By June Ramli
Sydney, Sept 17: I recently had the opportunity to visit Burger Point, a unique burger joint located at Circular Quay, where Filipino and Western flavors come together to create an exciting culinary experience.
As Monday happens to be National Cheeseburger Day, it felt like the perfect occasion to share my honest review of this establishment.
Originating from Western Sydney, Burger Point has steadily grown since its inception in 2016, gaining a reputation for its innovative fusion cuisine.
Despite having Filipino friends in the past, I had never sampled their cuisine until last week, and I was delighted to explore their offerings.
We opted for the family Chicken and Spaghetti box, designed to feed three-four people and perfect for sharing.
The chicken, resembling KFC’s flavor, was accompanied by a vegetarian gravy that closely resembled KFC’s mashed potatoes gravy.
The spaghetti, topped with cheese and chicken sausages, offered a taste of typical American comfort food, often served on special occasions in Filipino households.
While the chicken was slightly overcooked, the flavorful gravy more than compensated for it.
One of my personal favorites was the fried chicken and gravy, with the gravy reminding me of KFC’s mashed potato gravy, albeit without the mashed potatoes.
Another highlight was the halo-halo, a Filipino shaved ice dessert with a yam ice cream topping.
It was reminiscent of Malaysian ice-kacang, though lacking the grass jelly and nuts.
Surprisingly, the halo-halo was not overly sweet, making it a delightful treat.
I also had the pleasure of trying their cheeseburger, and it was truly delightful.
I couldn’t help but regret not dining in at the store, as savoring it piping hot on the spot would have enhanced the experience even more.
The burger was expertly cooked, achieving a perfect level of doneness.
The buns were wonderfully fluffy, and they featured that signature Big Mac-style cheese nestled inside. This burger, while evoking memories of a McDonald’s Big Mac, had its unique charm with a shorter, wider profile.
Burger Point is one of several Australian fast food restaurants with halal certification, even though it may not be prominently displayed on the premises.
The restaurant manager, Hazel Del-Pilar, informed me that they remove bacon and thoroughly clean workstations before preparing meals for Muslim patrons.
While this practice may not suit every Muslim’s preferences, it reflects the adjustments made when moving from an exclusively Muslim country to a more diverse cultural setting.
Despite the bustling lunchtime crowd at Circular Quay’s Burger Point, the customer service remained excellent.
The manager, Hazel, accommodated me despite the busy environment.
The majority of patrons appeared to be enjoying American dishes, with only a few, including myself and a couple of Australian Filipinos, exploring the Filipino-inspired offerings.
Located near the SalesForce Tower, Circular Quay’s Burger Point is a small yet inviting establishment, perfect for those seeking a quick meal.
It’s frequented by office workers and cruise passengers boarding the city, creating a vibrant atmosphere.
Burger Point has expanded beyond Circular Quay to Kotara, with a menu that garnered international attention, even catching the eye of Lizzo.
Their offerings include classic diner favorites with a Filipino twist, such as crispy chicken, sweet spaghetti, and Halo-Halos.
An innovative feature is the dipping cheese for burgers, chips, or chicken, adding a unique touch to the dining experience.
The menu features gourmet burgers, milkshakes, loaded fries, crispy chicken, and an array of Filipino favorites, catering to various dietary preferences, including halal, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.
In summary, my visit to Burger Point was an enjoyable culinary adventure, offering a blend of Filipino and Western flavors that left a positive impression.
The fusion of these two cuisines creates a unique and exciting dining experience that’s worth exploring, especially if you’re in the mood for a delicious burger on National Cheeseburger Day.
On Monday, Sept 18th, Burger Point has a special treat for all its patrons in celebration of National Cheeseburger Day!
For just $7, you can indulge in a delicious cheeseburger.
This exclusive offer is available in-store at various locations:
📍 Kotara Westfield
📍 Marsden Park
📍 Eastern Creek Quarter
📍 Marina Square, Wentworth Point
📍 Ed Square
📍 Norwest, Marketown
Don’t miss out on this mouthwatering deal – it’s only available on Monday (Sept 18).
Come on over and savour the cheesy goodness!
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli