Kustom Burgers

Monday, August 3, 2015
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Kustom Burgers – 861 High St, Thornbury, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
EH Smashed Burger
Serviettes:
5
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
13 minutes
Would we recommend:
Go Now!
Price:
$14
Summary

This is the definition of a passion project: know what you want, work your butt off and then make something awesome. A guy by the name of Paul Hendrie is behind Thornbury’s Kustom Burgers. He brought his love of burgers together with his love of cars to create a one-of-a-kind diner. Sure, parts of it looks like a regular old diner, but then there are all the bits that’ve come out of a chop shop. There are tables made of old truck boots, stools like tractor seats, and an actual truck who’s tray doubles as a slot car racing track. Of course then you come to the burgers. All designed by Paul himself, named after classic beauties like the F150, FJ Holden and the Imapala. Some of their burgers are classic beef favourites, but they also do a Fried Chicken one, even Chilli Dogs and wings. I couldn’t go past the EH Smashed Burger. I opted for the classic hamburger bun (you can go for brioche if you like), with 2 smashed Angus grass-fed beef patties, double bacon, double American cheese, lettuce, onion and a house-made special sauce.

Comments
“Damn it feels good to eat a burger this great again. It kicked me in the mouth with flavour from the very first bite. Smash burgers are the way to my burger-loving heart (big nod to Laurie Dee’s). The cheese was Oh-So-Oozy and had a nice bit of saltiness to it. The whole thing balanced out perfectly. Every bite was filled with beefy goodness, salt from the cheese and then the sweet from the special sauce. I’m rather happy I went with the Standard bun – brioche just would’ve been overkill. The onions were also fantastic. I wanted more as soon as I walked out. I will be back. I’m even contemplating moving Northside.”


On It Burgers

Friday, June 5, 2015
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On It Burgers – 930 Burwood Highway,
Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
On It Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12.95
Summary

It was once a KFC and then turned into an Indian restaurant, but now, sitting almost lonesome on the side of Burwood Hwy is On It Burgers. All the tell tale signs from the Finger Lickin’ Good days are still there. So it’s even cooler that inside is a pretty cool, craft beer loving, burger slinging restaurant. They opened in late 2014 to much local fanfare but the buzz has has worn off a bit and now you won’t be left elbowing people away for a table. They pride themselves on their premium Grass Fed beef burgers, with 9 on offer there’s more than enough to keep you wanting to come back again. Same goes for the fries and shakes. Pick anything from Truffle & Parmesan fries to a Toasted Marshmallow milk shake. But there’s a dozen more options. I was tempted by The Luke burger that comes with bacon jam and a black bun (maybe next time) but went for their names sake, the On It Burger. On an Artisan Bun it comes with a Grass Fed Beef Patty, American cheese, Smokey On It Sauce, lettuce, red onion, tomato and pickles.

Comments
“It seemed like a “nothing much” kind of place. As I drove toward it, it sent me straight to the memory road-trip pitstops, where you’re dying for a leak and whatever deep fried food is on offer. But this had a smidge more class. The fact that I didn’t walk through an automatic door helped this, but then I saw the craft beers on display and almost pool hall like decor. There were some decent choices on the menu, but I had to go with the namesake. Accompanied by a crisp beer and some parmesan truffle fries it sat there alone on a wooden board. I figured it was going to be that or a basket anyhow. But, I really like the bun. Apart from there being maybe a bit too much of it, it was really nice. It was fluffy but then with a nice glazed exterior that held in all that signature sauce. Which, I might add, was delicious. It was smokey, creamy and slightly spicy. Imagine a more complex, less sweet chipotle mayo. It mixed really nice with the fatty, meaty patty. I just wish there was a bit more of to go around because I was left with just bun and sauce at the end. I thought this was a really nice burger. It had a signature to it and it left me wanting more. But I think in a good way. I’d go back if I was ever in the mood for a road-trip down South. But I might opt for a Double Classic option just with added On it Sauce.”


Burgled

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Burgled – 287 Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Gettysburger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$10.50
Summary

There’s not much to look at along the Huntingdale rd strip. That’s because it’s really just mix of shops, factories and a whole lot of Monash Students off to Uni. But for a place that’s all about hamburgers and feel good food, that’s just the kind of place you’d want to be, servicing your hungry workers and hungover students. Opening in 2014, Burgled prides itself on being a Sports Bar, inviting all to watch “the game”, enjoy a beer or two and of course try one of their many burgers. They’ve chosen a bit of an “around the world” theme to create their namesakes. You could try something from Japan which is a panko crumbed chicken patty or something from the Middle East which uses a falafel patty and babaganoush. I took a seat outside on a warm Sunday and was pretty taken with the American Style “Gettysburger” they had created. It came with a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, pickles, mustard, aioli, cheese and ketchup.

