The Spotted Mallard
314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Live music and burgers. When they’re done well, there’s really not much better, and The Spotted Mallard does them both exceptionally well. Monday night saw a few of us gather there to see the very talented Harry Hookey followed by the equally talented The Audreys, and eat some burgers.
While it doesn’t look like much when you’re coming in off Sydney Rd, climb the stairs and you’re in a stunning ex-ballroom, complete with fancy wallpaper, nanna-style lampshade lights, perfectly mismatched old chairs and couches, and cavernous stained glass skylights. It’s got so much character to it – the perfect place for live music.
And burgers. We all ordered one. They have other stuff, too, but it was 96% burgers coming out of the kitchen. What you’re getting is the Wagyu Beef and Bacon Burger: 150gm Wagyu beef patty cooked pink with streaky bacon, molten gryuere, caramelised onion, pickles and chipotle mayo. And fat, chunky chips.
The burger was actually cooked to the perfect medium-rare, a thick strip of pink inside. Heaps of bacon, and the molten gruyere was an incredible choice. I was stoked when half the table handballed their pickles over to me – tangy deliciousness! My only partial fault was that the bread wasn’t quite strong enough to hold by the time I neared the end, but that’s better than having a crappy, dry burger patty. This guy has stormed straight into my top 5!
If you haven’t got plans this weekend, maybe consider taking in a set (there’s live music every night) and a burger…