Hi my dear readers! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years, and ah Valentines…and now it’s almost Easter! Sorry I’ve been away for so long. It’s been a hectic few months of house hunting, getting sick, working everyday and of course slacking off.
All the excuses aside, there’s actually something exciting brewing on the blog…I’ve engaged a fabulous web designer to give Ichigo Shortcake a complete makeover! With my busy schedule, time differences and design changes, the site should finally be done soon so stay tuned. 😉
I’ve been to quite a few lovely restaurants recently, some of which I’ve been back to many times already. I usually try to visit new restaurants all the time because I’m a food blogger and it’s second nature to want to experience and blog about new things. So for me to go back to a place more than once is quite an achievement (unless if it’s late at night after work and I have no choice, or I forgot to bring my camera the first time).
One of my favourite burger joints that have become a go to place for any burger or craft beer craving is Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew in Fitzroy. It rivals any of the hipster burger joints currently infiltrating the Melbourne food scene.
One, it serves the best burgers around in my opinion, I’ve yet to discover anything I didn’t like. Second, it serves craft beers on a rotation basis so there’s always something new to try. Third, it’s open till late which is perfect for me.
I’ve already tried many things on their menu and specials board, my favourite is still the Royal Blue ($14.50). It comes with a 100% wagyu beef patty, blue cheese sauce and a chunk of blue cheese on the side, bacon, onion and house made pickles and ketchup. If you like blue cheese, this is THE burger for you. The beef patties are very juicy and cooked to medium here.
The slow roasted pork burger ($15.5) with Asian slaw, pickled carrot & onion, coriander, cucumber, mayo and minted yoghurt is refreshing and all the flavours work so harmoniously together. It’s just like a pulled pork burger really with all the goodies to go with it.
Pictured below is the Oh Brother ($16.5) with double beef patties, double cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, American mustard, ketchup and pickled onions. If you want double the goodness and you’re very hungry, this is a great one to pick. It’s seriously huge.
I’ve also tried their Roy Reuben sandwich ($13.50) on toasted sour-dough which was fabulous. I’m a huge fan of anything sour and their house made pickles are just that. Yuye wasn’t so sure about the intense sourness though but if you’re game enough to try it, you won’t be disappointed.
Oh and did I mention Burger with the Lot ($16.50) was also fantastic? So is their chicken wings on the specials board. Finger licking yumminess and a perfect start to the meal.
One of my favourite things here though is their fat chips ($7.50) which is golden brown, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It’s served with house made mustard mayo and ketchup. I always run out of dipping sauce and ask for seconds because they are just that good. The owners should seriously consider selling their house made sauces (especially that delicious ketchup) in bottles. I will be first to take a few.
Almost as good is their huge beer battered onion rings ($7.50). If you can’t decide which one to get, why not get one of each? 😛
What I really like and admire is how almost everything is house made, even the burger buns! That’s why they always taste so fresh, consistent and delicious. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the bread man working away in the corner.
The craft beers are rotated out every time a keg is finished (which is quite often) and you can see just what’s on tap as soon as you walk inside.
There’s really not much more I can ask for in a burger joint, with great food, drinks, service and atmosphere. The only complaint I have is the parking as you can imagine so be prepared to pay a few bucks on the street and even then you might be driving around for well over half an hour for a park.
Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew
Phone: (03) 9419 0088
413 Brunswick St