Burger Heaven has been found! It’s in a tiny, largely neglected shopping strip near the old outer circle railway reservation in Kew.
Burgers have long been the food of the common man, so it should not be too surprising that some of the best come from modest surrounds. In the case of The Burger Block, the surrounds are not so much ‘modest’, as ‘dilapidated’. The shopping strip looks like it was built in bits starting in the 1920s and ending in the 1970s, with most of the shops showing little evidence of any renovation or renewal since. The exceptions are a couple of cafés that are clearly popular with Ladies Who Lunch.
While The Burger Block sports bold new signage, new tables and chairs and fresh flowers on the inside tables, the fundamentals look as if they have been serving the locals for quite some time. But don’t let this fool you – Bilby Blue confidently proclaimed her chicken burger as the best she has ever tasted! And my Asian-inspired beef burger was so amazing that surely it can’t possibly be good for me.
Owner Brenda has invited Bilby and me to sample her burgers, and after a warm welcome, allows us free range of the largish menu – six Fusion Beef Burgers; five levels of Block Legends (which are really the same burger, but just bigger, and bigger, and …); eight Fusion Chicken Burgers; and for the non-meat-eaters, a Tempura Fish Burger and a Vegie Patch Burger. This abundance is augmented by other bready goodies such as a selection of toasties and Turkish pides, as well as dim sims (fried or steamed). For those needing something sweet after their burger, there are Belgian waffles, muffins, slices and a selection of good-looking bikkies.