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.”
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Exchange Hotel

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Exchange Hotel – 39 Bay St, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Exchange Beef Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$22.90
Summary

With lots of room for activities and beautiful taps pouring lushes golden ale, the locals of Port Melbourne have been visiting The Exchange Hotel since 1916. With a classic formal dining area and a barn-like wooden ceiling that contains that sweet roast smell from the kitchen, this place will surely entice you for a Sunday sesh. As we always do, we went for the burger: the Exchange Beef Burger came with bacon, cheddar, caramelised onions, tomato, iceberg lettuce, pickled beetroot, garlic mayo and triple cooked house cut wedges.

Comments
“When paying more than $20 for a burger, one would expect the little things to be done right. Which is why I was a little shocked when after waiting over 40 minutes (in a half empty dining room) to find that the bacon had barely been cooked, and the cheese was cold, therefore unmelted. This ultimately resulted in the burger tasting more like a parma, minus the chicken of course. It was presented all pretend-fancy with the chopping board, the useless knife in the burger, and 6 measly, cold wedges… even after apparently being ‘triple cooked’.”
“Looking at the calibre of the food that our neighbouring tables were receiving and, smelling the great aroma of a Sunday roast filling the dining room, I was left surprisingly disappointed with the end product. I felt the presentation and texture of the burger let it down. Things like: the meat pattie being really compressed and feeling like I was eating a sausage, the cheese looking a bit stale or the cloud of doubt surrounding what was meant to be triple cooked wedges. The bacon and mayo were OK, but not great. All these negatives really tampered with what could have been a great burger to match the great service.”
“It’s freezing cold on a Sunday night and all you’re hoping for is a warm hearty meal (OK, maybe more). Whilst taking a seat in the church/barn-like dining room, I really believed I’d be getting one. It took a while to come out but I don’t know why because they weren’t busy. The pattie did very little for me and tasted a lot like supermarket sausage. The onions were my highlight; popping up with some sweetness every now and then. The burger was very balanced but it feels like it’s not the pride and joy of their menu.”
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The Burger Shop*

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Burger Shop – 195 Carlisle Street, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.90
Summary

A welcoming and basic burger bar. Nothing flashy, no gimmicks – just burgers. How can you go wrong with that? On a summer’s night, the seat of the house is definitely a barstool by the window. This makes for some excellent people watching as well as hopefully catching some of that light summer breeze that floats in and out the door. We managed to grab a couple of small tables and watched as the cook made us “Lot” burgers with lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, egg (free range), bacon, home-made beef pattie and tomato sauce.

Comments
“This place feels like it started off as a Fish n Chip shop and after a while they couldn’t be bothered with the fish, so they stuck with doing burgers… very good burgers that is. There was nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, just a solid burger done well.”
“No big surprises here. This place made a tasty and moist burger; and there was nothing pretentious about it. I thought the pattie was appetising, and the bacon and cheese were good. If I had to change anything I would recommend better quality lettuce, without using the vain of the leaf. But again, I’m just being picky. It was all still pretty good. After I grabbed a Coke from the fridge, I did notice one thing that I wish I had seen earlier on the menu: “Milkshake and Thickshakes made with real ice-cream and milk”. Amen to that. Chips weren’t memorable.”
“I don’t know if this was a complete fluke (because I really wasn’t expecting it), but this happened to be one of the most balanced, and well proportioned hamburgers I’ve had in Melbourne. Individual flavours were almost seamless, like someone had baked some sort of awesome salty hamburger cake. Deconstructed, the pattie remained humble and wasn’t over seasoned – allowing beef and salt to be its main flavours. The egg, bacon and cheese were creamy and really enjoyable. My only qualm would be the garlic aioli I had as a dipping sauce. I love garlic, but I hate having my taste-buds beaten by it. Overall, I walked away just a little bit impressed.”

*Unfortunately The Burger Shop has closed down. Shame to see a decent burger go to the grave.


Ivy

Monday, May 31, 2010
Ivy – 330 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Beef Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$15
Summary

Located at the world renowned Ivy and created by award-winning head chef David O’Brien, you will find “The Kitchen”. Once your order is placed you are faced with a myriad of choices of where to sit, drink and relax. This smooth, sophisticated, multi-level establishment offers a burger with beef, bacon, cheese, caramelised onions, tomato, beetroot, bbq sauce, a hint of garlic mayo and chips.

Comments
“What else could you expect from such an acclaimed place. All ingredients were of truly high quality and the beef pattie was even a step above that. It was good to see someone add garlic mayo in a burger, as it really is an underrated and underused ingredient.”
“I came here wanting to be impressed by all the hype, and I was not let down. From the decor, music, the crowd and ultimately, the gourmet burger that had some thought behind it, and wasn’t just haphazardly slapped-together.”
“Loved the garlic mayo and the pattie. They were supported well by the good amount of bacon, caramelised onion, cheese, lettuce and a subtle amount of beetroot. The bun was good and held the burger together well. Chips were good.”
“This was such an outstanding dining experience: from the garlic mayo and excellent beef pattie, to the exquisite decor and music. If I didn’t have a plane to catch I would have stayed all night.”


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