Longhorn Saloon

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Longhorn Saloon – 118 Elgin St, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Ranchero Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16
Summary

By day the place calls itself 5 Points Deli, where the pastrami sandwiches are thick just like the pickles. By night the theme moves away from NYC and focuses more on the Southern way of life, a little similar their sister venue Le Bon Ton. They’ve got that vibe going too. It’s a big old brick building with a heap of seats, low lighting and high quality cocktails. You’ll also notice a real crossover of menus between the Balleau brothers venues with crowd favourites peppered throughout. Here at Longhorn you’ll find the Burger Adventure awarded Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger as well 5 Points Deli’s famous Reuben. They’ve also got some serious steaks on the menu as well as the drool worthy Chicken and Waffles. What piqued my curiosity was the Ranchero burger that came on a glazed bun with a Wagyu beef patty, Ranchero sauce, onion rings, American Cheese and tangy mayo.

Comments
“I’d had my eye on this for a while. I wasn’t exactly sure what Ranchero sauce was going to be but it had to be spicy! The burger looked great. Even if it did have the over the top onion rings. I bit in but felt no spice. It was a subdued chilli sauce with a mix of Chimmi Churri that made up that Ranchero flavouring. The patty and cheese hugged each other the whole meal but when I got a good taste of the meat on its own it was still salty and juicy. There was nothing over the top with this burger, even though it was packed to the brim with assorted goodies. It deserves a tiny round of applause because it would’ve been easy to let all those flavours turn into a mess. Maybe that’s why they didn’t have any spice? I still would’ve liked a pinch more kick with each bite though. Even maybe a Jalapeno cheddar? The Ranchero was a decent burger, but if you’ve never tried the Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger, I’d say go down that road.”
Longhorn Saloon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Saintly Burger

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Saintly Burger – 81 Ormond Rd, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Double Cheese Cheeseburger + Bacon
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
4 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$11.45
Summary

Along the beachy, somewhat fancier side of Melbourne, Saintly Burger sits at home in Elwood. It’s not a place too many Melbournians make a trip out too. It’s mainly filled with locals and has an almost “small town with cash” feel to the strip. Although you’ll definitely find the backpackers circling around being next door to the ever popular St Kilda foreshore. The burger joint has been around for about 10 years and has seen trends come and go. They of course pride themselves on their burgers being pure at heart serving Grass Fed beef, chemical free chicken and a few vegetarian options. They cater to young and old, especially when you consider their range of “grown up” milkshakes that come spiked with booze. Saintly’s a small shop with a large communal dining table that’s perfect pitstop after a day at the beach. Their burger mantra says that everything is better with bacon, so it was only right to add it to my choice of their super simple Double Cheese Cheeseburger. In between a low G-I Sourdough bun came a 160gm grass fed beef patty, two pieces of cheese, ketchup, pickles and mustard.

Comments
“Everything on paper sounded great: the grass fed stuff, the double cheese and the simplicity of it all. I don’t normally find places that pride themselves on this kind of basic genius. Alas, it was a bit of a mess. The patty tasted store-bought and so did the bun and not as premium as they made out to be. To “upgrade” to brioche was an extra $1 and I wasn’t having any of that. They recommend sourdough so it was sourdough ’til the end – unfortunately. The patty was chargrilled, but on the burnt side of the scale, leaving me with a tough and undesirable bite. I was excited at first because the bacon looked like it was cut straight from the slab, but there were still big bits of rind on there that had me picking at my teeth with each bite. I honestly don’t know what happened here. A burger shouldn’t be hard work. I feel like no one in the kitchen has tasted this burger. So much promise to start with but I’m afraid I’d be going back to the drawing board on this one.”
Saintly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Burger

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Burger Burger – 135 Union Rd, Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Belmore Bacon
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$14
Summary

