Rude Boy

Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Rude Boy – 482 Albion St, Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Rude Boy
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12
Summary

It’s kind of in the middle of somewhere cool and the middle of nowhere. That’s the suburban-type feel that Brunswick West has to it. You’ve got some cool places scattered around but then your back drop is a freeway overpass. Rude Boy is burger joint in and amongst all this. They’re owned by a husband and wife team who also run popular Lolo & Wren cafe just next door. A pretty smart move for an area strip that’s limited with quality fair, the guys have their corner of the market dominated. Breakfast and light lunch at the cafe or something a little more comforting at the burger joint. Their main focus is their produce, with meats sourced ethically from around the state like Clover Valley and Milawa free range chicken. Burgers come in all shapes and sizes and get as wild as including jalapeno poppers and chimmi churri, to as basic as meat, cheese and ketchup. I had to get into their namesake Rude Boy burger that came with a sesame seed bun, 150g Wagyu patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and rude sauce.

Comments
“There was huge promise here. It was decent sized and looked had all the right stuff in the right places: cheese melting all over a big patty with a soft bun. All these things hit the mark. The patty was salty and pink and juicy. The cheese I barely noticed and the bun did it’s job. But the thing that threw me was the crazy amount of signature rudeboy sauce. It made for a really saucy mess. I didn’t mind it as a dipping sauce but in the burger there was too much. The best way to describe it is a a dill filled mayo with a touch of blue cheese dressing. I managed to sample some chips and bacon from my fellow diners and these were actually brilliant. If I was in the neck of the woods I’d give their Little Rude Boy (plus bacon and chips) a go. Oh, crazy bonus points to the staff who didn’t charge me for ketchup, pointing out there was plenty on the table.”
Rude Boy Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Lab

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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BurgerLab – 63 Florence St, Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Free Range Bacon Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$11.50
Summary

Mentone’s little hub has a lot going for it. The locals can get themselves into a decent cafe for brunch, or get themselves into town with the train station front and centre. Nowadays, thanks to Burger Lab, the locals can get themselves a decent looking burger too. The guys behind the operation are Anthony Pinzone and Chef Lochie Greig-Moore who are all about a relaxed environment with organic, sustainable produce. There’s a clear sense of “chill” throughout the place, with friendly staff, plenty of beer on tap as well as local specials for students to come and bitch about their Maths teacher. Their burger list isn’t as scientific – as was expected – from their name and branding, but instead they’re pretty classic options. The craziest they go is with their prawn burger that has a squid ink, black bun. But we’d never go down that path. To make up for that silliness they also offer chicken wings and ribs. I chose to sink my teeth into a Free-Range Bacon Burger that came on a seeded brioche bun with a beef patty, ‘Hagens’ Free-Range Bacon, melted organic Raclette cheese, tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, diced shallot and mayo.

Comments
“This was big. I saw a tonne of mayo, which normally I’m cool with. But it got me a little worried about how creamy and messy this would get. I bit in and it happened – a whole lot of slide. I almost lost my tomato instantly. But, to make up for it, there was a nice salty creaminess going on. The cheese, bacon, beef and mayo thing was working for me. Then I lost the lettuce. It was half out anyway so I gave it a shove. The beef was pink and juicy and the tomatoes were really fresh and sweet. The downfall to this thing was the bun. There was already a lot of sweetness going on so the brioche was overkill. Plus as I mentioned, it was on the big side. Less bun, more fun.”
BurgerLab 3194 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Easey’s

Sunday, September 13, 2015
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Easey’s – 48 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Too Ease + Bacon
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$14
Summary

The only way this place could be more Melbourne would-be if it were hidden down a laneway. Close enough though, it’s off the main drag off Smith street, and instead of hiding themselves they’ve thrown actual train carriages on their roof. Actually a really smart but probably expensive move. With Melbourne having more burger joints than ever, the kids refer to Easey’s as “the one with the trains”. A product of fellow burger lover Jimmy “Burgers” Hurlston and local artist Jeremy Gaschk this joint doesn’t do things by halves. They’re an experimental bunch. The anything goes attitude is seen across a lot of their social media and clienteles choices. Want a DimSim in your burger? Sure. How about 12 patties. Why not? This “Easy-going” bunch sees locals constantly trying to outdo each other with more melt, more patty and more absurdity. I sat downstairs, enjoyed some beer and went for a more classic option. The boys brought me a Too Ease that came on a soft bun, with two beef patties, double American cheddar, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard and without realising it, somehow I’d managed to add some bacon in there.

