23 Apr JD’s Burgers: Asian Fusion, Kew
JD’s Burgers in its present form has been around for about a year when Daniel took the helm. It seems to be a family affair, with his parents as owners, and his sister Brenda also having a hands-on role in the store. It doesn’t take long to realise that that Melbourne loves its Asian food and JD’s Burgers fuses flavours from the cuisines of our Asian neighbours into many delicious menu items. Do you feel like Japanese? Then there’s teriyaki, Japanese curry and wasabi to choose from. Korean? There’s bulgogi too. Or maybe you’re up for one of the Super Saiyan eating challenges, including the 2kg Legendary Super Saiyan monster, which are free if you manage to down them within the set time-frame. For those who just want something more traditional there’s also the popular Mighty Beef Burger, and also the Vegeta as one of the vegetarian-friendly options.
We tried two burgers out of the many interesting options available: the Ultimate Black Pepper Beef (Hong Kong fusion) and the Green Dragon (Japanese-Vietnamese fusion).
Of course, burgers are meant to be eaten with hands, but sharing meant cutting, especially since one of us was sick. Even when cutting through the burger I could see how juicy the patty was. It also cut through very easily and so I was eagerly anticipating a tender one too.
The Ultimate Black Pepper Beef had black pepper sauce, special mayonnaise, American cheese, grilled bacon, mushroom, caramelised onion, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.
The Green Dragon contained wasabi sauce, American cheese, grilled bacon, caramelised onion, lettuce and tomato, also on a brioche bun. It can sometimes be a little hard to capture a photo that makes burgers with green sauce look good, but trust me, it was delicious.
They were both terribly good burgers, with gooey cheese melted onto juicy patties that retained a blush of pink, and non-soggy buns that held their contents adequately. The Green Dragon was my favourite of the two – I loved the heady kick from the wasabi.
The beer-battered chips were also amazing. They had a great flavour, wonderful crispiness and a fluffy potato interior. To go with our chips we ordered their special house-made Aurora Sauce, which was a little like tartare sauce but made using Kewpie mayo.
JD’s will be expanding into Mont Albert later in the year. Keep an eye out for it; you won’t be disappointed!
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at JD’s Burgers as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own and not influenced by them in any way.
JD’s Burgers: Asian Fusion
85 Willsmere Rd
Kew, VIC, 3101
(03) 9853 5771