In the year of 2013, I achieved a few accomplishments. I finished a continued education course, survived my first overseas trip with The Angmoh (we went to India), started this blog and stuffed my face with many a burger for a collection of burger blogposts.
Burgers… juicy meat slapped betweens perk buns, moistened up with tasty sauce, now that’s what I’m talking about. The Angmoh and I teamed up for this expedition, sometimes joined by Fakebooo and other invited guests. Our first hit was The Merrywell.
Corner Clarendon Street and Crown Riverside
+61 3 9292 7468
Situated on the Clarendon side of Crown Casino complex, The Merrywell is a classy pub that does burgers on the ground floor and a popular rowdy restaurant offering American diner fare on the level upstairs. Fakebooo, The Angmoh and I had dined in the restaurant, not aware that items from the lower level could not be ordered in the restaurant. Determined to plough through their burger menu, we revisited during happy hour without reading the fine lines that only certain burgers were subjected to the happy hour promo.
Nevermind all our mistakes, we still attacked the burgers with gusto, with Fakebooo ordering the Big Blue, The Angmoh having the Oz Burger and the Red Eye for yours truly.
All burgers came cooked rare, with pale pink patties dripping with juices. Fakebooo’s burger had an odd addition of apple and the whole wheat bun was a tad firm. He very much preferred the burger he had upstairs on our previous visit. The Angmoh’s Aussie combi was well-received with The Angmoh giving thumbs up to the bacon. My red eye was hot! The clever use of fresh jalapenos packs an unforseen heat punch, although I thought there was too much sauce, which overwhelmed the overall taste of the burger.
The Merrywell was a great way to start our burger adventure. It is conveniently located within walking distance to us and will be a good spur-of-the-moment ditch for desperate burger cravings.
106 Smith Street
+61 3 9417 6328
201-209 High Street
+61 3 9417 6328
The Angmoh and I hit up Huxtaburger for our next burgaventure. I have been previously and I always order The Denise. The burgers have soft soft bread and the patties have a wonderful char and flavour to them. They are easily squished and wolfed down.
Once again I had the Denise and The Angmoh, who is a true patriot for Aussie flavours, had Bills. Both burgers were consumed in rapid greed, washed down with a thick vanilla milkshake. Our only gripe was that the burgers were on the small side and The Angmoh got hungry in just slightly over an hour. They would be perfect as a snack, or a full blown meal if you had the stomach space of a tiny bird.
I had huxtacravings pretty soon and was keen to visit the CBD branch one Friday night. It was closed when we got there and the yearning became a memory only to be filed somewhere in the “to-eat” compartment of my brain. Fast forward a few months and we rocked up to Prahran, me ready for the meal in my BlackMilk fastfood leggings. The crowd is unmistakably young and missing the hipster vibe that is part of Collingwood. The seating space is a good deal bigger, and like the original, most of the crowd milling about are awaiting take-aways. We stuck true with our preferred choices and they tasted just the same and just as delicious as those in Collingwood. With consistency across branches, huxtaburger is a keeper. I do recommend pre-ordering online during peak times for it’ll save a good tummy-rumbling.
(Left) Denise – Huxtaburger with jalapeno, sriracha mayo $9.50 + Crinkle cut chips (small) $2.50
(Right) Bills – Huxtaburger with bacon, egg, pineapple and beetroot $11.50
334 Highett Street
+61 3 9553 3540
Somewhere in the year as the cold weather showed her icy stare, I was about to close up at work when the thought of getting a burger delivery struck. Unfamiliar to Bayside eats, Burger Boss was recommended by my colleages. The call was made and so was my order of Big Boss, Sloppy Joe and onion rings. Delivery took approximately 45minutes and as soon as I received my doggy bag, I took off and headed home lickety split.
Our food had cooled reasonably some by the time we got into it. The burger was distinctly American with pickles, mustard and ketchup and was soft and slightly wet. I loved the sloppy Joe and onion rings. The slow cooked mince was dripping in sauce, rich with spices and the onion rings were crisp and well-seasoned. It brought back childhood memories of tucking into A&W coney dogs, complete with a rootbeer float, of course!
Burger Boss is a favourite amongst beachy Bayside peeps. I reckon I’ll swing by after work sometime and slide down another sloppy Joe.
Babu Burger Bar with Balls
156 Chapel Street
+61 3 9510 6485
The Angmoh and I checked out Babu Burger Bar sometime in the middle of the year. It was oddly quiet on the Friday evening that we visited. Babu offers customized burgers where diners decide how much moo they can chew and what to dress that moo in. Meatballs are also on the menu for those not wanting a full patty.
I had a modest 150g patty with blue cheese, caramelized onion and beetroot. The Angmoh’s stockier 220g came stacked with bacon, egg and beetroot (I did mention his love for Aussie flavours yea?). For a quiet evening, we waited a good half hour before food was served. The burgers were brought out split in two, which threw us off initially. I’m not sure if it facilitates the addition of sauce as flipping the top half back onto it’s lower bit might be messy for the uncoordinated. Both burgers were tasty in their own way but not sufficiently remarkable to deem a re-visit.
Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew
413 Brunswick Street
+61 3 9419 0088
We needed a good burger memory to satiate and make up for the previous visit. We had a friend’s birthday drinks thing in Fitzroy one Friday evening and decided to pre-burger before drinks. Parking in Fitzroy on any evening is a challenge and on a Friday night, is absolute sheer hell. We U-eed, backtracked and circled frantically before finally spotting a lot. Just as we were about to reverse in, with our indicator and reversing lights beaming like shining beacons, some unkempt trackie-clad teen biatch headed in and stole the lot just under our noses (or butts in this case). The Angmoh has the temperament of a saint and held me back from purchasing a year’s worth of Gladwrap and gifting her with a shiny polyethylene-layered car with possibly deflated tires.
The neon burger sign of Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew beckoned and somewhat placated our my wrath. The communal table at the very front of the restaurant is huge, bordered by salon-type plush chairs and topped with a rotound terranium. Walk on in and it’s impossible to miss the beers on offer. Every single one is locally crafted beer from independent brewers. I had a pot of Moo brew, which was light with malty flavours.
The Angmoh lit up like a child at Christmas when his blue heaven shake was set down. I braced myself and took a tiny sip and actually gave it the nod. It was thick and creamy and the sickly extreme sugary blue heaven flavour was not too overpowering.
Brother Burger’s menu is diverse and offers burgers of different meats and even vegetarian options. The choice of customizing or modifiying your burger is available for the nit-picky. For those not keen on burgers, there are hotdogs and pulled meats to fall back on.
The Angmoh once again went predictably Aussie and ordered the Fair Dinkum. I had the “Hot Stuff’ burger with a hit of blue cheese, which was the favourite and highly recommended by the chef. Both burgers were really good. The patties are of extremely high quality, which is not surprising as they are completely full blood wagyu. The fact that the meat is 100% Aussie wins extra points. The Angmoh had no complaints about his burger and attacked in appreciative silence. I loved how my burger came with the wedge of stinky blue on the side. I crumbled in a smidgen of it and the pairing of rich intense cheese with the sweet spicy chilli jam was just sensational.
I highly recommend heading to Brother Burger for some stuffed buns and a brew. With ingredients locally-sourced and condiments made on-site, it makes a patriotic delicious feed at a very sensible price.
This brings me to half the post. Stay tuned for more burgadventures!