It’s been so long since I’ve updated the blog that I forgot my login details… Anyway, lets enjoy this moment while it lasts. Christopher and Mum decided they wanted to shower Lucy with some more baby presents, so we thought Brunch could be a good idea. Katie visits the Food Republic with her mothers group every Wednesday so we knew the place was fairly decent and not too far away, so it was an easy choice.

I’d suggest booking for Sunday brunch, as the place was packed and there was a wait when we arrived. Thankfully I took my own advice and we had booked a table off to the side so we could fit the baby capsule. The staff here are very accommodating and efficient and the table they had chosen for us was well located with plenty of room.

Christopher, Katie and yours truly all opted for eggs of some sorts and Mum went with the super sized schnitzel sandwich. Looking around the restaurant I was a bit envious of the lunch options coming out, and I think I’d probably opt for one of those next time, as they all looked amazing.

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I ordered the big breakfast however as I hadn’t eaten and it seemed wrong to jump straight to lunch. I went with scrambled eggs – as the waitress had recommended them  – and they were very good. The big breakfast was around $22 I think,  and overall it was quite nice. However, there was nothing really that made it stand out. I think there needed to be something different – some baked beans could have done the job – you know how I love my beans. It comes with mushrooms, bacon, tomato, pork sausage, plenty of toast and I got some potato rosti as well.

First impressions and it looked the part – a good serving size – although, the first thing I noticed was the bacon. I’m not a fan of short cut bacon – and although this was a nice smoky bacon, it just lacked the crispy fat that I was really craving. Nice mushrooms, with a nice rosemary hit, and a lovely whole grilled tomato. The rosti wasn’t the best I’ve had, and the sausage was ok – I had Christopher’s as he didn’t like it. As you can see a bit hit and miss. On the other hand, Mum’s schnitzel sandwich was very good.

It’s a nice place, with very good, friendly staff and a good honest breakfast, and some very good lunches. Well worth a visit.

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Sometimes you have those moments in your life when it seems as though all is well with the world. Admittedly, at those moments you’re probably not reflecting very deeply and it’s possible that the sumptuous burger that is filling your mouth is making real introspection difficult. Regardless of the realities of the Greek financial crisis or third world poverty or Miley Cyrus –  I had one such moment at Mr Scruff’s. Had you observed me at that point in time, you would have witnessed an overweight, balding man, grinning crazily and probably giggling at times as he shoved a rather larger burger into his mouth – possibly pausing occasionally to stare at the beautiful burgery goodness that fate had seen fit to place in his hands. Oh my goodness indeed…

Ah, I should probably explain as this is getting a little weird… Damo and I had not caught up for quite some time and with Lucy fed and in bed, I decided to head out for a burger. I’d heard some buzz about Mr Scuff’s and I felt that now was my opportunity to test out the reports. Damo was keen for a catch up so off we went. 7:30 on a cold Tuesday in the middle of the Melbourne winter had not dissuaded the punters and Mr Scruff’s was pretty full. We had to wait for a table to clear so we could sit down. But since it was “Chewsday” I guess it was always going to be busy. I was happy to wait, so we ordered our burgers. Damo went for the chewsday special – the Pooter Burger which came with think gravy, mozzarella, a bacon weave (which just means heaps of bacon!!)  kipfler chips, usa cheese, a beef patty, cos lettuce and mayo – for $18. That actually didn’t sound particularly appealing to me so I went for the standard burger with an added patty and bacon. It comes with Cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles and a special sauce – $17 in total. We also ordered the Poutine – because, Poutine – and some onion rings. Both side were exceptionally good. I really like the poutine here – it was about as good as I’ve had outside of Canada to be honest – although still not quite right (Missing the cheese curds – grated cheese doesn’t work as well). But we’re not here to talk about the sides – however good they might be…

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My burger was, from start to finish – amazing. One of the best burgers I’ve had full stop! The bun was perfect for this burger – a fresh white bread with a soft and spongy feel – although strong enough to stand up to a juicy, saucy, double meat burger. The bacon in this burger was great – a nice crispy cut which was smokey with just the right amount of fat without becoming greasy. The cheese was perfectly melted and the American style was the right choice. The patties were the standout however – both well cooked with a nice hint of pink – and a really good size for a double – not too thin and not too thick. The meat was ground on a fairly coarse setting which allowed for a juicy, beefy texture and the seasoning was on point. The lettuce added the freshness and the pickles were necessary to add sharpness and cut through all the rich fatty elements. Overall the burger was perfectly balanced. Each bite was burger heaven – and even though I was feeling pretty full, I know that if another burger had been placed in front of me, it would have been pretty difficult to stop myself from giving it a shot.

