Ruby’s Diner LAX

Monday, August 23, 2010
Ruby’s Diner LAX – 201 World Way, Terminal 6, Los Angeles,
California, USA
Burger:
The Ruby Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
Too difficult to determine after a 15 hour flight
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$8.49 USD
Summary

Setup for the hungry traveller, this “Welcome to the USA” experience will have you sitting amidst 50’s style booths with patrons from all around the world. The Ruby Burger comes on a basic sesame seed bun with a 1/3 pound USDA Ground Beef, sliced tomato, lettuce and “RubySauce” (which I swear is just mayonnaise), and a sweet/salty pickle. Your fries are also “refillable”! Not a bad option if you’re stuck in transit.

Comments
“This was so very soft and easy to eat. I’d say accompanied by the “refillable” fries, you can either sit there all day, or slam-home the burger just in time to hear your final boarding call. The ground beef was nothing flash. It wasn’t very juicy and all I really got was that grilled charcoal flavour mixed with a touch of blandness. Nevertheless, after that much travel it was still passable. I understand Ruby’s offer Ultimate Kobe Burgers at their bigger restaurants, so maybe that’s the way to go if you’re looking for something a touch gourmet. The fries delivered a satisfying crunch but along with the “greens”, were just average. The pickle held its own (the way most pickles do), providing a bolt of sweet/salty goodness. All in all, it was certainly more interesting than settling for McDonald’s, and if you can score a booth by the window you wont regret it.”


La Roche

Thursday, August 19, 2010
La Roche – 185 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
House Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$17
Summary

Honey is a bar that prides itself on letting its guests really enjoy themselves. Open late everyday, Carlton Draught on tap, free Wifi, and an excellent food menu that any decent bar worth it’s salt should have. On top of all this there’s personable service, a relaxed and comfortable environment and decent tunes in the background. When all these things line up, what else would nail the occasion but their Beef burger with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion and chips.

Comments
“I am always left wondering why people think it is a good idea to use Turkish bread for a bun! The burger itself made for a good lunch time meal, although I found it had a little too much lettuce and tomato for my liking. The beef pattie was well cooked, but had nowhere nearly enough seasoning. On a good note it did have a cracking mayo. I really think that any potential this burger had was lost with the use of the Turkish bread.”
“Why, why, why use Turkish bread in burgers? I’m sorry I don’t get it. Some really good burgers out there are being misused and I think its wrong. Cafe’s are the main culprit, they make an ‘Awesome’ burger, then it’s downgraded to an ‘Ok’ burger by the bun. For me the bread worked like a sponge and by the end was a soggy mess. I found the burger had too much “green stuff” in it, which took over the great tasting mayo. The pattie was ok and did the job. Bacon, cheese and onion were good, however could have used some sauce in it, luckily for us it comes as a side. Chips were good.”


The Palace

Saturday, August 7, 2010
The Palace – 505 City Road (corner Pickles Street), South Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$19
Summary

The Palace is celebrity chef and hometown-favourite Luke Mangan’s new gastropub. There are two menus (restaurant and bar). Both are well thought through and will entice you to return and try what you missed out on. Obviously we had to go for the Wagyu burger (on the Bar menu) with beetroot, cheese, tomato chutney and a pot of friess.

Comments
“This was definitely one of those pleasing meals that when you leave there is nothing that you can complain about. A juicy herb and garlic wagyu beef pattie with a perfectly sweet tomato chutney that really paired-up well with the beetroot. A fresh and fluffy bun that really stood up to my high standards.”
“The bun was fantastic. It kept everything together and withstood all the juicyness from the beef and relish. Very warm and comfortable surroundings that seem to be catering to the local empty nesters and RM Williams crowd.”
“A burger that allowed me to forget my worries and just enjoy some of the simple things in life. The beef pattie was great. The ratio of garlic, herbs and moisture in the pattie made it perfection in a bun. The bun was well sized and the ingredients in the burger were well portioned and nothing was really taking over in terms of flavour. A great combination of good fresh ingredients and taste. Chips were Good too.”


The Meat & Wine Co.

Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Meat & Wine Co. – Freshwater Pl, 3 Queenbridge St, Southbank,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Classic Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$17
Summary

Boasting 14 restaurants around the world and located near the foot of Melbourne’s tallest building (Eureka Tower), Meat & Wine Co promises big things. This multi-level, contemporary take on a steak-house attracts many families and couples looking to satisfy their inner carnivore. Our burger came on a seeded bun, with a 200g Angus beef pattie, baby cos lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, Bbq and 1000 Island sauces, and a helping of chips and onion rings.

Comments
“I can confidently say I was expecting more from a place with such a reputation. I found that it really lacked any unique flavours that would make me order seconds. It just seemed a little too “production line”. I was most unimpressed with the bun. It looked like a precut supermarket special. Although with some prompting, they will cook your pattie to your desired temperature. We asked for medium-rare.”
“This burger reminded me of something you might find at an Applebees or Bubba Gump in the States. The beef was dry, the bun was dry and I couldn’t taste either of the two sauces. If I go again I’ll have it with cheese. The onion rings were great though. I’d say its the type of place bogans go to for a fancy night in the city.”
“By looking at the glazed ribs served on the table next to us I was expecting something a little bit better than what we got. The sauce in the burger reminded me of what you would often get in a Whopper. The bun was nothing special, the pattie was dry and unevenly cooked. Overall lets just say I preferred the chips.”
“You won’t leave Meat & Wine Co hungry. Maybe a little disappointed with your Classic Burger, but not hungry. For a small price, they do have a large selection of sauces that you can add to your burger, including Vodka & Blue Cheese, which we ordered on the side. I say go crazy: add sauce, add cheese, the works… because this burger needs all the help it can get.”


