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.”


Brother Burger & the Marvellous Brew

Friday, July 3, 2015
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Brother Burger & the Marvellous Brew
– 560 Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Hot Stuff
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$14
Summary

It’s a pretty typical type of thing. See if Northside digs it, then bring it to the South. Like Huxtaburger and Mr Burger, Brother Burger is now slinging meat and buns on both sides of the Yarra. The new South Yarra shop was once famed Greco’s Restaurant, where the late night coffee and cake was worth the $18. Now a whole new type of patron arrives, ready for a ridiculous amount of craft beer and maybe a burger, or two. All of their beef burgers are made with 100% South Australian Wagyu and their buns are all baked in house – a pretty good way to get in our good books. They also offer a wide range of Vego and non-beef options, plus a tonne of spiked milkshakes if you’re in the mood for a sweet nightcap. Having eaten the Lot at their Fitzroy shop, the plan was to try something new. I grabbed the Hot Stuff that came on a seeded burger bun with a Wagyu beef patty, double bacon, jalapenos, cheese, pickles, mayo and chilli-jam.

Comments
“I wasn’t expecting much ever since our last Adventure here. But new burger, new day right. The Hot Stuff didn’t look like much. Frankly I thought, “This is it?” I snapped away and noticed my eating buddies had basically finished before I even started. It was soft and easy to eat. The jalapenos popped up every now and then, but I liked how they were balanced out by some nice creamy sauce. The pickles threw me off though. They tasted more like cucumbers, making it taste like something you’d eat at a friends bbq when they try to impress you with their skills. I didn’t mind this though. But I reckon its a little steep for what you get. I bet they’re paying an arm and a leg for rent so that doesn’t surprise me. It’s not far from home for me so I might go back for a boozy afternoon.”


Archie’s All Day

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Archie’s All Day – 189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Juicy Lucy
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
11 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$20
Summary

There’s a lot going on along Gertrude St, so when opening a new venue you’d want to offer something pretty great. Not having sampled everything, we can’t comment on that, but there is choice. And it’s available (almost) all day. Behind the people pleasing operation is Anthony Brem, owner of Collingwood’s famed Bluebird Espresso. So he knows what works for the area and what doesn’t. That’s why you probably find such a large selection of feel good food, alcoholic beverages and gourmet sans-gluten dishes. It feels pretty laid back in there. There are sultry paintings on the walls with plenty of booth action, as well as some outdoor space for the smokers and friends of smokers who like them enough to withstand the bitter ice that is a Melbourne morning. To keep you warm though, you can grab a coffee with some Za’atar eggs that come with chickpea chips, burnt eggplant, sumac yoghurt and pomegranate or, just wait ’til 10am and you’ll get in on the burger. It’s just the second Juicy Lucy we’ve seen in Melbourne, so this was the only thing we had on our minds when ordering. The burger comes out on a brioche bun with a Wagyu patty stuffed with Jalapeno spiked Monterrey Jack, mustard, ketchup, pickles, iceberg lettuce and fries.

Comments
“I’ve had a few Juicy Lucys now, some here, some in the USA. And, I think there’s definitely a level of gimmick to it all. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get sucked in. Oozy cheese? What could be better? In Archie’s burger, the patty/patties did well to keep the cheese from spilling out all over the place. What surprised me most was how much more punch the Jalapeno Jack had. It was “Tame” on a scale of “Nothing to Pass Me the Milk”, but there was still a nice tingle with each bite. With all the effort going into sealing the patty and cheese, the patty became a little over cooked. I was looking for a soft pinky juiciness to be there. It was still a tasty patty . But just a little too far charred. I’m a real fan of pickles but there was a little too much here. For this, I’d liked to have seen a pickle on the side. So your experience goes something like: take a bite, grab some chips, and then take another bite of some juicy sweet pickles for some zest. I didn’t mind this thing and I do give credit for trying something not so everyday.”


On It Burgers

Friday, June 5, 2015
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On It Burgers – 930 Burwood Highway,
Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
On It Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12.95
Summary

It was once a KFC and then turned into an Indian restaurant, but now, sitting almost lonesome on the side of Burwood Hwy is On It Burgers. All the tell tale signs from the Finger Lickin’ Good days are still there. So it’s even cooler that inside is a pretty cool, craft beer loving, burger slinging restaurant. They opened in late 2014 to much local fanfare but the buzz has has worn off a bit and now you won’t be left elbowing people away for a table. They pride themselves on their premium Grass Fed beef burgers, with 9 on offer there’s more than enough to keep you wanting to come back again. Same goes for the fries and shakes. Pick anything from Truffle & Parmesan fries to a Toasted Marshmallow milk shake. But there’s a dozen more options. I was tempted by The Luke burger that comes with bacon jam and a black bun (maybe next time) but went for their names sake, the On It Burger. On an Artisan Bun it comes with a Grass Fed Beef Patty, American cheese, Smokey On It Sauce, lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickles.

