Burger Culture

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Burger Culture – 3 Cole St, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The New Yorker
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
9 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$18
Summary

Located just moments from Williamtowns’s picturesque strand with views of the bay and Melbourne skyline, Burger culture offers a large variety of beef, chicken and veggie burgers that you can either eat in or take-away. Our burger came between a sour dough blend bun and featured 95% fat free lean beef, tomato, lettuce, tomato relish, “Culture Mayo”, caramelised onion and Swiss cheese.

Comments
“To me this burger was very “safe”. It wasn’t anything special, nor was it bad. However, I found the bun too large for all the ingredients (you end up with a whole lot of bun left over). Everything was quite fresh though and I really enjoyed their tomato relish. I’m a big fan of people making their own mayo but in this case the spices they used were a little overpowering.”
“The bun was large but I thought it helped trap all of the ingredients in and stopped them from falling out. The mayo was too herby and overpowered the flavour of the swiss cheese and onion, which individually tasted great. I would order this next time without the mayo so the beef becomes the primary flavour.”
“I found all the ingredients well placed. For me, none of the flavours were overpowering and it was a good fulfilling experience. It was hard for us to decide on what burger to have; we had 8 beef burgers to choose from, not counting the chicken and vegie burgers offered. I really liked the beef and the relish. I think if I had to pick something that let it down I would choose the bun.. I found it a little stale actually. I would go back again to try the other burgers on offer. Chips were ok.”
“I understand people are health concious these days, but as one of our readers pointed out and reinforced recently, a good burger is choc-full of fat. Why kid yourself and pretend you’re having a light meal (I’m referring to their 95% fat free beef patties ofcourse). Anyhow, the New Yorker was nothing like New York. So fail right there. But they added Swiss cheese, which is always a bonus in my book, and make their own blend of mayonnaise, which I swear is Mayo + Moroccon Mix spices.”
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Veselka

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Veselka – 144 2nd Ave, East Village, New York, NY, USA
Burger:
South Western Burger (Bison Burger)r
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$13.25 USD
Summary

Ever been wandering around Manhattan’s East Village at 3am craving Ukrainian food? Sure you have. With a long history and cased in 50 years of tradition, Veselka offers a dining experience that may have you waiting in line. Lucky for you they’re open 24/7, so you’ll never need to be in a rush to eat. Along with their traditional Ukrainian dishes like Pierogi and Bigos, you’ll find a selection of burgers. I opted for something a little different and went for the South Western Burger, otherwise known as the Veselka Bison Burger. Between two toasted pieces of Sesame seeded bun was the Bison meat pattie, Pepper Jack Cheese, lettuce, tomato, Chipotle Mayonnaise and a choice of either french fries or sweet potato fries. This is all accompanied by a nice and juicy pickle.

Comments
“First off, Veselka was recommended to me by the lovely Robyn from A Hamburger Today. I had walked past it earlier during my travels and thought of it as more of an quirky little restaurant with a few regulars and the odd foot traffic stopping in for a bite. Boy was I wrong. When I mentioned this place to a few Australian friends living in NYC, they told me how this place had been recommended to them by practically everyone they met when they first arrived. So its fair to say Veselka has quite the reputation amongst New Yorkers. Having Polish heritage and growing up on Pierogi and Bigos, I’m naturally a little bit blazé when it comes to Eastern European dining. But when I heard they were offering up a Bison burger, I got excited.
I ordered my burger medium-rare (sadly they cooked it medium) and with a side of sweet potato fries. When it came out, the lettuce, tomato and pickle were on the side and allowed you to build your own burger (a nice touch considering we’re always complaining about too much lettuce in burgers). After the dipping of a few fantastic sweet potato chips, the side of Chipotle Mayonnaise immediately met the insides of my burger. The Bison meat was lean yet juicy, but the flavour was too basic for my liking. It could have done with more seasoning. Adding a nice bite was the Pepper Jack; it was melted beautifully all over the pattie and bottom half of the bun. Overall, my first experience with Bison was good, but it just doesn’t melt in your mouth the way top-notch beef does. Next time I get back to NYC I’ll definitely be stopping by to try their Cheeseburger. I might even go at 3am.”


