Souper Burger

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Souper Burger – 198 Barkly St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Perry
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50
Summary

If you’ve never seen it before you’d be forgiven. When its not being hidden by the buses that stop right out the front, you might not think much of it if you walked past. From both the exterior and interior it looks as if it has been apart of the scenery for yonks. Truth be told, they’ve only been open for around 5 months and their game, as the name suggests, is soup and burgers. Some years ago, owner and chef Scott had a ripper of a soup recipe going. Thinking, “Why the hell not share it with the world”, he decided to open his first establishment. But, Melbourne being Melbourne, where your day can turn from Merino wool to Budgy Smugglers, he knew a soup kitchen alone wasn’t going to be enough. Harking back to his childhood from a family vacation to Queensland, Scott told us all about one particular burger experience that left him gobsmacked and in love. This passion for burgers sees him at Prahran Market every morning scouting for the freshest, juiciest produce. After many trials it was Gary’s Quality Meats that made the cut. With a bunch of different burgers on the menu (all named after people that helped Scott get Souper Burger up and running) he also offers up a selection of winter warming soups and chilli dogs. Using a mix of Chuck, Short Rib and Brisket, some simple seasoning and a homemade burger press Scott dished us out the Perry (named after the Welder that put the joint together). Along with the beef pattie the burger comes on a toasted buttered bun, with lettuce, caramelised onion, tomato, free range bacon, egg, cheddar cheese plus a choice of sauce (we opted for ketchup and mayo).

Comments
“As the time passed and we waited for a our meals, I had a feeling this one man show would produce the goods and it’d be worth the wait! With the looks of a good old fish’n’chip shop burger, the beef pattie was subtly seasoned and had been cooked nicely. The combo of the egg and the creamy cheese makes for a burger that was really one of the creamiest I can remember having. The caramelised onions were also perfectly cooked and added a nice sweetness. I really have to say this place is going to give a few other joints of similar style a run for their money.”
“Seeing as it was a slow monday night with only other 2 people in the shop who bought soup, I was wondering why it was taking so long. However, then I took my first bite and understood the time and care this guy puts into making his burgers. The beef was slightly thicker than your average fish’n’chip shop pattie, but it was the extras that really stole the show. The creamy melted cheese, the yolky egg, caramelised onions and a bun soaked in butter is what, for me, set this burger above other similar take away burgers. I have a lot of respect for one man shows who are passionate about their food, I just feel sorry for him when he gets busy.”
“For a place that’s only 5 months old this place looks like it has always been part of the neighbourhood. With a St. Kilda like casualness to it and friendly hospitality this place impressed the hell out of me. The nicely seasoned beef pattie was cooked perfectly. The cheddar cheese slice combined with the mayo made each bite a delight. What topped it for me was the caramelised onion – just oozing with sweetness taking the burger up a level. The bun was nicely toasted with no surprises there. The lettuce and tomato were there and did their job, not taking over the burger. Sorry folks, no chips here, but you don’t really need any. If you feel like you need a side I recommend the Chilli Dog for $5.”
“I walked into this not expecting a whole lot. I know, I’m an asshole. But the concept of soup and burgers together took me to a weird place. But once I bit in to the burger, that weird place turned into paradise. It was so creamy! A whole bunch of sweetness ooozed from the caramelised onions, the bacon was delicious, the cheese and egg fantastic, and the small amount of lettuce and tomato stepped back but did their job. Being lightly seasoned, the meat really didn’t have to stand out a whole lot in regards to creating any overpowering flavours. Instead it worked in harmony with its other counterparts to make me smile with every bite. Being one of the most well-balanced, and enjoyable adventures I’ve had in a while, it really shows that the most important ingredient in a burger is love. ***wipes tear***”
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The Espy

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Espy – 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Espy Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
16 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$16.50
Summary

From Reggae to Dance, Hip-Hop to Rock & Roll, The Esplanade Hotel (or more affectionately known as “The Espy”) has been catering to Melbourne’s eclectic musical tastes for over 100 years. Whether it be a local band or an epic international, it is the place n St Kilda to check out some new tunes, have a drink and enjoy a feast. So when you’ve got all these big musical acts coming to and fro, you’d better be able to offer them some decent grub, right? This is where The Espy Kitchen comes in; preparing everything from classic Pub favourites to delicious pastas, desserts and killer breakfasts (perfect rejuvenation for even the biggest hangovers). We visited one rainy Melbourne Sunday evening and went for the only burger on the menu. Their signature “Espy Burger” comes with a beef pattie, bacon, tasty cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion and The Espy’s secret sauce all on a sesame seed bun. There’s also a decent portion of fries with house-made ranch dipping sauce.

