800 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
470 Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Another day, another burger… My favourite food buddy and I are heading off to try Neil Perry’s efforts at Burger Project after work tonight, but before we get to that, let’s discuss another relatively newbie to the Melbourne burger scene: Royal Stacks.
I first tried Royal Stacks a few months ago, not long after they opened in the CBD, and absolutely loved their Shake Shack-style burgers – the burger I had really reminded me of the few Shake Shack burgers I got through while we were in America, simple and delicious, so I was pretty keen to get back again and bring husband along with me.
We found ourselves not far from the Brunswick location a few weekends ago, so we decided to drop in. Being that it was his first visit, husband got to choose, and he wisely went with the single stack (beef patty, tomato, butter lettuce, American cheddar cheese, their special burger sauce and pickles) + bacon, and the molten cheese smothered potato gems.
Immediately obvious is the similarity to Shake Shack, from the picture perfect presentation to the branding and logos, to the fact that they also do some incredible frozen custards for dessert. And the similarities don’t stop there – it’s a damn good burger. Well cooked patty, perfectly seasoned, lots of melty cheese, appropriate bun and lettuce, it’s all there. If anything, the tomato was sliced a little thick this time, but that’s not hard to remedy.
Potato gems – YES. Golden, crispy gems, lots of salt, and swimming in liquid gold that somewhat approximated the taste of melted cheese. It may not be natural or healthy, but God it’s good!! Husband loved it all, too – said it was comfortably as good as the Shack, which is a big call considering how much he loved their burgers. I’m stoked that one location is walking distance from the office and the other is around 10km from home; I’ll be back (again) very soon!