Burger Lab – 59 Florence Street, Mentone – VIC

Posted: June 5, 2015 in Burger Hunt
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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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