Finding comfort in the calories

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When it comes to comfort food, there is arguably no one doing it better than Gloria Swanston’s.

When Gloria Swanston’s Kitchen opened on July 4th in 2013, the head chef at the time, Or Ben Ezra developed the direction and style of the menu. He is an Israeli chef who had previously worked at The Bottom End. Since his departure, the team he trained are building on his dishes and taking the kitchen into the future.

The menu is full of guilty pleasure food that will leave you feeling as though you should be hitting the gym for the rest of the week, but strangely happy and content.

Starter-wise, it is hard to go past the pizza or mac and cheese balls. They are an extreme cheese hit and while your arteries will clog up more with every bite, you can’t help but smile as you eat them.

And for the mains? There is a reason that The Kick-Ass burger is their most popular menu item. It is the classic, American burger with just the right amount of grease and all sorts of tangy, big flavours.

The shiny seeded bun and juicy meat patty thickness ratio was spot on. Meaty enough that it was the hero of the burger, but a sturdy enough bun that everything held together perfectly. There was not a hint of gristle in sight, which is always high on my priority list. The bacon was charred and dripping with double American cheese, which added a nice smokiness to the overall flavour. With all that richness from the cheese and meats, the tangy pickles, onion and fresh tomato and lettuce was a must-have addition to the burger to balance the flavours overall. The nondescript pink creamy mayo was a classic American addition, which kept the burger nice and juicy. And it’s half price on Tuesdays from 12-3pm!

Gloria Swanston’s, Jim Bridger told Trading Plates that they keep the menu updated regularly to reflect customers’ tastes.

“We feature weekly specials to help discover new favourites.

“Our chefs bring a lot to the table in terms of creativity and we have an extremely passionate front of house team who do a great job of keeping the chefs on their toes.

“The process that our team of chefs go through when creating a dish varies. We’ll examine what’s working on our menu and try to fill any gaps in what we offer and other times we’ll experience a flash of inspiration that’s just too good to pass up.

“We’re all about subtle twists on classic, affordable dishes that everyone can enjoy, and currently we’re focusing on creating fresh, less debaucherous affairs that folks will be surprised to learn they were missing.”

243 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9663 2916

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