Embassy Cafe

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Embassy Cafe – 547 Spencer St, West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
21 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$7
Summary

Established in 1962 and open 24 hours a day, Embassy Cafe is a haven for cabbies, clubbers and shift workers.
The decor is modest; with plastic chairs, lino floor and fluro lighting. You’ll even find cigarettes for sale behind the counter.
A flashback to simpler times.

Comments
“Mmmm Bacon. It has to be said that this burger has some of the best bacon I think you could find. Probably one of the most recognised burgers on the Melbourne scene for two good reasons: it offers a no frills burger that’s made with quality ingredients, and secondly, best of all, it’s open 24 hours a day. The only down fall was the egg that was a little over cooked, and I’m not a fan of cheese not being standard on a burger with the lot.”
“Heartbroken, to say the least when I discovered “The Lot” did not come with cheese. However, the combination of the amazing bacon, perfectly cooked egg and well seasoned beef glues my heart back together. The staff interaction with regular customers, predominantly taxi and limo drivers, make for great people watching.”
“Pure late night burger joint. The burger is small and easy to bite into. It had caramelised onions, perfectly cooked bacon, fresh tomato and a thin beef pattie that was a bit conservative. Be sure to add cheese to your selection, as well as bringing your own serviettes (they’re a bit reluctant to give you too many). Perfect for a late night binge, but nothing special. Chips tasted too oily and needed salt…”
“We sounded like a broken record. Over and over again, we could not shutup about the Bacon! It was sweet, it was salty, it was exquisite! In its entirety it was an excellent and easy to eat burger.”


Danny’s Burgers

Monday, February 22, 2010
Danny’s Burgers – 360 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot (with cheese)
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$7.30
Summary

Unchanged since 1955, Danny’s Burgers has held it’s North Fitzroy reputation as a family business that caters to the masses with its nostalgic home-style burgers. Judging from the exterior, you can’t help but anticipate a messy burger experience. However, this was not the case. The service was great and the diner style bar and stools brought back a certain romance that only the 1950’s could deliver.

Comments
“A neatly constructed burger that doesn’t offer anything you wouldn’t expect. Fairly traditional ingredients with the option of adding cheese (I would recommend the double cheese) that sits on top of the egg almost giving it that breakfast feel. I could only suggest adding a second pattie, or if you think you can.. a third.”
“It starts off with a foursome of Butter, Egg, Mayo and Cheese, and continues to get even better and messier with the sweet onions, which are bashed into, and lovingly embracing the beef. Felt like an amateur when 2 locals walked in and ordered the Triple Lot Burger. However, looking forward to returning and ordering it myself.”
“All the aspects of the burger were in proportion. A nice juicy beef pattie, toasted buns (with butter), double cheese (a must), and a perfectly cooked semi-runny egg. It’s a slightly smaller burger compared to the other ones you would get form other burger shops, but still filling. The chips were good but nothing special. CAUTION. They cut your burger in half as part of the service, so tell them upon ordering if you don’t want that done.”
“Wow. I’m impressed. This is a quality burger: the beef holds a humble spice, the cheese is so creamy it sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter and the eggs are cooked with each order, left a little runny, the way they ought to be. Will be back pronto to triple the fun.”
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Soda Rock

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Soda Rock – 257 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Big Bopper without Beetroot
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
2 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.95
Summary

Set in a 50’s style diner this burger is classic Americana. Between two soft buns were a beef pattie, crunchy bacon, egg, tasty cheese, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise and ketchup.

Comments
“A true 50’s burger in a true 50’s diner. This small in size, but big in content burger lacked a good amount of sauce and although had great taste, it failed to leave a lasting impression. Surprisingly I enjoyed the thinner than usual pattie. It was well spiced but still let you appreciate the crispy bacon.”
“The only crispy thing about this burger was the bacon, which means 2 thumbs up. Everything else was soft, juicy and wonderful. Each bite was an amazing plethora of flavours and the pickle made me tickle like a Mexican moustache. For an American diner the staff were typically Oriental. Will definitely return.”
“PAfter careful consideration this burger left me empty inside. What was so bad about it? Absolutley nothing… bacon, thin beef pattie, cheese and bun were all above par. It just didn’t have the punch I thought it would have, considering it was meant to be served in a 50’s American diner (in my opinion the burger era) it left me wanting more. Maybe I’ll go have a Big Mac on the way home.”
“As I licked my fingers after the last messy bite I had to ask myself… Where’s all the flavour? A burger that talked the talk, but didn’t walk the walk. P.s Root Beer was a BAAAAD choice.”


Grill’d

Monday, January 25, 2010
Grill’d – 217 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Mighty Melbourne (without beetroot)
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$11.90
Summary

Your “Go To” burger. 95% Fat Free beef patties that still remain incredibly juicy. Organic lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Tasty Cheese, Trim Bacon topped with a Free Range Egg.

Comments
“Becoming a Melbourne icon, this burger franchise is on the money with something you’d be happy to eat every week. If I were to pick on anything… there should be more cheese and it should be melted on top of the beef patty.”
“Friendly, fun environment to eat a burger, don’t feel bloated after eating and the chips are amazing. Watching the girls prepare the burger behind the glass is like a sneak peak into heaven.”
“One of the best burgers a franchise can offer. With a well sized beef patty that is not too overcooked and is seasoned close to perfection. Great choice of buns – I went for the Traditional. Good ratio of Bacon, Lettuce, Cheese and Mayo.”
“This is insane! Almost flawless. The meat and herbed mayo are a stroke of genius.
I’m pretty much in love.”


Deco Cafe & Restaurant

Monday, January 18, 2010
Deco Cafe & Restaurant – 211 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Deco Burger plus Egg
Serviettes:
1 Big One
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t bother
Price:
$16.50 + $2.00 for Egg
Summary

Heavily seasoned beef. Panini style bun. They’re trying a little too hard and everything had too much flavour.
Each ingredient clashed with another. Really fresh lettuce and tomato. Mayo was great but not enough of it.

Comments
“Big. No tomato sauce, but a good amount of sweet tomato. Very herby meat, a little dry. Maybe a more traditional bun would have suited it better. Wasn’t impressed with the relish or chips.”
“Burger was too tall, I cheated and added ketchup, chips were cold with no salt, what the f***? Tried too hard with the tomato relish. None of the waitresses were stunners but they were all the type you could take home to meet your parents.”
“Beef pattie was overcooked. Nice generous amount of cheese, bacon, onion and mayo. Cheese should have been on the patty not on the inside of the bun. The chips could have used some more TLC and the side of relish lacked flavour. The bun soaked up all the juice. It could have been better).”
“Very sweet and juicy but not enough mayo. Meat was definitely overcooked.
A burger full of contrasting flavours.”


Andrews Hamburgers

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Andrews Hamburgers – 144 Bridport St, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$10
Summary

Classic, well established burger, nothing fancy, consistent from start to finish, perfectly balanced, no risks taken.

Comments
“Right amount of sauce. Could have done with some fresh egg.
Thumbs-up for grilled tomato. Filled me up.”
“Bonus points for 2 slices of cheese. Girl behind the counter is really cute.
They weren’t shy on the salt on the chips, which is a good thing. Have been back since.”
“Good double cheese, good bun, good packaging, good burger.
ps. loved the chips.”
“Generously sized burger, but lacked sauce. High quality beef, excellent tomato.
Played a little too safe though.”
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