Ziggy’s Eatery

Monday, May 9, 2016
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Ziggy’s Eatery – 195 Carlisle St, Balaclava , Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$10.90
Summary

Carlisle Street is on the up and up. At one time all it had going for it was one or two cafes and a really decent watering hole. Now, even Grill’d have set up shop in Balaclava. But, you can’t call Ziggy’s Eatery a late bloomer. This mom and pop store has been there for many years before the boom. These days though, they’ve had a refurb, made some noise on social media and have expanded from their wraps, sandwiches and salads, and are quite proud of their burger list. There’s a burger for everyone in there ranging from the extreme high protein, double Recovery burger to a pork belly or a vege option. It’s a little store that gets quite busy, so if you’re lucky enough to not live too far away and don’t feel like stepping out the house, simply order online and get it delivered. I decided to go in store and check out their simple Cheeseburger. It came out on a brioche bun with a a 150g beef patty, home made smoked cheese sauce, bacon, tomato & Spanish onion.

Comments
“As I was hoping, it was pretty simple, really creamy and saucy. But I started to run into some problems. I was apprehensive to do it at first, but I felt the burger needed some added sweetness so I squirted some ketchup in there. Looking at the menu, it told me their cheese came in the form of a sauce, which I feel like masked a lot of the beef charr. It was still enjoyable with some killer bacon, but next time I’d probably just ask to add pickles to give that bit of zing to my Zig.”
Ziggy's Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Changz Canteen

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Changz Canteen – 256 Glen Eira Rd, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
7 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$8
Summary

History says, open a restaurant, then become famous for your ‘special’ sauce. The boys at Changz are flipping the script and have got themselves a wicked chilli game going. You might have seen them stocked at your local café, or even one of your favourite burger joints. After winning spice-fiends over since 2014, they decided to create their own Americana inspired canteen in a quite pocket of Elsternwick. Their chilli sauce comes in a few varieties but there’s plenty more to choose from on their menu. Start off with some Pork Scratchings or Fried Chicken, then grab yourself a burger and fries and start testing all the sauce combos. We went for their classic Cheeseburger that came with a beef patty, a milk bun, American Cheese, creamy/tangy mayo and pickles.

Comments
“The patty was cooked nicely and overall the burger was kept simple, but full of flavour. The bun was soft and balanced really well with the meaty fillings, making the burger very easy to eat – before I knew it, it was all gone! The sauce was great, but I wish I had more of it. The chips were good too and just the way I like them; thin and very salty. Would definitely go back!”
“Such a humble little cheeseburger. I was surprised they didn’t go full “Check out my burger blog bro”, and make it the spiciest, biggest burger you’ve ever seen. But they nailed it. From the soft fluffy bun to the little bit of crunch from the pickle and meat charr. The menu doesn’t give much away, but there was a whole lot of dill/onion/cheese and a creamy ketchup mayo combo happening. I really liked this burger. It reminds me of the old school style burgers. From an American roadside diner. Nothing too fancy, just done heart-warmingly right. I’d be back again. Next time I might add bacon just for a little extra meaty goodness.”
Changz Canteen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


St Burgs

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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St Burgs – 4/41 Edgewater Blvd, Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Double D
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9
Summary

You don’t really just stumble on a place like St Burgs. Apart from a laundromat, it’s one of the only inhabited businesses at the bottom of an apartment block in what feels like the middle of nowhere. This little pocket situated along the Maribyrnong River has spectacular city views and will some day be booming with life. But right now it has that Docklands vibe that isn’t quite right. This hasn’t stopped the burger loving guys behind St Burgs. It’s a family affair, with a bunch of brothers getting together to create a no-nonsense burger joint. Their menu consists of only a handful of burgers to match your appetite or eating disfunction: choose from a beef burger, fried chicken burger or a mushroom burger. They even do some wings if you need more than fries as a side. There’s not a whole lot of room inside but there’s a lot more space to go Al Fresco and embrace the beef sweats. We ordered the Double D that came on a milk bun with two Australian grass fed beef patties, double American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, gherkin relish, “durger mayo” & smokey sauce.

