So now I live East of the Westgate Bridge and even though I live in StKilda West I am probably no longer a westie.
First Friday night living in the East (I know it’s not really the east but it’s as East as I’ve lived). I had a couple of beers after work at the James Squire Brewhouse at the Portland in the city. Nice beers, but as my drinking partner had to get home in time for his son to go to bed I found myself heading home fairly early.
Jacqui is out to dinner with friends so what do I do for a feed? explore the local cuisine of course. A burger and a hoppy beer seemed a good idea so I headed off to Albert Park to grab a burger from the renowned Andrews Burgers and an IPA from the Vintage Cellars. Firstly I had a false start, got there with no wallet. Take 2. Only after I ordered and paid for the burger (with the lot of course) did I ask “how long mate?” the response was 35 minutes. 35 for a burger??
Fuck, rookie mistake no.1
Oh well, might as well go and pursue the beer at Vintage cellars, I remember them having a decent list as does the one in Yarraville. Bad assumption, rookie mistake no.2
I ended up getting some Ferral Hop hog, in my mind the best readily available IPA in Australia. The nearest other beer was Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Safe to say I’ll need to find a better local good beer shop. I’ll figure that out.
Now the beer is good, we all know that so I wont elaborate but the burger. Well it was ok, but not worth a 35 minute wait. It’s just a good standard fish and chip shop burger, I think the guys a the old “Mr Squeezy” on Bay St in Port Melboure used to make a better burger (it has been renamed but the shop is still there). I’m not really getting why people rave about them so much, and the chips werent that good. I would have another one, but I wont be waiting 35 minutes.
So if you feel like a burger and an IPA and don’t have 35 minutes, buy the beer then go to the McDonald’s drive through, the burger will be shit but you’ll be having your beer a lot sooner.