Is it time to be sick of burgers in Melbourne?
No. Don’t be fucking stupid. Burgers are awesome.
Neil Perry’s Burger Project was the latest venue to be graced by Your Dear Luncher as he and two other colleagues from the Comintern Executive Committee gathered to exchange anecdotes about their respective daily grinds. The Dear Luncher loathes nothing more than large crowds and waiting times. We arrived before noon and were seated clasping our buzzing devices with nervous anticipation.
Can you guess which burger Your Dear Luncher ordered? Of course you can, it was The Bacon Project. Burgers that specifically have bacon in their name are not unlike a lighthouse beacon on a cold and dim Atlantic Ocean coastline. The word bacon calls to Your Dear Luncher, like a siren’s song at twilight.
With the chips there were a couple of tempting salt choices in chipotle chilli salt or Sichuan pepper salt – one of these will be sampled on the next visit. For the virgin visit The Dear Luncher just wanted normal salt. These chips were enjoyable without being mind-blowing.
Now, onto the burger. The burger itself was well balanced with ingredients. The cheese was sensational and perfectly melted. In fact Your Dear Luncher specifically recalls commenting on the beauty of the cheese as he was devouring this specimen.
Points were lost for specifying quite openly that their burgers are cooked ‘tender, juicy medium’ and delivering me a burger that had only very faint traces of pink in the patty. It was delicious, don’t get The Dear Luncher wrong. However the noticeably pinkish hues observed in my colleagues Cheese Chilli burger left Your Dear Luncher a little crestfallen.
Despite the rather sterile surrounds of what is a yet to be completed shopping mall on Collins St, the sheer array of choices here lends itself to the theory that The Dear Luncher will make a triumphant return sometime in the near future. The Fried Chicken and Bacon Katsu burger sounds intriguing to say the least.
Location: Level 2, 260 Collins Street, Melbourne.