both beef-based burgers we’ve had: the patties themselves were quite bland – the bacon was enough to offset the bun and patty. That should never happen. Further, the buns themselves, while tasting quite nice, had a very “Maccas”-like feel to them – flat, a bit spongy and a bit “aged”, and not like wine either.

You can sort of see all of this in the group-burger picture, really. For sub-$10 pricing, this is alright by me, but having already seen comparisons to Maccas on review sites, I feel that there’s some fine tuning that could be done.

That said, Mr Perry’s philosophy of an unpretentious, straightforward offering is solid, and it does show. With tweaking, it can be the substance of greatness. Shake Shack didn’t get to where it is now by being fanciful – it’s just a good product!

Neil Perry's Burger Project

Spicy pork belly – crispy free range pork belly, salted chilli, pickles, pickled slaw & lettuce ($9.9)

My favourite burger of the lot is the spicy pork belly burger.

You know what’s awesome? That they incorporated pork crackling into the burger. If my texture-seeking buttons weren’t already being pushed, they’re certainly on overdrive now. Don’t be mistaken though – the crunch can be quite hard, and may be jarring if you’re not prepared for it. It’s also not consistent – you’ve been warned! The pork itself is tender and juicy enough, quite enjoyable.

The second part of this burger’s win can be attributed to the pickled slaw that comes with the burger. It’s very much reminiscent of Vietnamese slaw that you sometimes get with banh mi. It was chopped up finely, which does great things for the burger’s mouthfeel. There’s a hint of sweet chilli, as well as the sour hit that’s to be expected of pickling. It marries with the pork quite well – well enough that it beats any other burger I’ve had here.

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The Korean: grass fed beef, kim chi, onion, lettuce & spicy Korean dressing ($8.9) Spicy Chicken: free range grilled chicken, salted chilli, pickles, pickled slaw, lettuce, coriander, soy & mayonnaise ($8.9)

I hate to say this, but The Korean Burger is a big, big letdown. For all the talk about Burger Project’s beef, the patty in this one was shoddy to a surprisingly underwhelming degree. It was very dry, quite thin (almost as thin as a patty from a McDonald’s burger), and mostly flavourless. There wasn’t much kimchi in there either, and the little that was there packed little to no punch. The construction was also a bit of a downer – the patty stuck out quite egregiously, requiring iFat to put it back together manually.

I like giving the benefit of the doubt, so I’ll chalk this one to rushed service and potential teething problems. That said, there was plenty of feedback on this from their soft launch, as well as their grand opening. Perhaps a few days later isn’t enough time for issues to be sorted out.

The spicy chicken burger was more on point. The chicken was cooked unexpectedly well. That sounds like a bash, but better to exceed than undershoot expectations, right? This burger had a similar slaw to the pork burger that drums up its taste – I’d say it is virtually essential.

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House made chips – thrice cooked w/salt & vinegar ($4.9)

I’m just going to go out and say it – these thrice cooked chips are the bomb. Super crunchy, but retaining their hearty centres, well-seasoned, but not overly so. These chips are some of the best I’ve had. Don’t skip these because counting calories is just not worth the memories these will impart on you.

Next time, I’m getting them with chipotle chilli (yes, that is totally an option).

Neil Perry's Burger Project

Left: Valrhona chocolate malt shake ($7) Right: dulce de leche shake ($6.5)

Burger Project aims to peddle more than just burgers – there’s a menu for ice cream, for cakes, and for shakes. You could have an entire meal here from entree to dessert.

We decided to opt for the Valrhona chocolate shake (+ added malt for 50c extra) & dulce de leche shake.

I could barely taste the malt in iFat’s chocolate shake, so it was really just a chocolate shake. I don’t think my taste buds are qualified to discern Valhrona chocolate; suffice it to say, it was along the average of other chocolate shakes.

My dulce de leche shake was, in my slightly biased opinion, quite a bit better. The sweetened milk was very pleasant, and not too overpowering. I prefer shakes to be less subtle with their sweetness, and this one was perfect, allowing its milkiness to shine through. Delicious and refreshing – a great complement to the burgers themselves without completely sugarcoating your palate!

Neil Perry's Burger Project

The damage could be worse

Dear reader, if you’ve read this post in its entirety, you could probably tell that my opinions on Burger Project are a bit conflicted. On the one hand, we have Neil Perry, a star in Australian cooking, the man behind the most enjoyable burger I’ve ever had.

On the other hand, there were some obvious faults with more than just one of the burgers we ordered.

Perhaps I’ve been spoilt by burgers with higher-quality construction and ingredients. Perhaps I’ve become pretentious, but my feelings are what they are. I think Burger Project’s best days are still ahead of it, given how early we went. I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses based on all the feedback it gets. Given the accessible pricing, I would be more than happy to try out more of the menu as the clock ticks down the line.

You might want to ask “is this better than Grill’d? Maccas? Insert_your_burger_chain_here?” Well the answer is probably a lot of yeses, but followed by as many no’s. Ranking a burger is almost like asking ten different people to describe the colour blue – it just can’t be done.

Try it for yourself, if you believe in Mr Perry. In the end, you are your own best critic.

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The queues only increased from hereon out

One last thing – how is it that every meat burger, including the double patty option, be under $10 while the sole vegetarian option – the Magic Mushrooms burger, be priced at $12.5? That is beyond me – perhaps there really is something magical about those mushrooms.

What’s the best burger you’ve ever had? I’d love to hear your diverse thoughts on the matter. I’d like to hear your fave in Sydney, as well as the best you’ve had anywhere.

OLD SCORES & CRITIQUE

Awesome:

  • Particularly good tasting pork & chicken burgers
  • Asian-themed slaw was a hit – lots of flavour
  • Pricing is reasonable

Not so Awesome:

  • Construction issues abound with some burgers
  • The Korean doesn’t have enough patty to fill out the bun. It’s also too thin and overcooked
  • There is nothing fancy-schmancy going on here – but you could say that’s also a good thing – decide whether this is a pro or a con for you

6/10 Caesars

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • 70%

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44 comments on “Burger Project by Neil Perry | Sydney CBD”

  1. elie Reply

    Twice I visited in the last 2 months, and both time I wasn’t impressed with the beef patties. I found them too salty and didn’t like the flavour of the beef. I guess the bar was raised too high at Neil perry’s rockpool bar, and at bar luca.

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Agreed with you there, though I definitely wouldn’t be expecting the taste of BP to rival that of Rockpool B&G or Bar Luca, given their drastically different price points and offering type.

  2. Audrey Parkins Reply

    Not sure about this burger project place but as the other blogger rated Zilia as amazing I will totally agree! I had a rump steak burger from the MLC store and my fellow colleague had the spanish chorizo burger. They were amazing!!! We tried to take it easy today but come end of the week I’m definitely going to try the garlic chips that are supposedly the best!!!

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Thanks for reading Audrey! However, this post is quite out of date. I actually have an update coming up which should be posted in the next few weeks. BP has changed considerably since my initial visit!

      I’ve yet to try Zilia, but now that you’re the second person bringing it up, I should really be considering it!

  3. Clarah Reply

    The burgers at Zilia in the MLC food court are the bomb! They have new burgers now such as the pulled pork and the spanish chorizo. Their burgers are so fresh and tasty not to mention their garlic feta and oregano chips. Divine!!

  4. alyshab2 Reply

    I’m hearing such mixed reviews about these burgers! I think I’ll just stick to my old favourites Dean’s or Mary’s in Newtown to avoid any disappointment!

  5. Choc Chip Uru Reply

    This was a really great review! I will visit a little later once the hype dies down I reckon, especially because I’m a vegetarian and can’t believe that burger is more expensive!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Burger Project has actually listened to feedback – their veggie burger is now cheaper, with the double now “appropriately” being the most expensive burger. I reckon give it until December and things should be good!

  6. Cosmo Reply

    Did anyone else get soggy chips? For ‘thrice’ fried, I was expecting something like Heston’s fried chips. I think the pickled cucumber works well with the burger, the patty I i got was a little bit past quite salty byitself, however when I took a bit with the bun and lettuce etc, it was well balanced. The only let down were the chips. Mandarin soda was quite refreshing.

    • Michael Shen Reply

      I got really good chips, so I may have lucked out!

