Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do you? Well, if you do, why not test that luck at Captain America's Hamburger Heaven. Located in the serene suburb of Ferntree Gully, you'll find this buzzing and brazen venue, that shamelessly promotes the motto 'bigger is definitely better'.
In fact, you'll find myriad American slogans plastered on the ceilings and walls of the restaurant, like this little gem; 'begging does not constitute foreplay'. How dreadfully delightful. It's obscene use of neon lighting is hard to miss from the street, which is lucky because the surrounding shops are a number of run down buildings.
The decor is tired and tacky, including hundreds of national American license plates, and an endless sea of red, white and blue. Although, having said all this, I will note that I had much enjoyment throughout our visit reading the comical ceiling catch phrases and poking fun at the outrages Yankee signs.
The venue gets busy, so make sure to make a booking if you're wanting to experience the outrageous decor and the even more ostentatious food. The staff are friendly and attentive, however the service is not outstanding. On our visit, the food took a long while to arrive, and we were not impressed on it's arrival.
I ordered the chicken caesar salad, which was my first mistake. I don't know why I thought this ballsy burger restaurant would be serving high quality salads, but I did. The lettuce was gritty, as though it had not been washed, and the rest of the dish was just a sea of salty meat, sauce and not completely toasted croutons. But like I said, I take full responsibility for this bad choice of meal.
The burgers looked much more appetizing, each plate presenting one massive burger after another. There were no serious complaints from my friends who enjoyed their gargantuan meals. However, I did note that on stealing a chip from my boyfriend's plate that they were quite soggy.
The highlight of our visit was watching one particular friend of mine partake in the Captain America's 'Big Heavenly Burger Challenge'. This whopping food fiasco is not for the faint of heart. What's on the menu? A 1 kilo burger served with 600 grams of chips. Eat it in under an hour and receive the honour of going on the champion board. And if you beat the current record? Your meal is free. My friend manged it in around 20 minutes, which all had our jaws dropping. I challenge you to do better.
The restaurant is a novelty, but that's about it. This place is all about the devilish sin of gluttony. It's gluttonous in it's food and it's decor, giving you everything in excess. It was fun to try once, however, I don't think I could stomach any more of Captain America.