It was with much expectation that I came all the way west of Melbourne to visit Truck Stop Deluxe. In fact, I was in Woodend riding my mountain bike, and took a 30 minute detour on the way home specifically to check it out. Truck Stop Deluxe was opened recently by the same crew that is behind Dandenong Pavilion and Grand Trailer Park Taverna. Keen readers will remember my fondness for the great work done at Trailer Park, and perhaps my ambivalence towards Dandenong Pavilion, despite their massive reputation and tasty burgers.
This is burger pedigree indeed…
Many of the elements of success that are seen at Trailer Park have been carried over here. They are both proper burger joints, whereas Pavilion is more of a burger novelty stuffed inside a bistro setting, so would not work here. Seems like a recipe for success.
And you can see the vast potential here. There are all the desirable hipster elements, with flanelette and tattoos in abundance. Interested dining room fitout. Strangely, this is the second place in a row that I have reviewed with a truck parked in the front of the shop. This was more Mack truck than old style milk truck though. Really dominated the space.
On to the all important burger – the “Fine and Dandy” – and disappointment abounds. The patty was overcooked; my standard whinge (seriously, how can this be an almost universal issue?). Tasty sauce, with the same mustard mayo recipe carried over from Trailer Park. Other elements were fine, except for the bun. Never before have I had such a strong reaction to any one single part of a burger that I have eaten and reviewed. Never. When I saw the luminescent yellow colour I was worried. Surely no amount of butter could cause this result? Indeed, no. I’m tempted to suggest that liberal amounts of yellow food colouring were employed here. The bun was horrifically bad, tasteless; or if there was some taste it was cardboard. It sat like a lump in my throat, begging for the mercy of a disgustingly sweet, fizzy drink to break it up and wash it down. Alas, I did not have one in hand, as I was eating the burger next to a drooling, tired dog Jack, in my car, on the freeway. Sigh.
Truck Stop Deluxe needs to address this massive issue. It really does.
On a side note I also had some onion rings which were nicely done. No prizes, but a worthy addition to my meal. Certainly made me happier than that burger.
There is potential here. Perhaps the people of Werribee like their burgers this way? But not for me.
PS. My photos are almost as bad as the burger. I had one burger photo in focus with a shadow, and one out of focus without the shadow. Focus wins. Cute dog photo makes up for it though, don’t you think?