Comments
“I’d heard mixed reviews about Easey’s ever since they opened. But, for me this was pretty damn decent. The patties were pink and spot on, and the streaky bacon cut into strips meant that I didn’t pull out all the bacon within my first bite. I was a big fan of how soft and easy to eat this was too. It was salty, simple and to the point. Oh, and supremely cheesy. I’m not really a fan of the the whole, “the bigger the better” culture that’s brewing at certain venues like this. But, if the kids that visit want to splash cash for internet points, please be my guest. All I can liken them to people who drive Hummers. Overall, the burgers impressed, so that’s most important. P.s God bless their souls, they take bookings.”
Easey's 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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Mick Adams Burger Bar

Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Mick Adams Burger Bar – 38 Portman Street, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheesy Mike
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.50
Summary

It wasn’t too long ago that Oakleigh was just a little Souvlaki-filled pocket next-door to Chadstone Shopping Centre. These days it’s a bustling little place where both locals and people from all over town come to enjoy coffee, cakes or a leisurely get-together. With this, the level of dining has lifted. New restaurants and bars are popping up all over. So of course there needed to a spot for a genuine burger joint. Mick Adam’s has stepped in to fill this void. They take their name from a Greek immigrant who opened Australia’s first Milk Bar in Sydney back in 1932. The Milk Bar was called the Black and White and so it looks like they’ve rolled with this theme throughout their restaurant – white tiles with black accents all over. Paying homage to the old days of diner eating they keep their menu pretty simple with burgers, shakes and fries. The hamburger options are mainly beef but they stretch to a crab and veggie option for more “modern” tastes. Surprisingly, there’s no signature “Mick burger” available so I went with the simplicity of the Cheesy Mike. It came on a brioche bun with a 150g grass fed beef patty, double cheddar, pickles, tomato and lettuce.

Comments
“By the look of hte place, it didn’t feel like fast food at all. But the burgers came out pretty damn quick. They didn’t look like anything too crash hot compared to some of the PR shots floating around the internet, but at least my melted cheese was a giant plus. Overall the burger was pretty balanced. But in this instance it meant nothing really stood out (apart from having half a tomato fall out at one point). For me, the patty was cooked spot on – it was super pink. The beef wasn’t bad either but it didn’t have a tonne of flavour. I wanted a more salty, fatty punch from it. I know it’s early days for these guys and maybe I went for the wrong burger. But I just felt there was something missing from this one (probably bacon). On a plus the staff were really friendly and it made it feel like a place you could graze on burgers and sides here for quite a while.”
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1090 Burger

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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1090 Burger – 181A Swan St, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Thunderburger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$13
Summary

You might have first heard of 1090 from their Northcote escapades. Their food truck was a hit with a whole lot of people so it makes sense now to take over the space of a previously underwhelming burger joint (Detour) in Richmond. The spot couldn’t be better. With a handful of pubs all around, what better way to lure in those who’ve had one or two too many on an afternoon session. Don’t be fooled by the name. You will spend more than $10.90 when visiting. The “1090” refers to their tight lipped ratios of beef cuts they use in all of their patties. All we know is it’s 100% Grass Fed Black Angus. The venue itself is brightly lit and seats line the walls as you peer into the kitchen waiting for your name to be called. Not ideal for groups (there are mainly just tables for two), but seriously, who needs chit-chat when you’ve got a burger to eat. We watched as a few burgers were brought out to other customers and figured that a single patty burger wasn’t going to cut it on this night. We took it upon ourselves to indulge in the Thunderburger. It came on a soft hamburger bun with double-beef, double-cheese, bacon, chilli-mayo, ketchup and pickles.

Comments
“The real standout for me here was that lovely creamy mayo and cheese combo. The double patty was something we had to do. Both were perfectly cooked and tasted pretty good. The bun was good and the pickles and bacon were too. Would I go back? Hell YEAH!”
“Glory, glory, hallelujah! There aren’t many things hotter than a burger dripping with gooey greatness. The bun was so soft and felt like a cloud. There was so much flavour all over this thing. The beef, cheese, bacon and chipotle mayo created a whole land of flavour that I briefly became a citizen of. And it was brief because I wolfed this down. Not because it was tiny. I just needed to have it. These burgers are great. I think next time if I’m not feeling like such a fiend I’m sure I’ll go for the 1090 double.”
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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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