329 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Sun – Sat 11am – 2am
“There are so many different sorts of food to enjoy in Melbourne; from Thai to Ethiopian, American to German, you name it, we got it, and boy do we do it well. But it’s not enough in Melbourne to do well in individual cuisines, so she become more and more popular; mixing traditional flavours from different cultures together to come to a single, unified dish. The same could be said for our beers. Gone are the days when Victoria Bitters or Carlton Draft were the Australian choice as boutique beers continue to thrive in our ever evolving market. Enter Beer DeLuxe, a humble venue celebrating beers and good food to boot.
Recently opening its doors in Hawthorne, one might be tempted to think that Beer DeLuxe is only about beer and burgers – but you would be wrong! While it’s tempting to go for the easy option, the food here is actually beautifully crafted to compliment the beers on offer. The Hawthorne store was quiet upon arrival on a Saturday afternoon, when G and I arrived to give the menu a try.
We let Sam, the front of house manager in charge, guided us in terms of beer food and beverages to match, resulting in a mix of Thai pork & prawn sausage rolls served with fruit chutney, pork cabbage gyoza, wagyu beef sliders and onion rings. Yum!
Our bevvies to match were the Two Birds Bantam IPA & Tokyo Black stout. The Two Birds beer was an Indian pale ale with an unusual and immediate floral flavour that you wouldn’t expect from a beer. It’s unusual because the beer still manages to retain its bitterness. The label describes this beer as fruity, however I couldn’t really taste that element.
G is a big stout fan and so the Tokyo Black was a great choice by our host. It was beautifully smooth and creamy. When G shared his love for dark beers, Sam brought out two Moo Brew Imperial Stouts: one 2014, one 2015. The difference (just poured) was astounding – the 2014 had a deep malt flavour that left a lingering taste of bourbon whilst the 2015 brew was brighter. Left for five minutes to settle, the 2014 became rich and creamy while the 2015 lost its sharp edge.
As for the food, the mini wagyu burgers were beautifully tender with soft brioche buns that created perfect harmony within every layer of the slider.
The Thai sausage rolls were unexpectedly the hit of the afternoon – the meat was incredibly tender and gorgeous and just melted in my mouth. G claimed that it was “definitely the best sausage roll I’ve ever had”! Now it’s hard to achieve a compliment like that!
The gyoza too, was melt-in-your-mouth tender and just so hard to imagine it came from a venue which is so often referred to as “that beer and burger joint” in the CBD. The onion rings were superbly battered and crispy – positively addictive.
This little trip to Beer DeLuxe has opened my eyes that it’s about so much more than just beer and burgers. Beer DeLuxe is a venue that truly celebrates global cuisine and beer in a harmonic and unified way, which is designed to be shared with those who live in a non-threatening and casual environment. It’s a great place to come in for a casual meal, graze or bevvie.”
Final thought: “Amazing Thai sausage rolls with a menu designed for sharing (or not!)”