It’s officially the summer holidays. Despite the fact that classes finished over a month ago, I actually finished my exams (…singular exam) yesterday. We’ll take any excuse to celebrate though, so last night a few of us headed down to Prahran for several glasses of Melbourne’s finest $5 bubbly. When I got home, I decided to put my tipsy culinary skills to good use, and spent what seemed like forever cooking… half a kilo of potatoes. I’ve developed a dreadful habit of waking up after a heavy night next to a bottle of garlic mayo, and this morning was no different: last night’s snack greeted me today, the garlic aroma lingering like a pungent cloud of shame.
To recover, my friend Emily and me headed into the city for a meal and to do some shopping (it is downright bizarre seeing Christmas decorations everywhere in 30-degree heat, by the way). The good thing about eating with E Dog is that we seem to consistently eat life-changing, incredible meals together: she is my lucky lunch charm. Today was no different.
Desperate for a burger, we headed to the South Yarra end of Chapel Street, to Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew. Our waiter, a nice guy with the obligatory Chapel Street man bun, told us that everything was made from scratch in the kitchen, with no breadcrumbs or anything remotely dodgy in the burgers. Indeed, most of the menu could be made gluten free, which is always an exciting development. Despite my wine-induced headache, as soon as I discovered a GF beer on the menu, I was ready to embrace hair of the dog. Although the food in Melbourne is coeliac-friendly, bars generally aren’t; if I could eat good old gluten again, just for one day, it’d be a day full of real beer (well, Coors Light) and a lot of cake.
That doesn’t matter though, because now I’ve discovered Brother Burger, I can eat happily for the rest of my life (or the rest of this year, anyway). I ordered the Magic Mushie: GF crumbed whole field mushroom, peppers, spinach, goats cheese, onion jam, house-made mustard mayo and ketchup. It was an absolute DREAM.
Since I’ve not been eating meat, I have been really enjoying veggie burgers, and this was easily the best burger, veggie or otherwise, that I have ever had. We shared some fat chips and GF onion rings on the side, which were equally life-changing. (Emily also ordered the Hot Stuff burger: 100% Wagyu beef patty, double bacon, cheese, house made pickles, mustard mayo and chilli jam.)
It was a lovely way to spend the first official day of summer. I have found myself looking wistfully at pictures of fireworks and cold, wintery days in London, but I always catch myself and realise how lucky I am to be here in Australia on sunny days like today. I was craving mulled wine the other day, but now I’ve found a decent beer, the Aussie beverage of choice, I am ready for a hot few months, and a hot Christmas! Bah-humburger…
Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew, 560 Chapel St, South Yarra, VIC 3141