Longhorn Saloon

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Longhorn Saloon – 118 Elgin St, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Ranchero Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16
Summary

By day the place calls itself 5 Points Deli, where the pastrami sandwiches are thick just like the pickles. By night the theme moves away from NYC and focuses more on the Southern way of life, a little similar their sister venue Le Bon Ton. They’ve got that vibe going too. It’s a big old brick building with a heap of seats, low lighting and high quality cocktails. You’ll also notice a real crossover of menus between the Balleau brothers venues with crowd favourites peppered throughout. Here at Longhorn you’ll find the Burger Adventure awarded Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger as well 5 Points Deli’s famous Reuben. They’ve also got some serious steaks on the menu as well as the drool worthy Chicken and Waffles. What piqued my curiosity was the Ranchero burger that came on a glazed bun with a Wagyu beef patty, Ranchero sauce, onion rings, American Cheese and tangy mayo.

Comments
“I’d had my eye on this for a while. I wasn’t exactly sure what Ranchero sauce was going to be but it had to be spicy! The burger looked great. Even if it did have the over the top onion rings. I bit in but felt no spice. It was a subdued chilli sauce with a mix of Chimmi Churri that made up that Ranchero flavouring. The patty and cheese hugged each other the whole meal but when I got a good taste of the meat on its own it was still salty and juicy. There was nothing over the top with this burger, even though it was packed to the brim with assorted goodies. It deserves a tiny round of applause because it would’ve been easy to let all those flavours turn into a mess. Maybe that’s why they didn’t have any spice? I still would’ve liked a pinch more kick with each bite though. Even maybe a Jalapeno cheddar? The Ranchero was a decent burger, but if you’ve never tried the Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger, I’d say go down that road.”
Longhorn Saloon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Saintly Burger

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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Saintly Burger – 81 Ormond Rd, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Double Cheese Cheeseburger + Bacon
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
4 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$11.45
Summary

Along the beachy, somewhat fancier side of Melbourne, Saintly Burger sits at home in Elwood. It’s not a place too many Melbournians make a trip out too. It’s mainly filled with locals and has an almost “small town with cash” feel to the strip. Although you’ll definitely find the backpackers circling around being next door to the ever popular St Kilda foreshore. The burger joint has been around for about 10 years and has seen trends come and go. They of course pride themselves on their burgers being pure at heart serving Grass Fed beef, chemical free chicken and a few vegetarian options. They cater to young and old, especially when you consider their range of “grown up” milkshakes that come spiked with booze. Saintly’s a small shop with a large communal dining table that’s perfect pitstop after a day at the beach. Their burger mantra says that everything is better with bacon, so it was only right to add it to my choice of their super simple Double Cheese Cheeseburger. In between a low G-I Sourdough bun came a 160gm grass fed beef patty, two pieces of cheese, ketchup, pickles and mustard.

Comments
“Everything on paper sounded great: the grass fed stuff, the double cheese and the simplicity of it all. I don’t normally find places that pride themselves on this kind of basic genius. Alas, it was a bit of a mess. The patty tasted store-bought and so did the bun and not as premium as they made out to be. To “upgrade” to brioche was an extra $1 and I wasn’t having any of that. They recommend sourdough so it was sourdough ’til the end – unfortunately. The patty was chargrilled, but on the burnt side of the scale, leaving me with a tough and undesirable bite. I was excited at first because the bacon looked like it was cut straight from the slab, but there were still big bits of rind on there that had me picking at my teeth with each bite. I honestly don’t know what happened here. A burger shouldn’t be hard work. I feel like no one in the kitchen has tasted this burger. So much promise to start with but I’m afraid I’d be going back to the drawing board on this one.”
Saintly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Leonord’s House of Love

Monday, September 7, 2015
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Leanord’s House of Love – 3 Wilson St,
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$10
Summary

You wouldn’t expect this kind of place in between the factories and apartments behind Chapel Street. It’s actually been there quite a while disguised as Tryst Bar, where many Melbournians have enjoyed a drink or two. Now, as the brother venue of local watering hole Sweet Water Inn, Leanord’s House of Love is does both drinks and killer food. Their menu has been setup by Chef Nick Stanton who’s worked his magic at Woods of Windsor and Nieuw Amsterdam. It’s a pretty straight up and down kind of thing. Basically, some decent drinking food that’s going to keep you in the hunting lodge-style cottage for quite a while. You can help yourself to some fried chicken, charcoal chicken, chicken fries, a few salads and then a couple of burgers. It can get pretty hectic in there on weekend so be aware, you might find yourself sitting outside. Which is fine when it starts warming up, but Melbourne can be a bit of a bitch, so either take a coat or be prepared to be fitted for a beer jacket. Lucky for us we were inside and decided to go for their signature Cheeseburger that came on a brioche bun with a beef brisket + short rib patty, special sauce, cheese, onion and lettuce.

Comments
“Yep! “Grease me up“. That shiny bun made for a great site. It also somehow made the first chomp so much softer than I expected. This was a creamy, salty delight. The patty was pink, juicy and together with the salty pickles and sauce reminded me of a high-class fast food restaurant. But none of the “create your taste” ilk. I really dig this burger. It made me want a double. Because basically, you could eat this for lunch and then go for a jog. It was surprisingly light. Not that I was hungry after it all (even with some chips), but I just felt nice, warm and totally loved.”
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Kustom Burgers

Monday, August 3, 2015
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Kustom Burgers – 861 High St, Thornbury, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
EH Smashed Burger
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
13 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$14
Summary

This is the definition of a passion project: know what you want, work your butt off and then make something awesome. A guy by the name of Paul Hendrie is behind Thornbury’s Kustom Burgers. He brought his love of burgers together with his love of cars to create a one-of-a-kind diner. Sure, parts of it looks like a regular old diner, but then there are all the bits that’ve come out of a chop shop. There are tables made of old truck boots, stools like tractor seats, and an actual truck who’s tray doubles as a slot car racing track. Of course then you come to the burgers. All designed by Paul himself, named after classic beauties like the F150, FJ Holden and the Imapala. Some of their burgers are classic beef favourites, but they also do a Fried Chicken one, even Chilli Dogs and wings. I couldn’t go past the EH Smashed Burger. I opted for the classic hamburger bun (you can go for brioche if you like), with 2 smashed Angus grass-fed beef patties, double bacon, double American cheese, lettuce, onion and a house-made special sauce.

Comments
“Damn it feels good to eat a burger this great again. It kicked me in the mouth with flavour from the very first bite. Smash burgers are the way to my burger-loving heart (big nod to Laurie Dee’s). The cheese was Oh-So-Oozy and had a nice bit of saltiness to it. The whole thing balanced out perfectly. Every bite was filled with beefy goodness, salt from the cheese and then the sweet from the special sauce. I’m rather happy I went with the Standard bun – brioche just would’ve been overkill. The onions were also fantastic. I wanted more as soon as I walked out. I will be back. I’m even contemplating moving Northside.”
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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.”
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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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