A taste of Greece

It was lunchtime and I was on a mission for another tasty burger, so I headed to a place that had been recommended by a few people I know – “Saki Souvlaki” in Cheltenham.  Despite the name indicating it’s all about the souvlaki, the extensive burger menu suggests otherwise.

With so many choices, I found it hard to decide and finally went for the “Larriseos Burger” – beef patty, fried (or grilled) chicken fillet, cos lettuce, tomato, bacon, triple cheddar, house made honey herb mayo and house made relish.  I was starving and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this burger.  Thankfully, it arrived quickly.

It looked like a tall, clean, evenly made tower of goodness and it took a bit of adjusting to get a good grip before taking my first bite.  It was so big, I barely got anything in my mouth, so I decided to pull out one half of the chicken fillet to reduce the height of the burger and provide some more give to make it easier to woof into.  Once I started to get a rhythm, the flavours all started to come together.  The beef patty tasted really good.  The bacon was fresh and cooked perfectly.  The chicken was a bit plain though and it was also a very saucy affair with loads too much mayo that took over the flavour and provided for a very soggy bun experience.

Chips on the side were delightful and despite wanting a thickshake, I opted for a water instead as I didn’t want to take in too many calories!! Lol 

Overall, the experience wasn’t bad and I am glad I made the effort to try it out.  It was good enough that I would go back and next time I will be trying the “Double Barrel Jack” burger.

Is fried chicken or a chicken schnitzel better in a burger?
Split Decision – 6.5/10

Location: Saki Souvlaki, 63 Grange Road, Cheltenham VIC 3192

On a glorious, sunny Melbourne day, I found myself travelling south out of the city right on lunch time and of course my stomach was tuned in for a burger. I knew there was a place in Glenhuntly road that I had not tried, but could not remember the name, so I drove along eagerly looking for it and was very pleased when I saw the “Boxers Burgers” sign.

This boxing themed burger restaturant is very cool. Given the rating system I use to score burgers is based on boxing, I couldn’t help but get a good feeling when I saw the menu with burger names such as Featherweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight. Could this be a match made in heaven?

I ended up ordering the “Knock Out” burger which came with double wagyu beef patty, double American cheese, crispy bacon, egg, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, pineapple, beetroot relish and garlic aioli. Of course, before putting the gloves on and stepping into the ring, I made sure that it was another “hold the beetroot” moment.

This was a big burger, and quite tall given the onion rings were included. It was a dense, heavy burger that was hard to sqash down and after the first few bites, I ended up pulling out the onion rings to make life a little bit easier and enable me to get my mouth around it better. The flavours were great and worked well together – bacon, egg and cheese were all winners. The meat had a peppery spice to it, which was well balanced out by the sweet pineapple. The black bun was not what I expected and cannot say it’s my favourite type of bun either. Luckily the ingredients in between were delightful!

Thick cut, twisted chips on the side were really tasty and given the warm weather, a bottle of water was in order to wash it all down.

Overall, this was a really good experience and the “knock out” burger almost lived up to it’s name.

What do you think of fried onion rings in a burger?
TKO – Technical Knock Out – 7.8/10

Location: Boxers Burgers, 324a Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185

The new year had sprung and I was keen to get stuck into a new burger. I headed down to Berwick to try out “Mad Benji”, which is a sister store of “Mad Patties” in Mitcham or is it a brother store?! Hmmm….. I’m not sure, but they are related somehow. I was really impressed when I tried Mad Patties (click here for review) so I was excited at the possibility of having another good experience.

This time I ordered, the “Double Madness” – 2 x beef, 2 x cheese, 2 x maple glazed bacon, lettuce, caramelised onion and MAD Mayo. I also subscribe to the notion that a burger is always better with egg, so I added that as well to top things off.

When it arrived it looked to be well constructed and made with some care and attention. I wanted to wait for it to cool down, but I was starving and couldn’t wait. It tasted terrific. The bacon was what hit me first. It was so tasty and cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of crunch. I was glad there was double beef, as the meat tasted really good too. Cheese was good, butter lettuce was fresh, seeded bun wwas spot on and the MAD mayo was, well, mad! Adding egg was a good move as it further complimented the combination of flavours. There was just the right amount of everything and hardly any mess at the end either.

Chips on the side were delightful and the chocolate shake was one of the best going around.

Overall, a great experience and I was pleased to start the year off with a good burger. Definitely worth the visit to find out for yourself.

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What do you think of egg on a burger?
KO – Knock Out – 8/10

Location: MAD Benji, 12/215 Parkhill Drive, Berwick VIC 3806

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