While a few years ago, the only places you would find a decent hamburger outside of the city would have been the local fish ‘n chip shop, a pub or a McDonalds, The Morley Boys have opened a chic burger bar in sleepy Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.
Boutique, American style burgers have been all the rage for quite a few years now in the city, with more burger joints springing up than you can poke a stick at and with no signs of this trend slowing down, it seems only fitting that those outside the city should get in on the action too.
So, the idea and concept is a brilliant one… what about the burgers?
While the venue seems to be being well received by the locals, sadly, there is some work to do. Let’s start with the positives of the Hang Ten burger I ordered.
The seeded buttermilk buns were fresh, sturdy, but not too dense and held even the gargantuan Horse burger together (double meat, double cheese, double bacon!)
The salad was all fresh and crisp and the ratios were spot on. The pickles were a particular stand out, thickly cut, vinegary and perfectly tart.
It was the beef patty that was the real problem. So dry and overcooked, you could have almost snapped it in half, if it was well seasoned you wouldn’t have known and the texture was stodgy and unpleasant.
The cheese was very creamy and salty. It hit the American burger chord perfectly, but for me was a little bit overpowering. The overall burger was so salty it was difficult to finish it and that is coming from a fan of salt!
One really novel idea was the sweet potato cakes on offer. They were deliciously crisp and such a nice change to a normal potato cake.. Although the batter could have been slightly thinner and lighter.
With a few easy improvements, this could be one helluva burger place. And with little to no competition, I think The Morley Boys will do well regardless.
34 Mt Eliza Way,
Mt Eliza, 3930