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Brodburger: Freaking Delicious Burgers! August 24, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Canberra, Food, Reviews, Travel.
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The Brodburger food caravan

I like my burgers, and few places make burgers like Brodburger in Canberra.  I was sceptical at first, considering that Brodburger is served out of a dodgy looking ‘food caravan’ in the parking lot of Bowen Park.

But we were on a high after Questacon and in need of a good feed, so we drove down by Bowen Park in search of the conspicuous red caravan.  And there it was, right at the edge of the parking lot, a perfect spot for nearby workers who want to enjoy a burger down on the grass overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.

It was 11:45am and Brodburger doesn’t open until 12 noon, but there was already a line of about 10 to 15 people, some regulars, others tourists, and all with a ravenous hunger plastered on their faces.  The clock ticked over to 12, and the line increased to about two dozen, and yet the owner of the van was nowhere to be seen.  At around 12:10, stomachs started grumbling and patient customers were wondering whether the delicious burger would elude them on this sunny day.

If you want to eat a Brodburger you have to get there early!

At 12:15, some rumblings could be heard behind the van, but less astute customers hadn’t noticed.  Fortunately for us, a group of about five decided it wasn’t worth the wait and departed, moving us up the queue just in time for the van to open up.

On this day, Brodburger was run by two friendly, carefree dudes — one serves and the other cooks.  Their menu is displayed outside on a wooden board, and contains an assortment of burgers, including beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian, as well as fries.  The prices are reasonable and bottles of water are given for free (if you ask nicely).

Finally! Open for business!

After a short wait we reached the front of the queue and went with the classic Brodburger (according to the website: A grade gourmet beef patty, flame grilled. Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and Spanish onions. Includes homemade aioli and tomato relish) and a BrodChicken Burger (Succulent chicken breast in a secret marinate, flame grilled. Topped with bacon, avocado, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and Spanish onions. Includes homemade chilli aioli).  A lot of people went with the Brodburger Deluxe (which contains an extra patty, egg and bacon), but it looked like a coronary waiting to happen, so we passed.

The great thing about Brodburger is that their burgers are made fresh to order, but because of a shortage of facilities and staff, you almost certainly have to endure an agonising wait before you can devour your burger.  There weren’t that many people before us, but some of them ordered entire boxes of burgers and fries to take back to the office, and consequently we ended up waiting a further 30 minutes or so before our two burgers were ready.  And trust me, when you’re already starving, waiting for 30 minutes while surrounded by tempting burger fumes borders on torture.

Eventually, the burgers were ready, nice and hot in our little hands, and we took them down like prized jewels to a cozy spot by the lake.  A few birds looked like they were eager to be friends, but I barked at them for the safety of the burgers.

You know, photos rarely ever do burgers justice. This is the BrodChicken.

The Brodburger

So how was it?  You know I don’t like to exaggerate, but the burgers at Brodburger must be amongst the best I have ever tasted.  The buns are so soft and fluffy, and the meat is fresh, juicy and full of flavour.  The lettuce and tomato balance out the saltiness perfectly, but it is the generous amounts of the insanely delicious, tangy tomato relish and home-made aioli that elevated the burgers to a whole new level.  The Brodburger featured the green chive aioli and the BrodChicken featured the pink chilli aioli — both were to die for.

The half-eaten burger usually isn't a good look, but I simply couldn't resist

Bloody hell, just writing this post is making me super hungry.  I’m going to get some food.

10 out of 10!

 Bowen Park Carpark, Bowen Drive/Wentworth Av, Barton ACT
Opening Hours:
Tuesday: Dinner: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Wednesday: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Friday: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; Dinner: 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sunday: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Website: http://www.brodburger.com.au/

PS: Apparently the Brodburger van is not situated in a legally approved location and the council has been trying to get them to move, but petitions from customers have managed to keep them there, for now.

I ate a KFC ‘Double’…and survived April 15, 2011

Posted by pacejmiller in Food, Reviews.
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I went for a screening of Something Borrowed today (review to come shortly) and proceeded to KFC for lunch.  I hadn’t been to see the Colonel for a long time because the last time I went drive-through I asked for a Zinger meal and an extra Zinger burger (for two people) and they gave us around 20 pieces of chicken, four burgers and four large fries, amongst other things (and we didn’t realise until we got home).  We ate it for three days straight and for the rest of the week I felt like a lump of lard oozing oil from all pores.

But today was a special occasion because they had the notorious ‘Double’ on the menu (called the ‘Double Down’ in the US).  It’s essentially a burger with two chicken fillets as the buns, and cheese and bacon as the filling.  It was available in two formats — Original and Zinger (which is even unhealthier).  I went with the Zinger, of course, which contains 2515 kilojoules (or 601 calories), 35.7 grams of fat (17.2 grams saturated), 21.5 grams of carbs, and a whopping 2058 mg of sodium per serve.  I also got a fries and Mountain Dew to wash everything down.

The Down has been slammed by health experts as a coronary waiting to happen.  But hey, I’m healthy (at least before I had the burger) and I’m of a healthy weight (ditto), and most importantly, the Double looked sensational.  One is not going to kill me….I hope.

It was given to me in a cardboard box that had to be ripped open at its belly and flipped open.  I looked inside and was actually surprised by how small it looked.  And it fitted the description perfectly — two chicken fillets, melted cheese and bacon (which looked more like ham) in the middle.  I thought there was some kind of special sauce in there (the post looked like there may have been BBQ sauce) but I didn’t taste any.

The verdict?  The Double is not that bad for you (health wise), but it’s not that good either (taste wise).

If you want to talk about damage to health, the Hungry Jack’s (Burger King) Whopper is actually worse in terms of kilojoules (2882) and fat (40.2 grams).  The Double, however, contains a lot more sodium (I believe its nearest rival is HJ’s Spicy Cheesy Bacon Tendercrisp (2001 mg).  And you know what?  It was obvious that the Double contained a lot of salt because you can taste it.  It’s an unnaturally salty burger.  While the crisp of the chicken fillet was nice, the filling was inexplicably ordinary.  I wanted there to be more flavour, but it was mostly just salt, salt and more salt.  It badly needed a tangy sauce of some kind — even a touch of mayo would have been good.

So yeah, I’m glad I tried it but I won’t be having it again.

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