I'm finally visiting my daughter and her partner in Melbourne, and they have taken a lot of time planning what I could do while I'm here. Of course, that includes a pretty impressive variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars - with Goneburger Bar at the top of their list.
Yes, I was surprised as well — a burger joint at the top of a list of places to eat, when Melbourne has so much from which to choose. I admit that there's probably quite a bit of tradition involved, because that's where the two of them have become used to spending time together when they have a quick bite to eat on their way out. Let me say, though, that I came away very impressed indeed.
Goneburger Bar has a relatively small number of menu options, and I'm presuming that this is simply to ensure a consistently high quality, rather than offering the usual mish-mash of standard burger ingredients. Yes, they're there (in terms of the foundation elements), but that's pretty well where the comparison with a regular burger place ends.
I chose 'The Chang', which included pork belly, slow cooked in cider and aromatics, with hoisin, spicy kimchi, lettuce, cucumber, and crackling. The pork was succulent and tasty, and the taste of the hoisin and kimchi really enhanced the experience. The thinly sliced crackling was a pleasant surprise, and really added to the meal. I don't think I'll often be able to talk about taste and texture when it comes to a burger, but I can in this case.
My daughter chose 'The Chicken', which Goneburger Bar describes as "a chicken burger worth crossing the road for." The menu describes this as including "chicken thighs marinated in white wine, garlic, lemon, and rosemary. Flame grilled, smothered in rich, decadent melted camembert and served with cranberry sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, with a tangy garlic aioli too finish." It's one of my daughter's favourites, and the sample I had confirmed that it's a favourite for good reason. The chicken was perfectly cooked and, again, the way that the various other components combined on the palate was wonderful.
My daughter's partner opted for 'The Beef and Bacon'. As you've probably noticed by now, the names on the menu are very modest and understated in comparison with the ingredients. The meats are complemented by Goneburger Bar's own BBQ sauce, along with caramelised onions, GB sauce, and the usual suspects in terms of vegetables. I don't mean that to sound as if I'm dismissing this burger, because that would be a mistake. Classics are classics for a reason, and it's a brave chef who decides to push the envelope with them. Goneburger Bar pushes it just enough to make it interesting, but not so much that the essence is lost. While I was very happy indeed with my 'Chang', I'll order 'The Beef and Bacon' on my next visit - it really was that good.
The Beef and Bacon
This is a very pleasant place to grab a quick but very high quality bite to eat. The service is friendly and quick, and I thoroughly recommend it next time you're looking for somewhere casual and well located, but worth visiting.