This to me, is a perfect expression of this style of burger – quality ingredients, well executed, balanced. It’s the bacon double cheeseburger that you dream of when you want one – but never get (Until now!).

I give it a 9.5 – If I were asked where you should go for the best bacon double cheeseburger in Melbourne – this would be it. I want one right now!

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I was in the city for a bit of adventure for Chris’s birthday recently at venue called Escape Hunt in the city. It was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be, even though we were too slow to figure out the mystery… Afterwards it was suggested that we head off to the Mitre Tavern for some refreshments –  Now I wasn’t planning for a burger, but as the opportunity presented itself, who was I to say no… Sometimes I should say no… Not all burgers are created equal. You just have wonder why venues will bother to put a burger on the menu and then produce these insipid, can’t be bothered burgers. I mean, what’s the point if you are just going to serve up a pre-frozen, sausage patty, which has no resemblance to anything I would call a burger. Do they think people order burgers because they lack a sophisticated palate and wont care what they get – as long as it’s hot and comes with chips??? I have to believe that’s what some “chefs” think. What I think is that if you can’t be bothered, then don’t put it on the menu. By all reports, the other meals were fine – standard pub fare. The burger… NOT FINE.

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I’m not really sure if I could be bothered with this review, because it would appear the “chef” couldn’t be bothered with my burger… I mean, they didn’t even bother to sauce the thing – I had to do that myself.

The burger arrived open and I guess the small amount of tomato sauce was to serve for both the chips and the burger??  The patty wasn’t close to good – it was clearly just heated up and as a result it was pretty rubbery. To compare it to an overcooked sausage would be unfair to the sausage. The lettuce was that salad mix stuff you get in bags from the supermarket – it just doesn’t belong on a burger. To be brutally honest, the best thing about the whole affair was the beetroot. AND I HATE BEETROOT. Sure I guess the bun was ok, and the onion rings were nice enough if you ate them on their own with the sauce, although then you would have nothing left for the burger…

Honestly I’d give it a 3.5 – Avoid the burger.

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I didn’t get much of a chance to go burger hunting while I was in New Zealand recently – by virtue of the fact that I was on a ski camp and on the slopes most of the time trying not to kill myself (I’m still sore…). However, a half-day trip into Christchurch presented the perfect opportunity to grab a local burger. Christchurch by the way is still in pretty bad shape. While they are slowly rebuilding, there is still quite a lot of obvious reminders that a massive earth quake pretty much levelled the city only 5 years ago. The Restart Container Mall is a cool approach to dealing with the difficulties of getting on with business while having to rebuild a city. Essentially a city block that used to house shops and high-rise buildings is now populated by a bunch of renovated shipping containers that have been fitted out to house retail shops and cafe’s – it’s a brilliant use of the space. There’s also a bunch of food trucks – and one such food truck is Red Box Burger and Grill.

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I got in just as they were finishing up – my burger was the last before they closed up shop. I ordered their Manuka Burger which comes with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted red pepper, aioli and Dijon mustard on a white bread bun. The patty was huge but apparently they’re changing it to two patties – still all for $13.50NZD.

It was interesting to watch the girl cook-up and assemble my burger. One thing that I found intriguing was the technique she used to cook the patty. The patty itself was angus mince, pre-shaped into a large patty, which she then proceeded to bash out on the grill using a potato masher. She just pounded the patty on the grill until it was a huge disk of meaty goodness. The net effect was a pretty thin patty although still fairly tender. The only problem was that since it was the end of the day, the grill was clearly a bit oily so it got a fair bit of fat and grease all over it – made the patty a bit greasy. It was a huge tasty patty nonetheless.

You can see the size of the patty here - and the grease

You can see the size of the patty here – and the grease

I quite liked the addition of the red pepper, it was one of those jarred, roasted red peppers which had a slightly pickled taste – in the absence of pickle this gave the burger that much needed piquancy that cut through all that fat. The bacon was crunchy and fatty and delicious. I loved the Dijon mustard with the aioli – nice change from the standards back home. I would have liked a bit more cheese – the one small slice for a burger this big just wasn’t enough. The main issue I had with the burger was the bun – it really let the whole thing down. It was a bit stale and crumbly and just didn’t stand up to the big juicy patty. Overall,  I’d give it a 7 – nice enough, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for one again.

