We’re loving the vibrancy of Barangaroo these days and one of the additions to their waterfront eat street is Ume Burger – the sister store of the popular Bar UME in Surry Hills. It’s open air seating at this Japanese burger joint and on a balmy Friday night in summer it is packed to the rafters – we’re lucky that we bagged the last table on offer just after 6.30pm.
Ordering is done at the canteen style counter, which is decked out with an impressive range of Japanese whisky (for the aficionados out there). We ended up going with a couple of their burgers to share, along with their very addictive Hot Chips and Onion Rings Combo with umami salt (they’re not kidding about the umami factor) and the tasty Koji Fried Chicken which hit the spot when dipped in their mayo. We also ordered an extra Spicy Cod Roe Mayo to try with the chips – this was so savoury and rich, we could only manage a few chips with this before the flavour overwhelmed our tastebuds. The umami salt on the chips alone is enough of a flavour kick for us – with occasional dunks into the creamy Japanese mayo that came with our fried chicken.
Hot Chips and Onion Rings Combo with Umami Salt, $6 and Spicy Cod Roe Mayo, $2
Koji Fried Chicken, $14
Next up were the burgers – we went for the signature Ume Burger which features a delicious beef pattie with a flavoursome wagyu mince sauce along with the usual tomato, onion, mayo and American Cheese. It’s pretty heavy with the beef overload in every bite, but good to share with someone if you pair it with the the lighter Ebi Burger which had a nice handmade prawn katsu filling, topped off with Japanese tartare sauce and shredded cabbage. We found the Ebi Burger a much easier option to eat in the summer heat – though the reverse would be true in winter with their rather filling Ume Burger.
Ume Burger, $14.60
Ebi Burger, $15.50
Ume Burger lives up to its brief as a funky Japanese burger joint with a range of tasty (and addictive) side dishes – the location is very convenient thanks to Wynyard Walk and the casual harbourside setting captures the essence of Sydney, especially as the sun goes down over the water while you enjoy your dinner.
Wulugul Walk, 33, Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo NSW 2000