Fancy Burger, one of many gourmet burger restaurant franchises popping up around Adelaide, serving up locally made, premium American-styled burgers to the masses.
If you’ve never been to a gourmet burger joint before, you should forget all prior established conceptions of what a burger is while you read this, especially if you’re thinking of MacDonald’s or Hungry Jacks.
Gourmet burgers are not your run of the mill fast food burger. They’re not cheap, they don’t look like much but they are damn tasty. Pricing for gourmet burgers can start anywhere from $9.00 usually.
As this was my first time, and there was no guarantee I would come back to try the rest of the menu, I ordered a spicy burger (because I love spicy food, even if my body doesn’t).
Introducing the “Holy Smokes” burger, made with 100% South Australian beef, char grilled peppers, smoked chilli mayonnaise, your usual assortment of salads (lettuce, tomato) and barbecue relish on a sesame seed bun.
This burger turned out to be larger than I expected (based on previous experiences with gourmet burgers), with the size of the burger requiring use of both hands for the initial bites.
Speaking of initial bites, I wasn’t smacked in the face with spices like I expected. The burger had a flavourful BBQ tomato tang with a creamy herb mayonnaise mix, but the spice wasn’t there to begin with. After eating through most of the burger, I could feel the spice had built to a comfortable level, but nowhere near overwhelmingly spicy.
But one thing to keep in mind is that everyone has a different tolerance to spice, so there is no point comparing my spicy level to someone else’s.
Overall, the “Holy Smokes” tastes great. The burger cost me $11.30 on its own, and somewhere near $14.00 for a drink too (pink lemonade, oh yeah).
On to side dishes. For some reason, I expected a small serving of fries to be included with the burger purchase, but as it turns out they’re extra. I didn’t actually buy any, but one of my co-workers I was with shared his large box of chips with the rest of us, so I was at least able to try them (Thanks, Sammy P).
The chips are long flat-cut thick chips with covered in a small amount of various herbs and salt, and are crispy golden – probably bad on the arteries but delicious on the taste buds.
With the chips comes a “Chorizo flavoured” sauce, which tasted like cheesy mayonnaise with a bit of tang. It was great as a dipping sauce but I’m keen to see it on a burger.
The aesthetic design of the venue I would describe as “modernly edgy,” with hand drawn anime characters on wooden walls, and makeshift tables outside. Tables are numbered with bowling trophies that have big numbers on them, and there was a small patio area that had some homey wallpaper and lampshades. I couldn’t take pictures of this because it was occupied the entire time we were there.
The venue itself is down an alleyway just off of Rundle Street in the Adelaide CBD. The actual street name is Synogue Place and its right at the end.
My final words would be that it’s a delicious feed but don’t make it a habit if eating there, especially if you’re on the budget, as I’d expect the total cost per head to be around the $20.00 mark.
Well that about wraps up this little food adventure, although I seem to have written it like a review which isn’t intentional – I just put my thoughts to paper and viola, instant review.
Next Food write-up will be from one of my favourite restaurants, Chuck Wagon.