Part of a nationwide chain, Lord of the Fries initially started as a mobile food van offering fries in Melbourne in 2004 before gradually expanding to become a nationwide chain that also serves burgers, hot dogs and nuggets. The most notable thing about their dishes is that everything is meat-free, making them ideal for vegetarians or those that want a change from the usual burgers.
Made to resemble a cheeseburger, the veggie patty in their Original Burger had a wonderful soft texture and a bit of the "char-grilled" flavour that is typically associated with beef patties. The combination of mustard and pickles provided a delectable sour flavour which was balanced out by the slightly sweet taste of the tomato sauce.
Original Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to the Original, the veggie patty in the New Guru had a more earthy flavour due to it being made with chickpeas as opposed to soy protein. The lack of meat products in this burger makes it ideal for vegans.
New Guru (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The dish that started the franchise off, their fries is ordered by choosing your desired type along with a sauce that can either be served drizzled over the fries or separately to act as a dipping sauce. We chose the Original and Sweet Potato Fries and both were well done with golden brown exteriors and fluffy interiors. For the sauces, we went with the American and Vietnamese Classic. The American had the smoky taste that is associated with BBQ sauce while the Vietnamese Classic had a bit of heat from the chilli. People who like their food with a bit of spice will enjoy the Vietnamese Classic sauce.
If you are not in the mood for burgers, you can consider trying one of their vegetarian hot dogs. The veggie hot dog in their Chicago had just the right amount of smoky flavour to make it enjoyable and the peppers, relish and pickles complemented it well. A dusting of celery salt added a bit of saltiness.
Chicago (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the place seems primarily catering for takeaway, there are still some seats available should you decide to eat there. Students who visit the place between 3 to 5 pm on weekdays get to enjoy their choice of fries & coke, nuggets & coke or fries & nuggets for only $5 if they present their student cards.