Burger Business, 230 Nicholson Street, Footscray. Phone: 9396 0368
The talk in our home for a few hours leading up to our Friday night dinner outing is about Indian.
But when the appointed hour arrives and we’re heading for Footscray, I unilaterally change my mind.
Truth be told, I’m not really into chowing down on another Indian meal tonight – we DO eat a lot of Indian and Sri Lankan food.
This is a decision with which Bennie happy to go along with once he realises burgers are on the menu – obviously, our period of burger burnout of some months previous has abated.
Burger Business is one of two newish burger joints that have sprung up in Footscray – perhaps hoping to tap into the sort of burger-crazed sentiments that have made 8bit such a hit.
It’s on a stretch of Nicholson Street that is quite gloomy at night and not generally famed for its food or street life.
But maybe that is changing – Burger Business joins a handful of African places down here where it WOULD be good to see a more robust street vibe happening.
We have no expectations or knowledge of Burger Business one way or the other.
It looks and feels like its based on a ritzy burger joint template.
Indeed, as we await our meals, I whisper to Bennie: “This place looks just like a Grill’d!”
Hunters & Collectors are blasting from the sound system, duly followed by another iconic Australian rock anthem.
I fill Bennie in on the alternative chorus of the latter: “Don’t bore me shitless …”
Whatever our hopes and expectations, we proceed to enjoy very good burger meals – and leave Burger Business thinking we’ve lucked into cool Footscray secret that comes without the crush of crowds that may be encountered elsewhere.
Bennie enjoys his bacon feast ($11.90) with beef, smoked bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, aioli and ketchup.
But allowed a taste of my chilli burger ($10.90) – with beef, aioli, cheese, roasted peppers, red onion, jalapenos, chilli sauce and lettuce – he happily avows that my sandwich is superior.
It IS bloody good!
The chilli quotient is negligible beyond the pickled jalapenos but all the very good ingredients and condiments – including nicely flavoursome beef and juicy roast capscums – work together to create an excellent burger.
Our small serves of regular fries and sweet potato fries are beaut, the latter having the same crisp exteriors as the former.
Our burgers and fries have been combo-ed with drinks – so our Friday night feast has cost us a most admirable $15 each.
Upon completion of our meals, we are given a small brownie each without charge.
They’re more fudge than brownie and OK rather than wonderful – but still, it’ a nice touch.