Richmond Oysters

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Richmond Oysters – 443 Church St, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.50 Dine In, $10 Takeaway
Summary

Formerly a fish-wholesaling business for nearly 50 years, Richmond Oysters has been turned into a very sleek and modern seafood cafe. With options galore, you can either buy fresh fish to take home and cook, or dine in and save yourself the hassle. Offering a few non-seafood dishes as well, we encountered a Burger with The Lot featuring beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, caramelised onions, bacon, egg, tomato relish, beetroot and chips. Truly a new take on fish’n’chips in Melbourne.

Comments
“I have to say that this burger was really hard to eat. It just kept on falling apart. The beef seemed to have a sausage mince or rissole taste, but without any real seasoning. The rest of the ingredients were of good quality, especially the well melted cheese. One of the most important aspects in a burger for me is the bun, and in this case I was let down.”
“I’ll start by pointing out, I copped grief for eating this with a knife and fork, but I was the only one to finish the burger and chips. Although the beef fell apart, it had a great home-made taste to it. The bun was of a similar style, but had too much flour on top. I can also confidently say that these are the best chips in Melbourne.”
“Straight away, the meat pattie reminded me of big rissoles that the lunch-lady from school would make. Its shape and size was all over the place, making it far from perfect.. but I still loved it. What let it down for me was the bun; by the end of the meal it became sponge-like and was far from pretty. Chips were damn good.”
“Like a sexy nun, this burger was a plain tease. It looked awesome as soon as it was brought out, but in the end I was left disappointed. However, highlights did include some great tomato relish and hands-down, some of the greatest chips I’ve had to-date.”


The Toff in Town

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Toff in Town – Second Floor, 25 Swanston St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Chilli Beef Basil Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50
Summary

Located on the second floor of Melbourne’s iconic Curtain House, The Toff in Town is renowned for being a place for hipsters, scenesters and the music and film elite. But with a recent change of the menu, The Toff now has another box ticked. With the Thai influenced menu being served until the early hours of the morning, this almost out of place, but unique flavoured burger offers a chilli beef and basil pattie with fried egg, lettuce and tomato, all concealed within perfectly sweet bun.

Comments
“Who would have thought this Thai menu would come up with such a little gem. A small yet flavour-packed burger that will surprise you with a special chilli beef and basil pattie. A great little snack, but you’ll definitely find yourself wanting and needing more.”
“My favourite bar in Melbourne now offers a burger. I might as well just move in! Absolutely loved it. The spicy beef is well balanced by the soft egg, all on a sweet asian bread roll that is as soft as a cloud. Order 2 if its dinner, or order 1 if its a late night snack. Who are we kidding? Just order 2 regardless.”
“A”two bites and you’re done” kind-of-a burger. Although this was damn good, it will leave you wanting more (we had to order seconds). Please remember this isn’t your typical burger joint, and they don’t serve fries. All in all, it does deliver in taste, but not in value.”
“Quite a wicked punch attached to this burger. I’d say its best enjoyed with other small dishes and a tall beer. It will turn into an expensive night, so if you’re strapped for cash, go and borrow some.”


Rockpool Bar & Grill

Monday, June 28, 2010
Rockpool Bar & Grill – Crown Complex, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Formal
Sleepiness:
9 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$22 (extra $6 surcharge on Sundays)
Summary

Rockpool Bar & Grill has been serving up great food since it first opened in Melbourne in 2006. Lunchtime at the Rockpool is synonymous with business power lunches whilst, amidst candlelight, dinners are known to be frequented by the “first-date” variety. Based on Chef Neil Perry’s food I’m sure the deal always gets sealed. The emphasis (or mantra) at the Rockpool has always been high quality produce and we experienced this first hand with our David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger, comprised of a brioche bun, bacon, onions, gruyere cheese and zuni pickles.

Comments
“A burger that is all about the Wagyu beef pattie. With peppery sauteed onions, lean bacon, cheese and some of the best pickes I’ve had. You also get the option of two well presented pieces of lettuce and tomato on the side. Like all good burger places should, this is the first venue to ask us how we wanted the pattie cooked. Oh and the bun deserves a special mention too!”
“Respect for them asking how we wanted our beef cooked. Medium-rare is their standard and my dining companions got exactly that, however mine was cooked a little longer (I had asked for medium rare) and I had no pool of juice left on the plate. That aside the burger was great. The flavours all worked in perfect harmony. Loved the decor, atmosphere and lighting, which all combined really helped cure my hangover.”
“A really classy burger. It’s probably the only place where people can eat their burgers with a knife and fork and get away with it. Anywhere else and they would look like a wanker. My favourite aspect of the burger was the beef pattie (so far ranking highest for me). The pickle and bun came in second, followed by the bacon and cheese. Hand cut fat chips ($12 extra) were OK.”
“This was a refined and well thought out burger. The beef pattie was outstanding but overall the finely sliced, zesty zuni pickles stole the show for me. An experience not to be forgotten. Go the distance and order a beer and a side of onion rings ($9 per serve).”


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