Comments
“With the rep that this place generally has (not that its a a bad one but more that its quite laidback) I really wasn’t expecting much. However, when it came to the kitchen it couldn’t be further from the case! Everything that I saw come out of there looked as if it had been prepared by someone with love and passion for food. The burger offered a hearty traditional beef pattie topped with tasty cheese and a good amount of salty bacon. Pickles are always a wlecome addition and all the other ingredients were pretty fresh (although there was a little too much lettuce). The traditional seeded bun did a good job of holding it all together. Nothing too fancy just a job well done. Good work guys.”
“I have to admit this is the first time I’ve been to The Espy. It always looks gross and full of people who catch public transport. So I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean, warm and friendly restaurant tucked away at the side of the live music venue with families casually sitting down to dinner. Inside the stock-standard-sesame-seed-bun was a hearty piece of beef with a great juicyness to it; as well as being accompanied by a few rashes of crispy bacon. As I expected they didn’t try anything fancy and just did the basics quite well.”
“Practically living at the Espy in the old University days it really felt like traveling back home and having your mum cook you her ol’ fashioned “Mama’s Style” hamburgers. All the love and home rusticness is there. The medium-sized pattie was very juicy and tasty. The melted cheese was great and the pickles added that tang that I so love in a burger. The secret sauce added a subtle creaminess to each bite. The down sides were that it did need a little bit of ketchup and there was too much green in there. Chips were good.”
“Sooo surprising. G accidentally gave away the venue beforehand and I hate to say it but I thought, “Damn it’ll be all turkish buns and no love” – how wrong I was. The bun was a seeded traditional roll that did a half-decent job of soaking in the juices. The pattie was really enjoyable; it was lightly seasoned and allowed the beef to do a lot of the talking. The cheese they used was also remarkable. The bacon might’ve been just a little too crispy for me but that’s nothing to cry about. The pickles were OK but I reckon it couldve done with a few less of them… same goes for lettuce. My recommendation is, save the dill mayo-style dipping sauce for the burger. It doesn’t work well as a side with chips and would add a creaminess to the burger that’d cut through the acidity of the pickles. I know I’ll be back soon. Seriously impressive.”
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The Newmarket Hotel

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Newmarket Hotel – 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Rare breed Warialda Belted Galloway dry aged Beef Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
11 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$25
Summary

The guys that brought you venues like the Royal Saxon and The Middle Park Hotel are at it again. In a collaborative effort with architects Six Degrees and consulting chef Paul Wilson, the New Market Hotel’s famous Shnitz & Tits has been replaced with an elegance and charm only found across the Baja California. As you step past the original red brick facade, the borders between inside and outside turn to shadows and tall Oscar Niemeyer-like arches will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of StKilda and into a contemporary artwork. Alot of time and money have gone into this project, and it didn’t just stop at the renovations. The menu is rich with SoCal-Hispanic influences. Dishes like Bone Marrow Tacos and Pork Carnitas with Pineapple Salsa are perfect for diners that think they’ve had it all. After a little bit of guacomale to start off with we delved straight into the Rare breed Warialda Belted Galloway dry aged Beef Burger that came on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, sides of pickled cucumber, corn, capsicum, and a bowl spicy of patatas bravas.

Comments
“This is what I’d say is a true non-traditional burger that actually works.. and works damn well! Everything about this burger was well thought out: from the pickled side of assorted veggies and the rustic potatoes chunks with a chipotle style mayo, everthing really had it’s own distinct flavor. The burger itself has one of the best buns out there, and the pattie, oh that pattie! This is something that your not going to try anywhere else. The pattie is laced with paprika and really tastes like chorizo. I’d say its best enjoyed biting from your burger to your side dish, as each portion complements one another perfectly.”
“A lot of credit should be given to the Chef. He’s confidently taken some huge risks with various flavours and sides which could easily have turned into a disaster. The bun (my favourite style), held it together and trapped in all the juice and spice from the beef. In comparison to the other dishes at the Newmarket that are too small and leave you either hungry or broke, this was a fullfilling meal. At places like this staff can sometimes be a little “too important” and snobby, but we had some really friendly service from a blonde with half of her head shaved.”
“Overall a pleasant experience. Interesting décor, big menu, good service, but most importantly a burger to be proud of. The pattie was by far the star of the show. It was well seasoned with a mixed variety of spices that gave it a good zing. It was thick and cooked well, but 1 more minute on the grill and it would’ve been over done. The bun was perfect and the miscellaneous pickles that accompanied the burger were great; each with its own distinct flavour. The abnormally yellow chips/potato wedges were ok.”
“My first impression was Wow. What the hell is this? This burger was more Mexican than any of the burgers I’d eaten in Mexico. Probably because the Mexicans were trying to emulate the Americans. Saying that I was hoping it would be a touch spicier. Your first bite is filled with juice that can only be recreated by chorizo. The lettuce and tomato were basic but you end up forgetting about them because you’re too focused on this unique flavour to the beef. We were told its seasoned with paprika, garlic, onion powder and cooked with bone marrow.. but I couldn’t get past chorizo; especially with all the red/orange juices dripping out of it. A rare dining experience that every burger (and Mexican) lover should sink their teeth into.”
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La Roche

Thursday, August 19, 2010
La Roche – 185 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
House Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$17
Summary

Honey is a bar that prides itself on letting its guests really enjoy themselves. Open late everyday, Carlton Draught on tap, free Wifi, and an excellent food menu that any decent bar worth it’s salt should have. On top of all this there’s personable service, a relaxed and comfortable environment and decent tunes in the background. When all these things line up, what else would nail the occasion but their Beef burger with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion and chips.

