Straight Six, 336 Racecourse Road, Flemington. Phone: 9376 2333
Based on its proximity to Flemington racecourse, this flashy new burger joint – on the corner of Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent, and right opposite the Doutta Galla pub – has enthusiastically embraced a theme based around horse racing.
Yep, from the name and onwards, it’s all very horsey.
There’s garish, internal neon signs proclaiming “feeling lucky?” and “burgers so good you’d put your house on”.
The burgers themselves sport the names of famous steeds of the past.
And the staff are all wearing T-shirts telling you they’re stewards – just in case you miss the drift.
It all seems a bit, well, lame to me – but then, I’m in no way a fan of horse racing.
The lack of subtlety doesn’t stop with the repeated racing motifs – the place is, generally speaking, bright and loud, the music overbearingly so.
But, hey, I’m probably not in the focus demographic for such a place.
It’s been open a little more than a week and has been busy the whole time, Uber bags by the dozen heading out the door from day one.
They’ve even had to hang up the “sold out” sign on occasion.
We do the burgers and sides routine with happy results.
There are some unexpected options on the menu (see below) we may take up on a future visit – fish and chips, for instance, or chicken ribs, loaded fries and a chicken/waffle/bacon offering.
The Phar Lap ($11) is one step up from the basic cheeseburger (the Saintly, $8).
Phar Lap tastes fine with its 120g patty, cheese, Straight Six sauce, pickles, onion, lettuce and tomato.
But it’s made for those of medium appetite only – it’s gone in a flash.
If you’re wanting something with more heft, go for …
… the Think Big ($14).
Oh yes, this is more like it.
The double 100g patties, double cheese, excellent bacon, spicy Straight Six sauce, jalapenos and onion combine to create a beaut burger.
It eats bigger than my photo indicates!
A small serve of beer-battered onion rings is generous for the $4 asking price.
They’re well cooked, but oh-so-very-decadently rich and more like beer-battered batter than onion rings!
Good, though, if that’s your thing.
The chips, small serve for $4, are also a fine deal.
They’re very good.
Perhaps it’s all about – or much about – timing and location.
And perhaps pizzazz, too.
A year or so ago, a burger enterprise arose further along Racecourse Road, folding quietly after a few months having made no impression whatsoever.
Straight Six, by comparison, has been an instant hit.
I may not dig the racing theme, but we have enjoyed our burgers and sides a lot.