Posts Tagged ‘Glen Waverley’

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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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Bit of a sneaky afternoon burger adventure this one. Katie had organised to meet up with a student midwife at a café (Coco Loco) in Glen Waverly – part of some program run through the royal Womens… Anyway, Katie felt it best if I tag along so we could both meet the student midwife. I wasn’t feeling too great, but obviously I wanted to support Katie, being the great husband that I am, and so I pulled myself off the couch and off we went.

Located in the heart of the bustling Kingsway area, Coco Lounge looks like your standard café/restaurant, a nice enough spot, but nothing that really stands out. Originally we had just planned to stop for a drink and a chat with the midwife and then go on our way – however I spied the dinner menu, and it just happened to have a Wagyu burger… Thankfully, even though it was quite early, the kitchen had just started the dinner shift and I was able to order the burger. Advertised as coco’s signature Wagyu Beef Burger, it comes with aged cheddar, tomato and dark ale relish, aioli, crispy onions, and chard leaves, on a brioche bun. You also get a side of delicious twice cooked chips with some relish, aioli and herbed salt on the side. Back to the burger though – when it comes out it’s served American style – open. You get to admire the crispy onion rings I guess and it allows you to add a bit more sauce if you wish – but I’m still not a fan.

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I suspect the real reason it’s served this was is because they want to disguise the fact that the burger is hardly bigger than a slider. This is one of the smallest burgers I’ve had that wasn’t advertised as a slider. At $24.90 I’m really expecting a bit more beef for my buck – And it was really annoying because the burger was actually quite impressive otherwise.  First bite after you put the burger together you get the sweetness of the Brioche bun, and with this burger it matches well with the other elements, the sweet, beefy patty is excellent, although I like mine to be a little pink, it was still juicy and well seasoned. The crispy onion rings were great, it’s like caramelised onions with crunch – awesome. There was a bit of bite from the Chard, and the sauces and cheese really balanced out the burger. I wasn’t left thinking – gee, I’d really like this burger more if it had … in it. It was a really well balanced burger. However, it was also a tiny burger, with a small handfull of chips on the side – this is not a value for money burger. I’d give it a 7.5, but I’d be thinking over 8 if it was the normal size!

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