Melbourne Restaurant Reviews: The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Jus Burgers

364 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
+61 3 9827 1318
http://www.jusburgers.com.au

I was too busy downing AUD$9 cocktails in Jakarta shattered not to be able to attend my friend Cathy’s birthday party on the last weekend of January. So to make up for not being there to sing Cold Chisel in the karaoke room, I decided to take her out to lunch the first weekend I was back in Melbourne. Cathy wanted burgers and because she had recently been to Jus Burgers on Chapel Street and enjoyed it, we decided to go there.

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Jus Burgers has been around for quite some time in Western Australia. And like all good things that come from Perth (Hungry Jack’s, apple strudels from Corica and Ben Cousins), it decided to make its mark in Melbourne.  Like most burger places, you order your stuff at the counter, take a number and wait at a table. Unlike most burger places, however, Just Burgers give you little animal figurines instead of a number, which I thought was cute. Because the front section of the small eatery was packed, we ended up sitting in the back AstroTurf-ed room.

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All burgers come with 100% hormone-free, grass-fed Gippsland beef, tomato, Spanish onion, aioli and relish and are priced between $10-15. There is also the option of paying an extra $5 for chips or salad, green tomato pickle and slaw, which we all did. I went for the oldie but a goodie cheeseburger ($11 on its own). Meanwhile, Aaron chose the pommy burger ($12), which was essentially a cheeseburger plus bacon while Cathy had a Spanish snag ($13 for the privilege of popping chorizo and sweet red peppers n the burger).

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I couldn’t complain about the burger. I love grass-fed beef as much as any hardcore paleo health freak snob and I appreciated that they used good quality local ingredients. Sure, the burgers were great but there was just something missing and I didn’t know what. Grittiness? Heart and soul? I don’t know. In addition, I thought the slaw dressing was bland which meant that the bitterness of the cabbage leaves made eating it unpleasant. And while I did like the green tomato pickle, seriously, what is wrong with good ol’ tomato sauce?

Combined with drinks, I paid a smidgen over $65 for three burger meals. And I thought this was a rip-off. Granted, the drinks were of the Daylesford organic soft drink kind but still, I didn’t think it was great value – even if they did use top ingredients. Truth be told, I’m not sure if I was being particularly harsh, especially given that I had just got back from Indonesia where food was OMG-SO-CHEAP so maybe it’s best you check them out for yourself. At the end of the day, however, you can call me sacrilegious because I would have been just as happy with a greasy burger with the lot and chips from Andrew’s Burgers … or even Maccas (say WHAT?!).

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11 Comments on Jus Burgers

  1. Sophie Wang
    February 20, 2013 at 11:13 (2 years ago)

    That’s a ridiculous rip-off!!!

    On a nicer note – loving the new layout :D

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    February 20, 2013 at 18:42 (2 years ago)

    The animal figures are very cute and I think I’d go for the pommy burger as I love bacon but it sounds like perhaps they need some fine tuning or something as it doesn’t sound as though you loved them :)

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  3. Retep Eel
    February 20, 2013 at 23:04 (2 years ago)

    Totally agree with you; the coleslaw sucks balls… and the burgers are good, but they remind me of what a toffed-up and fancy whopper would be like (and therefore, don’t really justify the prices)

    After practically living in the area (70+ hours per week at The Alfred) in 2012… Pink Ginger, Zambrero, and the baguettes on offer Chez Olivier on Thurs-Sats are my mainstays for a reasonably cheap feed in that area that won’t kill you in the long run.

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    • libishski
      February 24, 2013 at 21:23 (2 years ago)

      I need to try those places. I think there is a Zambrero in the city too which makes it easier for me!

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  4. Julie
    February 21, 2013 at 09:18 (2 years ago)

    I think jus burgers has high competition these days the good burger joints do brioche and so much cheaper too wow $65!!! Like you i would prefer plain old tomato sauce!

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  5. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    February 24, 2013 at 23:37 (2 years ago)

    I went to Jus Burger using a coupon so I think I paid $20 for 2 burgers and 2 drinks that’s why I thought it was a good deal, I would find it a huge rip off too if I was to pay $65 for 3 burgers! Even though burgers were good, I much prefer Rockwell and Sons and it’s a lot cheaper too only $10 for a burger or Huxtaburger is cheaper too I think :)

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    • libishski
      February 25, 2013 at 22:46 (2 years ago)

      If the burgers at Jus Burgers tasted a little bit better, I wouldn’t have minded about the costs so much!

      I gotta try Rockwell and Sons very soon! Mmmmm burgers and onion rings…

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  6. Ashley
    February 27, 2013 at 20:30 (2 years ago)

    Oof, $65 does seem to be a bit rich! Heard a bit about this place but haven’t had the opportunity to visit, love the little animals!

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  7. msihua
    March 2, 2013 at 20:16 (2 years ago)

    The burgers here tho good (aren’t any better than the ones at say Grill’d) so it is ridiculously overpriced. I’ve been there twice but I haven’t been back since.

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  8. Scrambled megs
    March 18, 2013 at 16:03 (1 year ago)

    onion rings are just about my fave thing in the world!

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