January 27, 2013 7 Comments
Mon – Thur: 11:30am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30am – 11pm
Sun: 11:30am – 10pm
Coffee: No coffee provided
“Here’s the situation. It’s 3pm on a Sunday and you have either just woken up from last nights events, untangled yourself from a 18-hole golf game or for one reason or another you haven’t eaten something substantial. It’s not your fault, you were just too busy in your own world and now you have a need to fulfill the aching sensation in your stomach. You act fast in search of a café that is at open passed 4pm and has a kitchen still running full steam. You cast your net high and low knowing travel time must be short. First you try Pomona, but they’ve already closed. Next you try Milkwood and then Pope Joan, only to realise coffee and sweets are your only options. I have played the brunch chasing game on a number of occasions, with a terrible success rate. Whilst this situation actually occurred, we knew of one famous little spot in Collingwood that would settle my needs. It’s a little burger place that many of you should know all too well – Huxtaburger.
Touted as one of Melbourne’s best burger places, Huxtaburger has an unusually a tiny space. What they have done with that space though, is truly magical. As you enter to order it’s as if you are transported into an American diner, where you would expect the cashier to speak in a high-pitched American accent. Slightly annoying but charismatic, she would blurt out the orders to the grill man. For many good reasons this isn’t the case, but as I sat and allowed Miss SL to order for me, I noticed the vibe that Huxtaburger created. A diverse collection of people from all walks of life hanging out to enjoy a fine burger. Now that is cool.
A beer was necessary for the warm weather and I went for the unique Endeavour 2012 reserve pale [~$8]. It was smooth and mildly bitter. It had a slight heaviness to it, which makes me think this type of beer could only be enjoyed as a once-off occasion. However, it was a good match with the Huxtaburger – beef pattie, mustard, mayo, tomato sauce, tomato, cheese, lettuce, pickles [$8.5] that I ordered to go with it!
If a picture could say one word about this burger, it would most definitively be ‘sexy’! It was a mouthwatering, eye poppingly good burger that was full of all the characteristics that would typically result in food envy. But, don’t just judge this burger by its looks, as taking a mighty bite is a little bit of heaven.
The bun was super light and fluffy with a subtly sweet taste. All of the flavours were spot on, resulting in pure satisfaction. The lettuce had that fresh crunch. The house-made mayo and mustard was rich and cream. The pattie had melted cheese and was tender with a true beef taste. In my mind it was the perfect burger. All the flavours were executed perfectly and once you’ve finished your meal you’re not left feeling like you had just eaten a hippo.
I’m not prepared to say that Huxtaburger has the best burgers in town. What I will say is that the experience of ordering a burger and sitting either inside or outside is something institutionally Melbourne. It is certainly a burger that surely would be in the top five of many peoples favorite burger joints. If you haven’t been yet, go immediately and order a burger. If you haven’t been in a while, go again and enjoy that Melbourne experience”.
“Huxtaburger is a place that needs no introduction. The spin-off to the infamous Huxtable restaurant, it has a reputation of its own, known for take-away American-style burgers that are freshly made, hearty and down-right delicious.
The intent of the diner is immediate when you arrive – simply cooked burgers using fresh ingredients, cold beers and chips. On a summer afternoon, nothing could be better. As soon as you enter the crammed space, black and white printed diamond tiles laden the wall displaying the limited menu options. If you keep an eye out, there’s even a secret entrance to a wine bar / restaurant through an inconspicuous looking silver door.
I’m a total fiend for spicy food and opted for the Denise (the hot one) – Huxtaburger with Jalapeno and sriracha mayo [$9.50] with crinkle cut chips [bigger $3] to share with Mr LB and Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer [~$7].
There wasn’t really any available seating outside and we quickly dived in to share a table built for six with some strangers. I gave my Fever-Tree ginger beer a shake and what was instantly noticeable was the bits of ginger floating around inside the bottle. The bottle was quite small for the price but sometimes life is about quality, not quantity, and this was certainly the case here. It was sharp and very refreshing with the ginger flavour very prominently coming to the forefront of the palate.
My original intention when ordering the burger was only to eat half of it and give the rest to Mr LB, who was ravenous. As soon as I took my first bite though, I knew that all my good intentions were soon to go out the window. This burger was mine, and I was not sharing.
The bun was made of brioche – shiny on the top and extremely light in texture. It was like biting into clouds. The lettuce was incredibly crispy and the wagyu beef patty was just incredibly juicy. There was something about them that made me reminisce of home-made patties that were barbecued on the grill. It usually takes a fair bit of heat to raise a sweat under my brow but this burger actually got me there! The Jalapeno’s combined with the sriracha mayo really created a cocktail of spices.
As previously stated in my post about Hooked, I’m a massive fan of well-cooked chips. Crinkled cut chips, in my opinion, can never steer you wrong. I’m not sure if it’s the serrated edges that enable the chip to fry perfectly crisp, but something about their shape ensures that they’re well-cooked and golden brown.
Overall, Huxtaburger was well worth the trip. The burgers were the perfect size to be enjoyed – they were filling without creating the ‘stuffed hippo’ effect. Now to answer the question on everyone’s lips – are they worth the hype? The answer? Yes they are!”
Final thought: “Brioche buns as light as clouds”