A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published December 3rd 2014
No trailer trash here
A bit of a strange name for a bar? Well yes, perhaps, but the name makes sense when you walk into the Grand Trailer Park Taverna. The concept for this venue is broadly a US trailer park, in other words, booths in this cosy bar space have been fitted out to look loosely like 'trailers' (or 'caravans', if you want to be a bit more Aussie). This trailer park, though, is located upstairs, on the first floor of a building at the intersection of Bourke and Exhibition Streets in Melbourne's CBD.
Enjoy the 'trailer park' decor at this novel venue
The Grand Trailer Park has been established by Dani Zeini (the man behind the Dandenong Pavilion) and Joshua Lefers (the design mastermind behind Pawn & Co. and Big Dog Creative). Their collective experience in hospitality should help to ensure the success of this bold new venture.
The Grand Trailer Park has been open for just a few weeks. We were fortunate enough to be there on the night of the official launch earlier this week. While it may not always be as crowded as it was on that night, it was apparent that this venue has atmosphere in spades. It is a fun place to be, with a great energy. The staff we encountered were positive, energetic people too, adding to the vibe of the place.
As well as the indoor area featuring the trailer decor, there's a great balcony where one can enjoy the city view.
The balcony is a great place to hang out on a warm evening
But you wouldn't just go there for the atmosphere. The Grand Trailer Park has reputedly the best burgers in Melbourne! In fact, there are no fewer than nine different types of burgers on the menu. We sampled the 'KSA': premium Aussie beef patties, American cheddar cheese, tomato, butter lettuce, special burger sauce and American mustard on a lightly toasted brioche bun ($12.50). My partner Dave declared this was 'the nicest burger I've ever had'. A big claim indeed! I wonder what's in the special burger sauce as it was delicious.
'The nicest burger I've ever had' (per Dave) - (image credit: Peter Tarasiuk, image kindly provided by Zilla & Brook Publicity & Production)
The Grand Trailer Park also offers desserts; if you're feeling indulgent, try the waffle stack - 2 giant fresh house made waffle stacks, filled with Nutella parfait, freshly whipped cream, fresh strawberries, drizzled with Nutella sauce, and served with a jar of Nutella for you to use at the time or take home. The $38 price tag sounds reasonable when you read that this is a dessert designed to serve four people.
There's also a great range of drinks available, including cocktails, beers and wines (by the glass or bottle). If you're calling in after work with a few mates, the 6 MB tinnies plus an esky for $40 would be perfect on a hot day.
Grab your tinnies and enjoy the view over Bourke Street from the balcony
For a full list of the food and drinks on offer, click here and scroll down the page.
The Grand Trailer Park Taverna is open from 11:30am until late on Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday, Monday).
I'm not a burger person, but the burger in that picture looks quite nice. It is well proportioned. A lot of the time I see these massive burgers, where the filling doesn't fit the bun, the burger itself is too thick, and you need to dis-assemble and cut it up to eat it. That looks like how a burger should be.