The Tree of Us in Richmond is sandwiched between Bridge Road and Victoria Street on Church.
The small, unassuming shop front can be easy to miss, but is definitely worth searching for. Sit out the back in the courtyard, surrounded by the fresh herbs and chillies that are grown in pots and then used in all the house-made relishes and other condiments.
You can start off simply with the hamburger (I added swiss cheese to my order, which I think was a good call). Everything seemed very fresh and unprocessed, with gourmet lettuce topping the soft, seeded buns, crunchy gherkins and generous amount of mayo and relish.
The house-made tomato relish, while a lovely flavour, dripped out of the burger and dominated all the other flavours, suggesting that the chef may have gotten a little overexcited by his creation and was thus heavy handed.
If you are looking for something completely different, the Mexican burger is packed full of familiar flavours, yet quite unique. Think genuine, legitimate Mexican food, just in a bun.
The meat patty gets somewhat lost between the mild but flavoursome house-pickled jalapeños, crisp red cabbage, melty cheese, onion and generous dollops of guac and sour cream. A few sprigs of fresh coriander in among all that provided a refreshment to cut through everything else. Despite being on the pricy side, it is definitely one of the better burgers in Melbourne.
The lightest of batter encases thick pieces of soft, red onion and a smear of aioli make the onion rings the best side on the menu.
The hand cut, twice-fried chips are somewhat disappointing, more like thick slabs of potato and very light on in terms of the rosemary salt.
The ambiance in the courtyard is quite relaxing and the uber-cheerful and enthusiastic staff are very obliging. Take along a newspaper and enjoy a coffee afterwards- for somewhere that is so close to the bustle of two main streets, you can really put your feet up.
71 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121