Chicken with forty cloves of garlic is a classic casserole dish that is just made for the middle of winter. As we are coming up to the winter solstice I thought it would be appropriate to serve up this amazing dish. Actually I should credit Kathy, my Mother-in-law for this one – she’s a big time foodie and an inspirational cook. She’s the kind of cook that start’s planning for the main meal the night before, and she’s not the type to just throw together something bland and uninteresting. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal cooked by Kathy.

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Not quite there…

I think Kathy made this on my first trip over to Florida with Katie when we first got engaged about 9 years ago. I was dubious about a dish that contained 40 actual cloves of garlic – I mean I like garlic – but that sounded like some crazy future mother-in-law move to keep Katie and I from making out – for the next 10 years… But being new, I played along. Kathy served the meal with green beans, mashed potato and fresh bread. And of course some pretty good wine as is always the case at the Steen table.It took about two bites of this dish for it to go straight into my top meals of all time. It really is that good. It’s a pretty old recipe and the version that Kathy uses is based on a James Beard recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 medium-size onions, diced
  • 6 sprigs parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 medium sized chickens, cut up into quarters
    • I keep the breast on the bone with the skin on and the wing drumette attached
  • ½ cup dry vermouth (I Use martini Brand – Vermouth is only good for two things, and both need the good stuff…)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 40 cloves garlic peeled

Yep – there really is 40 cloves of garlic. I think the original recipe calls for unpeeled garlic – I’ve never had it that way but if you really can’t be bothered peeling 40 cloves, (And you can’t buy there already peeled) I’m sure it’s great with the garlic unpeeled…

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Put all the herbs and chopped veg into the bottom and then the chicken on top

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c
  2. Chop the celery and the onions and cover the bottom of a heavy casserole dish – I use my Le Creuset French Oven
  3. Sprinkle in the parsley and chopped tarragon
  4. Rub some of the oil over the chicken pieces and place in the casserole dish
  5. Pour the remaining oil (Kathy often uses less oil – I throw it all in) and the Vermouth over the chicken
  6. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and nutmeg over the dish and tuck the garlic around and under the chicken (You can put in half before you put the chicken in the dish)
  7. Cover the top of the casserole dish tightly with aluminium foil and place lid over the top to create an airtight seal.
  8. Place in the oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes without removing the cover.

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You will be amazed at how much liquid is created – and this is the best part of the dish… The fished product really doesn’t look all that flash. And if it were a restaurant, I’m sure they would pan off the chicken pieces a bit like confit duck, and then serve it with the sauce. Don’t bother, leave it as is – it tastes a good as it smells – not as it looks.

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You can see here just how much liquid is created – these pan juices are delicious

Spoon over as much of the sauce as you can – it’s delicious to sop up with some fresh French bread – baguette. It’s also great if you serve it with gnocchi, or mashed potato. You can also spread the tender garlic cloves onto the bread, it really is quite delicious.

This really is one of my favourite meals to make and eat at home, and apart from the peeling of the garlic, it’s a pretty easy meal to make.

 

 

 

 

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I was desperate for a burger on Saturday night after a day spent working on reports, so I asked Chris to find a place nearby that we hadn’t been to. He came back with YOMG. That’s right, he suggested a frozen yogurt bar… Chris was almost banned from choosing burger places with this insipid effort. Well at least that’s what I thought at the time. Strangely I accepted his recommendation and we set off on our burger hunt to a FROZEN YOGURT bar… Ah Chris… Firstly, what sort of yogurt bar sells Burgers and Fries? YOMG is a frozen yogurt franchise – I’d been to the one in Mornington in the middle of summer, nice enough place…. It’s one of the plethora of trendy serve yourself frozen yogurt bars that seems to be popping up around the traps. They’re so trendy that there are two within walking distance on Glenhuntly road that opened at the same time near my old place. Great business planning there…

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Anyway, so the YOMG in Glen Waverly also sells burgers – yep Burgers and Fries. I wonder how they convinced the franchise that they were going to sell burgers and fries as well – I mean, I don’t see  that as a natural partnership. But perhaps I should – because regardless of how weird the idea was to me – when we arrived, it was standing room only – the place was packed. And this is in the middle of winter, and I can’t see business at a frozen yogurt bar really taking off when it’s 7c outside…

