Zigzag Burgers ‘n’ Salads, Showgrounds Village, 320 Epsom Road, Flemington. Phone: 9372 5948
We’ve never felt any affinity for the showgrounds shopping precinct – the very honourary Lebanese fare of Saj aside.
Even last week, upon spying a new fast-food outlet, my eyes and mind slid by with barely a hint of interest.
Perhaps its was the somewhat conflicted description of “Burgers ‘n’ Salads”.
But then a regular reader and burger fan – Hi Lauren! – broadly hinted she’d love the CTS verdict before taking the plunge herself.
And then, when doing some research, I noted some very positive reviews at Urbanspoon and on the joint’s Facebook page.
Hmmm, this was starting to look more promising by the minute.
So much so that a report from our burger guru of choice, Nat Stockley, that he’d heard mixed comments about the place in no way deterred a happy, hungry CTS Team of four fronting up for Sunday lunch.
Oh, yes – this is a winner!
Everything we had was good or excellent.
Our multi-facted order arrived within minutes but the food showed no signs of hasty preparation.
And the pricing (see menu below) is excellent.
Bennie went the brisket bacon deluxe ($9.90) and he liked it plenty.
He reported the brisket was less like the BBQ versions we’ve been indulging in mightily in recent months and more like the brisket “you get in pho”.
But it all worked good for him, and that included the dressing/sauce and salad components.
As part of a combo deal, he also got a serve of the “house cut chips”, another order of which we got to share.
They were tasty but not crisp – not that it mattered.
Our table also ordered a serve apiece of the popcorn chicken (above) and the popcorn prawns – both priced at $8.50.
The serves looked small but were big enough to ensure that all four of us got a good taste of both.
They were both excellent – crisp, unoily and tasty, with dipping sauces (chilli garlic mayo and Thai lime chilli) providing nice contrasts.
The recipient of the chicken burger ($9.50) was happy with his lot while also reporting that the thin chicken breast, grilled not crumbed, was a little on the dry side.
No matter – as with all our burgers, the whole in terms of construction, presentation, balance and ingredients made such a criticism very muted indeed.
I reckon I did best of all of us with my beef bacon deluxe ($9.90).
Again, all was in harmony.
This was a damn fine burger for $10 – one could easily pay another $5 and more around town for such a fine sandwich.
And the salad portion of Zigzag?
Well, obviously we were in no mood for any such thing.
But the salad display actually looked very interesting and varied.
This could be a winner for Zigzag, as several customers were going salad instead of burgers when we were in the house, and the food options – especially quick, cheap and healthy ones – are not thick on the ground around here.
We had a super lunch, and on that basis we vote unanimously that Zigzag is a new, small western suburbs business that is doing good.
And for those who care, there’s not an ounce of hipster to be seen – and as little likelihood of queues.
Check out the Zigzag website here, though the menu there is not as detailed as the one below.