Burgerhood's offering is reminiscent of the US's Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger or, closer to home, Sydney favourite Mary's.

It is by the owners of Grandma's Bar, Wild Rover and next door's Wilhemina's, which was resized to accommodate the new venue.

Burgerhood's patties are thin - they're made with free-range beef ground in-house from chuck and brisket (with a little added bacon) and cooked medium to retain a hint of pink in the centre. Options include the Hood Burger, Cheese Burger and the Bloody Mary version, which includes horseradish and spices.

The IPA-battered ling-fish burger is served with mushy peas and smoked-mussel tartare sauce. And the vegan burger has a beetroot, red-bean and brown-rice patty topped with a skordalia (a garlic, almond and potato) sauce and nut cheese that melts like dairy.

Match these with a beer, cider or wine, or Burgerhood's crowning glory: its shakes. They're the right amount of thick - they resist the journey through the straw - and come in vanilla, Milo, strawberry, banana and peanut butter.

There's also free soft serve. For a gold-coin donation you can get a second - that money goes to Balmain's Nicholson Street Public School.

Updated: October 5th, 2018

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