Rockpool Bar & Grill

Monday, June 28, 2010
Rockpool Bar & Grill – Crown Complex, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Formal
Sleepiness:
9 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$22 (extra $6 surcharge on Sundays)
Summary

Rockpool Bar & Grill has been serving up great food since it first opened in Melbourne in 2006. Lunchtime at the Rockpool is synonymous with business power lunches whilst, amidst candlelight, dinners are known to be frequented by the “first-date” variety. Based on Chef Neil Perry’s food I’m sure the deal always gets sealed. The emphasis (or mantra) at the Rockpool has always been high quality produce and we experienced this first hand with our David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger, comprised of a brioche bun, bacon, onions, gruyere cheese and zuni pickles.

Comments
“A burger that is all about the Wagyu beef pattie. With peppery sauteed onions, lean bacon, cheese and some of the best pickes I’ve had. You also get the option of two well presented pieces of lettuce and tomato on the side. Like all good burger places should, this is the first venue to ask us how we wanted the pattie cooked. Oh and the bun deserves a special mention too!”
“Respect for them asking how we wanted our beef cooked. Medium-rare is their standard and my dining companions got exactly that, however mine was cooked a little longer (I had asked for medium rare) and I had no pool of juice left on the plate. That aside the burger was great. The flavours all worked in perfect harmony. Loved the decor, atmosphere and lighting, which all combined really helped cure my hangover.”
“A really classy burger. It’s probably the only place where people can eat their burgers with a knife and fork and get away with it. Anywhere else and they would look like a wanker. My favourite aspect of the burger was the beef pattie (so far ranking highest for me). The pickle and bun came in second, followed by the bacon and cheese. Hand cut fat chips ($12 extra) were OK.”
“This was a refined and well thought out burger. The beef pattie was outstanding but overall the finely sliced, zesty zuni pickles stole the show for me. An experience not to be forgotten. Go the distance and order a beer and a side of onion rings ($9 per serve).”


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.”


Collins Kitchen at Grand Hyatt

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Collins Kitchen at Grand Hyatt – 123 Collins St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Grilled Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Formal
Sleepiness:
14 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$24
Summary

Located within Melbourne’s highly esteemed Grand Hyatt, Collins Kitchen is where you might find yourself having lunch opposite a couple of CEOs, a traveling family, or an international sporting icon. An open kitchen invites you to watch on in awe as the chefs perform their magic. Our burger was set on an extra fluffy white bun with Grilled Wagyu Beef, caramelised red onion, tomato, watercress lettuce, pickles and a salsa-like relish. Chips are an added extra, for the not-so humble price of $8, but a bowl between two would suffice.

Comments
“What a bun, what a burger. This has to be one of the most simple burgers in town, yet is still one of the greatest meals I’ve eaten. Sure, its a hefty price tag, but you’ll be leaving happy with every dollar you’ve spent. With no sauce or cheese between this delicious bun, the Wagyu beef pattie stands out as something special. I recommend using the side of sweet tomato relish for a little extra tang.”
“True burger aficionados order without cheese or any sauce. I never understood this until now. I could have eaten just the the beef and bun and still would have paid full price. Very professional wait staff and girls in ties serving burgers is just plain hot.”
“I felt something was missing from this $24 burger. You know a great deal of preparation was put into it and you see it when the burger is presented to you. The grilled flavours were great and all the ingredients on one of the softest buns I have ever tried worked well. What was missing was the human touch of imperfection; where each bite should taste different and a new suprise waits for you with each mouthful.”
“As soon as I bit into the warm Wagyu pattie I was flooded with memories from one of the finest places in the world… New York City. This burger is of an International standard and should be eaten slowly. Savour the flavour because there is not much out there like it. True to their word, all produce used is of an ultra high quality, creating what I can only describe as, royalty amongst burgers.”
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