In case you thought burgers weren’t popular in Melbourne, you need to check this place out at lunchtime. Brand new, only just opened, and the place was packed. Granted, there was some fanfare surrounding the much anticipated first Burger Project to make it’s way to Melbourne… But, damn this place was busy. Naturally, they have the whole system down pat, and were able to deal with the constant influx of burger lovers without breaking a sweat. Seating was a little sparse though. In all, I think I waited 15 minutes for my burger to arrive. Not too bad really, I was expecting much worse.
Neil Perry (of Rockpool fame) has staked his reputation on the quality of the beef in these burgers. In the same way that the Rockpool burgers focus heavily on the provenance and quality of the beef, Burger Project sings loud and proud about the Cape Grim beef used on their burgers. I have to say, without a doubt, there is no way to overstate the deliciousness of the beef in this burger. It is everything here. Perfectly seasoned. Cooked to perfection. I’m lost for words. Utterly sensational. To die for.
The rest of the burger does have some significant flaws though, in my opinion. The bun was powerless against the great beef patty overlord, that swamped it with juices and exerted it’s dominance from every angle. The sauce was not a prominent flavour, although to be fair, let that beef flavour sing. Really, who cares about anything else (Seriously, why spend big dollars on a steak, when this is available for under $10!). They could have served me just the patties and I would have been grinning from ear to ear.
It’s unlikely that there would be any change to the choice of bun here. It’s a pity, because that is really the only thing that stands between this burger and perfection. At the end of the day, it’s all about the meat, and this burger reminds me of that brilliantly. Thank you Cape Grim. Thank you Neil Perry. Thank you Burger Project. I will be back… many times!