YOMG

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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YOMG – 65-67 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Yo My With Cheese
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
6 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9
Summary

Frozen yoghurt and burgers aren’t generally something you’d ever link. But with these two being some of the biggest food trends to hit Melbourne over the last couple of years, it isn’t a surprise that there’s now a place you can get them at the same place. YOMG (Yo My Goodness) started out in 2013 as a funky little fro-yo joint in Mordialloc. Knowing they were onto a good thing, with the place packed with sugar crazed Tweens and anxious First-Daters they’ve now spread to six locations, even as far as Cairns. But their fro-yo store in Glen Waverley has a difference: it’s a burger joint too. There’s a lot on offer with eleven burgers on the menu that go from your standard cheeseburger to the vego-friendly potato cake burger. Enjoy your fries five different ways from classic to smothered in pulled pork or opt in for a shake done old school or fancy-like. It’s hard to get a seat in there most nights but I patiently stalked three tables simultaneously waiting for a chance to eat my burger in a civilised manner. Of course, when my buzzer started to vibrate I went up and grabbed the Yo My with Cheese that came on a glazed sesame seed bun with a Grass Fed Angus patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and secret sauce.

Comments
“What the hell was I in for? Having been a little anti on the Fro-Yo Movement (seriously just get some ice cream people) I really wasn’t sure how a burger was ever going to be good here. But, with delightful surprise, it was great. A lot of what they did with it reminded me of Raph’s Beatbox creation, but with a mean dill/tangy sauce thing going on. It was really well balanced – a beefy patty with hints of creaminess from the American cheese to the sweetness in the tomato and ketchup. It’s busy as all hell but actually worth it. The other nice thing is that it feels like they really put their burgers first, leaving all that fro-yo nonsense at the back of the shop where it belongs.”
YOMG - Yo My Goodness Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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


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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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.”
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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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Entrecôte

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Entrecôte – 131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Entrecôte Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
13 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$22.90
Summary

Across from the Botanical Gardens in the heart of Melbourne lies a little bit of Paris. Not the Paris of shopping or dainty cakes. It’s a bistro with a clear vision. A vision of steak and fries. Partnering with Adam North from Hopkins River Beef, Jason M Jones took one of his favourite Parisian experiences – eating at the Le Relais De L’Entrecôte – and brought it to the old site of a former Melbourne instutute, the French inspired Lynch’s. Some younger heads would remember it more as the Millswyn or Louie, or just that place you saw the expensive looking people enjoying a summer cocktail as you gruelling sweated past along the Tan track. This time around, Jones is hoping to turn Entrecôte into a more of an approachable, neighbourhood bistro. If Steak and Frites aren’t your thing then they offer oysters, salads and have a extensive breakfast menu where let’s face, you’d order a croque-monsieur above all. Their Cheeseburger peaked our interest and it arrived on a soft brioche bun with pickles, gruyere cheese, mayonnaise and a Hopkins River beef patty.

Comments
“The menu description left little to the imagination, with a simple ‘cheeseburger’ the only clues given. It ended up being a much larger burger than I was expecting. It wasn’t stacked high, it just had a massive circumference with a very sweet, yet dry brioche bun. Sticking true to it’s French roots, it was full of really rich flavours of butter, salt and sugar, which resulted in a really filling and bloated experience. Although good, I couldn’t move for a while after and would of preferred something a little smaller with something additional to cut through the richness. The fries were amazing.”
“It was typically French. The garlic butter made it stand out from many other burgers I’ve had. Which is odd. Why has garlic been left out of the burger equation all over the world. Surely garlic is king of ingredients when cooking a fine meal? Probably because it tends to overpower the burger. But overall, I think that a smaller burger with similar ingredients would’ve worked better. This burger was too big for my liking and kind of made the experience feel like it went for too long.”
Entrecôte on Urbanspoon


Middle Brighton Baths

Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Middle Brighton Baths – 251 The Esplanade, Brighton,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Baths Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t bother
Price:
$22
Summary

Brighton Baths have been around since 1881 and although originally just a recreation centre over the years they’ve turned into a multi trick pony. The Baths are a place for weddings, dinner with the family or a just coffee when your neck-deep in lycra. The venue is a great place for locals and tourists alike to see Melbourne’s beautiful, however mostly hazy, cityscape. The Baths are split into two with a more fancy restaurant upstairs and a cafe/bar downstairs. The cafe menu is a little simpler and cheaper but aims to please most people with things like a classic bowl of wedges to Spaghetti Marinara. Sitting across from Ricky Ponting one fine Sunday, we ordered the Baths Burger that came with a beef patty, traditional seeded bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickled cucumber and chipotle mayo.

Comments
“There aren’t many better views in Melbourne while enjoying a sunny Sunday lunch, made even better by dining alongside Australian legend and former Test captain Ricky Ponting and his family. Unfortunately the burger didn’t live up to the same standards as the view and guests, it honestly looked and tasted like something bought from the local supermarket with a chipotle mayo added, which is fine if you’re cooking at home or a bbq, however not when paying $22 for it.”
“I found my pattie tasteless and a bit rubbery. The only highlight was the chipotle mayo which added some pepperness to what was a bland burger. The bun, cheese and pickle where all doing there part but it’s pretty much a supermarket burger. Heaps of room for improvement here.”
“This wasn’t good at all. From the bun to the lettuce. It was all store bought, but you could make it better at home. The patty was salty and looked like it had been shaped in a production line. The cheese only began to melt when my hands gripped the enormous bun. For the 22 bucks it was totally not worth it. The highlight was chipotle mayo, if any.”
Middle Brighton Baths - Cafe & Bar Ground Floor on Urbanspoon


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