Rumours of a Banh Mi on the terrace to rival that of City Provisions lured us to Lunch Box SGT on the west end of St Georges. But I was still suffering serious withdrawals after Grilld's Meatwave promotion and was hanging for a burger. Lo and behold, there was an $8 Angus Beef Burger on the menu. Even better than that, there was a $10 meal combo for the burger and chips! I have a firm 'buy first, think later' policy when it comes to Pavarotti-priced lunch combos so I took the plunge.
And plunge I did, straight into the murky depths of burger misery. This burger just did not deliver. The salad was fresh enough and a particular tip of the cap goes to the tomato, which actually tasted like tomato. There was even some relish in the burger, although this was not particularly flavoursome or abundant. So far, everything was okay, if not great. It still could have been a decent burger. Where this burger really lets you down is the patty itself. Most other aspects of a burger can be forgiven or overlooked, but not the patty.
The patty looked thick enough and even had a nice crisp on the outside - a big plus. I was almost fooled. But there is no fooling the tastebuds. I'm not casting aspersions on the Angus-ness of this Angus burger, but it left that taste in your mouth of a patty that has too much filler in it. I'm not even sure if that's what causes it but it just had that home-burger taste. You know the one. It's the taste of the burger your mum would make for you at home when you were a kid that had carrots and bread crumbs and all sorts in the patty. I'm of the firm belief that a burger patty does not need a whole lot in it apart from ground meat. It made you feel like you were eating a rissole sandwich, instead of a burger. Or was that just my childhood?
Either way, the burger wasn't great. To top it off, the chips were a sad bunch, with a noticeable lack of crunch and the sort of potato that gets stuck in your throat. I will say that the bun, though not my preferred type for a burger, was crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. But on the whole, we won't be going back. Not for the burger, at least.
If you're after a decent sub-$10 burger near the terrace, I would recommend taking your patronage down the road instead to Not Just Burgers in 160 Central Arcade and they will scratch that itch for you.
We're always on the hunt for a Pavarotti-priced burger, so tell us if you know of a good one!
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