I am heading out for a semi-quick lunch with a mate on a workday and we need something in the Eastern Suburbs… sounds like a perfect op to try the latest burger place getting some hype – Nordburger on The Parade in Norwood. As per prior reviews it is no secret that I have a big soft spot for a good burger.
As we arrive soon after noon it is already busy and has line ups around the doorway to order. Funky fit-out and a menu above the counter, easy to see wherever you are in the line/store, is always a plus to plan your choice while you wait. The menu is pretty basic and obviously American inspired with 5 burgers, 5 hot dogs, sides and extras to add to your main. Some interesting shakes available too and for the vego’s check out the mushroom burger.
We both opt for the standard Nordburger but I add cheese and bacon to support the other essentials already included such as salad, pickles, mustard and sauce plus order Chipotle Fries and the special dipping sauce. While I choose a soft-drink my friend grabs a chocolate shake which I am pumped to get a sneaky taste of.
We luckily grab a stool along the counter before things get even busier and it becomes standing room only for takeaways. The place is fitted out very industrial modern with tiles, concrete, light-up signs and overall is simple yet effective. Maybe a waste of space but a huge concrete basin is along the back wall to wash your hands and looks pretty cool. We watch the burgers being made in front of us as the staff scramble to keep up but it is just whetting our appetite for our burgers to come.
Dishes out to us in good time and looking good. First thing we notice and love is that they use iceburg lettuce – both of us are a big fan of this old faithful over the fancy-schmacy ‘bitter as all hell’ frilly lettuces. Yay! The meat looks a little weird (smooth and brown) but it smells good and on first bite it is yummy as well. They squash out the patties pretty thin so it means that they aren’t quite as juicy or keeping pink in the middle like many gourmet burgers out there but I don’t mind the consistency, however meat lovers out there may want to get the bacon-double so it is thicker.
The bun is pretty soft (and sweet) plus struggles to hold the juicy contents through the whole eating process as everything soaks in but it just means a little more handy work to finish the sucker. All in all, the burger is tasty and hits the spot.
The fries are old school crinkle cut and crispy… although seasoned with what must be ‘something’ chipotle, they don’t have any zing or heat to them which is a little disappointing. The actual chips are just a very standard version that you’d expect at any takeaway joint. The special sauce I think has chipotle too and is mild and a little indifferent. I think they could step up the sides maybe to premiumise the offering or differentiate with the seasoning and spice at least.
Now the shake, delicious flavor but VERY VERY VERY thick. Hard to get through the straw. Not sure it was meant to be like this as not advertised as a thick-shake but may have been a symptom of the milk spillage we noticed as they made it. If it had been a little more milky I think it would have been good. Salted Caramel flavor would be the next one to try for sure and sounds divine!
Overall, this was a yummy lunch in a cool location and surrounds which we thoroughly enjoyed and left with our tummy’s happy. Does it set the world on fire? Probably not… I still think the guys at Fancy Burger (and other established gourmet-burger guys) are a step ahead with their broader menu, interesting flavor profiles and a more substantial/balanced burger overall (plus much better fries and sauces) but I would definitely come back here for a lunch when I want a cheap and cheerful meal of a solid/basic burger featuring my favourite iceburg lettuce, that will certainly do just fine. I am sure you will like it for what this place is too, give it a whirl but be prepared for the line ups at busy times.
168 The Parade, Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia
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