Comments
“We’d heard a few good things but that was about it from a friend of a friend. I didn’t expect much walking in though. But when it hastily came out it looked legit. It ticked all the boxes for me; from the yellow cheese and the thick brioche. Someone had done their research (or perused the American burgers on our site). The thick beef patty was compact and tightly held together. It was pretty good but I wanted a smidge more juice and flavour from it. I would’ve cooked it a little more pink if I could. Plus some more salt. The burger was pretty balanced and actually held together well. I’d come back if I peckish and passing through Oakleigh but I’d probably gear up for a double patty with a lot less salad.”
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Middle Brighton Baths

Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Middle Brighton Baths – 251 The Esplanade, Brighton,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
The Baths Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t bother
Price:
$22
Summary

Brighton Baths have been around since 1881 and although originally just a recreation centre over the years they’ve turned into a multi trick pony. The Baths are a place for weddings, dinner with the family or a just coffee when your neck-deep in lycra. The venue is a great place for locals and tourists alike to see Melbourne’s beautiful, however mostly hazy, cityscape. The Baths are split into two with a more fancy restaurant upstairs and a cafe/bar downstairs. The cafe menu is a little simpler and cheaper but aims to please most people with things like a classic bowl of wedges to Spaghetti Marinara. Sitting across from Ricky Ponting one fine Sunday, we ordered the Baths Burger that came with a beef patty, traditional seeded bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickled cucumber and chipotle mayo.

Comments
“There aren’t many better views in Melbourne while enjoying a sunny Sunday lunch, made even better by dining alongside Australian legend and former Test captain Ricky Ponting and his family. Unfortunately the burger didn’t live up to the same standards as the view and guests, it honestly looked and tasted like something bought from the local supermarket with a chipotle mayo added, which is fine if you’re cooking at home or a bbq, however not when paying $22 for it.”
“I found my pattie tasteless and a bit rubbery. The only highlight was the chipotle mayo which added some pepperness to what was a bland burger. The bun, cheese and pickle where all doing there part but it’s pretty much a supermarket burger. Heaps of room for improvement here.”
“This wasn’t good at all. From the bun to the lettuce. It was all store bought, but you could make it better at home. The patty was salty and looked like it had been shaped in a production line. The cheese only began to melt when my hands gripped the enormous bun. For the 22 bucks it was totally not worth it. The highlight was chipotle mayo, if any.”
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The day we visited McDonalds

Friday, October 17, 2014
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We’ve always said that McDonald’s isn’t an Adventure. But, when they got in touch with us a couple of weeks ago, they promised a Maccas experience like never before. We receive emails all the time to come in for a burger “on the house”, but always decline in favour of coming unannounced where we’re sure we’ll receive the same burger as the guy walking in behind us. In this instance, we had the chance to be one of the first people to check out a new concept that’s somewhat of a big deal to a company who’s served billions of burgers world wide. So, before we knew it myself (Z) and D were on a plane up to Sydney to build our own custom McDonald’s Gourmet Burger.
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After a few handshakes with the McDonald’s folk we were standing in front of some touch screens punching in a variety of different options we’d like in our burger. You get an interesting amount of choice that we really didn’t expect to find in an Australian McDonald’s. Options like a Brioche bun, Tortilla chips and Applewood Smoked Bacon were all a surprise. We decided that we were going to make two different kinds of burgers: something that the average punter would try and make (basically throw anything and everything in a burger) and then something that would make Ron Swanson proud (meat x meat x meat).
D threw in mushrooms, caramelised onions, fresh onions and jalapenos amongst the traditional McDonald’s burger fair and I went straight into double beef, Jack cheese, 4 x bacon and jalapenos. Once we’d finalised our order a receipt was spat out, we found a table outside and observed. Within about 5 minutes our burgers were brought over by an enthusiastic Maccas team member posing as a waiter (table service is all part of it) and hoed in.
It’s probably the first thing I thought of (and the last): it doesn’t taste like McDonald’s – not the McDonald’s I’m used to anyway. Granted, D’s burger was an utter mess and no doubt there’ll be plenty of people getting a product that they think might taste great when ordering, but really shouldn’t even exist. If I were in charge I’d actually have the people who select certain combinations like no bun ( yes you can do that ) escorted quietly out of the store. There is a reason why Big Macs have stood the test of time. First off, McDonald’s are a squillionaire corporation so everything they do will be thought out and researched. And, secondly, because everyone knows what you’re going to get with a Big Mac; familiarity. So, when people start creating God Knows What, we’d probably advise them to get a side of Cheeseburger to carry them through the rest of their day.
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The Double Meat Quad Bacon creation on the other hand was seriously a pleasure. You probably wouldn’t want to run a marathon afterward but it’s more in line with the McDonald’s most of us know. The patties tasted like an upgrade from the normal menu and with that amount of bacon plus some Jack cheese you shouldn’t be able to mess it up.The things that let D and I down though were the details. When opting for a more meaty burger other things need to be upped to balance it out. The same amount of sauce and jalapenos were used that a single patty might’ve just covered, so the zing of spice didn’t really come through. I guess thats something that a production line might miss when you compare it to a local burger joint.
So, we had some ups and downs, but generally we had a decent feed. Some chains like Grill’d might feel a pinch in the big cities, but where this is really going to take off is in more rural areas where they don’t have more Gourmet Burger options. It’s hard to predict how Australia will feel about paying over $16 for a meal at Maccas though.
The enormity of the task at hand for McDonalds is rather scary: within the next 6-9 months they plan on rolling this out to every store in the country. So, start thinking about what you might want to cram into a burger now, because you might not have to wait too long (unless there’s a line of course, then you’ll probably wait a while). We have no idea how they’re going to pull it off but if anyone can do it it’s probably these guys.