In the evening, under the mixed light of street lights and setting sun, the Union Rd strip of shops looks more like a small country town than a suburb just 11kms out of Melbourne. It’s on the more affluent side but that doesn’t mean locals shouldn’t indulge in the humble hamburger. BurgerBurger was created in early 2015 by husband and wife duo Leena and Nesh Rakhra and strives for burger perfection. They source all produce locally and offer a handful of burgers all named after the neighbourhood: the Cam-baa-baa-well is filled with lamb and grilled haloumi whilst the Chicky Canterbury has the ever popular Buttermilk Chicken and Sriracha combo. For those that can’t stand gluten, they look out for you too with Gluten Free buns at an extra $2. After speaking to the very friendly Nesh about what’s been popular I took a seat in their modern little shop and waited for my Belmore Bacon burger that comes on a brioche bun with a 150g Wagyu, Smokey Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Cos Lettuce, Pickles, Tomato, Grilled Onions and BurgerBurger sauce.

Comments
“I rarely venture into this part of Melbourne so I didn’t know what to expect. The place was filled with staff and the menu looked promising. They didn’t look really busy until I realised that they deliver – the counter stacked with paper bags ready to go to hungry locals. The burger arrived and the bun glistened. It was crusty on the out and soft on the inside – kind of like the meat patty. I think there should of been more beef in the burger though. Maybe upping the patty to a 200g. I found it salty had pretty tasty, but there wasn’t enough juice. It might have been left of the grill just a little long. Overall it was really balanced though. Every bite got me a bit of everything. But, by far, my highlight was the amazing pickles. They were really sweet and chunky. Decent fries on offer too.”
Burger Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Rude Boy

Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Rude Boy – 482 Albion St, Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Rude Boy
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12
Summary

It’s kind of in the middle of somewhere cool and the middle of nowhere. That’s the suburban-type feel that Brunswick West has to it. You’ve got some cool places scattered around but then your back drop is a freeway overpass. Rude Boy is burger joint in and amongst all this. They’re owned by a husband and wife team who also run popular Lolo & Wren cafe just next door. A pretty smart move for an area strip that’s limited with quality fair, the guys have their corner of the market dominated. Breakfast and light lunch at the cafe or something a little more comforting at the burger joint. Their main focus is their produce, with meats sourced ethically from around the state like Clover Valley and Milawa free range chicken. Burgers come in all shapes and sizes and get as wild as including jalapeno poppers and chimmi churri, to as basic as meat, cheese and ketchup. I had to get into their namesake Rude Boy burger that came with a sesame seed bun, 150g Wagyu patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and rude sauce.

Comments
“There was huge promise here. It was decent sized and looked had all the right stuff in the right places: cheese melting all over a big patty with a soft bun. All these things hit the mark. The patty was salty and pink and juicy. The cheese I barely noticed and the bun did it’s job. But the thing that threw me was the crazy amount of signature rudeboy sauce. It made for a really saucy mess. I didn’t mind it as a dipping sauce but in the burger there was too much. The best way to describe it is a a dill filled mayo with a touch of blue cheese dressing. I managed to sample some chips and bacon from my fellow diners and these were actually brilliant. If I was in the neck of the woods I’d give their Little Rude Boy (plus bacon and chips) a go. Oh, crazy bonus points to the staff who didn’t charge me for ketchup, pointing out there was plenty on the table.”
Rude Boy Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Lab

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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BurgerLab – 63 Florence St, Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Free Range Bacon Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$11.50
Summary

Mentone’s little hub has a lot going for it. The locals can get themselves into a decent cafe for brunch, or get themselves into town with the train station front and centre. Nowadays, thanks to Burger Lab, the locals can get themselves a decent looking burger too. The guys behind the operation are Anthony Pinzone and Chef Lochie Greig-Moore who are all about a relaxed environment with organic, sustainable produce. There’s a clear sense of “chill” throughout the place, with friendly staff, plenty of beer on tap as well as local specials for students to come and bitch about their Maths teacher. Their burger list isn’t as scientific – as was expected – from their name and branding, but instead they’re pretty classic options. The craziest they go is with their prawn burger that has a squid ink, black bun. But we’d never go down that path. To make up for that silliness they also offer chicken wings and ribs. I chose to sink my teeth into a Free-Range Bacon Burger that came on a seeded brioche bun with a beef patty, ‘Hagens’ Free-Range Bacon, melted organic Raclette cheese, tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, diced shallot and mayo.

