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.”


The Amberoom at Royce Hotel

Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Amberoom at Royce Hotel – 379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Amberoom Beef Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
7 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$14
Summary

Mainly known for catering to the lunchtime crowd, The Amberoom has been feeding the mouths of many hungry office staff on St Kilda Rd since 2000. Don’t let the swanky interior intimidate you; this place is as humble as the burgers it serves and the beer it pours. The burger comprises of a brioche bun, a juicy beef pattie, swiss cheese, rocket, tomato relish, mayonnaise and a side of fries. It shall not disappoint.

Comments
“Probably one of the most simple but greatest burgers I’ve eaten in a long time. There was so much flavour, even with such a minimal amount of ingredients. A perfect ratio of quality tomato sauce and mayo, plus a truly outstanding bun, all teamed together to create this well-balanced burger.”
“My absolute favourite style of burger. Really soft and juicy ingredients with a combo of ketchup and mayo, a match made in heaven. It will give its neighbour Cafe Vue a run for its money. My only complaint is I didn’t order a second one.”
“I’ve seen this burger come a long way since I first visited a few years ago. They have perfected all aspects of it, from the bun to the well grilled pattie – it has gotten better. The bun is sweet, the pattie is well-seasoned and the relish with mayo is perfection. Chips were great and loved the side jar of tomato sauce. If you are a St Kilda Rd employee make sure you visit on your lunch break.”
“A flame-grilled pattie together with an excellent mayonnaise and tomato relish is such a simple recipe.. but I think Amberoom have close-to perfected it! Very impressive.”


Burgerlicious

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Burgerlicious – 130 Liverpool St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Beef Crave
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$7
Summary

With four convenient locations around Sydney, Burgerlicious is great value for money. They use only lean cuts of beef and prepare all the patties, sauces and fillings in house. This includes baking fresh buns everyday. Our burger featured grilled onions, tasty cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup all on a wholemeal bun.

Comments
“The burger has BBQ style beef pattie that had a god subtle spice and a Worcesterchire sauce flavour to it. The red onion and pickles were also a great addition. I would’ve liked to have seen the cheese melted onto the pattie and with a little less lettuce. I wasn’t sold on the wholemeal bun either. However, I’d recommend this if you’re looking for something easy to eat.”
“It felt like a very healthy burger with plenty of fresh ingredients. It tasted as if it were cooked on a backyard BBQ. Great classic 80’s tunes playing the whole time. I may be stabbed for saying this, but I would prefer this over Grill’d.”
“A really fluffy and easy to eat burger. The thin, almost BBQ flavoured pattie was nice, but there was too much lettuce, cheese and raw red onion. It was a burger that I would like to try again, just because I think it had potential. I was not a fan of the english-muffin-like bread used as a bun.”
“Call me crazy but I tasted Mi-Goreng Noodles? The pattie and bun were great, but everything
else lacked substance.”


Plan B by Becasse

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Plan B by Becasse – 204 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Beef Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$10
Summary

Plan B by Becasse is a hole in the wall cafe that shares its kitchen with its big brother Becasse. Catering for the corporate lunch crowd they offer a 600-day grass fed Wagyu beef burger with beetroot, caramelised onions and cheddar cheese.

Comments
“This burger will have you counting the minutes till lunch time. With probably one of the best rustic styled Wagyu beef patties I’ve tried. There was a nice subtle sweetness from the caramelised onions and beetroot, but I would have liked to have seen the cheese melted on top of the pattie.”
“A really tasty croissant like bun. The beef was a crumbly sausage like patty with loads of flavour. Quick and easy to eat with very little drowsiness.”
“A good inner-city lunchtime burger for people on a short break, and without too much drowsiness to affect your kick-ass presentation back at the office. I really like the pattie, the sweet bun and just the right amount of beetroot. Really good value for $10.”
“Saturated with flavours that screamed Pepper Steak, were a balance of nonchalant beetroot and a soft but distiguinshed cheddar cheese. A quick meal, but quite a memorable one.”


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.”
Collins Kitchen on Urbanspoon


Les Boucheries Parisiennes*

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Les Boucheries Parisiennes – 268 Toorak Rd, South Yarra,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Formal
Sleepiness:
30 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$14.50
Summary

A french restaurant that is dedicated to (and worships), meat in all its glory. Served only at lunch, we are offered a Wagyu Beef burger consisting of apple smoked bacon, vintage cheddar, pomme frites and a side of salad. With French trained chefs, French waiters, French beer and wine, and Parisian decor, all that is left to say is… “Bon Appetit”.

Comments
“The French really have impressed us with this simple burger. With just the bare minimum of ingredients, this Wagyu beef burger makes your taste buds dance with delight thanks to its vintage aged cheese and apple smoked bacon. A perfect bun, spread with a distinctive herbed/garlic butter really shows that when it comes to burgers, the word ‘Traditional’ can really take on a different meaning.”
“A large window encourages diners to peek into the kitchen. This really shows the confidence they have in their cooking skills.. I wasn’t dissapointed. The soft and juicy beef, bacon and cheese contrasted perfectly with the crunch of the baguette style bun; a flawless combination. Amazing fries.”
“C’était magnifique. Who would have thought Les Français could nail a burger so well and so simply. One of the simplest gourmet and best value for money burgers I have had the pleasure of experiencing so far. The herb/garlic butter, medium thickness Wagyu beef pattie, and bacon (not crispy but very tasty), were all well represented and contributed beautifully to the burger. The sharpness and oozing texture of the aged cheese was the biggest stand out for me. The burger didn’t have sauce, but didn’t need it. Chips were great too.”
“Like a revolution brewing in my mouth, sharp and peppery undertones ran wild. Every bite I took, the burger bit back. However, the key conspirator in this case was an aristocratic aged cheddar. It was teamed with an excellent Wagyu beef pattie and a refined piece of bacon, lying on a baguette-like bun with a smear of intoxicating garlic butter. A burger fit for the history books.”

*Unfortunately this fine establishment has since closed and moved on to greener pastures. For those lucky enough to have enjoyed the experience… feel free to brag.


Cafe Vue

Saturday, February 13, 2010
Cafe Vue – 401 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Vue Wagyu Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$15
Summary

Wagyu Beef on a Brioche bun, Tasty cheese, Bacon, Lettuce and a dollop of mayonnaise. Salty French Fries accompanied by a bottle of homemade tomato sauce. The “Get Up & Go” burger that even your grandma will enjoy. (p.s Really cool venue!)

Comments
“An understated burger in taste and complexity, but nonetheless, something you would go back to eat. This is a light burger that can be appreciated by everyone on any occasion. With a sweet bun and dominant side of chips, this combo might be changing the rules.”
“Really enjoyed it. Smallish.. could have done with another one. The beef was a little dry due to being pre cooked in preparation for the lunch time rush. Fries and homemade sauce were amazing. No mess at all.. its a girls burger. Our waitress should ease up on the fake tan.”
“Perfectly seasoned and cooked patty on sweet fresh burger bun. This burger is well sized as a good lunch time meal with no severe drowsy side effects. Bacon was crisp, with a small dollop of mayo on top. A great homemade tomato sauce – A must to actually put in the burger.”
“Contrast to most other burgers, it is placid and relaxed. All it’s flavours melt in your mouth creating an all around experience. This made the crunchy, salty french fries really feel like the main part of the meal, so you end up using the burger to calm your palette. I like it.”
Cafe Vue on Urbanspoon


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