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Published March 17th 2015
The Best Burgers at the Best Price in Town
I'd been really looking forward to getting to Max's Burgers. Not that I'm really into burgers, but I'd seen it at the Grape and Hop, and it was really buzzing.
I took my kids at an early time, but the place was already packed out. We were offered a seat outside, but it was a bit cool. When I went back to inquire about waiting (something I'm not keen on), they moved one of the outside table inside. I was impressed by this. They obviously didn't need the business.
Now that's a burger!
It seems a bit crazy that I have to book into a burger joint, but it gets very busy on Fridays and Saturdays.
Max's burger bar is a fully licensed restaurant in the ever-popular, fashionable Were St strip of Montmorency. There's lots of parking, and a trendy wine bar right next door. If you can't pick where you'd like to go, you could have the best of both worlds. Sip the finest wines at the Grape and Hop, while enjoying a burger hand-delivered to you from Max's next door.
The owners are Simon and Kellie, and they seem to make a point of chatting to everyone. I knew instinctively when Simon smiled that he must be one of the owners. He came over to check how we were enjoying the meal. I asked if he was Max, by any chance, to which he replied that Max was home in bed. I assume the restaurant was named after their son. If not I guess Max could be a lazy silent partner.
The wood fire oven is on display
The restaurant caters for all ages. I noticed there were many families, groups of teenagers and young adults, as well as elderly diners. The wood fire oven provided a bit of entertainment for my youngest boy. He was also pleased to see that they had frogs in the pond. That takes me back to a happy childhood place.
This is a very reasonably priced venue, for a family event or quick bite. Burgers are from $11, and the full Monty only $13. For those of you old enough to remember the classic movie, I am referring to the large burger with the lot, NOT the way the food is delivered. This exotic burger has grilled beef, double smoked bacon, cheese, caramelised onion, beetroot, egg, tomato, lettuce, relish, and aioli….much bigger than an all-beef patty in a sesame seed bun. Try saying that in one breathe!
Lemon meringue looks spectacular but can't go past frog in the pond
Other picks from the menu include a Lamb Kofta, and the Tropical King (smashed avocado and chicken). Yum. You can get a Parma for $17, and the pizzas looked and smelt great. I still have a sweet pizza with nutella, strawberries and ice cream on my radar, but yet again, there was no room after the bumper burger.
I tried the veggie stack. The kids laughed when it arrived, and asked how I was going to get my lips around that. It included roast red peppers and pumpkin, grilled eggplant and zucchini, feta, tomato, relish, and herb aioli. All my favorite veggies in one place, at the same time, is almost too true to believe.
Predictably, we had to try the wedges, and weren't disappointed. We nearly had to order a second serve, as they were so popular.
I wish I could cook wedges like these
Some extra super deals
Herb fries are only $2 with every burger purchase. Seniors' burgers are $8.50 with fries. Gluten-free buns are available on request, at $2 extra. Kid's cones are just $2.
If you'd like a glass of wine with your meal, they start at $7. They stock premium spirits, cider, soft drink, tea, coffee, and make a mean hot chocolate for only $3.80. Bon Apetite.