NOTE: Chicken here is HALAL as they use Lilydale Free Range Chicken.
The Burger Lounge is located in Eltham and specialises in gourmet burgers and homemade salads – all of which are made fresh daily! I happened to stumble on this place when I went to a nearby restaurant for a friends birthday dinner, and saw the mass crowds at this place. It being only about a 10 minute drive from me, we decided to check it out. N and I went there on a pleasant Saturday evening and the place was pretty packed, but we managed to score one of the last remaining tables.
The Burger Lounge is long and spacious and has outdoor seats at the front (all of which were taken on this pleasant day =p), there is a massive square shaped communal table at the front and the kitchen sits behind it. The theme is modern, black and wood, and the seats are comfortable. This adds to the lounge feel of the place. You are then greeted by a HUGEEEE menu of which you have to select from. I have never ever seen so much variety for burgers in my life! The venue is a chic joint and the atmosphere is fun and lively, and makes for one of the most stylish hamburgers places I have come across.
Now onto the food. There is a massive selection to pick from, so you need a while before deciding on which burger you want! Their buns are sugar-free sourdough made by La Madre Bakery and they are delivered fresh every day. There is an option for gluten-free buns, as well as fresh iceberg lettuce cup on which the burgers are served for people who are carb conscious. You can select burgers from a selection of Victorian chemical and hormone free beef and lamb, free range chicken, fish and many vegetarian options.
N picked the Steak Classic Burger on Turkish Bread – 100% Prime Scotch Fillet, BBQ Sauce, Herb Aioli, Caramelised Onions, Lettuce, Sweet Chilli Jam and Tasty Cheese and I picked the Portobello Burger – Whole Portobello Mushroom, Chargrilled Red Capsicum, Crispy Zucchini, Haloumi Cheese, Caramelised Onion, Rocket, Semi Dried Tomato, Garlic & Basil Pesto & Relish.
The burgers come out on a wooden board and were HUGE! I had no idea how to tackle eating it. The thick chips come in a stainless steel cup and were seasoned with rosemary and the right amount of salt, and were crispy – just the way I like them. The bun you could tell was fresh and came out perfectly toasted and was crunchy on the outside yet not too dry on the inside. All of The Burger Lounges’ veggies are roasted in house and were fresh, flavoursome and so vibrant in colour. The mix of all the ingredients together in my burger were scrumptious and the addition of the garlic & basil pesto & relish tied the whole burger together for a very satisfying meal. N enjoyed his burger as well and did say it was one of the best burgers he has had. He said the beef burger was very well-flavoured and the accompanying ingredients of the BBQ sauce and sweet chilli jam enhanced these flavours. The turkish bread was also just as fresh as my bun. Both of these burgers were filling and I struggled to finish mine.
Not only do they have a variety of burgers, but they also do a variety of desserts! They have a selection of macaroons, ice-cream and Petoula’s (which are Albanian Donuts). I was way too full to try any of this out, but they did look (just like with everything else here) fresh and simply delicious! Also worth noting is that their selection of drinks from the fridge is once again massive! They have so many different types of drinks and flavours that I have never seen before (have a look at the top for the pic of the drinks) – that night I ordered a SOHO sparkling Grapefruit juice – and it turns out it was the first night they were selling it and didn’t even have them on their register, so they charged me a cheaper price for it.
I would highly recommend The Burger Lounge for their burgers even if it might not be located centrally – it is well worth the trek out to Eltham. The staff are friendly and the place is modern, funky yet a great place to catch up with friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Rating : 5 Pandas
Menu – A massive variety of burgers, salads, chips, ice cream, macaroons and drinks! Check out the menu at http://www.theburgerlounge.com.au/menus.html
Atmosphere / Ambience: Funky, Casual and Inviting.
Standout Dish: Any of the burgers!
Service: Friendly, Fun and Warm
Online Booking: No
Restaurant Details and Location:
902 Main Road, Eltham
Tel No: 9431 4500
Monday to Thursday: 10am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am to 10pm
Sunday: 10am to 9pm