Author: The Amateur

Mission Escape Sydney

Hi again. It’s been a while.

Now, I love escape room games. My first experience was at Breakout Malaysia, and while the room looked old and the puzzles were mostly locks and keys, it was actually well-executed and sparked my passion for the game.

My second one wasn’t so good. Since then I’ve had a mix of good and bad ones (for the love of all that is holy, avoid the one on Bligh St. Not only are they lazy in themeing, they also don’t create their own puzzles).

I’ve tried Parapark, Escape Hunt, Labyrinth, the ones in Strike, Enigma, Break the Code, and of course, Mission. There are so many more I have yet to try that I am excited to try, but that would need to wait until I have some friends who would go with me.

And one day I might write in-depth reviews for the other escape room places, but this one is specifically for Mission.

I’ve heard good things about Mission, so when my friend came to visit from the States, we made plans to go there. We booked the Vampire Castle because they said it was the easiest one.

The themeing is quite good. They do try to get the furniture and other stuffs to match the feel of the era and situation. Most of the puzzles are mechanical, as in, when you do something right, a lock is automatically opened instead of having to find a key or entering an answer into a padlock.

It was a bit simple though, with only a couple of puzzles. It’s good for beginners, and I would recommend Mission for first-timers, if only because they are good and more likely to make the first-timers like escape room games (as compared to the one in Bligh St maybe).

Next we tried Dr. M. The themeing here is even better, especially for the first room. We actually got a bit creeped out. But the next few rooms weren’t scary at all. Liked the second room (because there was an incident where a friend basically jumped and rolled). The iPad took a bit long to load though. And because a friend accidentally opened the wrong door at the Vampire Castle, when we actually opened the exit door at Dr. M I thought it wasn’t the right door and then I closed it again… stupid, I know. It turned out to be right though and we got out in the end (with an extra 5 minutes given by the generous game master).

Last one I tried was the Last Order. I wanted to try the Lost Mine but thought I would need 3-4 people at least so I decided to go with Last Order.

We were actually told by a staff that the Last Order is only a one room game, but it’s rich in storytelling. It was certainly different from your typical escape room game (especially since you started the game outside of the room, haha) but it was good different. It makes you feel like you’re in a movie or a game.

I wouldn’t recommend a big group in here because it’s very linear and most likely some will be bored out of their minds while the others try to break the code. I went with only one friend and I thought it was great. I would certainly recommend this room for anyone who likes roleplaying too.

Plus the bed is quite comfy too.

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Burgerfuel – Newtown

Burgerfuel – Newtown

My very first post! Yay!

I thought of writing a review for a place that should be avoided, but I thought better of it and decided that for a first post, it should be somewhere good that I would suggest to people.

Back in 2010, I used to live in Chippendale.  My friend bought a Groupon voucher for Burgerfuel, and my sister, I, and two of our friends went to Burgerfuel in Newtown to utilise the vouchers (haha).

The menu is limited, and the chicken burgers don’t excite me at all, but I was very impressed with their generous-portioned and very reasonably-priced burgers.  To be fair, it was a diner-like joint, not a restaurant, but the most expensive item on their menu was less than $15, so colour me impressed.

On the other hand, Moo Burger, a burger joint not too far away, sold their burgers at $18 a portion. You can see why I have a special place in my heart for Burgerfuel.

After I moved, I don’t go to Newtown much, unless it’s to see my specialist, and even then that’s only once every three months or so.  I always make a point to drop by to Burgerfuel whenever I can, even if only to get takeaway burgers.

Also, since their burgers are huge, I always have them cut in half, so I can have half for lunch and half for dinner. That has got to be some of the cheapest meals you can get in Sydney.

The other item on their menu that I like is the kumara fries. I’m not exactly sure what they’re made of (sweet potato, perhaps?), but they’re great. And the aioli is nice too.

If you’re a VIB member (you only need to subscribe to their newsletter to be a VIB, so it’s a very easy process), they will send you promotional emails with limited edition burgers, special offers, and such.

I never had the chance to go get any limited edition burger before, but I managed to be around for the Harajuku Chicken burger, and it was sooooooo good. It had panko-crumbed chicken, fried soba noodles, and mayo dressing. I’m actually sad it’s not a permanent menu item.

Service is okay. Staff is generally friendly.  While I don’t expect fine dining level service, I find that they’re helpful and polite most of the time. The ones who write the promo emails also have a wicked sense of humour, and I find that I actually read every word on the emails, unlike most other promo emails.

Here’s a link to their website and facebook page so you can browse their menu if you’ve never been. They also accept online orders so you can beat the queue.

If you have been, which burger is your favourite?

Quick reviews: there are, of course, other burger places that are reasonably priced and generously-portioned. As a lover of burger, I try to visit different burger places, and I will review them in depth if/when I can.

Mr Gee’s burger is actually very tasty, although it’s hard to reach by public transport and the line could possibly make a grown man cry.  We actually drove there on Burger Day, but decided to go somewhere else due to the line.

Bonarche Burger is where we ended up at on Burger Day. It’s near the corner of Parramatta Rd and Norton St, and while it’s $15-$18 in price, the burgers are huge and well worth the price.

Burger Project is also reasonably priced, but some people complain that the bun is too much like Maccas’ bun, and I have to agree. It makes me feel like I’m eating an oversized, overpriced, Maccas’ cheeseburger.

I just bought a voucher for wagyu beef burger from Baker Bros, and will update this once I’ve had it.  I will also review Mary’s or Chur if I ever get around to trying them.

One Tea Grill has ramen and rice burgers, both of which I absolutely adore. The baoger, not so much.

I think that’s it for now. Thanks for reading! And let me know if there’s anything specific you want to see on this blog =)