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We couldn’t get a seat and it was almost impossible to get a park nearby – the problem was that I had Lucy in the baby carrier. So the plan was Katie and Chris would order and I would drive around so that Lucy wouldn’t lose it, and they’d call me when the burgers were ready and we’d park some where and eat. Consequently I’m not totally sure of the menu or the prices. I can say that I ordered the Double, which come with double beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, special sauce and ketchup – around $13. Chris got the same, Katie got a chicken burger and then we ordered some fries – Katie got some sort of pulled pork, Asian flavoured amazingness, and Chris ordered the American fries, which bacon, cheese sauce, ketchup and mustard (also amazing). Katie also got an amazing Peanut butter and salted caramel Milkshake and yet for some reason she only ordered me a can of coke zero… I think it would have been fair if we had divorced there and then – who does that to their husband?? Thankfully she let me have some of her delicious milkshake – although she wouldn’t give me any of her chicken burger. Our relationship is clearly on shaky ground.

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We found a secluded side street to park on and then got stuck into our burgers and fries. Firstly – sorry about the photo’s, it was dark and I got some grease on the phone so the photo’s came out a little blurry. But that’s probably the only downside. The burgers here are amazing. Chris’s crazy suggestion for some reason paid off. From the first bite the burger really stands out – a nice soft bun, lightly toasted, good amount of seeds, a lovely glazed crust, spongy and fresh, savoury more than sweet. The patties were really good. Not the best quality meat – more a chuck style flavour – but seasoned well, a loose grind, so you get a very tender and juicy burger patty, and they were cooked to perfection. The cheese was melted and encased the double patties well. The caramelised onion added nice sweetness and richness to the burger and the salad balanced the burger well. The sauce was in the background, allowing the meat patties to shine through.

We were all pretty impressed and confused as to why these burgers are being sold in Yogurt bar. If a Yogurt bar can do a burger this good -then there is no excuse for any burger bar again to dish out anything less than this – ever. I’m still blown away by just how good this burger was – I wanted another one straight away – not that I needed another one. The fries were amazing too. Everything was great (Except my can of coke – which really was a disappointing accompaniment to such quality food). Chris felt that this burger was good enough for an 8.5. I’m inclined to almost agree. If the burger had pickles I think I’d be dishing out the 8.5 without thinking twice. As it is… Ah, stuff it –  8.5, it was that good. I guess Chris is allowed to choose the place again (He got lucky).

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There’s not many other burgers that have stuck in my mind like the burger at The Spotted Mallard… This was one of the very early burger hunt venues that we visited last year. Jo, Myself, Damo and Katie checked out the burger and poutine at The Spotted Mallard back in April last year and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. Since Rusty – Katie’s Brother – was in town, I decided that we needed to take him out for a good burger. Damo suggested The Spotted Mallard, and I couldn’t agree quickly enough… Thankfully Mum was happy to babysitting Lucy – and let’s be honest – we have to pry Lucy away from Mum when she’s here, so it wasn’t hard to convince “Nanna” to spend some time with her only grandchild!

We headed out on Saturday night with Rusty in tow, keen to show this American just what Australia can offer when it comes to the humble burger. Well, there’s nothing humble about this burger. There wasn’t much thinking to do when we arrived – we all ordered the Wagyu Beef and Bacon Burger – Damo and I manned up and went the double. That’s 2x 150gm Wagyu beef patties, bacon, gruyere, caramelised onion, pickles and chipotle mayo. Comes with a mound of chips for $27 or $20 for the more sensible single patty. We also got some of the Pulled Pork Poutine – they don’t have the Lamb Poutine anymore unfortunate – however the Pulled Pork Poutine is pretty good.

Anyway, we were here for the burgers, not the chips… As you can see the double is a bit silly, you can’t eat it as a double, although Damo tried (and failed – he was using the knife and fork at the end)… I removed the additional patty, which was also covered in the extra cheese and bacon.

It’s when you eat the patty on it’s own that you get an appreciation for the quality. Cooked to a nice and juicy medium, still quite pink, the beef is lightly seasoned with a hint of cumin (Damo thought this was too much when you had the double at once) which is risky as cumin can over power the meat, but in this case it was just spot on. The cheese added a nice nutty, creamy note, with the fatty salty bacon finishing it off. On it’s own it’s probably too rich and a bit fatty, but when you add the rest of the elements of the burger it works so well. The bun is a Lievito brioche, lacks the cakey sweetness of other brioche’s and is one of the best buns going around. A few burger places use these buns and I’m always happy with the outcome.

