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).”


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.”


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.”


Les Boucheries Parisiennes*

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Les Boucheries Parisiennes – 268 Toorak Rd, South Yarra,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Formal
Sleepiness:
30 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$14.50
Summary

A french restaurant that is dedicated to (and worships), meat in all its glory. Served only at lunch, we are offered a Wagyu Beef burger consisting of apple smoked bacon, vintage cheddar, pomme frites and a side of salad. With French trained chefs, French waiters, French beer and wine, and Parisian decor, all that is left to say is… “Bon Appetit”.

Comments
“The French really have impressed us with this simple burger. With just the bare minimum of ingredients, this Wagyu beef burger makes your taste buds dance with delight thanks to its vintage aged cheese and apple smoked bacon. A perfect bun, spread with a distinctive herbed/garlic butter really shows that when it comes to burgers, the word ‘Traditional’ can really take on a different meaning.”
“A large window encourages diners to peek into the kitchen. This really shows the confidence they have in their cooking skills.. I wasn’t dissapointed. The soft and juicy beef, bacon and cheese contrasted perfectly with the crunch of the baguette style bun; a flawless combination. Amazing fries.”
“C’était magnifique. Who would have thought Les Français could nail a burger so well and so simply. One of the simplest gourmet and best value for money burgers I have had the pleasure of experiencing so far. The herb/garlic butter, medium thickness Wagyu beef pattie, and bacon (not crispy but very tasty), were all well represented and contributed beautifully to the burger. The sharpness and oozing texture of the aged cheese was the biggest stand out for me. The burger didn’t have sauce, but didn’t need it. Chips were great too.”
“Like a revolution brewing in my mouth, sharp and peppery undertones ran wild. Every bite I took, the burger bit back. However, the key conspirator in this case was an aristocratic aged cheddar. It was teamed with an excellent Wagyu beef pattie and a refined piece of bacon, lying on a baguette-like bun with a smear of intoxicating garlic butter. A burger fit for the history books.”

*Unfortunately this fine establishment has since closed and moved on to greener pastures. For those lucky enough to have enjoyed the experience… feel free to brag.


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.”


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