If you have checked out the Instagram hashtag #burgersofsydney lately, you've most likely noticed one place that seem to dominate it. Don't blame Bar Luca for it, Blame Canada! I will tell you why in a little bit.
Bar Luca is a bistro that has become a haven for burger lovers. It's a casual licensed restaurant bar with a huge range of alcoholic beverages, the usual pub/bistro staples and mind blowin' burgers! The interior has the look of a sports bar and contemporary bistro. The best part about this place is their massive burgers!
First visit, I tried their Classic Cheese ($12). It's a cheeseburger for the purists with 200g wagyu beef pattie, American cheddar, ketchup, mustard & pickles in a soft sweet bun. The medium well-cooked patty is ultra juicy, smoky and flavoursome. It was amazing with the sexy texture of melted cheese and tangy sweet & sour flavours from the ketchup, mustard and pickles. Also, you can add fries and fried chicken wings to any of their burgers for $6!
|Chicken karaage burger|
On another visit, I had their Chicken Karaage Burger ($14)
with wasabi aioli, pickled veg, coriander & coral lettuce. The fried chicken coating was crisped and slightly doughy. The meat inside was perfectly cooked with hints of sweet soy and ginger. The wasabi aioli was perfect to accompany the fried chicken.
Every now and then, they do burger weekly specials. I was lucky to be in the area when their Juan Mac'n'Ro burger was on!! It's a creation that fuses mac n cheese and a cheeseburger with some extras. It included Bar Luca's 200 grams juicy wagyu patty, double American cheese, housemade Spanish bbq sauce, mac n cheese and pieces of chorizo in a soft burger bun. It may sound and look wrong, but I can confirm that it tasted so right!
Last but not least is the burger that blew my mind in 2015: Blame Canada ($15)! Monster burgers are not normally my thing but when constructed perfectly, you end up with a beautiful beast. It consists of 200grams of perfectly cooked wagyu beef patty, poutine, maple glazed streaky bacon and maple aioli. The burger's name comes from the components that are associated with Canada like poutine and maple. Think of it as a maple enhanced super cheesy bacon cheeseburger with fries and gravy. It's a huge two-handed burger with rich elements that just work perfectly. It can get messy but with all those things chucked into this burger, it still handles well.
Their onion rings are pretty tasty too! Loved the herbed batter, which was crisped and airy.
Another thing I love about Bar Luca is that they stock doughnuts from Woah Nelly! Their maple bacon and salted caramel doughnuts are off the hook!
Bar Luca is definitely one of my favourite eats of 2015. Their burger game is definitely strong and I can't wait to see and try all their new burger specials in the New Year!
52 Phillip Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
MON TO WED 7.30AM – 10PM
KITCHEN CLOSES AT 9PM
THURS & FRI 7.30AM – MIDNIGHT
KITCHEN CLOSES AT 10PM