Kiwi Fish & Chips

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Kiwi Fish and Chips – 412-442 Victoria Pde (in the Tribeca Apartments), East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Aussie Beef Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
13 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50 + $3.50 for chips
Summary

One kilometer away from Melbourne’s CBD you’ll find Tribeca Apartments. Nestled amidst their plaza, strip of cafes and shops is Kiwi Fish and Chips. Surrounded by a lot of people waiting to pick up their orders, we sat eating at their communal dining table (signing the odd autograph or two), when suddenly the attention turned to the counter. Fresh from winning the AFL Grand Final, the Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse stops in to have a chat and pick up some dinner for the family! So apart from the random celebrity siting, Kiwi Fish and Chips offers a traditional fish and chip shop menu including burgers, souvlaki and banana fritters, as well as a range of fresh fish that you can take home and cook if your feeling a little bit “Masterchef”. We ended up ordering the Aussie Beef Burger that includes a traditional sesame-seeded bun, a beef pattie, fried egg, onion, cheese, lettuce and tomato. For an extra dollar you can get the Kiwi Burger that comes with added pineapple and beetroot. For those ex-pat Kiwis out there, they even have Lemon & Paeroa (BYO Southern Comfort of course).

Comments
“I found this burger pretty choice ay! The bacon was fantastic and was cooked just right; crispy at the edges but still soft in the middle. I really enjoyed the onions. They reminded me of something you’d find on a good hot dog. The beef pattie was quite peppery and had a rough texture to it. The only thing I would suggest is to have the egg less cooked so it were a bit runny and that they’d add tomato sauce from the get-go. Oh the chups were choice as too!”
“With not much competition and other dining options available I can understand why this place was so busy. The burger was good but there was nothing special about it. The beef on its own was quite tough, but flavour-wise wasn’t noticable in the burger. You’ll definitely need to add ketchup. The banana fritter was amazing!”
“For a Fish’ n’ Chip Shop burger I thought it was pretty good. The beef was well sized and seasoned, onions caramelised to perfection and the bacon held it’s own. Two things that I thought slightly went against it was that there was no tomato sauce, which I found it needed. Even a base amount of sauce would have been a good thing and from there it can be up to the customer to add more if they wanted. The second thing was the lettuce.. a little too much. Chips were pretty good too.”
“The bacon was the first thing that grabbed me. It had just the right amount of crunch and saltiness shining through. The beef was altogether enjoyable and peppery, but I would recommend grabbing some ketchup to add some of that sweet zestiness that the orignal was lacking. My hat (if I were wearing one) goes off to the chefs. So many places tend screw this classic, simple but oversized kind-of-a-burger up. One wonders if there is some competition here for the acclaimed Andrews Hamburgers? Next time we’ll ask Mick.”


Richmond Oysters

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Richmond Oysters – 443 Church St, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.50 Dine In, $10 Takeaway
Summary

Formerly a fish-wholesaling business for nearly 50 years, Richmond Oysters has been turned into a very sleek and modern seafood cafe. With options galore, you can either buy fresh fish to take home and cook, or dine in and save yourself the hassle. Offering a few non-seafood dishes as well, we encountered a Burger with The Lot featuring beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, caramelised onions, bacon, egg, tomato relish, beetroot and chips. Truly a new take on fish’n’chips in Melbourne.

Comments
“I have to say that this burger was really hard to eat. It just kept on falling apart. The beef seemed to have a sausage mince or rissole taste, but without any real seasoning. The rest of the ingredients were of good quality, especially the well melted cheese. One of the most important aspects in a burger for me is the bun, and in this case I was let down.”
“I’ll start by pointing out, I copped grief for eating this with a knife and fork, but I was the only one to finish the burger and chips. Although the beef fell apart, it had a great home-made taste to it. The bun was of a similar style, but had too much flour on top. I can also confidently say that these are the best chips in Melbourne.”
“Straight away, the meat pattie reminded me of big rissoles that the lunch-lady from school would make. Its shape and size was all over the place, making it far from perfect.. but I still loved it. What let it down for me was the bun; by the end of the meal it became sponge-like and was far from pretty. Chips were damn good.”
“Like a sexy nun, this burger was a plain tease. It looked awesome as soon as it was brought out, but in the end I was left disappointed. However, highlights did include some great tomato relish and hands-down, some of the greatest chips I’ve had to-date.”


