Burgers like the parmigiana,
are ubiquitous. And like politics, everyone’s got an opinion on them.
The Two Girls first visited
the All-American hamburger joint, The Standard, early on. We rate The Standard.
We liked a lot about what they were doing and we’ve eaten there since our first
review (see the link below). The other day they asked us to come in for a burger,
on the house.
This time we met the chef
behind the burger. Formerly of Mona, Josh, has been with The Standard
from the beginning of time, testament to the consistent quality.
The Standard prides itself
on making the quintessential American burger. Our take on what makes a real American burger is a
thinner patty – if you want extra meat you get a double; cheese – cheddar
or something sharper like a blue; bacon; caramelised onions; pickles; and
condiments – mustard, mayo etc. You’ll find all those ingredients on their
menu, along with some seriously delicious fried chicken, both on burgers and in
their own take on the chicken nugget called the poppler.
They told us that the
chicken (Inghams) and bacon is free range. The chicken raises eyebrows however. It’s
served pink. Not because it is undercooked, but because it is brined in water, sugar, salt, lemons, thyme, bay leaves and peppercorns. This sets the protein in the chicken making it stay juicy and pink! (not marinated in red wine as we previously indicated!). The inside temperature of the chicken is monitored so you’re guaranteed
it will be cooked to perfection.
Apparently the shakes go
off in winter and the most popular burgers right now are anything with bacon
This Girl also recently
tried the new addition to their menu, the Chicken Caesar burger, $13, fried chicken,
bacon, cos lettuce, Caesar dressing and pickles. On this visit, the Lovely
Deputy had the veg burger, $9.
- Chicken popplers, $7, for four
huge nuggets. You can choose from the range of dipping sauces – aioli, ranch,
BBQ, blue cheese, animal or red hot.
- Cowboy, $11, beef patty,
bacon, BBQ onion rings, pickles, mayo and cheese.
- The Swiss, $11, beef patty,
Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms, caper mayo and pickles.
- Fries, $4
Burgers, fries and popplers
were all delicious. The Standard has the right balance of house made brioche
roll and meat. The bacon is crispy. Extras like mushrooms make the Swiss a
little bit special. The fried chicken is particularly good making the Caesar
This Girl’s favourite.
The Standard has had some
good staff on the books. On this visit we were served by Holly who was
welcoming and informative.
The prices make these some
of the most affordable burgers in town. If you get a standard at the standard
then you won’t pay over $10 for your meal. We’re also really pleased The
Standard are now free-range.
The quality of the meat
burgers is so good that the commercially produced, veg burger, a thick bubble
and squeak patty, is underwhelming. They tell us that they haven’t
been happy with the vego products they’ve tried themselves. Our earlier
feedback was that the local hand cut fries were outstanding, but it appears we
were in the minority. Customer feedback has seen them move away from local
product to a frozen bulk buy alternative. Sad face. There’s no movement on the recycling and messy garbage situation however – hint
The wait for a burger is
around 10 minutes but in the interests of those with a half hour lunch break,
you can phone your order in and they’re looking into online ordering.
It’s worth working your way
through the menu at The Standard. Don’t be shy. Head down the short alley way
and grab yourself a burger.
They’re opened 7 days, 11
am until 10 pm.
Find them in Hudsons Lane
off Liverpool Street – which is coincidentally, down the side of Hudsons
Find them on Facebook here.
They also have a web site
where you can find their menu – The Standard.
Disclaimer: The Standard
paid for our supper.