Not Just A Burger Cafe, 30 First Avenue, Sunshine. Phone: 9310 1568
Over the years, Consider The Sauce has fallen into the habit of comparing and contrasting burger styles.
Between the new wave – for want of a better term – and old-school Aussie burgers.
We’ve done this without ever detailing just what the differences are.
So how does this work?
New wave – American style, hipster, trendy?
A thicker patty; flasher dressings; perhaps barbecue sauce of some sort.
And sometimes a whole dill pickle – perhaps even skewered to the top of the bun.
A thinner, wider patty, sometimes involving meat of a questionable quality, sometimes frozen – or so we reckon.
Dressings: Chopped iceberg lettuce; perhaps beetroot.
Even an egg or – God help us – pineapple.
Always in this imperfect delineation effort is the feeling that we have also been talking about quality – meaning less of it in the Aussie renditions.
Well, at Not Just A Burger we find we can happily dispense with such dull figuring.
The burgers are just plain great.
Improbably, Not Just A Burger Cafe is located in a neighbourhood in which we would never have reason to look – a back water of light industrial action off Sunshine Road, about right opposite J.R. Parsons Reserve and the silos.
We heard about this place and its work via Sunshine Locals.
Paul and Maria (pictured above in pre-lunch repose) are on to a good thing here – they service the many local workers, but are also a building a reputation for night-time fare and deliveries.
This a bare-bones tradies place that offers many of the usual food choices (see below).
But the burgers are where the action is at.
And Bennie and I could not be happier with our lunches.
We both go for the N.J.A.B. Inferno ($12) with bacon added.
It’s all terrific – lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, with jalapeno slices, N.J.A.B hot sauce and some Sriracha deftly combined for the just-right degree of heat.
Yes, the meat is thinner and wider in the Aussie fashion, but it tastes of real-deal beef.
My choice is regular bun.
Bennie opts for brioche.
I can imagine various smarty pants quipping that the presence of brioche here marks this place as not a true Aussie-style burger joint.
Who cares, though, when the burgers are this good?
The crinkle-cut chips ($4) are fine and hot. We are provided a serve of Sriracha for dipping.