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.


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.”


Middle Park Hotel

Monday, April 19, 2010
Middle Park Hotel – 102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Beef Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$22
Summary

Originally built in 1889 and reborn in 2009 as the Middle Park Hotel (previously Gunn Island Hotel), we sat surrounded by monogrammed carpet, wood panelling, moose antlers and sporting memorabilia. The menu features plenty of meat and classic English dishes. On the bar menu you will find a Wagyu Beef burger featuring a sesame seed brioche bun, onion marmalade, lettuce, tomato pickle and huge chips.

Comments
“First of all the burger has a fantastically cooked and seasoned Wagyu beef pattie and an unique onion marmalade that has a peppery bite to it. As for the rest, I wasn’t that impressed. From the bun that was a little dry and too big, to the very disappointing chips/wedges – too big, no seasoning, no flavour, no good.”
“After tasting the beef on its own, I removed the lettuce and tomato as they were only getting in the way of it’s amazing flavour. There was a really great spice to the marmalade as well. Matching Ralph Lauren polos on the staff look great.”
“A pub burger with two great features: the Wagyu beef pattie and onion marmalade. There was a good amount of lettuce and fresh tomato. The downside to it all was the bun and thick wedges. There was way too much bread and I would have preferred it toasted. The wedges were oily and too thick. We also ordered shoestring fries ($6) and they did not dissapoint. I say get rid of the wedges and put the fries on the side.”

“Whoever had the idea of adding Horseradish should get a raise.”


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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