As a foodie, there is nothing more exciting to me than hearing a lot of hype about a restaurant or cafe and then finally getting to go and try it out for myself.
It is amazing when it lives up to the reputation it has amassed in the media and through the grapevine. However, unfortunately, this is not always the case.
As a huge fan of a great burger, it was with a watering mouth and much excitement that I made my way to Huxtaburger, the burger bar juggernaut in Collingwood and the CBD.
I feel like I am about to make a lot of enemies here, but I pride myself on my honesty and I feel like this is something that has to be said…..
My name is Amy and I am a burgerholic and I went to Huxtaburger and it was not the best burger place I have ever eaten at in my life.
Before you take up your pitchforks and start to storm Melbourne in search of my place of residence, please let me explain.
Huxtaburger almost needs no introduction. People are fanatically passionate about this place. And I can see what they love about it.
But, I also think there are one or two things they could improve on to really take out the crown of Melbourne burgers.
The menu goes back to burger basics, with a limited choice of beef burgers and rather forgettable plain or chipotle flavoured crinkle cut chips available.
There were absolutely stunning aspects of the meal.
The melt-in-your-mouth, but somehow-still-solid-enough-to-hold-everything-together brioche bun is one of the best buns I have come across.
Their signature Huxtaburger has such a wonderfully zingy combo of creamy but light mayo, mustard and crunchy pickles.
The Denise burger is… awesome. There is no other word to describe it. A less than authentic Mexican burger that is nevertheless still very tasty. Think Americano with a hint of Mexico.
As one avid Huxtaburger hunter I know said, “the patty tastes just like an American slider and their seasoning and spices are spot on. The jalapeños give it some bite, which works well with the brioche bun.”
The real pitfall for me were the patties, which was particularly noticeable in the simpler Huxtaburger.
I have never had a waygu patty with so much gristle and chewy fat in it before. The chunky texture of it was very off-putting and almost (but not quite) ruined the fantastic work of the sauces and bun.
Despite the multiple positives if the patty isn’t good, the burger is never going to be amazing. I may be in the minority, but I wouldn’t be rushing back.
106 Smith St
Collingwood VIC 3066
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