Charlie & Co

Monday, July 27, 2015
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Charlie & Co – Melbourne Emporium, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale St,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Double Cheese & Bacon
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$13.90
Summary

Shopping centre food courts aren’t well-known for great quality. You can generally find a burger in amongst them but it’s usually from a wide sweeping chain. Charlie & Co are trying to break that mould. But it’s more of a quality not quantity kind of capacity. Located in high-end shopping destinations across Melbourne and Sydney means that there’s plenty of tourists ready to spend money. That’s why they’re able to charge a more exuberant price than you’re used to when it comes to food courts. Paying homage to Charlie “Hamburger” Nagreen, one of the many that claim they invented the hamburger, they’ve gone straight to the source for their schtick. They offer a range of burgers here but don’t get too crazy with the choices. The worst you could do would be an Aussie style burger that’s topped with pineapple and beetroot. Not for everyone, but some seem to love it. Having eaten here in Sydney I was keen to see if Melbourne could out-do it’s northern counterpart. I went for one of the most classic things on their menu, The Double Cheese and Bacon burger. It came on a seeded bun with smoked middle bacon, double cheese, a wagyu beef patty, pickled gherkins, Charlie’s signature tomato sauce and American mustard.

Comments
“Having eaten this in a Westfield in Sydney years ago, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. I mean Justin North might have been the founder but as before, I was placing my order in another shopping centre surrounded by day trippers and Emos. This burger feeds the hungry. It’s large and comes with a stack of chips if you happen to order a side. But that’s basically all it does. It looked really promising when it arrived but it didn’t deliver. The patty was a little bland. The bacon could’ve been much crispier, and I wish that the bun wasn’t so dense. I feel like for $14 I should be getting something that’s packed with more flavour. The highlights came from the restrained use of mustard, the sweetness from the pickles and the extra large salty chips.”


Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Monday, May 18, 2015
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Grand Trailer Park Taverna – 87 Bourke St,
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
KSA
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.50
Summary

On the inside, you’re on the outside and when you’re on the outside you’re still outside. Well you’re on a balcony. If that’s not too confusing for you, it basically means that when you head upstairs of what was once a Chinese Restaurant (there’s still remnants on the exterior facade), you’ll come face to face with the park benches and caravan inspired decor of Grand Trailer Park Taverna. It’s run by a one guy who owns a nightclub called Pawn&Co and another who owns a suburban family/burger friendly restaurant, Dandenong Pavillion. Together they’re burger fanatics, churning out 9 or so different burgers along with spiked milkshakes and waffles. This place is a hashtag paradise; rich in both concept and loaded American comfort food that’ll see your Instagram notifications swell as soon as you apply that last filter. Apart from a few classic styles they offer other burgers with mac & cheese inside them, another with beef patties covered in lamb and truffle mayo and then of course a mushroom burger for the lightweights. We took our place at a park bench and wanted to go for an East Coast inspired classic: the KSA that came on a brioche bun with a beef patty, American cheddar, tomato, butter lettuce, special sauce and American mustard.

Comments
“After many recommendations and blogosphere chatter I went to check this place out. We’d quite enjoyed our previous encounter with older brother Dandenong Pavillion, so thought that this would be pretty damn good. But sometimes hype has a way of messing things up. I bit in to my burger expecting all kinds of greatness. But it was a flop. It fell well short of making me fall in love. There was way too much bun on this thing. There was too much mustard too and, not enough ketchup. I liked the patty but it wasn’t amazing. If I were going back I’d try their more simple cheeseburger but make sure there was no mustard to take over the party. All in all I guess I can say it was good. It just wasn’t anything special which was terribly disappointing.”
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Burger Project

Monday, March 30, 2015
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Burger Project – 644 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Cheese
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
4 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.90
Summary

The geniuses behind Rockpool are now taking every juicy bit of knowledge they’ve acquired over the last 30 years and turning it into fast-food. That doesn’t mean the stuff you might be used to at your local drive-thru. All that dedication to quality and fine ingredients have been converted into a machine that can churn out burgers all day long. Neil Perry’s new burger shop opened in October 2014 and has built quite a following, even if it’s tucked away from the main street. This could be for many reasons. Either it’s the spitting resemblance to worldwide burger Gods, Shake Shack or that Neil Perry knows exactly what’s up when it comes to cooking a hamburger. To make their burgers they use 36 month aged Cape Grim beef; a mix of chuck and brisket, and it’s all ground on site. They offer a bunch of options that vary in different ways. Say the “American Cheese” versus the “Cheese” option. As far as one burger buff can tell the American uses a Rose mayonnaise and omits the tomato. Then of course, they aim to please all diets by offering your burger in a bowl or a chicken or mushroom option. I tried to opt for the most classic burger I could get (avoiding the Classic option) and ordered a Cheeseburger that came with a beef patty, soft bun, cheese, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato and special sauce. Again, just like at Shake Shack, I took a seat and waited for my plastic disc to start buzzing – Oh the anticipation!

