I was kindly invited to review Saintly Burgers, so, with a friend in tow, I ordered up a storm of food. We enjoyed a plate of sweet potato fries, served with spicy aioli and hommus, and a 'Nuts About Chocolate' milkshake each. I ordered a 'Bacon Heaven' and my friend got the 'St Cheeseburger'.
Our milkshakes were the first to arrive. I have a serious weakness for peanut butter milkshakes, and this sweet nutty concoction, drizzled with chocolate sauce, did not disappoint. The 'Nuts About Chocolate' is a must-try, though you will have to save it for cheat day if you are there for the healthy burgers.
Nuts About Chocolate' milkshakes from Saintly Burgers. $7.50 each.
Minutes later, the share plate of grilled sweet potato fries arrived. The crispy, thick sweet potato chips were lightly salted and loaded with a generous covering of chilli aioli. The spicy flavour of the aioli was offset by a light hommus served on the side, perfect for dipping.
Just like the milkshakes and fries, our burgers arrived quickly. Almost as tall as they were wide, you do not eat these burgers so much as you grapple with them. Comprised of grass fed beef patties and a symphony of fillings encased in a sourdough bun, the burgers were fresh tasting and would be enough to satisfy any appetite.
The 'Bacon Heaven' burger from Saintly Burgers. $12.95.
The organic sourdough bun was the quiet star of the show. Often burgers can be too overwhelming due to a heavy or even oily bun, but the sourdough at Saintly was somewhat lighter and allowed the fillings to stand out.
Saintly's simplest beef burger, the 'St Cheeseburger'. $9.95.
What I liked most about Saintly Burgers is that the meats were high quality. This seems to be an area where many eateries cut corners and use fatty cuts, especially when it comes to bacon. However, the bacon in the 'Bacon Heaven' burgers was not too greasy or fatty. The beef patty was pleasantly juicy and flavoursome.
Saintly Burgers caters to those with particular dietary requirements which can make eating out difficult. Customers who are vegetarian or vegan have several delicious options to choose from. Those requiring a gluten free option are not stuck in salad purgatory, with a gluten free bun available for a small extra charge.
Did I mention the kitsch decor? You may not notice it when experiencing a food coma.
Saintly Burgers can be a healthy treat that fits in perfectly with your low-carb diet, or it can be a delicious junk food fest, depending on what you order. With an extensive menu spanning all manner of burgers and crunchy sides; and a drinks menu from creamy milkshakes to mulled wine, it is a versatile eatery with something for all tastes and moods.
Saintly Burgers is located in the Ormond Road, Elwood shopping strip.