So we had burgers. Not McDonalds but better. We decided to go to Haberfield to hit up La Disfida as we were determined to have pizza, but driving past made us realise that it wasn't even open for lunch. So Leichhardt it was, and I remembered reading on quite a few blogs that Bonarche Burgers was pretty damn tasty. Pizza out. Burgers in!
It ended up meant to be. We found a parking spot right out the front - it is like the traffic gods finally deigned to smile upon us and grant us one small mercy. We were onto our third choice by this point, and if we couldn't find a park, it would have definitely been McDonalds and then a depressing drive home.
Bonarche is located between Parramatta Road and the Italian Forum (but on the other side of the road). A small little restaurant, it is very much no fuss. Laminated menus to be picked up from the counter, order and pay at the counter, help yourself to cutlery and water. I don't mind this - there is nothing I hate more than people fussing over me at restaurants just because they're trying to justify their existence and pay. No fuss places are right up my alley, so long as the food is good.
The menu is extensive and focussed on burgers, with some different offerings for chips (kim chi chips anyone?) and British fish and chips. K and I ordered the disco fries which is almost like poutine - melted cheese and gravy - and we both ordered burgers - the American cheese for me, and the hot chilli chicken for him. I always order cheeseburgers when confronted with a burger menu... other burgers I think are not burgers, but fancied up sandwiches. And I never ever get burger envy, I'm usually always happy with my cheeseburger!
K enjoyed his chilli chicken burger but it was a much messier affair. Stuffed high, I had a taste and really wished that there was no avocado on it and that the sauce was spicier - the creaminess of the avocado really did negate any kick from the chilli. Still, he demolished it but secretly I think he preferred my cheeseburger... remember what I said about burger envy?!
We both loved the disco fries - hot chips, with melted cheese over the top, and then drowned in some seriously good gravy, how could you not love it? I would definitely come back to Bonarche to have the cheeseburger and the disco fries again. I am also intrigued by their kim chi fries offering... as an avid kim chi lover and die hard hot chip fan, can the sum be greater than each of the individual parts in this equation?
As to price, it isn't cheap - not when compared to the $10 churburger offerings. My cheeseburger was $11, but some burgers ran upwards in price.
A third choice in a a day of thwarted plans, but it all came together perfectly. I'm glad we got the chance to try Bonarche, and I do agree with everyone when I say that this place is seriously good!
14 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Funny opening hours, so please check their website!