A stone’s throw away from Marriott Sydney Harbour is a burger parlour that looks like any other but serves a burger that’s like no other. I am talking about the Parlour Burger at the Morrison.
The Morrison is divided into several sections, the one I am familiar with was their Oyster Bar, and their Happy House oysters specials. I will leave that to another blog post on another day. Perhaps when Australia reopens and I can go once more to the beautiful city.
Parlour Burger offers a range of delicious burgers, sides, shakes and craft beer all in a relaxed sports bar setting in the heart of the city. Designed by famed chef Sean Connolly, the current menu includes five tempting burgers. This is old-school CBD, before ironic chesterfields and craft beers. Local brewers are well represented with Kosciusko and Little Creatures supplying the stand-out beers on tap.
We walked in one balmy late afternoon, after a long morning of meetings, absolutely famished. The restaurant was not opened, but the bar is taking orders for an early evening beer and burgers. Burgers sounded great as a pre-dinner snack.
After you order, you grab your number and decide if you are a booth or a stool person. The menu is brief, but covers a lot of ground with just five burgers to accommodate vegetarians, pescatarians and spice-lovers. You will be given the option of a well-done or pink patty, and the unsure should ere on the side of caution— pink does mean pink.
I ordered the Original – their classic house burger with angus beef patty, cos lettuce, tomato, house pickles and chipotle mayo. The meat is a beautifully cooked medium, laying closer to medium rare (just how I like it) and the soft bun is utter perfection. The sauce – chipotle mayo – was phenomenal. The burger bun was almost impossible to keep everything together, which makes a messy meal but that’s good in a way.
For the larger appetite there are a few— heavy on the deep-fry— classic American sides, deep-fried pickles, cabbage and Parmesan slaw, onion rings and duck fat chips. Could not resist, the words duck-fat just beckons me to order it.
Then the disappointment sets, the chips cannot be called to be duck-fat fried because it wasn’t crispy or flavourful. And it costs more than half a burger. The same with the pickles, the juice made the battered shelf soggy.
Overall, the experience was fantastic. The service is attentive and friendly, and the waiters were very obliging and brought all the condiments we asked for. But it was the burger that stood out. You won’t find better burgers in the area.
Parlour Burger – The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room
225 George Street (corner of Grosvenor St), Sydney NSW, Australia 2000
Tel : +61 2 9247 6744
Date Visited : Sep 2016
[16.7.2023] Closed permanently