The very first burger joint I ever reviewed and part of the reason I love a good burger is the Beer and Burger Bar in Richmond.
I must admit, they are my local and in amongst all the other burger munching I do, I often venture back to this fine establishment because I know that every single time I go there, I will get an amazing feed, a different cider from the rotating taps and have some great banter with the friendly staff.
From the humble days when they first opened and we could sit there for hours in peace and quiet, now you often have to wait for a table and it is always packed to the rafters when there are any sport games on.
So last weekend before the footy we made the familiar trek to The Beer and Burger Bar, where I was greeted with the pleasant surprise of The Goat Burger.
The ever-expanding menu has a rotating game burger, which in the past has featured the likes of crocodile and venison, but the idea of goat really caught my eye.
Having only eaten it once or twice before, I wasn’t completely sure what it would be like in burger form. I recalled it had a similar flavour to lamb but was less fatty so I was concerned the patty would be dry.
The flavour was meaty and rich, yet it did seem lean and gristle free. The slab of feta cheese was creamy and a perfect antidote to the stronger meaty flavour of the patty.
The roquette added a bitterness and freshness that was needed to balance out the rich and creamy flavours described above.
Some grilled eggplant made the burger even more of a meal than it already was, with the subtle charred flavour a welcome extra.
And the addition of freshly sliced tomato added some tang, which meant every mouthful was about as well balanced in flavour as any burger I have ever eaten.
The smoky caramelised onion added some sweetness that was impeccably paired with the creamy aioli and sharp american mustard.
Finally, the signature soft and seeded brioche bun held everything together perfectly and didn’t steal the show.
As always, the salty chips, onion rings and all the other sides and drinks on the menu were incomparable. I swear, I am not being paid any commission from these guys, I just love what they’re about and I highly recommend everyone get down there and see it for themselves!
112 Swan St Richmond,