Comments
“Every photo I’d seen online was just made me think Neil had ripped off Shake Shack. It all looked so similar. The kitchen looked the same. The method of ordering was the same. Could my prayers be answered? Shake Shack at home? I went and picked up my order and was surprised it wasn’t closer to the real deal. The bun had been cut all the way through and the chips weren’t crinkle cut. The first bite in and the softness was there. But there so much sauce! As I delved further in I got to taste more of the beef and cheese. These together were fantastic. All the rest just got in the way and turned it into a sloppy meal. I resorted to just patty and cheese and loved it! That’s the only way I’d recommend ordering this burger. Time will tell, but it looks like the Burger Project is the kind of thing that you’ll start to see popping up in a city near you. Not the Meccas I was hoping for but still good if you were to simplify. Unlike Shake Shack, next time, I’d go a double patty, double cheese.”
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Bad Boys Burgers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Bad Boys Burgers – Punch Lane (off Lonsdale Street), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Bad Boy
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
7 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.50
Summary

It’s hard to find, only seats a few people and pumps out a modern take on a classic – all the makings of a successful Melbourne eatery. Bad Boys Burgers are cheeky and definitely don’t take themselves too seriously, apparent in their burger themed artwork that covers the walls. They’re run by a small crew but that doesn’t mean they’re not up to the challenge of serving the flurry CBD lunchgoers that you usually see lining up out the door. The hungry folk of Melbourne can choose anything from a chicken, pork, mushroom or beef option but there’s also sweet treats like Hershey’s milkshakes if your in that thirsty hungry zone. I went for their namesake and ordered the Bad Boy that came on a brioche bun with a Wagyu patty, bacon, cheese, cos lettuce, tomato and Bad Boy sauce.

Comments
“It was a little place that didn’t give much indication of quality burgers – it felt too pop-up and gimmicky for me. They had run out of places to sit as well and my burger’s cheese wasn’t melted! Kind of like a cheeseburger you’d get from Maccas, where the cheese corners poke out. But that send me flashbacks and began to warm my inner child’s Happy Meal loving heart. So I dug in and found it was a soft and proportionally balanced burger. Nothing really took over, maybe sometimes the sweet signature BBQ sauce they use. It was a nice sauce, but was probably a little too liberally added. The patty on its own was great! It was cooked throughout and had a salty bite every time. The quality you get here is great value for money. Overall a good experience, but I reckon I’d go back for another patty, less sauce and more pickles.”
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Panned Pizza

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Panned Pizza – 189 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Juicy Lucy
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$14
Summary

Some of the finest chefs and restauranteurs call Melbourne’s CBD home. Their restaurants are usually choc-full, booked out and most of the time break the bank. Panned Pizza is not one of these type of venues. Unless of course it’s a Saturday night and the party bus has pulled up around the corner. But, Panned Pizza isn’t trying to be anything fancy. They’re mission is to feed the hungry drunk people that stumble in the early hours of the morning with some American-style comfort food. We were enticed by the fact that these guys serve up the Minneapolis icon that is the Juicy Lucy – a burger that comes with a patty stuffed with cheese. This is the first of its kind we’ve ever encountered in Melbourne so we were excited to say the least. So there we sat: four dudes in a brightly lit Pizza parlour waiting on some Juicy Lucys. They came out on a brioche bun with a massive 220g wagyu beef patty filled with double Monterey Jack cheese in the centre, crispy lettuce, ripe tomato slices, caramelised onions, tomato sauce, American mustard and mayo.

Comments
“As someone who has watched an unhealthy amount of American food shows, I had inevitably heard of the Jucy/Juicy Lucy burger. After we asked what cheese was in the burger, the utter confusion from behind the counter made me wonder if we were the first sober people to actually order this burger in Melbourne. It didn’t look anything like its American counterpart, be it covered in grilled onions, lettuce and tomato and, it was a good couple of bites until I reached the cheesy centre. As you’d expect, the beef was cooked right through to melt the cheese so it was left a little dry. However, the triple combo of ketchup, mayo and mustard helped mask the bland beef flavour.”
“I think for a place that predominantly specialises in pizza they make a better pizza, but hell you have to appreciate their effort at a Juicy Lucy. There was a good amount of cheese in and around the double pattie. The pattie was a tad bit dry and the bun held it’s integrity withstanding oozy cheese and mayo. The mustard really cut through the burger considering the amount of grease it had in it and the chips were substantial. I’d advise maybe skipping a meal before going.”
“Walking in I had no idea what to expect. The staff had no idea either to be honest. The burger wasn’t bad. But it was all a gimmick. I don’t think it would’ve made a difference whether or not the cheese was inside or on top of the patty because it kind of just sat there unappealing-like (instead of oozing out like the prophecies had predicted). Things I noticed most were the the onions as a highlight and, that the beef was pretty tightly packed (to hold the cheese in imagine). It wasn’t an all together great first Juicy Lucy experience but I’m sure after a box of wine and a night out it’d be super.”
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Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen

