Less not Moore

It was nearing the end of 2018 and probably one of the last chances I had for a burger. I wanted to try something new, so I headed to a new place in Ringwood East – The Burger Moore Café. After painfully watching this place open for months and months on facebook, it had finally opened and I was pleased to be trying it out. Interestingly, this place has a burger menu, crepe menu and breakfast menu. Obviously, it was all about the burgers for me!

I ordered the “King of Bedford” which came with 170g Grass Fed Free Range Australian Beef, crispy bacon, egg, beetroot, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, caramelised onion, cheese, house made relish and aioli. It was another “hold the beetroot” moment, and the mac n cheese shown in the extra’s got my attention so I added that to the burger too.

The burger was massive, and for a second I thought maybe I had over done it a bit?!…… Lol not a chance!! I was all in and ready to destroy this beast. Picking it up proved challenging, especially with the mac n cheese croquette. It was slippin’ and slidin’ more than Shakin’ Stevens, and for the first time in recent memory I did not feel overly confident about my grip, but I powered on and got stuck into it.

The patty tasted ok, but was slightly undercooked for me. Not that it was too pink in the middle or anything, it was just soft around the outside and didn’t seem to be chargrilled enough. The bacon was cold too – not cool, cold, which really put me off. I’m not sure it was cooked fresh and it certainly didn’t provide any crispiness that the burger needed. The lettuce was like it came from a bag of mixed garden greens from the supermarket and didn’t do the burger justice. The mac n cheese croquette was much bigger than the actually burger and half of it fell out. I know I added this to the regular ingredients, but it was also more mac and not enough cheese and together with a lack of sauces it made the burger even drier than expected. The highlight was actually the pineapple which was delightful and provided a great sweet taste to the overall burger.

Chips on the side were lightly seasoned and ok. I also went with a chocolate milkshake which was quite tasty.

Overall not a great experience, and given it had only just opened, perhaps it was an off day. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I will be rushing back to find out. It would be worthwhile getting down there to try out for yourself and see what you think.

Do you like bacon in a burger to be crispy?
Light Weight – 5.5/10

Location: Burger Moore Cafe, 81 Bedford Road, Ringwood East VIC 3135

Carls Junior opened recently at Knox and I was actually there opening weekend, however the line and wait was too long and unfortunately, I didn’t have the time. Since then, I’ve been waiting to visit again, and luckily found myself there for lunch a few weeks ago. There was still a wait, but not like the opening weekend.

I ordered the “Original Thickburger” which came with 100% Angus beef patty, melted American Cheese, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, lettuce, mustard, mayo and ketchup. I was super hungry too, so I doubled the patty and cheese for good measure, plus I added some bacon too.

The place was not exactly packed, and the wait was still over half an hour, which felt like a lifetime given how hungry I was feeling. Finally, my meal arrived and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it. I must admit, for a “thick burger” the patties were pretty thin and it was not the most attractive looking burger but I have learnt not to judge a burger by it’s cover, so to speak.

First bite and what hit me the most was…… how bloody cold it was. Now, I’ve had a lot of burgers in my time and understand if they are ‘cool’ sometimes, which can also make for good hoovering, but this was legitimately cold. I couldn’t believe I waited so long for a cold burger?! I didn’t say anything either because I was afraid it’d take another half an hour and my stomach would not have survived without food for that much longer. I decided to persevere and work my way through it.

The burger was all over the place. Certainly not made with love. Ingredients were uneven, like the 2 thick slices of tomato that hadn’t been separated and were hanging out one side of the burger or the one leaf of lettuce shoved onto the opposite side. It was like the bun was on one side of the kitchen and the ingredients had been flung onto it from across the room, wrapped tightly and pushed out without a care in the world. Sorry, I meant to say, it also probably sat there for 20 minutes before being delivered.

Luckily, the flavour of the meat was sensational, which for me, started to gain back some ground, but it was too late. The temperature was too disappointing, so overall, not a great experience. Chips on the side were ok (also cold) and free soft drink refills are a good thing.

Apparently, Carls Jnr are kind of a big deal in the U.S. – not sure why?! And they openly display a sign saying “Best Burgers in Australia” – really?? Maybe it was just a case of new store jitters or a one off bad day. Either way, they are a long way form the best in Australia and it’ll be a while before I find out again.

What do you think of Carls Jnr?
Split Decision – 6.2/10

Location: Carl’s Jnr, Westfield Knox, 435 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South VIC 3152

On holidays recently in Palm Cove and walking along the main street, I saw a chalk board sign on the footpath that read “Big Ben burger – can you eat it all?”. This, of course, grabbed my attention, so I made the effort to return a few days later for lunch as I needed to know what this was all about. The place was on Williams Esplanade in Palm Cove and called “Underground”. Café styled place with a varied menu of burgers, pasta and sandwiches.

Whilst I wanted to give the “Big Ben” a crack, it was a double beef burger and preferred to play it safe by trying a regular burger first. Plus, with the likelihood of swimming later that afternoon, I did not want to increase the risk of sinking to the bottom with all that additional meat inside me. Therefore, I ordered the aptly named, “Classic Burger” which came with house wagyu beef patty, cheese lettuce, tomato and underground tomato relish. I also added bacon to give it a little something extra too.

The patty tasted good – well cooked and full of flavour. Adding bacon was a good move too. Unfortunately, the thick, dry bun, was tasteless and took over the whole experience. Not to mention, the burger had rocket lettuce. I hate rocket lettuce! I’ve often said it’s like having weeds from the garden in your burger and this was no exception. I think I might start a petition to ban it. Burgers should only have iceberg, cos or butter lettuce.

Anyway, suffice to say, the burger was not the greatest of all time, and the $20+ price tag did not help either. Chips on the side were spot on – crispy and lightly salted. And after scooping out all the cream, the chocolate shake was really good.

When you are on holidays, you often take a risk on places to eat, and unfortunately, this place fell short of my expectations.

What’s your favourite type of lettuce in a burger – iceberg, butter, cos or rocket?
Throw in the Towel – 4.8/10

Location: Underground Palm Cove, 95/97 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove QLD 4879

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