Tuesday night is burger night @ the Calwell club!

That’s right! Not only are Tuesdays just reserved for ‘tight arse movie night’, it shall now also be remembered for the delicious gourmet burgers available at the Calwell Club.

I don’t really recall what was on my burger, they had me at ‘wagyu beef patty‘ and ‘home-made tomato relish’. I happily gave away my pickle ‘hat’ to someone more appreciative of it.

For those who have watched me eat a hamburger, I always eat most, if not all of the salad from it first, leaving a delicious meat patty covered in cheese. Even though this burger was very tall, I ate the whole thing without deconstructing the layers (except for the pickle). It was sooooo tasty! The meat, the cheese, the fresh salad down to the roll that it came on was all fabulous.

Due to sheer excitement (and I didn’t think I was going to blog this dinner) I didn’t take note of the price but all three burgers were <$15.00.

For those who can unhinge their jaw a little more than others, they can attempt to eat the Hawaiian burger with egg, pineapple and bacon. Also two thumbs up from another patron.

The third burger choice was a gourmet chicken burger, but I’m not one for chicken on my burger unless it’s a schnitzel, so I didn’t really take note of what was on it. 

With several large tables, I thought it would be a really long wait for the food but the garlic bread arrived at the table before I did (I was too busy asking everyone what they were ordering). The service was very prompt and food came out in a timely manner during a ‘rush hour’ of people. Those who didn’t order from the gourmet burger menu also enjoyed their food (their steaks looked really good). The restaurant has a family friendly atmosphere with friendly service. I also like how they have several condiments (mustards and sauces etc) available for everyone.

3 states in 3 days- Melbourne: The Meat and Wine Co.

——-08/03/2012——-

Just a hop, skip and a short walk away from the Convention centre, the Meat & Wine Co. was an easy choice for lunch. The restaurant was really busy and as ‘walk ins I wasn’t that hopeful that we would get seated at 1pm but we were luckily enough to get a table.

Watching the world go by while waiting for our lunch.

Serving cutlery that could almost hunt for your own steak with.

Replenishing liquid levels after drooling over half the items on the menu, what to choose?

Chicken burger – grilled marinated chicken breast served on a warm bun with baby cos lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onion, pink sauce and BBQ sauce. Served wtih super crunchy chips ($23.00) Tim said it was a nice burger but it’s not the best one he has ever had, he did really like the chips though.

Wagyu beef burger – Hand pressed 225g Wagyu beef burger patty, grilled, basted and served on a warm bun with baby cos lettuce, tomatoes, onion rings, gherkins, pink sauce and BBQ sauce. Served with super crunch chips ($23.00) 

My eyes widen as the waitress lowered a massive board in front of me which eclipsed over my face. Whoa, that is one big burger! The downside: (1). I had a high expectations of the ‘Wagyu beef burger patty’ and it wasn’t ‘all that’ but still nice (2). I didn’t give my gherkin a chance (see bottom right) (3). The bread was a bit filling so I had to abandon the top. The upside: (1). They were true to their word, the chips were super crunchy! (2). Awesome onion rings, I can see why they are a big hit in the US (3). I don’t know what was in the ‘pink sauce’ but it went really well with the onion rings and burger. (4). I was very full, nothing worse than being hungry after eating lunch. Overall I really like the burger and although $23.00 seems really steep for a burger, it does really fill you *burp*.

It was really noisy during service from all the hustle and bustle of the crowd but there isn’t much to say at the table when you’re all munching away on a burger. 


Venue: The Meat and Wine Co.

Address: Southbank, Freshwater Pl 3 Queensbridge St, Southbank, VIC 3006

Phone: (03) 9696 5333

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It’s finally here! Brodburger- opening night

——-27/03/2012——-

It has been a long wait since my last (first and only) delicious burger at the Brodburger caravan as it has been closed since last December. The iconic red caravan now sits at the front by road which serves as a reminder of the humble beginnings of the cafe and will be there while the cafe is being established.

Arriving at 6:30pm, I wasn’t shocked that the line was out the door and then some, but it meant that I had to wait that extra bit longer before my craving was satisfied. One of the owners, Ms Bou-Jaoude, was very grateful for the loyal support and extended her thanks down the line up which I thought was very sweet.

The line is deceiving, you don’t think there are that many people in front of you until you find that people are forever spotting ‘friends’ and jumping the queue. If you’re clever and there is a lot of you, it is best that someone gets there super early. Or in my case, find a friend who lives close by (preferably within the 2km range that the new buzzers have) and hang out at their place while waiting or even get them to order for you- yeah Tomo? 

I saw happy customers leaving, I couldn’t tell if it was a ‘ha! I’ve eaten and you’re still waiting’ look or a genuinely happy customer as they did look like they had a smirk, or was this just hungry paranoia setting in? 

