Gourmet burger joints have been popping up all over Adelaide in recent years and it seems our love affair with them continues. One of my contributors recently tipped me off about Barry’s Burgers, which is located on the western end of the Semaphore Road cafe precinct. Located only metres away from the beach, I felt a gourmet burger place is exactly what the area needed.
Loyal followers would know that I love my burgers. I love them so much I have a Facebook photo album dedicated to them. While Adelaide is going through a heat wave at the moment, that wasn’t going to stop me going for my post-Christmas burger fix.
Barry’s Burgers is not the largest venue, however, it’s not the smallest either. With a seating capacity of 24, customers can sit at one of the many high stools either inside or along the pavement. The decor itself is what you’d expect from new establishments. Nice clean lines, white tiling with dark grout, exposed brick work and timber furnishings are all fairly standard these days.
As for the menu, there are 7 types of burgers to choose from. Certainly not the largest burger menu I’ve seen but sufficient to cater for the masses. Like all good places, their burgers are made to order and the patties are formed fresh daily. As a default, all the patties are cooked medium, which is the way it should be. This creates a more juicier and flavoursome burger. To add to your meal, they have a handful of sides as well as an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to complete the experience.
For lunch, I ordered the Baz Deluxe with a double patty. It comes with beef, bacon, onion jam, rocket, cheese and mayonnaise. The burgers came out 10 minutes after ordering and were nicely presented. As indicated on their menu, the beef patties were cooked medium, and the meat was well seasoned, juicy and succulent. One problem I find at gourmet burger places is that the meat isn’t well refined and more often than not, I find gristle in the patty. Not so in this case! Generous amount of cheese were melted over the patties, and the rocket was fresh and crisp. The onion jam was sweet and balanced by the saltiness of the lean, crisp bacon. At Barry’s Burgers, they don’t use the standard brioche bun which I think is a good move. They use a freshly baked sesame seed bun which is not sweet and firm enough to hold all the ingredients in.
My friend had the Hot Barry which contains beef, jalapenos, capsicum, rocket, pepper and mayonnaise. Like my burger, the beef patty was well cooked, however, the strength of the heat was a disappointment. Expecting to sweat like he was in a sauna, my friend experienced a slight afterburn at the later stages of eating the burger. I suspect this burger is for those who like it spicy but not too spicy!
The staff were friendly and the service was good. The burgers are normally served in cardboard trays but in our case, they were happy to present them on wooden chopping boards. The food arrived on time and everything was what you’d expect from a gourmet burger joint. I also thought the pricing was reasonable. Burgers start at $4.50 and go up to $8.90. That’s not bad considering other burger places will charge you close to $20 for a fully loaded burger.
I was quite impressed with my burger and can see myself paying them another visit. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Barry’s Burgers are open everyday from 12pm to 9pm.
WHERE: 1/13 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore