Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew
413 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, VIC 3065
(New location has opened at 560 Chapel Street South Yarra)
In celebration of the opening of Brother Burger’s second establishment, K and I decided we would finally visit this popular burger joint in Fitzroy.
The menu looked great – there was the choice of a number of beef burgers and non-beef options, as well as classic sides, salads and of course, a huge selection of beers. I personally loved the sound of the shake-a-holics, which are basically spiked milkshakes, but unfortunately I had to skip the alcohol that night and they were a smidge pricey. Instead, K and I treated ourselves to the special entrée of smoky BBQ chicken wings, which turned out to be absolutely delicious. The wings were generously coated in a layer of thick, sticky, sweet BBQ sauce that had a hint of smokiness which wasn’t too overwhelming. The meat was tender and cooked perfectly, and they were a great way to start the meal.
As for burgers, I ordered the Royal Blue, which is a beef burger with bacon, onion jam, pickles and a blue cheese sauce. Now, blue cheese is one of those things that people either love or hate. I love the stuff, but it is definitely a very strong flavour, and unfortunately, I felt that there was an excessive amount of blue cheese sauce on my burger which drowned out all of the other elements. In particular, I didn’t even realised that there was onion jam until I had almost finished my burger, which is a shame as the jam and pickles both had such a lovely sweetness and acidity that would have balanced out the saltiness of the bacon.
I definitely preferred K’s Hot Stuff, which had double bacon, cheese, pickles, mustard-mayo and chilli jam with jalapenos on the side. I thought the flavour balance in this burger was a lot more on point, and the mustard-mayo was really delicious. I did wish there was more of it though, as the burger was a bit on the dry side.
As for the beef patties themselves, both of ours were cooked to medium, as promised. Personally, I prefer a much thicker beef patty, but the ones we had still tasted good. I was a bit disappointed with the burger buns. Maybe it’s due to my habit of eating at cafes, but I just felt that the simple sesame-topped buns let down the burgers a little bit. They weren’t as moist or flavourful as some that I’d tried in the past, and the sheer size of the buns seemed to overwhelm the beef, whereas I like my beef patties to be the star of the dish.
The highlight of my meal was without a question, the onion rings. They were well seasoned, the batter was light and super crunchy, and onion itself had a lovely sweetness to it. I probably could have eaten 2 more servings of them by myself, they were that fantastic. Without a doubt, they were probably one of the best onion rings I’ve ever had.
At the end of our meal, I was definitely full, but I think I did expect more from Brother Burger, especially as the bill was pretty significant. I probably won’t be rushing back anytime soon for the burgers (but the onion rings are a different story!)