Bianca: During a Friday spent accompanying Alex, photographing some of Sydney iconic pizza’s a month or so back, I just knew I had to throw a burger into the mix. If I’m faced with the iconic Italian staple and a burger it’s an easy decision, really, the hardest part was choosing where to go. Happening upon a blog post by fellow burger lovers, the HE/SHE duo of Oh Burger Me . I just knew I had to pop in to ‘The Hayberry’.
The bar itself is pretty cool, I believe there is an outdoor garden/seating but we didn’t make it that far, we were in a bit of a rush and stuck to the front. They have four or so cool raised booth seats and I’ll put it out there, I love a good booth seat. It just makes any dining excursion that much more exciting. Yes, I’m four.
Alex will pretty much never forgive me for forcing him to eat 8 burgers in one day during The Great Melbourne Burger Crawl of 2015 so he does not enjoy them these days. There’s usually a sulk and a whinge before, during and after. He’s also made the transition from beef to chicken burgers which works in my favour.
He went for the ‘HAY.F.C’ – Southern fried chicken, bacon, lettuce, Swiss cheese & hickory mayo. $17. Alex was quite pleased with his offering but his opinions about burgers mean very little to me. I found it enjoyable but it had a few flaws, I wish it had a bit more mayo as it was bordering on a little dry, the chicken was almost like a schnitzel though Alex disputed this. But it was a good ratio between chicken and the bun. Of which I loved, a really flavourful brioche bun. Almost one of the best buns I’ve had lately –that sentence should never really be repeated. Served alongside the burger are The Hayberry’s famous waffle fries – which have now become my ‘fry’ of choice. Erry-body needs to jump on the waffle fry movement. I’ll create posters for the rallies. For my Facebook FBAS a 3.7/5 pickles.
I had the ‘Classic’ – Cheeseburger w/ diced onions, pickles, American mustard and ketchup and bacon (extra) $15. I’m kind of feeling like I’m going through some sort of burger renaissance at the moment, this one was right up there. Like the chicken burger it lacked a bit of sauce and I would have liked the bacon to be a bit crispier but on the whole this was actually a really tasty offering. The patty was particularly juicy and flavourful and stood up well against the sweet bun, while I liked the idea of the raw red Spanish onions they didn’t add much in terms of flavour. Each bite had a very strong distinct smoky flavour which I enjoyed. A 4.2/5 pickles.
A pretty cool addition to the Crow’s Nest dining scene – nice to see a bit of Surry Hills on the North shore.
Photos by Alex