Comments
“Some very well-seasoned, good smashed patties surrounded by oozing cheese and drenched in some sweet tasting sauce. The bun started out OK, but by end became a sloppy mess. Would I go back? Hells yeah! Big tip: when you’re sitting outside be sure to use a plate when eating as I guarantee you the burger will drop through the table gaps and go all over your new kicks. Fries were good.”
“This was good. It dripped goodness. Everywhere. I was hungover and it was just what I needed. The patties were salty and had a bit of crunch to each bite. But the biggest bonus to this burger was the soft gooeyness that left cheese stuck to all my teeth. The only this I just wasn’t sure on the BBQ sauce. It mixed with the pickle relish they had going on and made for a burger that was just a touch too much the sweet side for me. Next time I might just hold the BBQ sauce. If you’re in need of a burger hug, St Burgs will answer your prayers.”
St. Burgs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


YOMG

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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YOMG – 65-67 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Yo My With Cheese
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
6 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9
Summary

Frozen yoghurt and burgers aren’t generally something you’d ever link. But with these two being some of the biggest food trends to hit Melbourne over the last couple of years, it isn’t a surprise that there’s now a place you can get them at the same place. YOMG (Yo My Goodness) started out in 2013 as a funky little fro-yo joint in Mordialloc. Knowing they were onto a good thing, with the place packed with sugar crazed Tweens and anxious First-Daters they’ve now spread to six locations, even as far as Cairns. But their fro-yo store in Glen Waverley has a difference: it’s a burger joint too. There’s a lot on offer with eleven burgers on the menu that go from your standard cheeseburger to the vego-friendly potato cake burger. Enjoy your fries five different ways from classic to smothered in pulled pork or opt in for a shake done old school or fancy-like. It’s hard to get a seat in there most nights but I patiently stalked three tables simultaneously waiting for a chance to eat my burger in a civilised manner. Of course, when my buzzer started to vibrate I went up and grabbed the Yo My with Cheese that came on a glazed sesame seed bun with a Grass Fed Angus patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and secret sauce.

Comments
“What the hell was I in for? Having been a little anti on the Fro-Yo Movement (seriously just get some ice cream people) I really wasn’t sure how a burger was ever going to be good here. But, with delightful surprise, it was great. A lot of what they did with it reminded me of Raph’s Beatbox creation, but with a mean dill/tangy sauce thing going on. It was really well balanced – a beefy patty with hints of creaminess from the American cheese to the sweetness in the tomato and ketchup. It’s busy as all hell but actually worth it. The other nice thing is that it feels like they really put their burgers first, leaving all that fro-yo nonsense at the back of the shop where it belongs.”
YOMG - Yo My Goodness Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Burger

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Burger Burger – 135 Union Rd, Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Belmore Bacon
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$14
Summary

In the evening, under the mixed light of street lights and setting sun, the Union Rd strip of shops looks more like a small country town than a suburb just 11kms out of Melbourne. It’s on the more affluent side but that doesn’t mean locals shouldn’t indulge in the humble hamburger. BurgerBurger was created in early 2015 by husband and wife duo Leena and Nesh Rakhra and strives for burger perfection. They source all produce locally and offer a handful of burgers all named after the neighbourhood: the Cam-baa-baa-well is filled with lamb and grilled haloumi whilst the Chicky Canterbury has the ever popular Buttermilk Chicken and Sriracha combo. For those that can’t stand gluten, they look out for you too with Gluten Free buns at an extra $2. After speaking to the very friendly Nesh about what’s been popular I took a seat in their modern little shop and waited for my Belmore Bacon burger that comes on a brioche bun with a 150g Wagyu, Smokey Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Cos Lettuce, Pickles, Tomato, Grilled Onions and BurgerBurger sauce.