Comments
“I am always left wondering why people think it is a good idea to use Turkish bread for a bun! The burger itself made for a good lunch time meal, although I found it had a little too much lettuce and tomato for my liking. The beef pattie was well cooked, but had nowhere nearly enough seasoning. On a good note it did have a cracking mayo. I really think that any potential this burger had was lost with the use of the Turkish bread.”
“Why, why, why use Turkish bread in burgers? I’m sorry I don’t get it. Some really good burgers out there are being misused and I think its wrong. Cafe’s are the main culprit, they make an ‘Awesome’ burger, then it’s downgraded to an ‘Ok’ burger by the bun. For me the bread worked like a sponge and by the end was a soggy mess. I found the burger had too much “green stuff” in it, which took over the great tasting mayo. The pattie was ok and did the job. Bacon, cheese and onion were good, however could have used some sauce in it, luckily for us it comes as a side. Chips were good.”


Greasy Joe’s Bar & Grill

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Greasy Joe’s Bar & Grill – 66 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Lot Burger (without Beetroot)
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
30 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expect much
Price:
$18.50
Summary

With a reputation for serving Melbourne oversized meals for as long as we can remember, Greasy Joe’s has been a starting point for many St Kilda locals before a big night out of live music and a few drinks. Our burger was delivered, in true St Kilda style, by an English backpacker posing as a waiter. Be sure to go on an empty stomach.

Comments
“First off, I have to point out that this is probably the most over priced burger yet. Although you do get a massive burger with an ample side of chips that most will struggle to get through. I think they could definitely improve on the quality of ingredients starting with the meat pattie, which tasted like it was originally from a supermarket freezer.”
“If you have not eaten this week, this is the burger for you. Huge burger, huge price and huge disappointment in the beef. It had barely any flavour and seemed to just take up space. The mayo was good and the Pom waiters were friendly. They also had two TVs with two different footy games running at the same time, which made up for the beef.”
“This burger really brings meaning to the saying “there’s no I in team”. Take the ingredients apart and they are as boring as doing chemistry homework on a Saturday night. Overall there was no stand out. The pattie was thick but lacked seasoning (I found it helped to add extra sauce), but the caramelised onion and cheese were good, and the bacon was extra crispy. Chips were good too).”
“The egg was fried superbly and the cheddar cheese was delicious. But the rest just didn’t stack up. The lettuce was bitter, the pattie was mediocre and the bun wasn’t exactly fresh. But somehow, to my surprise, they all joined forces to create a reasonable burger.”


Barney Allen’s

Monday, March 1, 2010
Barney Allen’s – 14 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Barney Allen Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$12
Summary

Part owner and celebrity chef Ian Hewitson, creates a gastro-pub that is about as casual and laid back as it gets in the Melbourne restaurant scene. With a modern take on the classic Australian hamburger, highlights include an extra large beef pattie, a tomato and onion chutney that sticks to the top bun, and a beetroot relish that makes love to the bottom bun. Treat yourself by adding french fries with spicy ketchup. These guys don’t take bookings, but head on in, and their extremely friendly staff will help you out.

Comments
“A unique burger with some unique ingredients that offers a pleasantly sweet taste. Maybe a little too sweet without a side of chips. A thick, well seasoned pattie that was cooked to perfection and oozed juicy goodness. All ingredients were well balanced, but I’d suggest a little less tomato and onion chutney and a touch more mayo.”
“An explosion of flavour from the get-go (even after removing most of both relishes). The beef has a really nice spice which balanced out the sweetness of the rest of the burger. At first I was confused to find mayo underneath the burger bun, however one of the really friendly staff informed us it was to stop the burger slipping off the plate. That is how a true burger aficionado thinks, aka Huey. I’m sure he would be devastated at the thought of a burger on the floor.”
“The burger had one of the thickest patties I have ever seen and was cooked to perfection. All ingredients were great. I especially like the chutney and the addition of the beetroot relish. However, next time I would like to try it without the beetroot. I felt that it made the burger a lot sweeter than it had to be. With the last bite staring me in the face, I had to compose myself, take a breath, and power through. Make sure you go with a good appetite. Shoe string fries were very good.”
“Tip number one… Don’t wear a white shirt unless you really like the artwork of Jackson Pollock. Tip number two… Eat the burger right above your fries. Tip three… Enjoy your fries, now covered in a sweet and zesty burger sauce.”
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