      Didn’t get the soda, but I’m probably not qualified to comment on liquids I don’t drink haha. Glad you liked the burgers though!

  7. [email protected] Reply

    Great review and I share much of your sentiment. Hoping it does find its feet but it did seem like a bit of a misfire.

  8. irene Reply

    Great review as always, Michael (and iFat)! I’m probably the only person who hasn’t joined the hype of BP but I think I’ll wait a few weeks until they sort all their teething issues out!

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Wow really? Almost everyone I know have been underwhelmed! I only know of one or two people who actually rate the place.

      In any case, will be interesting to see their journey of improvement. As Isaac from iFat says – it is a “project”, after all!

  9. Mark Littler Reply

    Nice review fellow burger lover!

    My review was aa little more negative. Here it is:
    Neil Perry, what is going on!? I have anticipated going to taste your burgers at Burger Project since I read about the announcement months ago. I have travelled locally and interstate to try many different outlets that make gourmet burgers – they are my favourite food and I’m loving the wave of new burger shops popping up (much better quality and more burger joints in Adelaide I must say).

    I tried your cheeseburger tonight and what a let down after such a long wait for you to open.

    Let’s start with the bun. It looked like a maccas bun. It did hold the burger together well but that about it. The look and taste wasn’t too dissimilar to the tip top burger buns you get at the super market albeit without the flour dusting.

    Next, the most important ingredient, the patty. Good burgers, are blackened on the outside with at least a little bit of crunch or texture (on the outside only) and it must be pink and juicy in the middle. The outside of the patty was a brown/grey colour with no sign of any blackening/grill marks. The inside was pink and juicy (juice ran out of burger when picking it up which is usually a good sign). The taste however was not right. It just didn’t have the amazing quality meat I was expecting. I could be wrong but I’d say that it wasn’t top shelf beef like it should.

    The secret sauce was a HUGE let down. I ordered a separate side of this to taste it by itself and yuck! To me a great burger ‘secret sauce’ is done by Mary’s in Newtown, Burger Republic in Hyde Park SA or Shake Shack in the US….all these sauces are very similar. Your’s was a tomato,chilli, vinegar type mix that may not have been made on grilled fish but I personally thought it has no place on a burger – to me it was just wrong.

    The cheese…if someone gave me a blindfold taste test between maccas burger cheese and Burger Project cheese there would be no way of telling the difference. The other disappointment about the cheese was that it wasn’t melted into the beef….as it should with any decent burger.

    Now to the salad. To me cucumber doesn’t have a place on a burger. I love it in salads and other food but to me it just took away from the burger. The tomato and lettuce were fine and part of most of the greatest burgers I’ve tried elsewhere so nothing wrong here. Lastly the pickles didn’t seem to be on there? Or maybe they put the cucumber on thinking they’d put pickles on.

    Now the presentation. The burger was served on a grey maccas tray with a paper liner. The burger itself was housed in a white paper bag – same as you used to get at an old school aussie hamburger shop…..what the?!?

    As I was finishing my last bite I just shook my head and commented to my side kick (also trying for the first time and equally disappointed)…I can’t believe a quality chef like Neil Perry could be associated with such a poorly executed, poor tasting excuse for a burger…mate your reputation is at stake!

    Sorely disappointed as I was so looking forward to this after reading and hearing such amazing things about your Rockpool beef burger. I won’t be back…sorry…I genuinely wanted to like it.

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Hi Mark, now that’s a pretty thorough review of your own!

      I’ve also noticed a lot of people who say “it’s just a $9 burger, what did you expect?” Thing is – there are $9-$10 burgers that are much better. And I guess my point is, I would pay $2-3 more for a significantly better burger.

      I think you have even more beef w/Burger Project than I do, and that’s fine – I’ve heard a lot worse. I think Neil Perry has some work to do because it’s likely his perception of burgers when he was growing up may actually not be acceptable by today’s standards. Then again, they do sell out by 8pm so…perhaps we’re in the minority? To each their own, as it always goes.

  10. milkteaxx Reply

    ive heard mixed reviews about that place and it doesnt make sense for amushroom burger to be more expensive than am eat version!