Comments
“This was big. I saw a tonne of mayo, which normally I’m cool with. But it got me a little worried about how creamy and messy this would get. I bit in and it happened – a whole lot of slide. I almost lost my tomato instantly. But, to make up for it, there was a nice salty creaminess going on. The cheese, bacon, beef and mayo thing was working for me. Then I lost the lettuce. It was half out anyway so I gave it a shove. The beef was pink and juicy and the tomatoes were really fresh and sweet. The downfall to this thing was the bun. There was already a lot of sweetness going on so the brioche was overkill. Plus as I mentioned, it was on the big side. Less bun, more fun.”
BurgerLab 3194 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Easey’s

Sunday, September 13, 2015
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Easey’s – 48 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Too Ease + Bacon
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$14
Summary

The only way this place could be more Melbourne would-be if it were hidden down a laneway. Close enough though, it’s off the main drag off Smith street, and instead of hiding themselves they’ve thrown actual train carriages on their roof. Actually a really smart but probably expensive move. With Melbourne having more burger joints than ever, the kids refer to Easey’s as “the one with the trains”. A product of fellow burger lover Jimmy “Burgers” Hurlston and local artist Jeremy Gaschk this joint doesn’t do things by halves. They’re an experimental bunch. The anything goes attitude is seen across a lot of their social media and clienteles choices. Want a DimSim in your burger? Sure. How about 12 patties. Why not? This “Easy-going” bunch sees locals constantly trying to outdo each other with more melt, more patty and more absurdity. I sat downstairs, enjoyed some beer and went for a more classic option. The boys brought me a Too Ease that came on a soft bun, with two beef patties, double American cheddar, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard and without realising it, somehow I’d managed to add some bacon in there.

Comments
“I’d heard mixed reviews about Easey’s ever since they opened. But, for me this was pretty damn decent. The patties were pink and spot on, and the streaky bacon cut into strips meant that I didn’t pull out all the bacon within my first bite. I was a big fan of how soft and easy to eat this was too. It was salty, simple and to the point. Oh, and supremely cheesy. I’m not really a fan of the the whole, “the bigger the better” culture that’s brewing at certain venues like this. But, if the kids that visit want to splash cash for internet points, please be my guest. All I can liken them to people who drive Hummers. Overall, the burgers impressed, so that’s most important. P.s God bless their souls, they take bookings.”
Easey's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Leonord’s House of Love

Monday, September 7, 2015
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Leanord’s House of Love – 3 Wilson St,
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$10
Summary

You wouldn’t expect this kind of place in between the factories and apartments behind Chapel Street. It’s actually been there quite a while disguised as Tryst Bar, where many Melbournians have enjoyed a drink or two. Now, as the brother venue of local watering hole Sweet Water Inn, Leanord’s House of Love is does both drinks and killer food. Their menu has been setup by Chef Nick Stanton who’s worked his magic at Woods of Windsor and Nieuw Amsterdam. It’s a pretty straight up and down kind of thing. Basically, some decent drinking food that’s going to keep you in the hunting lodge-style cottage for quite a while. You can help yourself to some fried chicken, charcoal chicken, chicken fries, a few salads and then a couple of burgers. It can get pretty hectic in there on weekend so be aware, you might find yourself sitting outside. Which is fine when it starts warming up, but Melbourne can be a bit of a bitch, so either take a coat or be prepared to be fitted for a beer jacket. Lucky for us we were inside and decided to go for their signature Cheeseburger that came on a brioche bun with a beef brisket + short rib patty, special sauce, cheese, onion and lettuce.

Comments
“Yep! “Grease me up“. That shiny bun made for a great site. It also somehow made the first chomp so much softer than I expected. This was a creamy, salty delight. The patty was pink, juicy and together with the salty pickles and sauce reminded me of a high-class fast food restaurant. But none of the “create your taste” ilk. I really dig this burger. It made me want a double. Because basically, you could eat this for lunch and then go for a jog. It was surprisingly light. Not that I was hungry after it all (even with some chips), but I just felt nice, warm and totally loved.”
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