Burgahs! So if you follow me on Instagram it would seem I’m well on my way into turning into a burger. There’s just so many delicious burgers in Sydney and try as I might, I just cannot resist! Fine dining restaurant Ume Restaurant recently closed in May and have rebranded as Bar Ume with a more izakaya snack focus and a couple of burgs on the menu. Head chef Kerby Craig is well known for his monthly burger popups with queues around the block and I was super keen to finally try them.
Let’s start with the Bacon Cheese Burger ($17), a gloriously juicy beef pattie with a rasher of crispy bacon, melty double American cheese, lettuce, onions, rice vinegar pickles with UME’s Special Sauce and housed on a lightly toasted milk bun. Each ingredient ticked all the right boxes and while I usually hate salad in burgers I was fine with this because the lettuce was nice and crisp.
The Double Bacon Cheese Burger ($20) is much more my jam though, there’s just something about the ratio of that extra pattie and the extra cheese to send me flying to the moon and back. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT! Look at cheesy ooze! And that bacon! So fricken crispy I’m getting shivers just thinking about it!
The Ebi Burger ($15) is a revelation, I’ve never had prawn in a burger before and this did not disappoint! The prawn pattie is crumbed and lightly fried so there’s that earth shattering crunch against the soft, slight bounce of the prawn, a dollop of creamy Japanese tartare sauce and a pile of shredded cabbage. Definitely a contender for new fave burger though next time I might ask for some cheese 😛
I had doubts about the Ume Burger ($15) solely because I have issues with mince being on anything other that spaghetti bolognese. Yeah I dunno, I’m working on it! Anywhos I was pleasantly surprised with this burger, the juicy pattie is made with a Wagyu blend and then there’s a layer of minced Wagyu sauce with fresh truss tomatoes, Spanish onion, Japanese mayo and double Jack cheese. Pretty much everything just worked with this burg, the mince sauce made it super saucy which I like in my burgs (hi Blame Canada) and it’s one I’d order again.
Aaand I couldn’t resist ordering the Koji Karaage ($9), Ume’s famous marinated then lightly fried chicken. The coating on the chicken was crispy and not too bready and the innards were perfectly juicy.
I’m keen to try the rest of the menu at Bar Ume, the Marinated Hanger Steak sounds the biz and with a specials menu constantly rotating I know I’ll be back stat! Also looking forward to when Ume Burger opens up in Barangaroo in September!
478 Bourke St
Mon — Sat: 11am — 10pm
Sun: 11am — 9pm