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The chipotle mayo is great – a light spice, more a hit of pepperiness, and some smokiness there that just adds to the experience. But for me, the best part is the lettuce… Yep, I said lettuce. I don’t know what the trick is exactly, I mean the lettuce seems to be the usual crisp iceberg, but it’s like they’ve added a sharp vinaigrette. The outcome is a light, pickle like sharpness that cuts through the richness and balances the whole burger. It’s a great burger it really is. In Rusty’s opinion it was the best he’s ever had. This from a guy who grew up in small town USA. Big call. But I don’t think he’s all that far off the mark. Price wise, this place is not cheap – although you do get the chips included, so I guess you could say $16 + $4 for chips – which is not too far above the mark. Plus these are good burgers. For me – this burger is an 8.5 – right up there with some damn good burgers.

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I kind of feel bad about going to Burger Lab. Not because it wasn’t great – it was. But because Chris had suggested it and we had sort of organised to meet up there… Turns out I was running early and he was running late so I ended up grabbing a bite to eat on my own. I had to head down to Mordialloc to drop Rusty at the Train station, so I was in the area anyway. It was pretty early, around 6ish, so I decided to head over to Burger Lab. Chris had found the place and had suggested we give it a go a few weeks back, but we just couldn’t make it work. Anyway, when I got there it was pretty busy, with two big tables of around 10-15 on each – some sort of Birthday party. I was able to get a seat on my own and I was served pretty quickly. Watching the plates of burgers go past, and reading the menu I was pretty confident that this place knew their burgers. I ordered the Free-Range Bacon burger $10.50, got a side of fries with aioli – $4+$2 and a milkshake (I think $5…). Even though they were clearly busy, I didn’t have to wait too long. The milk shake came out first, not the best or worst I’ve had – passable. The fries were ok, I’d probably try the chips next time.

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However, the burgers here are pretty special. Reading the menu, it’s clear they put a lot of thought into sourcing good quality ingredients. If you start with the best inputs – then your output should be pretty good. The buns are Lievito brioche buns – I’ve had these on a few burgers around the traps, It’s just the right bun for mind – soft, slightly sweet, works with so many types of burgers. A good choice here.  Then you come to the bacon – oh my god that bacon. Quality free range deliciousness, salty, nice amount of juicy fat. Insert Homer noise here. The cheese they’ve chosen here is an organic Raclette – great choice, oozy melted cheese encases the beef patty, helping to retain the juiciness of the burger. The patty itself is really good, it’s clearly high quality beef, ground on a fairly course setting, so you really appreciate the meat, the flavour is outstanding, nicely grilled – still with a hint of pink, well seasoned, an all around quality patty. The salad elements do their job, and there’s just the right amount of sauce to make you have to think about correct positioning to avoid the drips. For me, this was all about showcasing the quality of the ingredients. The end result was an immensely enjoyable burger. I will most certainly be back to this place. I give it an 8.5.

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wpid-img_20150601_182449.jpgGot home after a long day at work and all I could think about was a burger. Katie looked like she could do with getting out of the house, and since I heard no objections from Lucy, the decision was made. I got Katie searching for a burger place while I sorted out Lucy, she had decided to spew all over herself and me as well, so a nappy and outfit change was needed – which I completed quickly and skilfully I might add – I’m becoming a pro at this Dad stuff. Anyway, Katie found Burger Burger on the interwebs, I don’t know how she does it, but she’s a dab hand at finding places I’ve never heard of. Not too far from us actually, and so we were quickly in the car and heading off for an early dinner. Parking was a breeze at 5:30pm, we got the spot directly out the front, so it was easy to unload Lucy and head in without getting wet. We were the only customers inside at this time, so we didn’t have to worry if Lucy decided she needed to scream and cry a bit (Thankfully she didn’t). Perusing the menu, I noticed the slider option, 3 burgers, lamb, chicken and beef, for $20, so I convinced Katie to order that one. I got the Belmore Bacon with Double beef – I was a bit hungry. We got some Mexican Sodas – Jarritos, which I love, and some sides of fries and onion rings. Didn’t get much change out of $60. This place is not cheap. But then you pay for quality so the hope was that the burgers would be worth it. I have to say when they came out, I was pretty sure they were going to be good. First point though – some burgers you can double down, some you can’t. This place, even though they say 150gm patties, I’m pretty sure their scales are off because it was a pretty damn big burger. I’d probably avoid doubling next time as it was somewhat difficult to really get my teeth into this one… Let’s be honest – that’s not really a complaint. They doubled the cheese and bacon as well – and this is thick cut bacony bacon. The overall effect was that I rolled out of the place. I like that when I order a double.

