Regardless of how I feel about it, Chris is a bit of a burger connoisseur. After 2 years at his previous work serving a hard apprenticeship of Burger Fridays, he definitely knows a good burger from bad. And when his old boss toted Royal Stacks to be the best burger he's ever had, well, there was nothing for it really but to visit and try it out. Royal Stacks is another venture in what seems like a never ending chain of burger restaurants by the people behind Easey's, Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Dandenong Pavilion, Truck Stop Deluxe, and most recently, Motorhome Majestic. The idea is to bring the modern American burger - for example, Shake Shack - to Melbourne.
Grand Trailer Park Taverna has a new baby sibling. Motorhome Majestic may be located all the way out in Ascot Vale, but it could not be more apparent that the two restaurants are related. This restaurant is all about the open road. Hollowed-out RVs have been converted into bars and kitchens. It’s mostly standing room that encourages large crowds and mingling; what seating there is takes the form of car seats and wooden picnic benches. The scene is completed with grass trimmings and funky music.
Sometimes mystique is overrated. Take Ribs and Burgers for example; in this instance, the name really does say it all, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Ok so Ribs and Burgers may be attached to a shopping centre, opposite a Degani, but don’t knock it just yet. Though I haven’t heard much about their burgers, there have been some good things said about the ribs. And look, they’re ribs – how bad can it be? ... and one more thing, Ribs and Burgers is also a chain. But I mean, Rockpool is a chain and they have chef’s hats! To be entirely honest, had I not known, I would’ve assumed that this was a stand-alone restaurant. It has the…
Most people are pretty surprised when I tell them that working in a hospital is a complete junk-food fest. But when your workplace has a couple of thousand people, coming across cake on daily basis isn’t so far-fetched. And of course, there are all the lovely patients who thank us by fattening us up. Still, all the junk food I eat is more or less balanced out by the days where I don’t get anything to eat until 3pm, and the fact that I walk about 8km every day just in the normal course of my work. That does however mean that deciding on a place for dinner becomes rather difficult. Depending on the day, I could either feel entirely…
These days, you can hardly turn a corner without seeing some new burger joint pop up. The gourmet burger bandwagon just keeps rolling on, and although you’ll never hear me complaining about a new excuse to eat burgers, sometimes it feels as if we can’t possibly keep this up without every store becoming a burger joint eventually. However, amongst all these new-fangled food trends stand a few stalwart establishments who haven’t changed their ways in their 50+ years of service. One is Andrew’s, and another, Danny’s Burgers, has been sitting patiently awaiting review for quite some time.
I took my sister out for dinner last night at the brand new burger and souvlaki bar in Glen Waverley – Meat in the Middle. In this case, the name more or less does say it all. Despite being a restaurant, the fit-out is leaning towards spartan, as almost half the space is dedicated to smoking and sizzling meats. You order at the counter, but they do bring the food over to your table; the overall feel is very much gourmet take-away. Though small and busy, turnover is quick, and it didn’t take us all that long to nab a section of the bench for ourselves.