Hurricane’s Express Take Away

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Hurricane’s Express Take Away – 130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach,
New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Bacon & Cheese Burger
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
25 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16
Summary

Just across the road from Australia’s world famous Bondi Beach and next door to its big brother Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, is Hurricane’s Express Take Away. Open 7 days a week from midday to 11pm their burgers have been satisfying beach-goers for over a decade. Our burger was made with 250 grams of 100% beef on a toasted bun, dressed with lettuce, vine ripened tomato, red onion, dill pickle, bacon, cheddar cheese, house mayo and a choice of either chips or a baked potato on the side.

Comments
“This burger didn’t need to be this big. The beef pattie had a smokey BBQ glaze but was still a bit too dry. The melted cheese was good and the bacon was nice and crispy. I can see why this big messy burger is located near the beach, as you’ll probably need to go for a dip to wash up.”
“Biggest beef pattie in diameter I have experienced. But it was too big and too messy. The pattie was quite dry but its a great place to enjoy a burger.”
“A good beachside burger experience. With a thin glaze of sauce on a grilled pattie, melted cheese on top, crispy bacon, lettuce, red onion and tomato. It was a big, messy burger session, but a good one. If I had to pick one bad thing I would say the pattie was a little dry. The bun did its job and the chips were good too. Perfect for a day at the beach.”
“There was so much packed into this burger. You can tell they cater for hungry surfers craving a big meal. All-in-all though, it didn’t do anything for me. It felt like it needed some chillies or some other punchy flavour to make it stand out from the crowd. In saying that they do offer 8 other beef burgers that seem tremendously tempting.”


Misty’s Diner

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Misty’s Diner – 103 High Street, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Misty’s American Style Burger
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.90
Summary

Prepare to be greeted by the warm glow of neon lights and the retro-glam stylings that are the 1950’s American Diner. Booking is essential if you’re trying to secure yourself a booth. But with a menu full of Yankee favourites (extending from curly fries to pumpkin pie), I’m sure you’ll settle for a stool. Our burger of choice came served on a plain bun with beef, American cheese, sauteed onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg and Misty’s Special Sauce.

Comments
“The team at Misty’s put together a messy, sauce filled burger. You’ll be wiping off your fingers, chin, cheeks and probably your forehead. Overall, well balanced flavours with fresh ingredients and a pattie that I can’t complain about. It had mayo on the top and bottom, but I maybe would’ve like one of them to be replaced by mustard. Could also do with a fresher bun.”
“After eagerly anticipating this venue for months, I was really let down with the stale bun and strange flavour to the beef. The cheese and egg were great, but not enough to make up for the negatives. I will definitely be returning to try to other items on the menu (including sliders and deep fried pickles), however I’ll give this burger a miss.”
“After my first bite I noticed some similarities to the Whopper served by that big, mean franchise. However this is far better than any Whopper you will ever have. I wasn’t totally won over by this burger. Regrettably I found the pattie a little bland and there was too much mayo and lettuce. Overall though, it was a good and filling experience. We had one serve of shoe-string fries that could easily feed 4 people – pretty good fries.”
“Like a child who accidentally stumbled upon a porn collection, Misty’s menu is mouthwatering… But that’s where it ends. The burger wasn’t flash. It was ok at most. But being the burger lover/whore I am, I’d still come back to try more.”


Watergrill

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Watergrill – 300 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Watergrill Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$8.90
Summary

Having recently reopened as a smaller, more compact version of its former infamous establishment, this seafood restaurant caters to both the take-away and dine-in customers. This classy (as apposed to classic) style fish’n’chip shop offered us a burger with 100% beef, cooked onion, bacon, egg, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and tomato sauce on a sesame seed bun.

Comments
“For me this burger didn’t have a great appeal. Although it oozed “burger juices” everywhere, I found the bun somewhat dry, the onion had been overcooked and had lost its flavour, and the pineapple was overkill. The egg was my highlight. It’s early days so I would expect there would be some improvements to come.”
“The beef had been packed too tight, which resulted in it crumbling from the first bite. This did not make it an easy meal to eat. The beef was also a little burnt making it dry, however the oozing egg made up for it. Very friendly service and considering they’d only been open for 3 days I can only imagine it will get better over time.”
“For a place that has been open for under a week I can’t say it was all that bad. However, there were a few things I would refine: the pattie needed more seasoning, the bun felt like it came from a supermarket bakery and the onion was over cooked (raw red onion would have sufficed in my opinion). Would I go back? I’d say give it a month. Chips were a plus.”
“This place has a lot going for it including the right environment, staff and reputation. But in the end my highlights were everything but the burger.”


Match Bar & Grill*

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Match Bar & Grill – 249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
9 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$25
Summary

Known internationally for providing quality and innovative cocktails in locations such as London, Ibiza, and now Melbourne, we found that this funky CBD bar also offers a great dining experience. Match Bar & Grill serve up a true gourmet burger. Presented before us (with impeccable styling) was a burger with a soft brioche bun, a David Blackmore Wagyu beef pattie, tasty cheese, pancetta, tomato, cos lettuce, onions and their own blend of truffle mayonnaise. With a generous side of shoestring fries, you’re in for a real treat!

