Thursday, January 31, 2019

Royal Stacks, Melbourne by Log Lady

Last week I attended Royal Stacks 3rd birthday party, which also incorporated the launch of their natural wine menu. At this event I also got to taste one of their burgers and enjoy their rather odd ball entertainment – but more about that later.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, burgers
A selection of burgers

First about Royal Stacks, modelled after great American burger chains such as Shake Shack and 
In-N-Out Burger, their flagship store at the Collins Street location opened in 2016 with subsequent locations in Brunswick and Chadstone. The owner Dani Zeini has worked in a number of burger joints around Melbourne, including the family run Dandenong Pavilion, Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Easey’s, Truck Stop Deluxe and Motorhome Majestic.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, cheeseburger
The burger I tried at the event was a very simple but tasty cheeseburger; all beef patty, American cheddar with a special sauce on brioche bun. Apparently the brioche buns are baked daily in house, using a different baking process so that the gluten is easier to digest.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, burgers
L-R: the King and the Kavorka burgers

I've also heard a lot of good things about the Royal Stacks Single Stack burger: beef patty, tomato, butter lettuce, American cheddar, burger sauce, pickles, in a brioche bun. These guys are also famous for their mutli-stacked burgers, like the Saint: 2 patties, bacon, tomato, lettuce, cheddar raw onion chipotle mayo, and jalapenos; or the King: 1 patty, tomato, lettuce, mac and cheese choquette, mustard and special burger sauce. These did look pretty epic.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, natural wine
Their natural wines were very refreshing, and while wine and burgers might not be a natural fit (friends were asking why burgers and wine, thinking beer or milk shakes are a better fit - which these guys also offer). But other reputable joints such as Belles Hot Chicken have already combined natural wines with American style fast food, so it's hardly a radical concept and it pairs well.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, natural wine
From the wines on offer, the white blend, Quealy Pobblebonk, was definitely my pick. It was an easy drinking wine, with floral and lemon notes, and as with some natural wines had a slight bite and natural fizz to it.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, entertainment
Now to the birthday event entertainment; from having photos taken on arrival, to the rather chaotic distribution of burgers (the poor waiters were set upon by bloggers at every turn), an MC with microphone and video camera filming people eating their burgers, asking guests to record lines to be used in a video mash-up of a scene from the Will Ferrell/John C Reilly comedy “Step Brothers,” which was followed by a live rendition of Por Ti Volare and a solo drum performance (from this scene in the film and this was how it landed).

Royal Stacks, Melbourne, chips

The entertainment was a little hectic for me and not something I was a big fan of, particularly as the chaotic nature of the crowd meant it was difficult to get our hands on some food to review, and in the end while what we did sample was very good, I wasn’t able to sample any of the other burgers on offer.

Royal Stacks, Melbourne

Royal Stacks, Melbourne


We loved it
We loved it (the burgers and the wine)
Cheap eats
Cheap eats.


Overall, loved the burgers and wine and while I wasn’t a big fan of the birthday event entertainment, this will not deter me from returning to try other Royal Stacks burgers, and other drinks and desserts on their menu.

Find it at

Royal Stacks
470 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9620 0296

Royal Stacks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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