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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

8bit Burgers, Steam Mill Lane, Sydney

1 Up mushroom burger and Golden Axe chicken burger from 8bit at Steam Mill Lane Sydney

Double Dragon. Golden Axe. Zelda. Your favourite video game-inspired burgers have landed in Sydney. Melbourne burger barons, 8bit, opened their fourth outlet in Steam Mill Lane, the new food precinct at Darling Square (that's the new development where the Entertainment Centre once stood).

8bit order counter at Steam Mill Lane Sydney.
Order counter

8bit sits on the corner of Steam Mill Lane and Tumbalong Boulevard. Gleaming white tiles and splashes of primary colours create a cheerful vibe. The only thing that seems to be missing are the 8bit cartoon characters made from plastic beads.

8bit dining area at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
Dining area with multigame arcade machines

But they haven't forgotten the arcade games. On the back wall of the dining area you'll find two multicade machines so you can reenact all your favourite video game moves.

Golden Axe fried chicken burger by 8bit at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
Golden Axe $12
Crispy fried chicken burger

The menu follows the Melbourne set-up: burgers, hot dogs, onion rings and variations on fries and potato gems. Milkshakes will set you back $8. Free self-serve water is a welcome gesture at this end of town.

Golden Axe fried chicken burger cross-section by 8bit at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
Golden Axe cross-section
Crispy fried chicken, cheese, sriracha mayo and slaw

The Golden Axe crispy fried chicken burger is a tad paltry (heh) in the protein arena, with the chicken fillet far from covering the diameter of the bun. It feels like there's more slaw than chicken here which is a shame.

1 Up mushroom burger by 8bit at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
1 Up Mushroom Burger $11

The 1 Up mushroom burger is much more satisfying, a portobello mushroom crumbed and deep-fried.

1 Up mushroom burger cross-section by 8bit at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
1 Up Mushroom Burger cross-section
Crumbed mushroom, cheese, tomato, red onion, green tomato relish, lettuce, mustard and 8bit sauce

There's quite a dense layer of bread-crumb batter around the mushroom. It might feel like an artificial inflation of filling, but the batter does yield a noticeable crunch. The mushroom isn't soggy with oil either which is always a win.

8bit with cheese burger at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
8bit with cheese $10.50

And of course we had to hit up the classic 8bit with cheese.

8bit with cheese burger cross-section at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
8bit with cheese cross-section
Beef, tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles, mustard, cheese, ketchup, 8bit sauce

The menu does indicate that all patties are cooked medium but ours is pretty much well done, negating some of the patty juiciness we were expecting. The zingy pickle and mustard saves the day.

8bit with cheese burger and potato gems at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
Potato gems $5
8bit with cheese $10.50

We stick with plain potato gems on the side but you can go full hog by loading them (or fries) with chilli beef, cheese, bacon and pickle relish. You can also get your fries with cheese and bacon or chilli cheese.

The potato gems are great on their own though, fried to a crunch that holds for an hour (we struggled to eat all of the above between two ambitious females).

8bit burgers on the pass at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
Burgers up on the pass

What else is happening at Steam Mill Lane? Belle's Hot Chicken is already trading with Marrickville Pork Roll, Gyradiko and Matcha-Ya (all things matcha!) set to open soon. I can't wait.

Multicade machines at 8bit at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
Multicade machines

8bit Burger entrance at Steam Mill Lane Sydney
8bit entrance

8bit Burgers at Steam Mill Lane Sydney

8bit Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Darling Square
51 Tumbalong Boulevard, Haymarket, Sydney

Opening hours
Daily 11am-11pm

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5 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/08/2018 01:31:00 am


  • At 5/08/2018 6:47 pm, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    Would have preferred if they used proper milk buns. Nevertheless, the burgers are solid. I was lucky my patties were actually cooked medium. Still, nice to have 8bit in the hood!

  • At 5/08/2018 8:30 pm, Anonymous Sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    No shock here that Josh is keen to pay 8bit a visit. Shame about the chicken in the chicken burger not being as generous as it should be, but the burgers do look pretty good. Being a well done burger girl (don't judge), they look really good to me.

  • At 5/09/2018 9:13 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    I love 8-Bit! It's awesome that they've opened a Sydney branch, but a shame the burgers had a few disappointments on your visit!

    Man, I shouldn't have read this while hungry!

  • At 5/13/2018 9:22 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    Ooh that mushroom burg looks solid but man can't wait to play on those arcades

  • At 5/14/2018 11:02 am, Anonymous Bianca@forfoodssake said…

    Happy to have 8Bit in Syd! They're a solid reliable 'dirty burg'. I remember them being quite salty when we did the burger crawl. But loved the texture of the smash patty.
    Looking forward to checking them out again.


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