YOMG, 17-19 Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 8548 9577
Burger places – or, rather, burger franchises and chains – seem to be sprouting up like weeds.
Perhaps a move to a semi-official CTS non-coverage of them is due.
And the non-eating of their food, too.
YOMG in Moonee Ponds – the chain’s sixth store in Melbourne – seems at first blush less likely than most to arouse our curiosity and burger lust, with its cutsie slogan in pink neon, blandola fast-food look and a name that is more about yoghurt than meaty fare.
Certainly, Bennie was very sniffy when we ambled past a few weeks back.
“I don’t think so, dad,” he snorted.
But an experienced burger hand of our acquaintance has suggested that, in this case at least, appearances and all-round vibe are no indication of burger merit and that YOMG is well worth a try.
So, flying solo, I give it a whirl.
Nat Stockley is correct – this is some pretty good stuff.
From the menu (see below) I choose the Howler ($12.50) with its excellent beef patty, cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles, jalapenos and habanero mayo.
The added bacon is also excellent, but costs $2.50.
Some of the protruding lettuce leaves are a bit bruised, giving them a dirty look, but overall this is a good, two-handed burger – nothing world-beating, but solidly enjoyable.
The chips ($4.50) are hot and fine – but they’re been profusely sprinkled with chicken salt or one of its kin.
Not my go.
Combining burger, bacon, chips and a can of soft drink nudges my lunch cost above the $20 mark – but I guess that’s the going rate these days.
Don’t be tempted to pay even more by going with one of the pay-for sauces, as there’s a good supply of chilli sauces away from the serving counter to be had without payment.