The Toff in Town

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Toff in Town – Second Floor, 25 Swanston St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Chilli Beef Basil Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50
Summary

Located on the second floor of Melbourne’s iconic Curtain House, The Toff in Town is renowned for being a place for hipsters, scenesters and the music and film elite. But with a recent change of the menu, The Toff now has another box ticked. With the Thai influenced menu being served until the early hours of the morning, this almost out of place, but unique flavoured burger offers a chilli beef and basil pattie with fried egg, lettuce and tomato, all concealed within perfectly sweet bun.

Comments
“Who would have thought this Thai menu would come up with such a little gem. A small yet flavour-packed burger that will surprise you with a special chilli beef and basil pattie. A great little snack, but you’ll definitely find yourself wanting and needing more.”
“My favourite bar in Melbourne now offers a burger. I might as well just move in! Absolutely loved it. The spicy beef is well balanced by the soft egg, all on a sweet asian bread roll that is as soft as a cloud. Order 2 if its dinner, or order 1 if its a late night snack. Who are we kidding? Just order 2 regardless.”
“A”two bites and you’re done” kind-of-a burger. Although this was damn good, it will leave you wanting more (we had to order seconds). Please remember this isn’t your typical burger joint, and they don’t serve fries. All in all, it does deliver in taste, but not in value.”
“Quite a wicked punch attached to this burger. I’d say its best enjoyed with other small dishes and a tall beer. It will turn into an expensive night, so if you’re strapped for cash, go and borrow some.”


Misty’s Diner

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Misty’s Diner – 103 High Street, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Misty’s American Style Burger
Serviettes:
6
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.90
Summary

Prepare to be greeted by the warm glow of neon lights and the retro-glam stylings that are the 1950′s American Diner. Booking is essential if you’re trying to secure yourself a booth. But with a menu full of Yankee favourites (extending from curly fries to pumpkin pie), I’m sure you’ll settle for a stool. Our burger of choice came served on a plain bun with beef, American cheese, sauteed onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg and Misty’s Special Sauce.

Comments
“The team at Misty’s put together a messy, sauce filled burger. You’ll be wiping off your fingers, chin, cheeks and probably your forehead. Overall, well balanced flavours with fresh ingredients and a pattie that I can’t complain about. It had mayo on the top and bottom, but I maybe would’ve like one of them to be replaced by mustard. Could also do with a fresher bun.”
“After eagerly anticipating this venue for months, I was really let down with the stale bun and strange flavour to the beef. The cheese and egg were great, but not enough to make up for the negatives. I will definitely be returning to try to other items on the menu (including sliders and deep fried pickles), however I’ll give this burger a miss.”
“After my first bite I noticed some similarities to the Whopper served by that big, mean franchise. However this is far better than any Whopper you will ever have. I wasn’t totally won over by this burger. Regrettably I found the pattie a little bland and there was too much mayo and lettuce. Overall though, it was a good and filling experience. We had one serve of shoe-string fries that could easily feed 4 people – pretty good fries.”
“Like a child who accidentally stumbled upon a porn collection, Misty’s menu is mouthwatering… But that’s where it ends. The burger wasn’t flash. It was ok at most. But being the burger lover/whore I am, I’d still come back to try more.”


Watergrill

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Watergrill – 300 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Watergrill Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$8.90
Summary

Having recently reopened as a smaller, more compact version of its former infamous establishment, this seafood restaurant caters to both the take-away and dine-in customers. This classy (as apposed to classic) style fish’n’chip shop offered us a burger with 100% beef, cooked onion, bacon, egg, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and tomato sauce on a sesame seed bun.

