Burgers are big business these days, with everyone from celebrity chefs, to chain stores, to your local takeaway shop offering a version – or several – of one of our most loved comfort foods.
To stand out from the crowd burgers need to be pretty special and, at the recently opened South Yarra outpost of Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew, they are just that.
Taking over the site formerly home to Café Greco, Brother Burger is part of the new guard of Chapel Street hangouts. The focus is on producing authentic, high quality food, in a relaxed and inviting environment. More than your average burger joint, Brother Burger has 200 seats spread throughout the expansive, industrial inspired interior. The dining space has a nostalgic ambiance and features a receding courtyard entrance framed by New York loft-style windows, large red semi-circle leather booths, a wall panelled in deconstructed metal shelves, tennis court lighting and – my favourite part – over 800 vintage meat grinders from owner Tummino’s personal collection of pre-loved items.
Table service in an era that sees many casual eateries lean away from it, is welcome, friendly and knowledgable. Knowledge is an important skill for the staff when talking through the beers: Brother Burger boasts 15 beers on tap. Three are standard, and the other twelve change each time a keg runs out. If beer isn’t your thing, then perhaps try one of their alcoholic milkshakes. We thought the bourbon milkshake just trumped the 666 vodka milkshake.
As far as burgers go, all of their beef burgers are 100% wagyu, made by hand from scratch and pressed by the chefs in the open kitchen. Actually everything is made on site including the traditional buns (a welcome relief from the brioche that seems to be everywhere) and all the sides, sauces and condiments.
We loved the Royal Blue – 100 per cent full blood wagyu beef patty, blue cheese, bacon, onion jam, house-made pickles and ketchup; and Hot Stuff – 100 per cent wagyu patty, double bacon, cheese, housemade pickles, mustard-mayo and chilli jam. The buns almost held together until the end, light toast and they would get there. Alongside the six beef burgers, there are vege, chicken, pork and lamb burgers and, for those after something different, pulled pork buns, a “South Yarra” Reuben sandwich, fish and chips, a selection of salads and gluten free options available including burger buns and batters. Sides get just as much love with the onion rings a stand out – especially when dipped in the blue cheese sauce.
Burgers aren’t something we’d eat everyday, but the ones at Brother Burger are definitely the kind we want more of. I forgot to take my camera so these awesome pics are by Kristoffer Paulsen.
Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew
560 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
03 9041 1393
Sunday – Thursday: Midday – 10 PM
Friday – Saturday: Midday – 11 PM