20 Mar Purple Peanuts, Melbourne CBD
The Age named Purple Peanut’s veggie burger as one of the 5 to try in Melbourne, so after uni I thought I’d pop in to see if it was as good as people say.
I decided to go with the Gammodoki Prawn Burger ($9.5), which is exactly the same as the Gammodoki Tofu Burger ($9), but with prawns as well. The description of the burger is as follows: “Our own home-made tofu burger (tofu, beans, carrot, onion, oats, egg, sake, sesame and ginger) topped with prawns, served on a Turkish bread roll with mixed salad and teriyaki sauce”. It was also available with sesame or chilli sauce instead of teriyaki.
The patty was nice and moist and some of the other ingredients like the beans and carrot were chunky, giving it some texture variety. For an extra 50c I got 3 or 4 prawns, which wasn’t bad. The person who assembled my burger may have been a bit too enthusiastic with the teriyaki sauce, which made it unpleasantly salty at times; part of my bun was soaked to the point where bits were falling off onto the plate. The patron seated next to me also order the prawn burger and hers looked ok, so mine was probably an anomaly.
The queue was long, but orders were taken quickly and most people got takeaway. There were not many tables free during the lunch peak, and as I was leaving there was a man holding a plate of onigiri but nowhere to sit.
They also sold handrolls, onigiri, rice salads and a range of takeaway boxes with sushi, sashimi, prawn soba, rice salads etc. The teriyaki chicken on rice also seemed a popular choice.