Regular burgers, too



Upsize Burger Bar, 2/234 Barkly Street, Footscray.

Consider The Sauce – leastwise, the senior partner thereof – has no truck with burger towers.

Well, no truck with the eating of them.

But I confess to being intrigued by these burger equivalents of skyscrapers.

Which is just as well, because my Facebook feed regularly features photos of such things.

But, nope – if it cannot be grasped in two eager hands, and/or requires a knife and fork, not interested in eating.

Though I suspect, if Bennie was given free rein, he’d be right into exploring what seems little more than macho posturing to me.

In that regard, I accept I am in some sort of minority and that there is widespread interest in, and fandom of, this particular burger cult.

Upzsize Burger Bar is catering to it with panache, with many sorts of flamboyant arrangements – including using donuts  and mac-n-cheese as buns!



The in-house photos illustrate some of the more conservative options available.

On the place’s FB page are to be found many spectacular examples of high-rise burger architecture.

The Barkly Street joint is something of a temporary exercise.

It’s open on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays – and only for three more weekends (making its last day Sunday, November 25).

We are happy to explore Upsize to the extent of their regular burgers – and we enjoy doing so.



My Basic B ($14) is a good, solid, workmanlike burger.

It has two beef patties, American cheese, “FCM sauce” and pickles – and goes down fine.



Bennie chooses the chicken equivalent for the same price.

He likes it.

The chicken is crisp and the slaw delivered in appropriate amount.

We both much enjoy that the pickle slices are so plentiful that they constitute a strong flavour component, as opposed to the usual mere whiff.



The regular order of beer-battered fries is very generous for $5.

They’re good.

But remind me that a CTS story on this particular genre of chip will be the go come my Christmas break.

Where do they come from?

How much beer – if any – is actually involved?

And are they actually re-constituted spud – and thus the potato equivalent of chicken nuggets?


48 thoughts on “Regular burgers, too

  1. if they transform tables and chairs and make white people comfortable in atmosphere,they dont need to transform recipes,remember the age foodie requested sahra cafe in kensington to transform either recipe or decoration,they dont mean offensive way ,they look things in different lens that is all


  2. feeling home prospective they are right.there are many ways to do,they could said include sandwiches or change this chair so on but personaly think its offensive to yoshokonize ethiopian,if japanese allowed doesn’t mean its ok in ethiopian,they are little disrespectful


  3. they are not talking about non mainstream hidden ethiopian gem,its in popular busy lane , & no its not for somali or ethiopian only its for ALL and popular with white,its not a community cafe.if it was community cafe they would’t review it.we all know attentions of broadshet.


    • to their fan base,,these people have no interest chaning cuisine because its for their community.white people are eating viet pho/somali rice unchanged recipe,its called sharing trandional with others. they know alems house is not for somali/ethiopian.


      • 😁😁😁😁 another broadshet playing white victim,they don’t want us because the plate is not white watered!.cafe y’all talking about has over 80% white customers,broadshet is not in the dark about this little info i asure u.they act white victim when they see popular ethnic cuisine.


  4. i like white food and uf i need it i’ll eat the real one,but don’t give me white watered teff injera pancakes topped with yellow sunflower that look like french breakfast and tell me i’m eating african.


    • i am open to inclusion or introducing another cuisine to your restaurants,many somalis do everyday,its fine,bring burgers,gyro,sandwhuches and put beside somali rice on plate,all fine with it but cook your rice like french,not fine with it. and not fair to say our eatery is aimed at african only because of it.i understand where they coming from but its not ok,we shouldn’t feel pressured to pleaese white majority.we mafe every possible change,hipsterzed,include white dishes but no don’t touch our recipes,i really don’t like this pressures foid business


  5. their expectation was transformation,which i know its wrong but they didn’t mean offensive but their expectation was too much for many,i don’t also think many white regulars in mainstram ethiopian eatries share the broadsheet expectations,the large shared trqditional injera is still common and plans of change.


      • broadsheet can’t write two lines Without offending minorities. “people recommended us to INCLUDE ETHIOPIAN ” right been TOLD to include african .broadsh—-t.☺


      • Regardless of food or community or anything else, Broadsheet obviously includes ONLY places that have a certain look and fit the BS template. On that basis alone, many people find it to be offensive.


    • sainsbury reaponse comment is deeper in the sea of confusion. they though they helping the food and making tasty for those who might not like that persian,common excuse answer when busted right😕


  6. samir north melbourne already gentrified, west fooscray yeh may be.domain property always say west is rough even if suburb gentrified long ago!


      • migrants and people of color,if they don’t want intimidated by greedy business man,then stay in government housing units blocks which are densely populated near city centre.but if you are ok living in far away less diverse suburb towns then buy your own home. i live in governmet housing in kensingtion,our home has been extended to next door home because of large family,we enjoy have 5 bedrooms two living rooms,5 min to CBD ,Its densely migrant populated area that has power to deal with government and can protect the intrest of its community.i have the money to buy a home but i don’t need to. community and my relatives near me is more important to me than buying home in area where i have no voice on my hood.but here in kensington my voice matters,members of parliament can’t sell anything without our vote. we get members of parliaments knocking our doors wanting our vote and no fears of gentrification as far as our hood concerns.


      • hallmark signs a suburb gentrified doesn’t look inclusive.i would agree saaxil on this,every community looks out its interest. our interest as afros in flem-ken area to have minimum 5 bedrooms for our large families,to have close care for our elderly since we don’t use mainstream elderly care culturally, today homes are being renovated,more low rise affordable appartment comming thanks to our close knit community, our community s growing fast and members of parliaments are taking us serious.gentrification doesn’t effect us but what it does to other communities is bad.that is position.saaxil i don’t really care if definition gentrification is not inclusive ,its designed for white community,every one has their interest,its their rights like our rights to look out our are most probably the only community who have 4-5 bedrooms near trains,trams,city service,our elderly and friends


      • there is “look out my interest” but there is sense of community in flem and ken suburbs between blacks asian and whites.


      • hay sacdiyo you may be right on sense of community but i live in low rise houses sutton st around tall housing commisions but even though most somalis live in low rise house ,the white neighbors look the tall housing commission as threat like africans will take over our suburb,there is that feeling because the towers are too tall. but i am greatful my elderly parent living in those housing commision with 3 min walk from my house.


  7. i would say flemington more so than north melbourne housing commission is seen as more threat by its white neighbours,too many of them in flem .the african community in maidstone west footscray for eg is not seen a threat ,no tall commission housing


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