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Zombie Burger


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.

Painting on wall 1

Painting on wall 1

Painting on wall 2

Painting on wall 2

Painting on back door

Painting on back door

Bench area, bar stools and oil drum

Bench area, bar stools and oil drum

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.

Boomstick Burger

Boomstick Burger

Zombie Chick

Zombie Chick

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.

Zombie Chips

Zombie 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 Fritts

Zombie Fritts

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
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Tuck Shop Take Away


273 Hawthorn Road
Caufield North 3161
Victoria Australia
04 3140 6580
https://www.facebook.com/TuckShopTakeAway?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/tuckshop_melb
 
 

Heston Blumenthal’s Apprentice On The Rise

This joint is operated by a husband-and-wife team, Clinton and Karina Serex. Clinton has worked for Ripponlea’s Attica and Vude de Monde. Karina spent some time at Fat Duck, UK under the guidance of Heston Blumenthal. With the combined experience on this duo, they should be able to cook up a storm.

The Tuck Shop Take Away is a small cornershop located at the corner of Hawthorn Road and Glen Eira Road. I think the shop can only fit 10-12 diners the most. Anyway, most customers just do take aways, as suggested by the name of the joint.

Menu Board

Menu Board

I did a takeaway order of the following:

  • Minor burger and cuts
  • Jaffles (pulled pork)
  • Junior shakes (salted caramel)
  • Junior shakes (redskin – raspberry-flavoured chewy confections manufactured in Australia by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka brand.)

Minor Burger

The burger patties are made fresh in the shop. The main ingredient, mince meat (from 3 different cuts) are delivered daily in the morning. The burger is quite good and of good quality but I won’t say it is the best. There’s so many burger joints in Melbourne now and the competition is starting to get stiff.

Burger and chips (takeaway)

Minor Burger (takeaway)

Chips

The chips are really good. Super crispy on the outside and soft real potato on the inside.

Jaffles

Good small eat for breakie. A jaffle is simply two slices of bread stuffed with fillings and sealed at the edges. The Jaffles contain a nice portion of pulled pork – tender and tasty. The sauce is sweet – apple and fennel chutney). I love it but it will not be sufficient if you need a big breakie.

Jaffles (takeaway)

Jaffles – Pulled Pork (takeaway)

Shakes

I was told that all the shakes have similar sweetness level. The 2 that I ordered tasted nice, not too sweet or too thick. To summarise, it felt refreshing and interesting flavours to my taste bud. Heard their Nutella shake is a hit … will try that next time.

Shakes - salted caramel and redskin (takeaway)

Shakes – salted caramel and redskin (takeaway)

I would recommend giving this place a try if you have not done so already.

 
 
Rating:
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 6/10
 
1 – 2 : Avoid at all cost | 3 – 4 : Bad | 5 – 6 : Average | 7 – 8 : Good | 9 – 10 : Excellent
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Flame Burger ‘N’ Grill


(This burger joint has permanently ceased its operation as of September 2013)
 
1139 Glen Huntly Road
Glen Huntly 3163
Victoria Australia
03 9077 1495
 
 

A Worthy Burger Joint For The South Eastern Suburb

It has been couple of weeks since I first discovered this brand new burger joint in Urbanspoon accidentally while searching for another restaurant to go to. Since then, I have been telling myself to give Flame Burger N Grill a try. There were only 2 reviews here before my visit and I was quite skeptical about the 2 good reviews written about this place. Maybe it was written by the owner or friends of the owner. My whole perception changed when I took a bit of the nicely presented burger in front of me.

I ordered the Colorado Burger (not knowing what to order, I just adhered the previous reviewer’s recommendation), which to my surprise came with chips and a bottled drink (from Coke to fruit juices to mineral water). All these for merely $8.50! What a deal! Who needs Macca’s if you can have Flame Burger N Grill?

The burger and chips are served on a piece of wooden board, exactly like the photos posted here. A steak knife pierce through the burger, which is quite cool but it also helps hold the burger together. The sauce for the chips is nicely spread out on the board and the shoe string chips are in a small container. The sauce looks nice but I didn’t quite like it as there is too little sauce to dip the chips into by doing the spread. I am pretty sure if you request for more sauce in a proper container, they can do it for you.

It is about time that the South Eastern suburbs start to have a burger place like this. Every time I crave for a good burger; I have to go all the way to Albert Park, Collingwood or Fitzroy. The Colorado burger taste as good if not better than the other famous burger joints. But I have to say Andrew’s Hamburger is still top on my burger list. Just like the other reviewer described, the meat used in the patties is sourced from very good beef suppliers and the buns are from the famous Noisette. The burger looks beautiful and just tasted quite refined; not greasy and not drippy. You can taste that high quality ingredients were used to produce this ~12cm in height and ~10cm in diameter burger. I really like the buns. It is not those cheap buns that are commonly used at other places. The batter for the onion rings is a bit too thick to my liking but they are super, super crunchy. Two thumbs up for the burger. The chef highly recommends me to try the lamb burger in my next trip. I will … I definitely will.

Burger and chips 1

Burger and chips 1

Burger and chips 2

Burger and chips 2

Shoestring chips. I would have preferred a thicker cut chips like steak chips. The chips are sprinkled generously with spices (similar to the ones you find in Salsa’s). The chips are alright but the real star of the show is the burger, which is what I am after at the first place.

Flame Burger N Grill is owned and operated by Samin and Vicky (I think this is the right spelling of her name). Samin carries with him 10 years of chef experience from other famous eateries. He is very friendly, down-to-earth and a nice character to chat with. I am taken by his passion for what is served; he puts high importance in quality and he does what he does with love. Apart from burgers (chicken, beef, lamb and fish), Samin does chicken parmas as well.

Flame Burger N Grill is bright, modern and fresh – mixture of red and white colour. No fuss place, unassuming; you just have the urge to go in, sit down, relax and enjoy your nice and simple meal. Easily accessible by car (ample of car parks), tram #67 and public buses.

This is the new kid on the block with potential to be the talk of the town. Just watch out. I am pretty sure Samin has a lot more tricks hidden up his sleeves and I can’t wait to see what he brings next on the menu.

Well done Flame Burger N Grill!

 
 
Rating:
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 9/10
 
1 – 2 : Avoid at all cost | 3 – 4 : Bad | 5 – 6 : Average | 7 – 8 : Good | 9 – 10 : Excellent
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