Return to: The Spotted Mallard – 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC

Posted: June 8, 2015 in Burger Hunt
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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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Comments
  1. G says:

    This burger will be the death of me! It looks so wrong but it probably tastes so damn right 😛

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