The Fish & Burger Co, Melbourne
1001 Doncaster Rd, East Doncaster
Happy Friday! Never thought I’d be so happy to be back at work for the week! Last Friday was the tail end of migraine central, so after working from home for the day, I was excited to finally venture out of the house for a movie night with dad :) he can’t cook though, so he told me we were going out for dinner. When he told me dinner was going to be a new burger place in Doncaster, I was skeptical; Doncaster isn’t exactly known for their amazing burgers. That’s more Fitzroy and Collingwood’s territory. But dads pretty good at spotting a good burger, so off we went.
We arrived at The Fish & Burger Co, and it looked just like something you’d likely find in a more hipster area. Big modern space with light bulbs dangling off chunky ropes looped around ceiling beams, and some crazy looking freak shakes on the menu. Touché, dad.
As you might expect, the menu has fish and burgers, but also some fancy salads, tapas, and a pretty decent range of kids meals. The fish coming out of the kitchen looked great, but dad and I were there for burgers. We both went with the ‘Ol School Cheese – 150g Wagyu beef brisket patty, American cheese, lettuce, pickles, Spanish onion, ketchup, mustard and mayo ($10.00) plus bacon ($2.00) because obviously. And a small fries.
They came out quickly, and they looked impressive. Any remaining skepticism I had was dashed pretty quickly after the first 2 bites – cooked a perfect medium, the patty was still a little pink, juicy, and well seasoned. The cheese was perfect, the bacon was crispy, and extra points for using my holy trinity of condiments. To say I was a surprised was an understatement. The fries were great too, all golden and crisp, no soggy spuds. I even got a bad dad joke out of them with a “don’t even think about leaving the table until you finish your veggies” when I left a handful of fries… >.<
It’s nothing over the top or la-di-da, but for a simple and extremely well priced bacon cheeseburger, this is certainly up there for me. Dad, a fellow burger lover, agreed in between mouthfuls. A welcome addition to the eastern suburbs, and most definitely in my sights for another visit!
Also, Star Wars was marginally better the second time around, though it still felt like too much of a re-make of the original. Dad’s homemade Nutella Baci ice cream was the biggest winner of the night, though – he may not be able to cook, but he can make some serious ice cream!!