Squires Loft Steakhouse

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Squires Loft Steakhouse – 1 Queens Rd, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$25.50
Summary

Formerly known as The Grill Room, the Squires Loft Steakhouses are synonmyous with excellent quality produce and mouth watering meats. Looking around the place it seemed like a bit of boys club; not too many women around apart from the service. However, the diners ranged from mates sharing some steaks over a pint, businessmen relaxing after a busy day and there was even a long table filled with jockeys talking track. We ordered the chargrilled Wagyu Burger, served on a toasted bun with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and honey mayo. You also get to choose from a range of complimentary side sauces which normally cost you $4.50. Along with the burger there were onion-rings and chips. Those looking for a light meal, beware, the portions are large and quite hefty, even for the hungriest of carnivores.

Comments
“Such a clash of big flavours made me feel sick by the end of it. Individually the ingredients were great: the beef, gooey cheese, 2 pieces of thick bacon and Honey Mayo, but combined they were overpowering. Chips were slightly overcooked and they didn’t have enough salt. The onion-rings were great.”
“A burger that was ok but nothing too special. What made it better for me was the side of mustard that was really the hero throughout. With a drink you end up paying a lot.. but you do get a lot, including ok chips, average onion-rings and a complimentary side sauce (stay away from the blue cheese sauce! way too strong.) Would I go again? Probably not for a burger.”
“I was expecting a more refined product from these guys. Most of the elements on their own were tasty, but together, they started a flavour riot that was out of control. Props on the Honey Mayo and beef.. but a big thumbs down on the lettuce (way too basic, the kind you’d find in a 7-11 sandwich).”


Ruby’s Diner LAX

Monday, August 23, 2010
Ruby’s Diner LAX – 201 World Way, Terminal 6, Los Angeles,
California, USA
Burger:
The Ruby Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
Too difficult to determine after a 15 hour flight
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$8.49 USD
Summary

Setup for the hungry traveller, this “Welcome to the USA” experience will have you sitting amidst 50’s style booths with patrons from all around the world. The Ruby Burger comes on a basic sesame seed bun with a 1/3 pound USDA Ground Beef, sliced tomato, lettuce and “RubySauce” (which I swear is just mayonnaise), and a sweet/salty pickle. Your fries are also “refillable”! Not a bad option if you’re stuck in transit.

Comments
“This was so very soft and easy to eat. I’d say accompanied by the “refillable” fries, you can either sit there all day, or slam-home the burger just in time to hear your final boarding call. The ground beef was nothing flash. It wasn’t very juicy and all I really got was that grilled charcoal flavour mixed with a touch of blandness. Nevertheless, after that much travel it was still passable. I understand Ruby’s offer Ultimate Kobe Burgers at their bigger restaurants, so maybe that’s the way to go if you’re looking for something a touch gourmet. The fries delivered a satisfying crunch but along with the “greens”, were just average. The pickle held its own (the way most pickles do), providing a bolt of sweet/salty goodness. All in all, it was certainly more interesting than settling for McDonald’s, and if you can score a booth by the window you wont regret it.”


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.”


Hurricane’s Express Take Away

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Hurricane’s Express Take Away – 130 Roscoe St, Bondi Beach,
New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Bacon & Cheese Burger
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
25 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$16
Summary

Just across the road from Australia’s world famous Bondi Beach and next door to its big brother Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, is Hurricane’s Express Take Away. Open 7 days a week from midday to 11pm their burgers have been satisfying beach-goers for over a decade. Our burger was made with 250 grams of 100% beef on a toasted bun, dressed with lettuce, vine ripened tomato, red onion, dill pickle, bacon, cheddar cheese, house mayo and a choice of either chips or a baked potato on the side.

Comments
“This burger didn’t need to be this big. The beef pattie had a smokey BBQ glaze but was still a bit too dry. The melted cheese was good and the bacon was nice and crispy. I can see why this big messy burger is located near the beach, as you’ll probably need to go for a dip to wash up.”
“Biggest beef pattie in diameter I have experienced. But it was too big and too messy. The pattie was quite dry but its a great place to enjoy a burger.”
“A good beachside burger experience. With a thin glaze of sauce on a grilled pattie, melted cheese on top, crispy bacon, lettuce, red onion and tomato. It was a big, messy burger session, but a good one. If I had to pick one bad thing I would say the pattie was a little dry. The bun did its job and the chips were good too. Perfect for a day at the beach.”
“There was so much packed into this burger. You can tell they cater for hungry surfers craving a big meal. All-in-all though, it didn’t do anything for me. It felt like it needed some chillies or some other punchy flavour to make it stand out from the crowd. In saying that they do offer 8 other beef burgers that seem tremendously tempting.”


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.”


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