5 Shakespeare Grove St Kilda 3182 Victoria Australia 03 9537 1188 http://www.zombieburger.com.au https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Burger-St-Kilda/4940363573076
The Zombies Are After Some Burgers
Zombie Burger is one of the latest burger joint to open its doors in Melbourne in late August/early September. Located in St. Kilda and pretty near to the beach, there’s no doubt this joint will be a hit amongst beach-goers, tourists as well as St. Kilda’s locals. If you intend to drive there, be careful when you park your car around the area. I was issued a summon ticket by the local council on the night I gave Zombie Burger a try. I parked my car across the road where the parking lot was quite dark, and the parking signs were hardly visible. It was my mistake for not being more careful.
Back to Zombie Burger, this joint is a zombie theme burger joint as the name implies. The menu and restaurant settings are inspired by zombies and apocalypse. Unfortunately, that was where the theme ends. I was expecting to see Zombie Burger staffs dressed in zombie costumes or TV playing zombie movies or even Michael Jackson’s Thriller song playing in the background.
This burger joint is not that big but can definitely sit around 15 patrons comfortably at a time. There are a couple of bench areas with bar stools as well as some oil drums that have been turned into tables. Looking at the oil drums, I don’t think it will be as comfortable as the bench areas because it is a tad small. Zombie Burger has an open kitchen, which takes up majority of the floor space. You can see the chefs showing off their cooking prowess.
I was there for dinner with my wife and we shared the following:
- Boomstick Burger – Fire-grilled grass-fed beer, beer caramelised onions, melted American cheese, porcini sautéed mushrooms, sweet gherkin, vine-ripened tomatoes, oakleaf lettuce, topped with our smoky ZB BBQ sauce, beef jus mayo and toasted sesame sauce on a toasted brioche bun.
- Zombie Chick – Juicy free-range chicken breast coasted with our crispy herb and spice mix, melted American cheese, crisp iceberg lettuce, topped with our sweet ZB onion aioli and our spicy ZB BBQ sauce on a toasted brioche bun.
- Zombie Chips (small)
- Zombie Fritts (small)
The waiting time was around 15-20 minutes and I was quite dismayed with this as there were barely other patrons in the joint at that time. I cannot imagine the wait had it been more crowded.
The star burger in Zombie Burger has to be their beef burgers. Comparing the Boomstick Burger and the Zombie Chick burger, the Boomstick Burger was really tasty while the Zombie Chick was pretty average … still a decent eat though. The Boomstick Burger was very tasty – grass-fed beef patty; minced in store and then fire grilled. The other ingredients as listed earlier complimented one another to deliver you that tasty, succulent and juicy burger all in one nice neat burger box.
I personally don’t find anything special about the Zombie Chips although they self-claimed that it was fresh, not frozen and twice cooked. It tasted like the frozen beer battered chips you buy from the supermarket and oven baked at home. The most disappointing thing with Zombie Chips were that some of the chips literally clumped up and soggy. I was not at all impressed by the chips.
Most reviewers raved on how good the Zombie Fritts was, so I decided to add that on. The Fritts were basically crispy battered cauliflower florets. Kudos to Zombie Burger for having such an item in their menu as I have yet to come across such item in other joints. However, as interesting and creative as it sounded, sadly, it was poorly executed. What I ended sinking my teeth into were soggy cauliflower florets in quite an oily batter. I think the florets were either blanched or steamed first prior to deep frying, hence the very mushy result. I like the Fritts idea but only if they were done much better.
Zombie Burger is worth a visit if you have yet to. With the large number of burger joints elsewhere, I highly doubt I will frequent Zombie Burger again as there are more eateries that I would like to try. This does not even include my current top burger joints (i.e. Andrew’s Hamburger), which I will be more than happy to patronise again.
Zombie Burger might be listed in the top 10 or even the top 5 burger joints in Melbourne, I see myself returning only if apocalypse comes or the zombies have devoured all the other burger joints.Rating: Food: 8/10 Service: 6/10 Ambience: 7/10 Value: 6/10 1 – 2 : Avoid at all cost | 3 – 4 : Bad | 5 – 6 : Average | 7 – 8 : Good | 9 – 10 : Excellent