Babu Burger

Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Babu Burger – 156 Chapel Street, Windsor, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Babu’s Favourites #1
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
30 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$15
Summary

With a mix of modern and vintage elements like white tiles contrasting with exposed timber beams, Babu Burger slots in perfectly in the ever-evolving, eclectic, Windsor end of Chapel St. Babu grind and mince their beef daily from Victorian beef and offer 150, 220 or 300g sized patties. They encourage you to create your own unique burger with a huge array of ingredients available. But, for the indecisive type, they have their “Favourite” burgers. We went with the number 1 that featured 220g beef, egg, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and no sauce. But dont worry, they leave the saucing to the individual on the table.

Comments
“This burger looked like something you would make at home. That is, if you had plenty of time to pick out the best looking ingredients and position it all perfectly on a plate for a photo shoot. It may go to explain why on a relatively quiet night it took a while for the burger to reach our table. The beef was cooked medium and had a great course texture. However, it just wasn’t that flavoursome. Luckily the egg and the bacon made up for it. The tomato, pickle and onion added a great crunch but, the pickle was a little too big and fairly bland in taste. I was definitely full and satisfied by the end but it just wasn’t memorable for either a good or bad reason.”
“The pattie was thick and cooked to my likeing, but I did find it a bit bland. As a solution, I highly recommend adding one of their selected sauces to add some character. Out of all the condiments the egg and bacon were really the standouts in the burger. I found the egg beautifully runny and the bacon crispy as hell. The pickles however were a bit boring – no crunch and no zing. If you are a person that likes customising your burger this is the place for you. The option of choosing the thickness of your pattie and how well you like it cooked really adds bonus points to this place, plus the condiments on offer are endless. Chips were OK.”
“I couldn’t fault the quality of this product too much at all. They’ve got a good philosphy of letting the beef be the hero. As I looked down at the end of my meal to a pool of juice sitting atop my chips, I decided that A) Babu make a solid burger, and B) I was beyond full. However, it all left me a little conflicted. When I first looked the burger up and down, it appeared as classic as they come. But when I bit in I got a strong hit of all Babu’s signature Middle-Eastern spices. This threw me off. I get that it’s a bit of a twist on a classic, but why sit on the fence. What the #1 favourite lacked for me was a bit of boldness. If I had my time here again (and I will), I’ll be creating my own burger; attempting to celebrate all those exotic spices with a harem of seductive toppings.”
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Prince Alfred Hotel

Friday, April 19, 2013
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Prince Alfred Hotel – 619 Church St, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Prince Alfred Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
11 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$18
Summary

A pub with all the right elements: a beer tap, beer garden and a good variety of fancified pub grub (best enjoyed with beer of course). Ask any Richmond native and they will tell you this place is an institution; great for quick drinks after work, long lunches and Sunday dinners. Upon first inspection you might think this place is quiet and cosy – almost grandma cosy. But when you notice all the flatscreens and the sensational beer garden, you can imagine how busy it might get here on a Saturday night before/during/after the footy. As well a handful of imported and local beers on tap their menu offers the usual pub favourites but with a bit of a new age twist. They tried to tempt us with veal and sage sausages, herb and lemon crumbed chicken with radicchio and even spaghettini, but of course we were here for the Prince Alfred Burger. It came with a beef pattie on a brioche bun, relish, cheese, lettuce, onion, aoli, caramelised onions and a side of fries.