Comments
“I rarely venture into this part of Melbourne so I didn’t know what to expect. The place was filled with staff and the menu looked promising. They didn’t look really busy until I realised that they deliver – the counter stacked with paper bags ready to go to hungry locals. The burger arrived and the bun glistened. It was crusty on the out and soft on the inside – kind of like the meat patty. I think there should of been more beef in the burger though. Maybe upping the patty to a 200g. I found it salty had pretty tasty, but there wasn’t enough juice. It might have been left of the grill just a little long. Overall it was really balanced though. Every bite got me a bit of everything. But, by far, my highlight was the amazing pickles. They were really sweet and chunky. Decent fries on offer too.”
Burger Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Lab

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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BurgerLab – 63 Florence St, Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Free Range Bacon Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$11.50
Summary

Mentone’s little hub has a lot going for it. The locals can get themselves into a decent cafe for brunch, or get themselves into town with the train station front and centre. Nowadays, thanks to Burger Lab, the locals can get themselves a decent looking burger too. The guys behind the operation are Anthony Pinzone and Chef Lochie Greig-Moore who are all about a relaxed environment with organic, sustainable produce. There’s a clear sense of “chill” throughout the place, with friendly staff, plenty of beer on tap as well as local specials for students to come and bitch about their Maths teacher. Their burger list isn’t as scientific – as was expected – from their name and branding, but instead they’re pretty classic options. The craziest they go is with their prawn burger that has a squid ink, black bun. But we’d never go down that path. To make up for that silliness they also offer chicken wings and ribs. I chose to sink my teeth into a Free-Range Bacon Burger that came on a seeded brioche bun with a beef patty, ‘Hagens’ Free-Range Bacon, melted organic Raclette cheese, tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, diced shallot and mayo.

Comments
“This was big. I saw a tonne of mayo, which normally I’m cool with. But it got me a little worried about how creamy and messy this would get. I bit in and it happened – a whole lot of slide. I almost lost my tomato instantly. But, to make up for it, there was a nice salty creaminess going on. The cheese, bacon, beef and mayo thing was working for me. Then I lost the lettuce. It was half out anyway so I gave it a shove. The beef was pink and juicy and the tomatoes were really fresh and sweet. The downfall to this thing was the bun. There was already a lot of sweetness going on so the brioche was overkill. Plus as I mentioned, it was on the big side. Less bun, more fun.”
BurgerLab 3194 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Mick Adams Burger Bar

Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Mick Adams Burger Bar – 38 Portman Street, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Cheesy Mike
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
8 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$9.50
Summary

It wasn’t too long ago that Oakleigh was just a little Souvlaki-filled pocket next-door to Chadstone Shopping Centre. These days it’s a bustling little place where both locals and people from all over town come to enjoy coffee, cakes or a leisurely get-together. With this, the level of dining has lifted. New restaurants and bars are popping up all over. So of course there needed to a spot for a genuine burger joint. Mick Adam’s has stepped in to fill this void. They take their name from a Greek immigrant who opened Australia’s first Milk Bar in Sydney back in 1932. The Milk Bar was called the Black and White and so it looks like they’ve rolled with this theme throughout their restaurant – white tiles with black accents all over. Paying homage to the old days of diner eating they keep their menu pretty simple with burgers, shakes and fries. The hamburger options are mainly beef but they stretch to a crab and veggie option for more “modern” tastes. Surprisingly, there’s no signature “Mick burger” available so I went with the simplicity of the Cheesy Mike. It came on a brioche bun with a 150g grass fed beef patty, double cheddar, pickles, tomato and lettuce.

Comments
“By the look of hte place, it didn’t feel like fast food at all. But the burgers came out pretty damn quick. They didn’t look like anything too crash hot compared to some of the PR shots floating around the internet, but at least my melted cheese was a giant plus. Overall the burger was pretty balanced. But in this instance it meant nothing really stood out (apart from having half a tomato fall out at one point). For me, the patty was cooked spot on – it was super pink. The beef wasn’t bad either but it didn’t have a tonne of flavour. I wanted a more salty, fatty punch from it. I know it’s early days for these guys and maybe I went for the wrong burger. But I just felt there was something missing from this one (probably bacon). On a plus the staff were really friendly and it made it feel like a place you could graze on burgers and sides here for quite a while.”
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