Anyway, let’s talk about this burger. The brioche bun is a really nice soft and spongy bun, not too sweet and just the right size and nicely toasted. The patties are thick and juicy, well seasoned, just a little pink still showing, a really nice flavour. Then you get the think cut smokey bacon – I’d like a little more fat, not just the eye, but it really delivers on flavour. The cheddar cheese has a nice sharp taste to it, nicely melted, it encases the beef to keep it juicy. The grilled onions are buttery and soft, they add a nice rich note to the burger. The salad elements do their job, and the pickles – pickle. That’s all they need to do. God I love pickles… The burger sauce is nice, not front and centre, just in the background, adding sauciness as it should. Overall, this was a satisfying burger. Katie enjoyed her three sliders, and I must admit, I had a bite or two of the sliders – a generous sized slider – three is enough for most people. Add in some nice sides – I swear the fries are almost spot on Macca’s fries – and that’s not a slur. I love Macca’s fries. These were like that time you got a perfect serving… The people working there were also quite friendly and helpfully – they seemed to really enjoy what they were doing. I’m a fan of their work, and I’ll most likely be back. The only down side here is the price. A double Belmore is going to set you back $18, plus $4.5 for fries and $4.5 for the soda. That’s not far south of $30. I know quality is a premium, and Surrey hills isn’t cheap, but for me the price is a bit off the mark and might put some people off. Still, I’m giving this burger an 8.

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I had to make an afternoon trip to the Airport to pick-up my brother-in-law Rusty, who is staying with us for a couple of weeks. It just so happens that that New York Minute is sort of on the way to the airport… Well sort of. Anyway, I’d heard some positive reviews about this place and I was intrigued to try their New York burger. I made the short detour off the Freeway and into Moonee Ponds. At 4:00pm in the afternoon it was a pretty easy drive and also pretty easy to snag a car park near by. New Your Minute is more of a take away place than sit down restaurant – apparently they are also franchising, with 4 locations to be open soon. I have to admit, I’m always sceptical of franchises – they seem to loose something in the quest to expand… Anyway, I put that aside and went in to order. I asked the young man behind the counter what their best burger was and he told me the New York burger – Which to be honest looks like a bit more than just an homage to that certain burger from the golden arches. Although at $12 – more than double the price. I ordered the New York, with a side of chips and a can of drink. After a little wait I got my take away box and I hurried back out to my car. I had to eat in the car as all the seats were taken and I was in a rush to get to the airport anyway – which is why my photo’s aren’t very good. Anyway, I was pretty keen to open up my white takeaway container and enjoy the contents. First impression and this was not a “pretty” burger. It was a big, ugly, man burger. Sauce and melted cheese going everywhere. It’s the kind of burger that means business. Eating this, you know you’re not getting out of it without some on you by the end – it’s a messy affair that’s for sure. All I can say is – thank God they Teflon coat ties these days. Wipes right off and I don’t have to get it dry cleaned. Can’t say the same for my shirt though. It’s got a bit oily splodge on it… Oh well. So the burger as you might gather is saucy – very saucy. And I like that in my burgers. The other thing you notice is the double levels, two patties, separated by quite a large slice of bun. I thought at first there would be too much bun to meat, but it worked out quite well actually. The bread was soft and spongy, a standard white bread, more savoury than sweet. The beef itself however, is a bit of a let down, it’s overworked and a bit sausagey – although you don’t really notice it due to all that sauce. The spinach is not a good idea, unlike crunchy lettuce which adds both freshness and texture, the spinach leaves are just soggy and do nothing for the burger at all. All of this is really beside the point. You can’t taste much else apart from the sauce as it seems to over power everything- it’s a great sauce – don’t get me wrong, not totally unlike the afore mentioned sauce you find on a certain burger from the golden aches – just much better… In this case the sauce has evidence of onion, pickle, certainly mayo based, probably some sweet mustard and possible some ketcup. Either way it is a good sauce – but there’s a lot of it and the other ingredients are pretty flat, making this a bit of a sauce burger. Oh the conundrum – I quite often deride the lack of sauciness in burgers, and now here I am complaining about too much sauce?? It’s is what it is. The acid test really is that I wouldn’t go out of my way to come back. As much as I enjoyed it (It’s not a bad burger – it just lacked balance), I probably wont be back unless I’m in the area, as such it’s 6.5 for this one – good, not great.

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