P.S They flew us to Sydney, paid for our transfers and our meals, then left us to it.



Ripponlea Food and Wine

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Ripponlea Food and Wine – 5 Glen Eira Road,
Ripponlea, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu beef burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
17 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$24.90
Summary

Located opposite Ripponlea train station this little restaurant will charm the pants off you with its friendly staff, open kitchen and a comforting food menu, making you feel like you’re at your Mama’s house for dinner. There is something quite soothing about the how the heat from the kitchen enters the dining area with its white tiled walls and dark timber seating giving you a warm sense of familiarity. We went for the Wagyu beef burger that came with mustard, crispy bacon, tomato, cornichons, smoked cheddar with a side of fries and habanero mayo.

Comments
“I knew straight away I was going to turn this into a massive mess so to try and minimise the impact I decided to cut it in half. First thing that really stood out was the height and size of the patty, it had a really crumbly texture and plenty of herbs mixed through for flavour. Due to the size, it was cooked fairly well which left it fairly dry. Then, combined with the dry and flakey bun you really began to notice the lack of juice. The melted cheese and crispy bacon obviously helped the burger, however the thick chunks of tomato and pickle didn’t compliment at all.”
“From a place that had some great simple comforting food I had an expectation the burger would be OK and to a degree I think it was. The pattie was rustic and rissole-like with some great tasting characteristics and cooked to perfection. The bun though, didn’t keep its integrity throughout the meal. The mayo was really good with the chips. The one thing I didn’t like was the amount of greens – too much!”
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Racks Ribs Co

Friday, August 8, 2014
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Racks Ribs Co – 680A Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Racks Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$12
Summary

Located in South Eastern suburbia this little cosy, woodgrain-walled shop greets you with friendly staff and the tantalising smell of BBQ. With mouth-watering menu options of delicious meat cuts cooked BBQ style, you can’t help go home still smelling like a cook-out. Their busy nights are Friday and Saturday so we recommend you get there early and be prepared to come back again to try all the assortments of “fall-off-the-bone” meats they have on offer. We went for their famous “Racks Burger” served on a brioche bun with a basted 180g pattie, mix lettuce, tomato, sliced cheese and Racks sauce.

Comments
“As we were the only one’s in here (and it’s quite a compact little shop), I could see how much care and attention the chef was putting into each burger. Which is why I was amazed when he opened a fresh bag of buns, then burnt one on the grill, turned to the girl working with him and muttered something along the lines of “oh crap, I burnt that one” and then continued to serve it to me. My dining companions seemed to be enjoying theirs, however it was pretty hard to accurately assess its flavour and texture when it felt like biting into a charcoal briquette.”
“I really enjoyed the whole experience; the service was friendly, the shop smelled of BBQ and was warm and cosy for a winters day. The burger itself was OK, but nothing in the burger really popped up for me with the exception of the delicious Racks sauce glaze. What really sets this place apart for me is entertaining the thought of sharing a rack of ribs with a group of friends then moving onto the burger. I did pay an additional $3 for the chips which I think was a no brainer; no meal is complete without chips.”
“As soon as the burgers went on the grill the smell of nice charred meat was in the air. It was a lovely looking burger although before I bit in I was a little worried the patty might be a little too far on the dark side. Yes, it was crunchy on the outer, but ended up being so soft on the inner. It was really well-balanced and had notes of sticky sweetness from the base sauce, sort of reminding me of a Big Mac Sauce. It was an all around solid burger but I wish it had a little more cheese and maybe even a pickle on the side to finish off the meal.”
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