  11. samanthawxlow Reply

    I sorted of cheated/got a sneak preview of this through talking to Isaac while I was getting mine! Unfortunately I already ordered by the time he came through with all the recommendations. I’d say a mixed review for a brand new place isn’t *so* bad because like you said lots of teething issues, so it’d be too harsh to deal out a final judgment right now. I’d be happy to try again in a few weeks to see how they’re going then. Loved the chips too!

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Hahaha jumping the guy are we Sam?

      Yeah, the score is what it is for the place when I visited – it would be crazy for it not to go up (or God forbid, down) as the months roll by. A December visit should set things straight!

      Besides – there is never a “final judgement” – restaurants are like people, they evolve. All the better for them!

  12. Chris @ MAB vs Food Reply

    I’ve heard some really mixed reivews on BP. I’ve only had one burger (the double) and I thought it was fantastic so there’s clearly some consistency issues. Still very keen to go back to try more!

    Re mushroom burger. I can only guess that they can’t get mushrooms for as cheap as they can beef given that they order beef in massive quantities. Or maybe cos they are confit mushrooms and magical, who knows? In terms of taste, it’s good without being amazing (gah those raw onions) and my wife thinks a better mushroom burger can be found at Mary’s (which is only $12 lol and comes with fries).

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Yes, and it would appear to be reflected by its Urbanspoon score as well. To be honest, I wanted to give a 6.5, but the dulce de leche shake and chips are genuinely great, so I cut some slack.

      I haven’t had the double – but it looks pretty damn good. I’ll probably grab that as takeaway at some point.

      Magic mushrooms definitely seems to be a thing here. I guess I’m not missing out since I don’t really do mushrooms much. Mary’s should be interesting!

  13. CJ Reply

    I want to try their magic mushroom burger! Cos shooms mmmmm. And you make me want to try that burger at Rockpool…craving a really good burger right now

    • Michael Shen Reply

      I can’t pay $12.5 for it but you can tell me how it goes!

      The Rockpool burger is legit stuff – Mr Perry doesn’t skimp at all when it comes to that particular burger!

      • WhichBurgersAreBetter Reply

        Paul’s?? their patty tasted like bread. So bland I wanted to cry. Not sure I can trust your taste now.

        • Michael Shen Reply

          I don’t think you should trust my taste at all – after all, we’ve never met, so I have no idea how compatible our palates are. In the end, the only person’s palate you should trust is your own. I merely describe what I truly feel, and I’m not ashamed of calling out what I like and what I don’t.

  14. twohappybellies Reply

    We had their Magic Mushroom burger, it was amaazziingg!! We met Mrs. Perry on their opening day and she said they were expecting to be busy but not such an extreme crowd. Give them a month or two to settle, maybe we will get one of the best burgers in town 🙂

    • Michael Shen Reply

      So the mushroom burger is that good eh? I’m just wondering why it would be significantly more expensive than the meat burgers…curious!

      I also think they will get better over the next few months – may give them another shot, just to see!

  15. lateraleating Reply

    Thanks for your comprehensive review 🙂 I’ve read that the Korean burger was not up to par somewhere else… I guess I won’t be ordered that one. Aged buns… LOL…

    • Michael Shen Reply

      No worries Gaby, thanks for finding it informative. There’s a lot of fine tuning to be done, but Neil knows his burgers – he really does. Now to perfect what he knows!

  16. Ramen Raff Reply

    hahaha I don’t even wanna rate Grill’d at all coz there’s no such things as healthy burgers. Going back to Burger Proj, you are right, there’s still sime fine tuning required. Buns could be better but this ones are not too bad either. I don’t think the beef patties was bland, I think the bacon was just too salty. I know bacon is meant to be salty, but the bacon used here is overpowering salty. When I had the double, you can taste that meaty caramelised flavour more. Great review bro and big props to “I’m Still Fat” LOL

    • Michael Shen Reply

      Haha healthy burgers? An oxymoronic term in and of itself.

      The bacon was one thing, but I did find the patty to be under-seasoned – evidenced in the Korean Burger which didn’t have bacon. That patty was very much below par, to put it in diplomatic words.

      I’m interested to witnessing the results of said fine tuning – I’m Still Fat is on standby!

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