24 Mar Chew Burger: What You Want in a Burger
Yes, another damn burger joint. Did we need one? Probably not. But, did Preston want one this good? Any neighbourhood would. Fall in love with Chew Burgers’ humble, fresh offerings in Preston.
Setting the burger standard in Preston
While some may argue it’s not easy to fuck up a burger, it’s also not easy to make the perfect burger. But somehow, somewhere in the almost unexplored land of Preston, Chew Burger kills it, flipping up just the patty you’ve been craving. How do they get it right every time? They give credence to a clear philosophy—give the people good, simple and quality food. Australia’s fast-food haunts may have been built on burger trends, but the new kids on the block are driving innovation.
The venue, like its food, is uncomplicated, urbane and tasteful, a definite result of the owner Andrew Chew, Gallery Director at No Vacancy Gallery, casting his eye over proceedings. Polished concrete and exposed brick combine with tiled bench tops and industrial timber stools in a bright setting with a giant palm in the middle (you’ll find one at his other venue, Stray Neighbour, too). Guests have the option of chowing down inside or rolling over to Raccoon Club next door for some locally brewed beer.
A modest menu that pledges allegiance to local businesses
Unlocking the perfect ratio of burger fillings is effortless at Chew Burger. The modest menu is quality-driven, featuring ingredients that accent their allegiance to supporting local business, like their buns from Northcote Bakery. Chew has managed to birth a burger that truly IS Melbourne.
The Plenty Burger houses two 190g Wagyu Patties, Smoky Bacon, Pepper Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato and Mustard Onions on a Brioche Bun. Let’s just say it’s not for the faint hearted, or the small handed. Think the Saving Private Ryan scene when all the gauze in the world can’t stop the bleeding. This is what it’s like with the Plenty Burger, so grab a stack (and then some) of serviettes to destroy in the devouring.
It’s not only the carnivorous crew getting their fix at Chew; the vegetarian menu is impressive and equally as tasty. The Vego Burger embraces a liberally spiced Black Bean and Quinoa Patty, Lettuce, Coriander, Guacamole, Salsa and heaps of finger-licking-good sauce on a Pumpkin Seed Bun.
147 Plenty Road
Preston, VIC 3072
03 9484 9720
Words by Elise Assim