Jerry’s Burgers ‘N’ Shakes, 482 Macaulay Road, Kensington. Phone: 9372 1687
Not too long before we noticed the assembling of a Jerry’s franchise branch in Kensington, our friend The Burger King dined at the Tullamarine shop.
He was and is dismissive.
More recently, another friend – for whom Kensington is neighbourhood territory – implied he and his had a much more satisfying time at the new place.
So I decided to find out for myself.
The Kensington jerry’s is a smallish operation, done out in typical fast-food franchise fashion.
The seating is limited and rudimentary.
I found the service to be good and the prices to be very low.
But there’s the rub – on the premise of “you get what you pay for”, your Jerry’s burger will most likely suffer by comparison with the more pricey likes of Grill’d and other ritzy burger places.
The range of sandwiches – and even salads – is very long (see below), ranging through beef, steak, pork, fish, vegetarian and breakfast items.
I went with the She Hot! burger with beef, bacon, cheese, red onion, Tabasco aioli, lettuce and jalapenos ($7.90) and a small serve of chips ($1.90).
My burger was just OK, and as hinted at above pretty much what you’d expect for cents under $8.
It wasn’t nearly as hot as the number of pepper slices included might suggest.
It was a sloppy meal, with the structural integrity lapsing totally by the end.
Worst of all, the meat patty was bereft of beefiness and redolent of sausage meat.
I wouldn’t go so far as draw a comparison with “pet food”, as one Urbanspoon contributor has done, but you get the picture …
The best part of my dinner were the chips, which were terrific and plentiful.