Chase Kitchen, 80 Hudsons Road, Spotswood. Phone: 0423 742 460
The initial aim of our Sunday drive is to eyeball the tall ships parked in the bay at Williamstown.
But that plan comes to nowt when we find the traffic backed up way before our destination and even some way down The Strand.
No way – we’re not that keen on things nautical!
So off we go with lunch on our minds.
Bennie – surprise, surprise – fancies a burger; his dad’s fancy is turning to the roast lunches available in the vicinity.
Bennie gets his way, but that’s a good thing indeed in this case.
We park expecting to hit the Spotiswoode pub, but choose to check out the action on Hudsons Rd anyway.
And what do we find but a new arrival.
Well, relatively new.
Chase Kitchen is open for business on a shopping strip that has become rather competitive – there’s a hip bakery and three other coffee/breakfast/lunch places right across the road.
We decide to give it a go based on the Boston Burger advertised on the footpath blackboard sign and end up being really delighted we have done so.
Inside is a chic but mostly regulation cafe space with stools and tall tables at the front, other seating further in, a back room between the front counter and the rear kitchen, and a garden further out back yet to be utilised.
The service and welcome we are provided are exemplary.
Certainly, the sharing of our two choices – the burger ($14.50) and the pulled pork roll with Asian slaw ($16.50) – is obligingly handled by the staff.
The pork roll is fine and generous, although the crunchy, creamy, delicious slaw rather overshadows the pork.
But the burger is better – Bennie even rates it the best he’s had this year.
That’s high praise from An Expert.
The patty has great flavour, although it does seem a little mushy – more of a meaty texture would be grand.
But what really makes this a burger supreme is the tangy, spicy mayo given a righteous kick from jalapenos and terrifically crispy bacon.
It’s really, really good.
We are both given heaps of thin fries that are hot, salty and pretty damn fine, too, though some of them seem a bit limp to me.
We are not the first Melbourne bloggers to cover Chase Kitchen – that honour falls to our pal Jacqui at Urban Ma – read her review here. Although it may seem a bit boring that Jacqui and her family ordered exactly the same as us!