One of the most anticipated eateries in Parramatta in 2017 has finally arrived! The dynamic duo Sarah and James Robbins has opened another one of their BL Burgers shops in the heart of Parramatta. Everyone out West was ecstatic to hear about the news. Based on the queues during lunchtime since they opened made that quite evident.
You'll find Bar Luca's offshoot shop just 2 doors down from Bourke Street Bakery in Centenary Square. With all the foot traffic this area gets (and being near my work!), it's the perfect location for a burger joint. Michael Villalon is the head of the awesome Parramatta team. The place has a casual space with badass murals by Brent Smith, arcade tables, burger pillows, a pinball machine, high stools and tables. It's basically the same drill as any BL Burger joint: Order and pay for your food at the counter then you get a buzzer. When your food is ready your buzzer goes off! I must say even during the busy lunch rush, the service is fairly quick.
Their signature and most popular burger the Blame Canada ($16) is available here. It's still one of my favourite burgers ever! It consists of 200grams of perfectly cooked wagyu blend beef patty, poutine, maple glazed streaky bacon and maple aioli in a lightly toasted milk bun. The burger's name comes from the components that are associated with Canada like poutine and maple syrup. It's like a next level enhanced super cheesy bacon cheeseburger. It's a huge two-handed burger with rich elements that just work perfectly. It can get messy but the soft milk bun they use holds it together quite well. It's like a rite of passage to have this on your first BL visit.
One of the many reasons BL has become popular is that you can pick any burger and modify with their "Hacks" add on items like bacon, extra patty, pulled pork, hash browns etc. I got a BL Beef Burger ($16 - beef patty, streaky bacon, American Cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles & BL Burger sauce) and added a fried mozzarella cheese patty! Crisped on the outside with sexy stretchy melted cheese on the inside.
The BL chicken sandwich ($16) is also off the hook! Pickle brined buttermilk fried chicken, crispy bacon, lettuce, pickles & sriracha mayo in a soft milk bun. I loved rippled crunchy coating and how it trapped all the juicy goodness of the meat. The sweet garlicky spicy sriracha mayo goes so well with the chicken. The bacon was so crisped!
Just like the rest of the Bar Luca group, there's a weekly special themed burger. On their first week, it was Incredible Bulk burger ($16): beef patty, American cheese, beer battered onion rings, chilli pulled pork, green apple pie mayo, pickles in a freakin soft milk bun. BL excels in monster themed burgers. The sweet and savoury flavours of the mayo works well with the chilli smoky pulled pork. Their beer battered onion rings are always off the hook and goes with any burger they have!
Snacks like shoestring fries with aioli ($5), smoky lamb riblets ($10), bomb frites fries ($14 - topped with pulled pork, liquid cheese, corn, corriander & chipotle aioli) and buffalo wings with ranch dressing ($10) are also available.
Thanks James and Sarah for bringing BL Burgers to Parramatta. Congratulations on a successful opening!
BL Burgers Parramatta
3/188 Church Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
Opening hours: 12pm to 9pm 7 days a week.