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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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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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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Tuolumne Meadows Grill, Yosemite National Park

Sunday, November 2, 2014
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Tuolumne Meadows Grill – Tioga Rd. (Rte. 120),
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Burger:
Cheeseburger + Bacon
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$8 USD
Summary

If you drive 5 hours east of San Francisco you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking views on the planet. Yosemite National Park’s incredible vistas attract everyone from lollygagging tourists, avid hikers, animal lovers and artists. There are plenty of things to do and see in the park but chances are you’ll be driving through Tuoumne Meadows; a popular spot to set out for a range of hikes and trail-rides. Not far away from the visitors centre you’ll find a shack with a flyscreen door where hungry campers and hikers can get their fix for classic Americana. They do mostly sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs but you can always get a nice plate of bacon and eggs if you’re there before 11:30am. I ordered a Cheeseburger with extra bacon that came with an oat/flour topped bun with a beef pattie, lettuce, American cheese, onion, tomato and pickles.

Comments
“Regardless of all the veggies involved, the burger was actually so simple. For some odd reason it was a smidge cold and wet, but like most things in life, I’d blame the lettuce. I liked that they don’t add any sauce. It means you can make your burger how you want it. I felt like it didn’t really need it because you got a lot of sweetness from the fresh onion and pickle. It also helped to make the simple beef pattie the hero of burger. For once I’d probably say you don’t need the bacon. It didn’t really do much for the burger. If you were looking for something with more grunt, I’d double my pattie next time. Overall, it wasn’t anything amazing, but I really expected a lot less quality and for a higher price (without bacon it was $6). These guys could charge what they want but they know that a hungry hiker is probably going to order a few of these after a long trek.


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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MEATliquor

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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MEATliquor – 74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA, London, UK
Burger:
Green Chili Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
£8/$14.60 AUD
Summary

You can’t accuse the gents behind MEATLiquor of being ambiguous. When you hear about it or see its neon signs there isn’t much left to the imagination right? You might expect MEATliquor to be a little like what everyone else is doing: embracing the classic diner style with a little bit of alcohol to sip on the side. Well, it’s a little bit of the opposite. When you do manage to be let in by the bouncer (after waiting for an hour), that first step inside the dark, loud, graffiti soaked venue resembles more of a nightclub than a restaurant. Don’t be fooled by all of this because MEATliquor is still all about meat and liquor. The people behind it all started it in what’s looking like a trend for most success stories: humble beginnings serving out of a van (MEATwagon), then moving to pop ups (#MEATeasy) and finally to a couple of fixed spots (recently opened in Brighton). The guys are Chef Yiannis Papoutsis and Scott Collins, who met at MEATwagon one night. Collins was so impressed with the product that he arranged for Chef Yiannis to open up at Collin’s pub for a night – then the word spread. With an all-out attitude that dares you to eat and drink ’til you drop, their menu consists of plenty of juicy burgers and drinks to make you stumble home. After a recommendation from one of the waitresses/burgerettes I went for the Chili Cheeseburger that came with a beef pattie, chili butter, cheese, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup (and a Jameson to boot).

Comments
“The first bite was great: soft and with a hit of spice. But then it got boring. The spice did have some kick, but it wasn’t enough to force my tastebuds into submission. I imagine the cheese, that I completley missed, did its part in calming the chillis fire. The beef was a nice pink on the inside with lots of char on the outside but it had no character. It tasted under-salted and didn’t have any boldness to it. This place has lots of street cred, so if I went back I’d like try their simple meat and bun burger, as I think the chilli (although tasty) didn’t do the beef any favours.”
MEATliquor on Urbanspoon


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