Embassy Cafe

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Embassy Cafe – 547 Spencer St, West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
21 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$7
Summary

Established in 1962 and open 24 hours a day, Embassy Cafe is a haven for cabbies, clubbers and shift workers.
The decor is modest; with plastic chairs, lino floor and fluro lighting. You’ll even find cigarettes for sale behind the counter.
A flashback to simpler times.

Comments
“Mmmm Bacon. It has to be said that this burger has some of the best bacon I think you could find. Probably one of the most recognised burgers on the Melbourne scene for two good reasons: it offers a no frills burger that’s made with quality ingredients, and secondly, best of all, it’s open 24 hours a day. The only down fall was the egg that was a little over cooked, and I’m not a fan of cheese not being standard on a burger with the lot.”
“Heartbroken, to say the least when I discovered “The Lot” did not come with cheese. However, the combination of the amazing bacon, perfectly cooked egg and well seasoned beef glues my heart back together. The staff interaction with regular customers, predominantly taxi and limo drivers, make for great people watching.”
“Pure late night burger joint. The burger is small and easy to bite into. It had caramelised onions, perfectly cooked bacon, fresh tomato and a thin beef pattie that was a bit conservative. Be sure to add cheese to your selection, as well as bringing your own serviettes (they’re a bit reluctant to give you too many). Perfect for a late night binge, but nothing special. Chips tasted too oily and needed salt…”
“We sounded like a broken record. Over and over again, we could not shutup about the Bacon! It was sweet, it was salty, it was exquisite! In its entirety it was an excellent and easy to eat burger.”


Greasy Joe’s Bar & Grill

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Greasy Joe’s Bar & Grill – 66 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot Burger (without Beetroot)
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
30 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$18.50
Summary

With a reputation for serving Melbourne oversized meals for as long as we can remember, Greasy Joe’s has been a starting point for many St Kilda locals before a big night out of live music and a few drinks. Our burger was delivered, in true St Kilda style, by an English backpacker posing as a waiter. Be sure to go on an empty stomach.

Comments
“First off, I have to point out that this is probably the most over priced burger yet. Although you do get a massive burger with an ample side of chips that most will struggle to get through. I think they could definitely improve on the quality of ingredients starting with the meat pattie, which tasted like it was originally from a supermarket freezer.”
“If you have not eaten this week, this is the burger for you. Huge burger, huge price and huge disappointment in the beef. It had barely any flavour and seemed to just take up space. The mayo was good and the Pom waiters were friendly. They also had two TVs with two different footy games running at the same time, which made up for the beef.”
“This burger really brings meaning to the saying “there’s no I in team”. Take the ingredients apart and they are as boring as doing chemistry homework on a Saturday night. Overall there was no stand out. The pattie was thick but lacked seasoning (I found it helped to add extra sauce), but the caramelised onion and cheese were good, and the bacon was extra crispy. Chips were good too).”
“The egg was fried superbly and the cheddar cheese was delicious. But the rest just didn’t stack up. The lettuce was bitter, the pattie was mediocre and the bun wasn’t exactly fresh. But somehow, to my surprise, they all joined forces to create a reasonable burger.”


Barney Allen’s

Monday, March 1, 2010
Barney Allen’s – 14 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Barney Allen Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$12
Summary

Part owner and celebrity chef Ian Hewitson, creates a gastro-pub that is about as casual and laid back as it gets in the Melbourne restaurant scene. With a modern take on the classic Australian hamburger, highlights include an extra large beef pattie, a tomato and onion chutney that sticks to the top bun, and a beetroot relish that makes love to the bottom bun. Treat yourself by adding french fries with spicy ketchup. These guys don’t take bookings, but head on in, and their extremely friendly staff will help you out.

Comments
“A unique burger with some unique ingredients that offers a pleasantly sweet taste. Maybe a little too sweet without a side of chips. A thick, well seasoned pattie that was cooked to perfection and oozed juicy goodness. All ingredients were well balanced, but I’d suggest a little less tomato and onion chutney and a touch more mayo.”
“An explosion of flavour from the get-go (even after removing most of both relishes). The beef has a really nice spice which balanced out the sweetness of the rest of the burger. At first I was confused to find mayo underneath the burger bun, however one of the really friendly staff informed us it was to stop the burger slipping off the plate. That is how a true burger aficionado thinks, aka Huey. I’m sure he would be devastated at the thought of a burger on the floor.”
“The burger had one of the thickest patties I have ever seen and was cooked to perfection. All ingredients were great. I especially like the chutney and the addition of the beetroot relish. However, next time I would like to try it without the beetroot. I felt that it made the burger a lot sweeter than it had to be. With the last bite staring me in the face, I had to compose myself, take a breath, and power through. Make sure you go with a good appetite. Shoe string fries were very good.”
“Tip number one… Don’t wear a white shirt unless you really like the artwork of Jackson Pollock. Tip number two… Eat the burger right above your fries. Tip three… Enjoy your fries, now covered in a sweet and zesty burger sauce.”
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Danny’s Burgers

Monday, February 22, 2010
Danny’s Burgers – 360 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot (with cheese)
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$7.30
Summary

Unchanged since 1955, Danny’s Burgers has held it’s North Fitzroy reputation as a family business that caters to the masses with its nostalgic home-style burgers. Judging from the exterior, you can’t help but anticipate a messy burger experience. However, this was not the case. The service was great and the diner style bar and stools brought back a certain romance that only the 1950’s could deliver.

