Red Egg*

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Red Egg – 500 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Beef
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
6 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$23
Summary

Red Egg is a newly opened, recently renovated restaurant in the space of previously famed Angeluccis and Studio Cafe. Dining takes place in a very large and lounge-like room amidst dim lighting, modern furnishing and decor. With busy Chapel St at its door, Red Egg’s sidewalk dining is the perfect place for both “sight seeing” and being seen. They boast a wide range of Modern Australian dishes from seafood and steaks, as well as enticing wood-fire pizzas and plenty of meals designed to be shared. We launched into their Wagyu Beef Burger that came on a focaccia/baguette-like bun with tomato, lettuce, caramelised onion, bacon, cheese, a Wagyu beef pattie and a side of fries.

Comments
“I started off a little condused as I was expecting to have a duck egg on my burger – this was one of the main reasons I was taking the guys here. After speaking to the staff, I found out people weren’t the biggest fans of duck egg, so they took it off the menu.. how rude! It wasn’t the easiest burger to manage, especially when using a round beef pattie on a rectangle ciabatta bun. Each of the ingredients were packed full of flavour, with the beef and fried onions as the standout winners, but I ended up having to eat them individually and all in different stages.”
“A burger with a lot of potential. The pattie for starters gets a BIG tick – juicy, slightly pink in the middle, great taste and cooked just right. The Cheese was good, the onions could have been a little bit more caramelised and bacon slices with big strands of fat were a poor choice. The sauce that came with it was ok, but the biggest disappointment for me was the dense loaf of bread they used as a bun. It was a dough overload and a more traditional bun would have suited it better. Fries were ok.”
“The chefs are either boa-constrictors or they haven’t actually tried eating this burger. It was such a pain in the ass (more specifically, jaw) to get the first bite in. The bun was ALL WRONG and was almost like a spongy baguette. There was really nothing great about this burger. The meat was OK, but it was more like a rissole than the succulent Wagyu pattie I was expecting, and the veggies weren’t anything exciting. The only plus to this challenge of a burger was the bacon, which I found quite good. But saying that, it is pretty difficult to screw up the delicious meat-candy that is bacon.”

*Last we checked Red Egg had closed. We swear it’s not our fault.


Honey Bar

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Honey Bar – 345 Clarendon St, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Beef Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much*
Price:
$16.50
Summary

Honey is a bar that prides itself on letting its guests really enjoy themselves. Open late everyday, Carlton Draught on tap, free Wifi, and an excellent food menu that any decent bar worth it’s salt should have. On top of all this there’s personable service, a relaxed and comfortable environment and decent tunes in the background. When all these things line up, what else would nail the occasion but their Beef burger with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion and chips.

Comments
“This burger didn’t really do anything for me. I found that none of the flavours really had bite and it seemed a little bland. The beef pattie was well-cooked, but reminded me of a rissole. There was also a lot of bitter lettuce involved. I know the other guys will say it, but Turkish bread again? Really? Big props on the amazing chips.”
“I understand what Chris Farley was going through when scoffing down the chips on this SNL skit. I fell in love and would marry these chips if I could. By the way the beef was grey, the lettuce a touch bitter and the bun was Turkish.”
“This burger had some good things going for it. The pattie reminded me of rissole meat, a tad bit bland, but was OK. The bacon, cheese, and onion worked well. The stand out though wasn’t the burger, it was the chips. Not sure if they were beer battered or double cooked, but they were AWESOME. The most disappointing part though was the Turkish bread; it just doesn’t work in burgers guys. I would recommend it as a dinner or a hangover burger (a bit too heavy for lunch).”
“A trend amongst bars/pubs is the Turkish bread thing. . this has got to change. They’re better off spending more money on a simpler bread roll and putting extra cash into a more premium grass-fed beef. Saying that, the rustic homestyle pattie was still soft and pretty juicy, but flavour-wise it was more like a rissole. In terms of ratios, there was too much lettuce going on and not enough cheese for my liking. I’d say this goliath would be best suited as an excellent hangover cure or as something you could wolf down after just finishing a marathon. Massive bonus points for some killer chips.”
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Maranjaz Food Inc

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Maranjaz Food Inc – Av. Revolucion 3727 Col. Contry, Monterrey,
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Burger:
Especial
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
18 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$37 MXP
Summary

Driving through Northern Mexico’s scorching summer heat, it hardly seems like anyone would be ready to tackle a monster burger; but duty calls. As you pull over on a busy road into what seems like a garage, you find the chef hard at it in front of the grill. Lucky for its patrons, Maranjaz Food Inc offers dining inside a white tiled, air-conditioned room filled with plastic chairs and where the owner sits with friends watching the football (soccer) on a big plasma TV. Quite a clean and quiet environment when compared with the sweltering heat and the noise of traffic blaring outside. I ordered the Especial that came on a toasted traditional sesame seed bun, 100g of beef, tasty cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado and both ham and salami. Sauce and chillis are available on demand.