Comments
“Although not grand in size, it makes up for it with it’s powerful flavours. From the moment it left the kitchen all you can smell is a mouth watering aroma of a real gourmet burger. It had a beef pattie that was seasoned well and the pancetta was a pleasant substitute for bacon. I also loved the truffle mayonnaise and the touch of horseradish I kept tasting. Not the cheapest burger, but thats the price you pay for quality.”
“Without a doubt the best looking burger I’ve seen in a long time. The beef was perfectly pink and juicy. But the other ingredients were too strong and overpowering. The pickles were too tangy, the pancetta was too salty, and the sauce too strong. I would’ve preferred just the bun and beef. Great environment (it actually looks like my penthouse). Just not enough value for money.”
“First thing you think of when you get the burger is “Damn, I should’ve ordered two”. I say that because A) you will love the burger and B) the burger could be bigger. However, lately I have grown to absolutely love the smaller burgers we’ve had since the journey began. Highlights included the peppery flavoured pattie with the amazing pancetta, and very decent chips.”
“It looked like a work of art. But it tasted like it was made by an art student. Pretty good.. but there was too much going on. They should’ve kept this one simple.”

*Unfortunately Match Bar & Grill has closed down. Shame to see a decent burger go to the grave.


Ivy

Monday, May 31, 2010
Ivy – 330 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Beef Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$15
Summary

Located at the world renowned Ivy and created by award-winning head chef David O’Brien, you will find “The Kitchen”. Once your order is placed you are faced with a myriad of choices of where to sit, drink and relax. This smooth, sophisticated, multi-level establishment offers a burger with beef, bacon, cheese, caramelised onions, tomato, beetroot, bbq sauce, a hint of garlic mayo and chips.

Comments
“What else could you expect from such an acclaimed place. All ingredients were of truly high quality and the beef pattie was even a step above that. It was good to see someone add garlic mayo in a burger, as it really is an underrated and underused ingredient.”
“I came here wanting to be impressed by all the hype, and I was not let down. From the decor, music, the crowd and ultimately, the gourmet burger that had some thought behind it, and wasn’t just haphazardly slapped-together.”
“Loved the garlic mayo and the pattie. They were supported well by the good amount of bacon, caramelised onion, cheese, lettuce and a subtle amount of beetroot. The bun was good and held the burger together well. Chips were good.”
“This was such an outstanding dining experience: from the garlic mayo and excellent beef pattie, to the exquisite decor and music. If I didn’t have a plane to catch I would have stayed all night.”


The Amberoom at Royce Hotel

Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Amberoom at Royce Hotel – 379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Amberoom Beef Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
7 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$14
Summary

Mainly known for catering to the lunchtime crowd, The Amberoom has been feeding the mouths of many hungry office staff on St Kilda Rd since 2000. Don’t let the swanky interior intimidate you; this place is as humble as the burgers it serves and the beer it pours. The burger comprises of a brioche bun, a juicy beef pattie, swiss cheese, rocket, tomato relish, mayonnaise and a side of fries. It shall not disappoint.

Comments
“Probably one of the most simple but greatest burgers I’ve eaten in a long time. There was so much flavour, even with such a minimal amount of ingredients. A perfect ratio of quality tomato sauce and mayo, plus a truly outstanding bun, all teamed together to create this well-balanced burger.”
“My absolute favourite style of burger. Really soft and juicy ingredients with a combo of ketchup and mayo, a match made in heaven. It will give its neighbour Cafe Vue a run for its money. My only complaint is I didn’t order a second one.”
“I’ve seen this burger come a long way since I first visited a few years ago. They have perfected all aspects of it, from the bun to the well grilled pattie – it has gotten better. The bun is sweet, the pattie is well-seasoned and the relish with mayo is perfection. Chips were great and loved the side jar of tomato sauce. If you are a St Kilda Rd employee make sure you visit on your lunch break.”
“A flame-grilled pattie together with an excellent mayonnaise and tomato relish is such a simple recipe.. but I think Amberoom have close-to perfected it! Very impressive.”


Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven – 38 Forest Rd, Ferntree Gully,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Heavenly Burger (without Pineapple)
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
25 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16.50
Summary

With a menu that boasts 11 different beef burgers (plus hot dogs, nachos, buffalo wings, steak etc)… how can you go wrong!? This mouth-watering adventure introduced us to an American-style diner with retro booths, swinging tunes, and good ol’ fashioned service. We discovered a burger complete with a beef pattie, egg, bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles and cheese. If you still have room for dessert, be sure to try the Key Lime Pie.

Comments
“The egg was perfectly cooked and the bacon was done to my liking, but the beef lacked flavour and could have done with more seasoning. It just didn’t live up to its American expectation. If they fixed a few things this place has the potential to be great.”
“Another large and messy burger experience. Most of the lettuce fell out the bottom, but I was going to remove it anyway. The beef was fairly non descript. I couldn’t taste the bacon and the bun was just a tad too big. All-in-all it was still a juicy and tasty burger. The staff were genuine in making sure we had a great meal and experience… which we did!”
“Loved the All-American drinks on offer and the cliché Americana interior design. The staff are friendly, the music is damn catchy and you will end-up wanting to eat everything on the menu. It tasted like a good fish ‘n’ chip shop burger and not like the Great American burger I was expecting, however to its defense it did have pickles. Chips weren’t so good.”
“The burger, in-short, was average. But this place was fun. The friendly service and the variety will make sure you have a great time. I’ll definitely be back to try another burger from their enormous menu.”
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