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Tree of Us

If you haven’t noticed, I love to take on people’s recommendations. I mean, rather than pondering over mixed reviews on Urbanspoon, that comfort of having the approval come from someone you know just provides that extra weight.

Thus, Tree of Us sits on my list of places to go after The Sunday Oven told me where she thinks the best burgers are at.

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Located on the quiet end of Church St, less lively than the likes of Victoria St (Shizuku, Jinda Thai), it can be identified by this dark, yet intricate artwork on the wall outside. I like that the place embraces this aspect of Melbourne, especially when it’s located in the inner suburbs where street-art is prominent.

As a burger place, they add a few basics to brighten up the interior, such as paintings and simple flowers, but also don’t try too hard because in the end – it’s all about the food!

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For a Saturday night, it seemed a little quiet, but I have noted it seems like a popular breakfast place too. This is understandable when there is a “Not Burgers” menu section which includes meals such as organic muesli, French toast and – wait for it….a breakfast steak!

Speaking of steak, I was extremely hungry (more than usual), so I went with the No Misteak (above, $18), which had scotch fillet, bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelised onion, relish, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. The issue this posed is that the steak was a bit hard to bite off if I used my hands, but if I tried cutting the steak, it made my burger fall apart. First world problems much! In the end I went back to my hands – the steak was actually quite soft and became easier to bite, but I might have preferred it a tiny bit pinker.

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On the bright side, I enjoyed the way the Swiss cheese oozed over my steak and how the chips were like thickly cut potatoes ($4 as a side). I’ve said it before, I like my chips thickly cut, but these were a bit salty after too many.

My friend ordered The Chicken Coop with free range chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli and dill pickle (above, $12). These sounded like your standard burger ingredients, but my friend downed it astonishingly quickly.

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My other two friends ordered the staple Tree House Burger with beef chuck patty, lettuce, relish, mayo and dill pickle ($11). One of them ordered a Bonsai burger, which is a mini version of the burger ($6, above). They also offer this for the Lumberjack and Sweet Pea burgers. I think it’s a great option for people who are not overly hungry.

My friends also enjoyed the delicious and soft brioche buns used with the burgers. If it was earlier in the day, I would have adventurously gone for a milkshake/smoothie and maybe even a Breakfast Burger, but instead I went with a meat fest! Having had about three burger meals in that week, I still feel that Spot on Kebab Station wins in value for money and in the uniqueness of their burgers.

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Tree of Us offers great service, the owner looked after us and even provided a complimentary slice of salted caramel brownie (above) as our group chatted until were the last ones there. The salted flavour was quite strong for me, so I found the bite sized pieces for us a good portion. If you check out their Instagram, it seems that one of their mothers likes to drop by with homemade desserts quite often!

I love the simplicity of the place, the honest and down-to-earth feeling that the staff and shop provide and their ethos of sustainability. I’d be happy to drop by for brunch, as strange as that sounds, for a different and bubbly atmosphere and to try something off their Not Burgers menu!

Tree of Us is located at 71 Church St, Richmond and is open Mon-Tue 7.30am-4pm and Wed-Sun 7.30am-9.30pm. Check out their menu here.

The Tree Of Us on Urbanspoon

Spot on Kebab Station

My friend recently recommended a burger place to me in the Western suburbs. Unexpectedly, it’s actually one of your late-night kebab places but with a more extensive menu.

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To be specific, they recommended the bomba burger, a mighty burger 30g bigger than a quarter pounder. It includes halal beef patty, cheese, tomato, onion, fries, a lamb doner (kebab meat) and their special Spot on sauce (bottom on the menu below).

20140516_211520As you see, they also serve kebabs and plenty of other options. They had another menu (below) with coffee, sweets and family combo options.

It’s great that they can serve such a variety, but it seems they are well known for their burgers, strangely enough for a kebab station! I must admit their haka burger looks amazing as well (click here), so I’ll definitely have to come back some time for it.

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For a Friday night, it was fairly busy but not packed. You will have to wait a while to order and a bit of time for your burger, but this should be expected from food trucks that cook your food fresh. It’s about $10.50 for a bomba burger combo with chips and drink, whilst I think the burger by itself may have been around $8 or so. Of course, when you weigh it up, you think I might as well get a combo.

The burgers are served in convenient takeaway containers. They also have a cosy seating area next to the truck complete with a television, which was playing some AFL, for entertainment.

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You can see my combo below – the burger is massive, the bread lengthy and the mild sauce adds an exciting flavour. Due to its size, it’s very difficult to hold without making a mess. They don’t have plastic cutlery so it’s all about getting down and dirty.

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It seems it’s also all the rage now to have chips inside your food, but I’m glad I ordered a combo because the extra chips on the side helped fill me up. It’s a little strange that they don’t offer you sauce for your chips, so we had to go back and ask for a container to share.

With the two different types of meat (beef and lamb), you can’t complain about any lack of filling, but I think I preferred the juicy beef patty.

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It’s unexpected gems like these that are a great surprise and make it feel worth it. I feel like I would choose this place over the overrated Huxtaburger any day. This food is going to fill me up for a similar price, but it’s also different from your typical, classic burger.

Spot on Kebab Station is located at 263 Ballarat Road, Braybrook and is open 5pm until late every night. Their Facebook indicates they close at 5am Mon-Thurs and 6am Fri-Sun.

Spot On Kebab Station on Urbanspoon