My visits to Parramatta have been quite infrequent, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve stopped by on a weekday afternoon, especially after deciding that the hour long bus ride followed by half an hour train ride and twenty minute walk to uni was too much to handle on a daily basis. It didn’t seem like a very long time since I last stopped by, but the fact that Hungry Jacks had closed down and had been replaced by a burger bar without me knowing probably shows that it’s been a lot longer than I thought it’d been.
The Burger Mill, which now sits where HJ’s used to be is quite interesting, with it’s funky retro fit out, coupled with quirky touches such as interesting books scattered throughout the restaurant, about ten different vintage styles of sugar containers, plush burgers hanging on the walls, and mini garden of pineapples. It’s a good thing we visit during the quieter hours in the late afternoon (it doesn’t seem to be popular with students!), as we don’t seem as weird walking around checking out every corner of the place while we wait for our food.
The menu is simple, mainly consisting of a couple of interesting burgers, priced reasonable at $10 each. They also have a small selection of cakes and other treats on the side, which unfortunately, we didn’t get to try.
Being an American style burger bar/diner and all, we were quite excited for the milkshakes, but unfortunately, we weren’t very impressed as they were overly sweet, artificial and not cold enough. We prefer Macca’s shakes over these.
The excitement returned however, when the burgers came, starting with the Traditional Beef Burger, your typical definition of a burger with a thick crusty bun sandwiching a beef patty between slices of tomato, lettuce, onion and a slice of cheese. The homemade burger bun, one of their main selling points was nice and soft, with a thick crusty exterior, though my personal preference is for soft buns with my burgers. Our favourite part was definitely the hot chips which were fried to perfection with the perfect amount of crunch and fluffiness.
The roast lamb burger though having a different filling, was quite similar with its lamb patty (ours was burnt) tasting not too different from the beef, albeit a tad saltier. We found the addition of roast pumpkin and potato an interesting touch and I quite enjoyed it despite not being much of a fan of pumpkin.
The barramundi burger was nothing like we had expected- the patty seemed to be more like a croquette with little bits of barramundi within. Coupled with some spinach leaves, cucumber and tataare sauce, we found the burger quite unique and enjoyable.
The Moroccan lamb burger was definitely my favourite of the day. The spiced lamb patty was so moreish I could have had it by itself and be pretty satisfied, but its pairing with cucumber, tomato, spinach and rocket made it even better!