Comments
“It seemed like a “nothing much” kind of place. As I drove toward it, it sent me straight to the memory road-trip pitstops, where you’re dying for a leak and whatever deep fried food is on offer. But this had a smidge more class. The fact that I didn’t walk through an automatic door helped this, but then I saw the craft beers on display and almost pool hall like decor. There were some decent choices on the menu, but I had to go with the namesake. Accompanied by a crisp beer and some parmesan truffle fries it sat there alone on a wooden board. I figured it was going to be that or a basket anyhow. But, I really like the bun. Apart from there being maybe a bit too much of it, it was really nice. It was fluffy but then with a nice glazed exterior that held in all that signature sauce. Which, I might add, was delicious. It was smokey, creamy and slightly spicy. Imagine a more complex, less sweet chipotle mayo. It mixed really nice with the fatty, meaty patty. I just wish there was a bit more of to go around because I was left with just bun and sauce at the end. I thought this was a really nice burger. It had a signature to it and it left me wanting more. But I think in a good way. I’d go back if I was ever in the mood for a road-trip down South. But I might opt for a Double Classic option just with added On it Sauce.”


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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Get That India

Friday, May 1, 2015
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Get That India – 133 Commercial rd, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Bollywood Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.90
Summary

It’s not often you see flavour fusions done this wildly. Sure Heston does lollipops and chicken liver but Hamburgers and Indian food just seems like a stretch. But, whatever they’re doing at Get That India it must be working. Open for about 9 months now they’re looking to try something a little different. And, since they’re open late on a Friday and Saturday night, customers can soak up their night’s efforts with a curry or a burger (or even continue drinking with $5 beers). Owner Stuart Orr says they’re going for “an Indian version of Nando’s” type of thing. That’s pretty apparent when you see their menu includes several chicken dishes like tandoori, a Butter Chicken burger, wraps and a bunch of curries. There are several beef and lamb dishes to choose from but you can also find plenty vegetarian options if that’s your jam. We were curious as to what an Indian take on a traditional beef burger tasted like so ordered the Bollywood Burger that came on a brioche bun with Wagyu beef, cheese, salad, GTI mayo and chutney. beef patty.

Comments
“Think a regular style burger with just whole lot of chutney added to the mix. This meant there was a lot of sweetness to it which made the patty nice and sticky. With all the nightlife around I can see them getting some good business here. Especially from the UK crowd who are used to chowing down on a curry on the way home from the disco instead of a sausage roll. I don’t know what the point of offering two styles of bun are because all a multigrain roll does is make weight conscious people think they’re sort of eating something healthy when it’s just a dripping wet burger. It also confuses me because they preach about using lean meat (all over there walls and website) here because Wagyu is far from lean. It wasn’t bad but I feel like you’d need to be in a particular mood for this. Or it’s one of those occasions you and Bae can’t decide on what you’re going to have for dinner so you end up here because they have such a mix of it all.”
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The Fish Shop

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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The Fish Shop – 22 Challis Ave, Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$18
Summary

In 2011 this Merivale Group venue hosted a few burger lovers to one of their most memorable burger experiences to date. Back then it was called Lotus and sadly it ended up closing down. But not for long. Inspired by the Fishing Clubs of Nantucket, The Hamptons and Cape Cod, The Fish Shop opened up to Sydney-siders hungry for a different take on Fish n Chips. There’s fish everything here: fish tacos, fish fingers, fish schnitzel and fish burgers. But when designing the menu for The Fish Shop, the Merivale Group owners knew they couldn’t just let the legend of the Lotus Cheeseburger die. Amongst all the sea shanty, maritime paraphernalia sits a proud statement of burger genius – Dan’s Famous Cheeseburger. Former Chef of Lotus, Dan Hong once described his creation as “bun, meat, onions, sauce, cheese, mayo and pickles – it is a proper burger – no fancy shit”. So it’s a good thing that Chef Jeremy Strode has tried to mess with it too much. I sat down on a sunny Saturday and eagerly ordered the burger that almost lead me to quit this wicked adventure of ours.

Comments
“My word! It’s been 4 years.This burger was so good the restaurant changed names/concepts/menus/everything and it’s still here. And good reason for it. It’s amazing! I might have to say it a my favourite burger in Australia. I feel like if the king or queen of a nation asked for a burger this is what they should get. Nothing but the finest ingredients done so simply. The cheese, the bun, the pickels – all Devine. Then take the patty. So damn good. I’d even skip the chips and just order another one (even though the chips were great). I’m so impressed. So salty. So soft and so beefy. Well f**king done.”
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