Comments
“I knew that the Prince Alfred had renovated and gone for a more refined dining style rather than the traditional pub. But what threw me was this formal dining area paired with flat screen TVs. I guess they thought that no dude should go without footy, even when the Mrs drags him out for a romantic weekend dinner. It was a well presented burger that played it pretty safe. As you would expect from this place all the ingredients they used were really fresh and packed with flavour. A thick juicy pattie was held together by a sweet fresh brioche bun, with a side of really good chips. Like I said… not a burger that’s changing the world, but it is something you could rely on being tasty everytime you go.”
“They’ve taken little risk in terms of ingredients; just your basic beef, cheese, lettuce and tomato between a bun. But my God, when you’re using really good quality and fresh produce that’s full of flavour, why would you mess with a sure thing? Starting off quite tall due to a giant hunk of juicy beef, everything eventually squashed down into a manageable bite. The lettuce and tomato added just the right amount of crunch but didn’t take anything away from the great tasting beef. Although if I had to pick out anything, it would’ve been a tad pinker pattie.”
“For a pub dining area it’s a bit more formal. With elegant chairs and tables, soft amber lights and well dressed staff, I almost felt like I needed to wear a shirt. But what threw me off were the flat screen TVs playing football – they made me feel like I was in a TAB. What frustrates me is not knowing what’s in my burger. Sometimes venues name a burger and don’t provide any details about whats in it (I need details folks). Overall, the burger was tasty, a touch sweet and good quality. Not to mention being accompanied by some great tasting chips.”
“Venue discrepancies aside, this was a lovely bite. Was it memorable though? Not entirely. I guess when you look at it on the grand scheme of things, it actually sits nicely with other tasty burgers. But, without anything to really to call its very own, it was hard to spot an “it” factor that could take the burger from good to great. Aside from that, it was simple, fresh and enjoyable. I really shouldn’t complain though because if I’m after a really fresh take on a classic in Richmond, I’d come here.”
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Dandenong Pavilion

Friday, April 12, 2013
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Dandenong Pavilion – 55-61 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Beef Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$19.50
Summary

Dandenong is located approximately 35km south east of Melbourne and boasts a large multi-cultural population. Just before reaching the centre of Dandenong you will find Dandenong Pavilion. Opened at the end of 2006, they are proud to have established themselves at the forefront of the gentrification of the area. Architecturally designed and renovated with both indoor, outdoor and private dining options with a large and varied menu featuring pizzas, pasta, pub classics, seafood and of course, burgers. We opted for the beef burger with a blend of three types of 100% Australian beef – ground fresh daily, cooked medium with tomato, melted cheese, butter lettuce, chef’s special sauce on a lightly toasted bun, served with chips & pickles. There is often a burger also on the specials board.

Comments
“I have to make special note of the service; I know that in general, we are spoilt in Melbourne for restaurant/bar service, but these guys seriousy took it up a notch. Every one of them was genuinely helpful without being overbearing and by the end I felt like hugging them. The burger was really rich, with plenty of big flavours that I doubt will leave anyone hungry. The creaminess of the melted cheddar and mayo helped with the, at times, tough beef pattie. The seeded brioche bun was quite sweet as expected, however I felt I needed to add ketchup as it was getting a little dry by the end of the meal.”
“Wasn’t really sure of what to expect walking into this joint. Seeing families having Sunday lunch, groups of friends conjugating and even a bunch of Orthodox priests coming in for a bite after a Sunday service kind of through me off. Then again, maybe I’m just accustomed to the usual hipster joints and pubs we eat at. The menu seemed extensive and covered a lot of different options, which kind of made me nervous seeing burgers and risottos on the same page. How wrong was I? The bun was great, with an OK tasting pattie (slightly on the dry side) covered by melted cheddar cheese. Its mayo dressing was good, but still needed some sauce to take it to the next level of sauciness. Chips were OK. To sum it all up, it was a good traditional burger with great service to boot.”
“The staff were delightful. They couldn’t have been nicer and more sincere with wishing us an enjoyable meal. As for the burger – it sat right on the the fence between fancy and casual as hell. It was like attending a good ol’ fashion hoedown hosted by the Ritz. The brioche bun was sweet and misguided you to think you’d be in a world of chutney and over the top seasoning. But really when you bit in you hit a firm layer of humble, lightly salted beef, glorious American cheddar and you’re basic tomato and iceberg lettuce combo. The cheese was by far my highlight. You dont see enough of it in Australia. And why not I ask?! Everything else was nice, and left me full and satisfied. If I’m passing through Dande and a hunger hits me, I know where I’ll be stopping for a meal.”
Dandenong Pavilion on Urbanspoon


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