Monday, December 9, 2013
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Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen – 243 Swanston St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Kick Ass Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$16
Summary

Up until a few years ago the Lounge was synonymous as one of Melbourne’s main university hangouts. With a 10min walk from RMIT University, pool table, pub grub and a balcony right over Swanston Street it’s easy to understand how the conditions were right for students to graze. Earlier this year Lounge received a much needed refurbishment and established Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen with a menu possessing some of the most mouth watering American style comfort food going around in Melbourne. As part of the relaunch of Gloria Swanston’s kitchen and as an aid to bring in new clientele they now offer one of it’s marquee meals, the Kick Ass burger, every Tuesday for $8 (normally $16). After hiking up the stairs, picking one of the few well lit corners to sit in, we ordered the Kick Ass beef burger that came with 200grams of ground beef, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, bacon, double cheese served and with crinkle cut fries.

Comments
“One of my favourite parts of travelling is treating myself to a Bacon Deluxe from Hungry Jacks at the airport – regardless of the time. So, when I bit into this burger it brought up wonderful connotations from many previous holidays. Unlike the Bacon Deluxe they use a single, large, course and beefy patty that has a nice layer of char on the outside and a fairly pink and crumbly in the centre. Then there’s plenty of creaminess from the double cheese, saltiness of the bacon, tang from the sauce between the sweet bun, resulting in every bite being packed full of flavour.”
“Thinking back from my days of university when I saw we were going up to the Lounge, I was expecting a hipster hell – instead I found a very casual, relaxed environment with minimal hipsters in sight. The beef pattie had some smoky flavoured undertones that combined well with the creaminess of the the double cheese and mayo. With the great addition of some of the saltiest bacon I have had in a while the burger went up a level in my book. The brioche bun was of decent quality and didn’t disappoint, neither did the crinkle cut fries. I’ll definitely be back.”
“To say I was mildly excited to see all that cheese melting was an understatement. I bit in and immediately had a Samuel L Jackson moment: this was a tasty burger. It was charred on the outside and soft on the in. There was plenty of salt on the pattie but it was balanced out brilliantly by the cheese and creamy sweetness of the ketchup mayo mix. My favourite thing with this burger was that it embraced tradition and didn’t fall into a gourmet trap. This is fast-food done slow, done awesome.”
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The Duke

Friday, July 5, 2013
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The Duke – 146 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Duke Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$19.50
Summary

You wouldn’t pick it by looking at the modern interior however, The Duke is Melbourne’s oldest licensed pub, having first opened its doors in 1853. Having recently re-opened for its latest reincarnation we are guessing it’s seen some big changes occur over the years, especially since its neighbours are The Forum Theatre and Federation Square (well, almost neighbour). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering contemporary Australian and International dishes, and with the bar boasting 20 beers on tap, The Duke really caters to everyone. We sat down late one evening for the Duke Burger made with a house ground beef pattie, cheddar cheese, lettuce, bacon, tomato, mayo, dill pickles and a side of house cut chips.

Comments
“This burger had all the right ingredients and characteristics of a great burger however, several aspects really let it down. For starters the piece of lettuce had a giant, cold, spine in it. The slice of tomato was too thick and it really took away the attention from the thick, juicy beef pattie covered in large amount of melted cheddar cheese. Unfortunately the bacon was cooked a little too long and turned rubbery and chewy.To top it off the very sweet and flaky brioche bun was quite dry and left a strange texture once chewed through.”
“There were some really good takeaways from this burger. The pattie for instance was average, but when topped off with a bit of melted cheese, it told me someone in the kitchen cares. The dill pickle had some good crunch to it and really gave the burger some attitude. I did find that the brioche bun let it down; it was sweet as you would expect however, very crumbly and by the end of the meal my plate and lap were full of crumbs. The chips were very good and evenly cooked – especially being thick cut where I find a lot of people get it wrong. For the price I think it could of been better.”
“Plenty of ups an downs with this one. But nothing that would make you slap the chef. Maybe a quiet
word would suffice. The pattie was plenty meaty, soft and salty. The strips of bacon that fell out from my meal also salty and made no enemies (how could you hate bacon right?). Where the burger fell apart for me, both literally and metaphorically, was at the bun. For the last two years the use of brioche has been epic. Every corner of the city boasts a burger with brioche. Now we all know brioche is sweet, but this was more like a croissant. Have it with some jam and coffee in the morning and you’ve got a delightful breakfast. A half-decent burger but I wouldn’t run into the city for it.”
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