We get passed a menu and my eyes dart everywhere, I’ve waited this long, now what to get? 

40 minutes later: finally through the door! A whole lot less windy and looking behind me, I was definitely in the ‘front half of the line. We amuse ourselves by staring in the entrance way wallpapered in articles, reviews and the signed petition by loyal customers. We’re close now, I could smell it, the downside being inside the actual restaurant meant seeing all the food go past with the smell wafting behind.

Their tip jar was very cute! Embracing their new location, this glass hamburger tip jar was made by Annette Blair and Mel George.

Finally! After an hour of waiting in the queue, we order our food (@7:30pm all the vegie burgers were sold out):

1). Brodchicken with briesucculent butterflied chicken breast, flame grilled. Topped with bacon, avocado, fresh lettuce tomatoes & Spanish onions. Includes homelade chili aoili & tomato relish ($13.50)

2). Brodsteak medium rare – 250g rib eye off the bone, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onions, smokey bbq aioli and relish ($15.00)

3). A serve of chips ($4.00)

4). Baby brodburger with cheddar1/2 pound beef patty, flamed grilled. Fresh lettuce, tomatoes & Spanish onions. Includes homemade aioli and tomato relish ($8.00) 

As I reach in my bag to pay, I realise my wallet was not in there (it fell out in my car which was currently at home), luckily Tim was there otherwise I’d be so angry I waited in line for an hour for nothing! They tear me a receipt number ‘69’ which made me giggle like a school girl and I head to find a space for two in the urban jungle that was the inside seating while Tim ventured home to get my wallet for the movies.

It’s a ‘sit down where you can’ situation if there is less than four of you and it can get really noisy in there (almost worth just getting take away to avoid the chatter). I don’t mind sitting with randoms but it does have it’s downside- they receive their orders first and I tried not to awkwardly stare and drool.

40 minutes after ordering- the food arrives. Tim isn’t back yet so I sit there alone with two and a half burgers and an order of fries looking like a pig but I didn’t care. He did say start without him! 

I started with a bite from my baby brodburger. OMG, it was soo good! Maybe even better (or maybe I was hungrier?)

In between my happy clap and wiping my fingers, I proceed to take a bit from my brodsteak– it was no where near as good *sad face* and I found the sauce too overpowering. When I decided to abandon my bun 2/3s of the way in to make space for the baby brodburger, the steak was much nicer on it’s own.

Tim loooooved the brodchicken and although he isn’t a big fan of cheese (particularly soft cheeses), he loved the creamy combination of the cheese, sauces and avocado. The chicken thickness was perfect and the bread was crispy and soft.

I was wondering how their breakfast menu would be considering they hadn’t been open for breakfast previously. Some items made me excited- roschti, sweet and savoury crepes and freshly baked scones! My friends were lucky enough to eat from the breakfast menu today!

Tomo and Sophie were previously munching on: Brodbreakfast burgerbacon, two eggs, roschti with your choice of cheese ($12.50)

They thoroughly enjoyed it which made me envious as I looked at the photos while eating a yoghurt at my desk.  Thanks Tomo and Sophie for the photos (p.s. your mug is heaps cute!).

Hate lining up? Well don’t bother, your annoyed mood will just tarnish the taste. If you have a bit of patience (I’m sure the timing of ordering etc will improve) or if your time it well, it is well worth it!

Venue: Brodburger- Flame grilled burgers

Address: 11 Wentworth Avenue  Kingston ACT 2604

Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 10pm

                                     Thursday to Saturday from 7am to midnight

                                      Sunday from 7am to 4pm.


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The burgers are better at Brodburger

——- One Wednesday late last year——-

I thought I would have eaten here again by now, but with the wait of the relocation of the famous red caravan a few hundred metres down the Kingston foreshore to the cafe at Canberra Glassworks, my tummy is still craving seconds and all I have for now are just memories…

The plan was set- meet at the red caravan and eat delicious burgers but I some how got caught up in some shopping and was running late. “Order for me” I pleaded and even though I was 30 minutes late I still beat the burgers. Thanks for ordering for me guys! 

The lines are long, bring a chair/picnic blankets and stay awhile.

To pass away the time, my friends were drinking a funny named beers.

Yes it was getting pretty dark outside by the time we got our burgers.

Brodchicken marinated chicken breast, bacon, avocado, chilli aioli with brie ($9.00) 

Brodburger- Flame grilled A grade gourmet beef patty„ fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and Spanish onions, homemade aioli and tomato relish and swiss cheese ($9.00)

Despite being a Wednesday, it still took little over an hour from order to receiving out highly anticipated burgers but while we were all happily scoffing our burgers, I realised it was all worth the wait, just bring some cool friends to wait with.

I cannot wait for the re-launch of Brodburger @ the Glassworks cafe hopefully by mid March.

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