07 May The Burger Block, Kew
The Burger Block has now taken over JD’s, but thankfully it’s still family owned. Bits of influence from various Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Indonesia are infused into the burger menu, whether that’s through the sauces, spices, marinades or ingredients included in the mix. All their burgers are made with brioche buns. Burger challenges (The Block Legends) are also available, ranging from one, all the way to five layers of burger madness and extras can be added on to further customise your meal. There are breakfast burgers too, and if you happen to get dragged along by a burger fiend but aren’t in the same mood, there are toasties and pides available as well.
One of their more popular burgers, the Eureka, is filled with American cheese, bacon, Spanish onions, beer-battered onion rings, lettuce and BBQ mayo. The sweet, slightly tangy BBQ sauce goes perfectly with their signature Asian-infused beef patty, and those beer-battered onion rings add some extra texture.
One of the spiciest burgers in their range, Korean-influenced Hot Chick is a juicy burger full of fiery bulgogi. Before ordering I slightly concerned about potential sweetness of the bulgogi sauce, but I reassured it was not. It was certainly more spicy than sweet, and the tender chicken pieces were accompanied by American cheese, Spanish onions, lettuce, tomato and chilli mayo. It was tasty, moist and easily wolfed down.
A good alternative if you’re after some crunchy chicken is the Yellow Block Road, which comes with a chicken schnitzel, American cheese, bacon, fried egg, Spanish onions, lettuce, tomato and Japanese mayo. The schnitzel had the slight flavour of spices and the crumb was satisfyingly crunchy.
The Burger Block makes some of my favourite chips. The beer-battered pieces of potato deliciousness are amazingly crispy and light, and the japanese aioli and furikake in the loaded version make the chips even better.
The iced sencha and matcha green tea was refreshing drink to wash everything down, and is available with or without added sugar.
Although this little burger spot is under new owners, don’t fret. The quality of the burgers remains the same, and the menu is as good as ever. Specials rotate every few months, so even if you’ve been through every burger on the list, there’ll still be reason to return to try something new at The Burger Block.
Disclaimer: I was invited to The Burger Block as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own and not influenced by them in any way
The Burger Block
85 Willsmere Rd
Kew, VIC, 3101
(03) 9853 5771