Comments
“For me this burger didn’t have a great appeal. Although it oozed “burger juices” everywhere, I found the bun somewhat dry, the onion had been overcooked and had lost its flavour, and the pineapple was overkill. The egg was my highlight. It’s early days so I would expect there would be some improvements to come.”
“The beef had been packed too tight, which resulted in it crumbling from the first bite. This did not make it an easy meal to eat. The beef was also a little burnt making it dry, however the oozing egg made up for it. Very friendly service and considering they’d only been open for 3 days I can only imagine it will get better over time.”
“For a place that has been open for under a week I can’t say it was all that bad. However, there were a few things I would refine: the pattie needed more seasoning, the bun felt like it came from a supermarket bakery and the onion was over cooked (raw red onion would have sufficed in my opinion). Would I go back? I’d say give it a month. Chips were a plus.”
“This place has a lot going for it including the right environment, staff and reputation. But in the end my highlights were everything but the burger.”


Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven – 38 Forest Rd, Ferntree Gully,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Heavenly Burger (without Pineapple)
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
25 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16.50
Summary

With a menu that boasts 11 different beef burgers (plus hot dogs, nachos, buffalo wings, steak etc)… how can you go wrong!? This mouth-watering adventure introduced us to an American-style diner with retro booths, swinging tunes, and good ol’ fashioned service. We discovered a burger complete with a beef pattie, egg, bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles and cheese. If you still have room for dessert, be sure to try the Key Lime Pie.

Comments
“The egg was perfectly cooked and the bacon was done to my liking, but the beef lacked flavour and could have done with more seasoning. It just didn’t live up to its American expectation. If they fixed a few things this place has the potential to be great.”
“Another large and messy burger experience. Most of the lettuce fell out the bottom, but I was going to remove it anyway. The beef was fairly non descript. I couldn’t taste the bacon and the bun was just a tad too big. All-in-all it was still a juicy and tasty burger. The staff were genuine in making sure we had a great meal and experience… which we did!”
“Loved the All-American drinks on offer and the cliché Americana interior design. The staff are friendly, the music is damn catchy and you will end-up wanting to eat everything on the menu. It tasted like a good fish ‘n’ chip shop burger and not like the Great American burger I was expecting, however to its defense it did have pickles. Chips weren’t so good.”
“The burger, in-short, was average. But this place was fun. The friendly service and the variety will make sure you have a great time. I’ll definitely be back to try another burger from their enormous menu.”
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Big Mouth Burger Co.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Big Mouth Burger Co. – 584 Main St, Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Big Mouth Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$11.50
Summary

At this suburban yet edgy burger haunt, size really does matter. Big Mouth Burger Co will win you over with both their colossal flavours and exquisite service. Our burger came with premium lean beef, cos lettuce, trim bacon, tasty cheese, grain fed egg, roast tomato, caramelised onion, herbed mayo & tomato chutney. Their chips deserve a mention, and if you still have room, indulge in the Spanish Doughnuts with dark chocolate sauce.

Comments
“The store resembles a franchise burger chain, but the burgers stand on their own four meaty legs! The meat pattie was perfectly cooked with a charred outside and a blissfully juicy centre (just a little pink), the way meat should be. Topped with a good amount of steaky bacon, it meant there wasn’t much need for a lot of seasoning.
A fantastically cooked egg, as well as their herbed mayo really pulled it all together.”
“Do not remove the skewer, it is in there for a reason! I obviously learnt this the hard way. Even though I had an extremely messy experience, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It tasted as if it had been cooked on a BBQ. The cheese didn’t really come through for me, however the egg made up for it. Bonus points for the complimentary Churros!”
“All round a good solid burger experience. It was big, ingredients were fresh and the service was exceptional. There really wasn’t one stand-out ingredient in the burger. All ingredients played their role like a well rehearsed orchestra playing Mozart’s Symphony #26 in E Flat (great burger music). Chips were good.”
“It happens. You eat a messy burger and you end up with no meat and just the “boring bits”. This was not the case here. With such delicious, fresh produce, all dripping with herbed mayo & tomato chutney, it was a pleasure from start to finish.”
Big Mouth Burger Co