Comments
“I was so relieved once I saw that this place had an air-conditioned dining area. Summer in Mexico is not forgiving; espescially on a diet of tacos, burgers and chillis. The owner of the place brought me the burger and I was automatically impressed with the size… but that was really about it. My beef pattie was too thin and the lettuce was overloading my burger. I added some ketchup and mustard (chilli’s weren’t going to happen on that particular day) to try and punch up the flavour. Even then it still wasn’t doing anything for me. Adding both ham and salami were an interesting touch but they weren’t of great quality. The best thing about this burger was definetly the value for money.. working out to be around $3USD. If it were a cooler day, I had ordered double meat and asked to hold the lettuce this might of been Ok.”


La Roche

Thursday, August 19, 2010
La Roche – 185 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
House Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$17
Summary

Honey is a bar that prides itself on letting its guests really enjoy themselves. Open late everyday, Carlton Draught on tap, free Wifi, and an excellent food menu that any decent bar worth it’s salt should have. On top of all this there’s personable service, a relaxed and comfortable environment and decent tunes in the background. When all these things line up, what else would nail the occasion but their Beef burger with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion and chips.

Comments
“I am always left wondering why people think it is a good idea to use Turkish bread for a bun! The burger itself made for a good lunch time meal, although I found it had a little too much lettuce and tomato for my liking. The beef pattie was well cooked, but had nowhere nearly enough seasoning. On a good note it did have a cracking mayo. I really think that any potential this burger had was lost with the use of the Turkish bread.”
“Why, why, why use Turkish bread in burgers? I’m sorry I don’t get it. Some really good burgers out there are being misused and I think its wrong. Cafe’s are the main culprit, they make an ‘Awesome’ burger, then it’s downgraded to an ‘Ok’ burger by the bun. For me the bread worked like a sponge and by the end was a soggy mess. I found the burger had too much “green stuff” in it, which took over the great tasting mayo. The pattie was ok and did the job. Bacon, cheese and onion were good, however could have used some sauce in it, luckily for us it comes as a side. Chips were good.”


The Meat & Wine Co.

Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Meat & Wine Co. – Freshwater Pl, 3 Queenbridge St, Southbank,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Classic Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$17
Summary

Boasting 14 restaurants around the world and located near the foot of Melbourne’s tallest building (Eureka Tower), Meat & Wine Co promises big things. This multi-level, contemporary take on a steak-house attracts many families and couples looking to satisfy their inner carnivore. Our burger came on a seeded bun, with a 200g Angus beef pattie, baby cos lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, Bbq and 1000 Island sauces, and a helping of chips and onion rings.

Comments
“I can confidently say I was expecting more from a place with such a reputation. I found that it really lacked any unique flavours that would make me order seconds. It just seemed a little too “production line”. I was most unimpressed with the bun. It looked like a precut supermarket special. Although with some prompting, they will cook your pattie to your desired temperature. We asked for medium-rare.”
“This burger reminded me of something you might find at an Applebees or Bubba Gump in the States. The beef was dry, the bun was dry and I couldn’t taste either of the two sauces. If I go again I’ll have it with cheese. The onion rings were great though. I’d say its the type of place bogans go to for a fancy night in the city.”
“By looking at the glazed ribs served on the table next to us I was expecting something a little bit better than what we got. The sauce in the burger reminded me of what you would often get in a Whopper. The bun was nothing special, the pattie was dry and unevenly cooked. Overall lets just say I preferred the chips.”
“You won’t leave Meat & Wine Co hungry. Maybe a little disappointed with your Classic Burger, but not hungry. For a small price, they do have a large selection of sauces that you can add to your burger, including Vodka & Blue Cheese, which we ordered on the side. I say go crazy: add sauce, add cheese, the works… because this burger needs all the help it can get.”


Greasy Joe’s Bar & Grill

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Greasy Joe’s Bar & Grill – 66 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot Burger (without Beetroot)
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
30 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$18.50
Summary

With a reputation for serving Melbourne oversized meals for as long as we can remember, Greasy Joe’s has been a starting point for many St Kilda locals before a big night out of live music and a few drinks. Our burger was delivered, in true St Kilda style, by an English backpacker posing as a waiter. Be sure to go on an empty stomach.

Comments
“First off, I have to point out that this is probably the most over priced burger yet. Although you do get a massive burger with an ample side of chips that most will struggle to get through. I think they could definitely improve on the quality of ingredients starting with the meat pattie, which tasted like it was originally from a supermarket freezer.”
“If you have not eaten this week, this is the burger for you. Huge burger, huge price and huge disappointment in the beef. It had barely any flavour and seemed to just take up space. The mayo was good and the Pom waiters were friendly. They also had two TVs with two different footy games running at the same time, which made up for the beef.”
“This burger really brings meaning to the saying “there’s no I in team”. Take the ingredients apart and they are as boring as doing chemistry homework on a Saturday night. Overall there was no stand out. The pattie was thick but lacked seasoning (I found it helped to add extra sauce), but the caramelised onion and cheese were good, and the bacon was extra crispy. Chips were good too).”
“The egg was fried superbly and the cheddar cheese was delicious. But the rest just didn’t stack up. The lettuce was bitter, the pattie was mediocre and the bun wasn’t exactly fresh. But somehow, to my surprise, they all joined forces to create a reasonable burger.”


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