Comments
“A neatly constructed burger that doesn’t offer anything you wouldn’t expect. Fairly traditional ingredients with the option of adding cheese (I would recommend the double cheese) that sits on top of the egg almost giving it that breakfast feel. I could only suggest adding a second pattie, or if you think you can.. a third.”
“It starts off with a foursome of Butter, Egg, Mayo and Cheese, and continues to get even better and messier with the sweet onions, which are bashed into, and lovingly embracing the beef. Felt like an amateur when 2 locals walked in and ordered the Triple Lot Burger. However, looking forward to returning and ordering it myself.”
“All the aspects of the burger were in proportion. A nice juicy beef pattie, toasted buns (with butter), double cheese (a must), and a perfectly cooked semi-runny egg. It’s a slightly smaller burger compared to the other ones you would get form other burger shops, but still filling. The chips were good but nothing special. CAUTION. They cut your burger in half as part of the service, so tell them upon ordering if you don’t want that done.”
“Wow. I’m impressed. This is a quality burger: the beef holds a humble spice, the cheese is so creamy it sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter and the eggs are cooked with each order, left a little runny, the way they ought to be. Will be back pronto to triple the fun.”
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Cafe Vue

Saturday, February 13, 2010
Cafe Vue – 401 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Vue Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$15
Summary

Wagyu Beef on a Brioche bun, Tasty cheese, Bacon, Lettuce and a dollop of mayonnaise. Salty French Fries accompanied by a bottle of homemade tomato sauce. The “Get Up & Go” burger that even your grandma will enjoy. (p.s Really cool venue!)

Comments
“An understated burger in taste and complexity, but nonetheless, something you would go back to eat. This is a light burger that can be appreciated by everyone on any occasion. With a sweet bun and dominant side of chips, this combo might be changing the rules.”
“Really enjoyed it. Smallish.. could have done with another one. The beef was a little dry due to being pre cooked in preparation for the lunch time rush. Fries and homemade sauce were amazing. No mess at all.. its a girls burger. Our waitress should ease up on the fake tan.”
“Perfectly seasoned and cooked patty on sweet fresh burger bun. This burger is well sized as a good lunch time meal with no severe drowsy side effects. Bacon was crisp, with a small dollop of mayo on top. A great homemade tomato sauce – A must to actually put in the burger.”
“Contrast to most other burgers, it is placid and relaxed. All it’s flavours melt in your mouth creating an all around experience. This made the crunchy, salty french fries really feel like the main part of the meal, so you end up using the burger to calm your palette. I like it.”
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Soda Rock

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Soda Rock – 257 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Big Bopper without Beetroot
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
2 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.95
Summary

Set in a 50’s style diner this burger is classic Americana. Between two soft buns were a beef pattie, crunchy bacon, egg, tasty cheese, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise and ketchup.

Comments
“A true 50’s burger in a true 50’s diner. This small in size, but big in content burger lacked a good amount of sauce and although had great taste, it failed to leave a lasting impression. Surprisingly I enjoyed the thinner than usual pattie. It was well spiced but still let you appreciate the crispy bacon.”
“The only crispy thing about this burger was the bacon, which means 2 thumbs up. Everything else was soft, juicy and wonderful. Each bite was an amazing plethora of flavours and the pickle made me tickle like a Mexican moustache. For an American diner the staff were typically Oriental. Will definitely return.”
“PAfter careful consideration this burger left me empty inside. What was so bad about it? Absolutley nothing… bacon, thin beef pattie, cheese and bun were all above par. It just didn’t have the punch I thought it would have, considering it was meant to be served in a 50’s American diner (in my opinion the burger era) it left me wanting more. Maybe I’ll go have a Big Mac on the way home.”
“As I licked my fingers after the last messy bite I had to ask myself… Where’s all the flavour? A burger that talked the talk, but didn’t walk the walk. P.s Root Beer was a BAAAAD choice.”


Grill’d

Monday, January 25, 2010
Grill’d – 217 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Mighty Melbourne (without beetroot)
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$11.90
Summary

Your “Go To” burger. 95% Fat Free beef patties that still remain incredibly juicy. Organic lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Tasty Cheese, Trim Bacon topped with a Free Range Egg.

Comments
“Becoming a Melbourne icon, this burger franchise is on the money with something you’d be happy to eat every week. If I were to pick on anything… there should be more cheese and it should be melted on top of the beef patty.”
“Friendly, fun environment to eat a burger, don’t feel bloated after eating and the chips are amazing. Watching the girls prepare the burger behind the glass is like a sneak peak into heaven.”
“One of the best burgers a franchise can offer. With a well sized beef patty that is not too overcooked and is seasoned close to perfection. Great choice of buns – I went for the Traditional. Good ratio of Bacon, Lettuce, Cheese and Mayo.”
“This is insane! Almost flawless. The meat and herbed mayo are a stroke of genius.
I’m pretty much in love.”


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