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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Superior Burger, Wakeley

Jovan Curic making burgers at Superior Burger, Wakeley

Never before has Wakeley been searched so often in Google Maps. The reason? It's the home of Sydney's newest burger joint, the first standalone venture by Jovan Curic of burger fan favourite Pub Life Kitchen.

Let me save you the trouble. Wakeley is next door to Fairfield West. Curic - who grew up in nearby Carramar - has taken up residence in a nondescript strip mall complete with a massive car park. Forget about public transport to this neck of the woods. You'll need to drive.

Best in the West neon sign at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Best in the West

The former takeaway shop has had its original timber panelling and glassed-in display cabinet retained. All that's missing from my childhood are a couple of arcade games in the corner. Double Dragon and Wonder Boy anyone?

The most obvious addition here is the Best in the West signage in neon, already beset by a flickering tube like every Hollywood movie you've seen.

Jovan Curic and the menu board at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Superior Burger menu board

Six different burgers dominate the menu. The grass-fed beef comes direct from a farm in the Hunter Valley. It's then salt-aged by Curic with patties made daily by Curic's dad, who himself opened Belgrade's first burger shop in the 1970s. Vegetarians don't miss out either, with a confit field mushroom burger sandwiched with cheese, slaw, mayo and smoked barbecue sauce.

Hamburgers at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Burgers up

There's more work behind the scenes than the menu lets on. The housemade sauce is made from roma tomatoes and garlic that is smoked in the alley out the back.

Toasting buns on the grill at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Toasting buns on the grill

Just like the old takeaways of yore, you can watch your burger cooked and assembled in the open kitchen - everything from your buns being toasted...

Melting cheese on beef patties on the grill at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Melting cheese on beef patties

to watching cheese melt on beef patties over the grill.

Jovan Curic on the burger line at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Burger line

By 7pm on a Friday night, the place is packed. Takeaway trade is heavy. At 8.30pm, a cavalcade of 20 motorcyclists rumble in.

Superior burger and the cheeseburger at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Superior Burger $15 + $4 for double smoked bacon
Beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce, superior sauce and pickles
Cheeseburger $14  + $4 for double smoked bacon
Beef, cheese, McClures pickles, onion, tomato sauce and mustard

It takes 20 minutes for our order to arrive. We go with the Superior Burger and the cheeseburger, both with added double-smoked bacon. The patties are cooked to a juicy medium with a beefy meatiness that carnivores will relish. There's no gumminess or sponginess here; and no greasiness either. The buns are perfect too - not too soft, buttery nor sweet.

We find the Superior Burger a little on the salty side. The cheeseburger is my clear favourite, with that satisfying tang of pickle (McClures, if you will) and mustard.

Beer battered potato scallops, hot 'n' sticky wings and fries at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Beer battered potato scallop $1.20 each
Regular fries $4

Fries come wrapped up in butchers paper. Tearing that bag open brings back all those childhood memories.

Mash 'n' gravy at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Mash 'n' gravy $8

Mash 'n' gravy is a hefty portion, a mountain of creamy mashed potato drowned in gravy. You'll be wanting to dunk those fries in the gravy too.

Hot 'n' sticky wings and beer battered potato scallops at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Hot 'n' sticky wings $10 for 4
Beer battered potato scallop $1.20 each

The hot 'n' sticky wings are definitely for sweet tooths. We found these super sweet and not at all spicy. I did end up dipping my fries in the puddle of sauce at the bottom though.

And the traditional milk bar favourite of potato scallops are here too. The beer batter is a little heavier than we expect - and one of ours wasn't fully cooked through - but a few tweaks could make these a glorious throwback to yesteryear.

Fried chicken 'n' pickles at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Fried chicken 'n' pickles $6 for 2 pieces

And you score a hefty portion of a thigh on the bone and a chicken leg in your fried chicken 'n' pickles combo. The crunch of that batter is deafening, and the flesh is super hot and succulent. Forget about two pieces. Pass me a bucket of these.

Cheeseburger at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Cheeseburger with added double smoked bacon

We had no room for dessert - a rotation of flavours of soft serve and an ice cream sandwich. But we'll be back. They should have their alcohol license soon too - Coors on tap. Sweet.

Jovan Curic in the kitchen at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Burger on the pass 

Pink flamingoes in the kitchen at Superior Burger, Wakeley
Pink flamingoes in the kitchen

Superior Burger at Wakeley shops in Wakeley

Superior Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Superior Burger
Shop 5, 30 Bulls Road, Wakeley, Sydney

Open daily 12pm-10pm

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8 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 11/06/2016 05:01:00 pm


  • At 11/06/2016 10:15 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    Wow, those burgers look so yum! And that fried chicken, wow! I totally want that mash & gravy too, amazing.

  • At 11/07/2016 10:15 am, Anonymous Bianca@forfoodssake said…

    Your first sentence!! haha Absolutely! Worth the drive and the peeps in Wakely are lucky to have such a strong local. I didn't try the Superior Burger as I was turned off by the lettuce! The sauce does sound interesting! That's going to be the most photographed sign of 2016 I feel :)

  • At 11/07/2016 11:58 am, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    Best in the west indeed. Still my Jovi's cheeseburgers are still my favourite cheeseburgs to date (no garden) haha

  • At 11/07/2016 1:58 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    Ahhh those burgers look so perfect!

  • At 11/07/2016 5:54 pm, Blogger Vivian - vxdollface said…

    Mmm I need to go back for another burger fix! The chips were really nicely seasoned as well

  • At 11/09/2016 3:42 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    The West indeed has some of the best. Now Burgers to add to some seriously fine Pho, lovely Lebanese and incredible Indian...

  • At 11/10/2016 1:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hipsters sighted in the western suburbs!

  • At 12/29/2016 7:45 pm, Anonymous Sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    I must admit the scallops don't look the best, so wasn't surprised by your comment. But the burgers look awesome!


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