Review: Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

413 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
+61 9419 0088

Right. The last time I blogged, I promised at least three entries per week. As you can see, I didn’t quite get there. That’s what resigning from your day job and Easter does to you. I promise I’ll be good this time though and see if I can squeeze out four posts this week – even though I have Anzac Day shenanigans, a friend’s wedding and job hunting to do in the next six days. Phew!

Tonight, I’ll keep it simple by talking about burgers… because everyone loves burgers, right? And the place I’m going to blog about is one my GBF Hasan took me for our totes romantic Valentine’s Day date this year prior to watching Grease at the theatre. He had been going on about Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew for quite some time and was keen to try it again. And because we had heaps of time to kill between finishing work that day and the start of the show, I thought, ‘Why the hell not?’

Vanilla and bourbon milkshake ($17)
Vanilla and bourbon milkshake ($17)

Knowing that I was going to be in for an interesting night (not so much the show itself but other stuff – another story for another time), I decided some alcohol in me. Brother Burger has some decent beers as well as a list of alcoholic milkshakes. BI ordered the vanilla bourbon milkshake … and it turned out to be 100 billion shades too sweet for my liking.

BB’s own chik-o-rolls (three for $6.50)
BB’s own chik-o-rolls (three for $6.50)

I’ve never really warmed up to Chiko rolls as a kid (fried dim sims and potato cakes FTW) but I’ve heard that Brother Burger’s home-made ‘chik-o rolls’ were pretty good so we ordered a plate. They were crumbed, deep-fried and stuffed with pulled lamb and vegies.


They weren’t bad and much better than the traditional Chiko rolls but I think I’ll stick to my fried dimmies.

Plain burger with cheese ($11.50); hot stuff (double bacon, cheese, pickles, mustard mayo and chilli jam, $13.50)
Plain burger with cheese ($11.50); hot stuff (double bacon, cheese, pickles, mustard mayo and chilli jam, $13.50)

Hasan had the plain burger with cheese while I had the hot stuff burger – because I’m clearly hot stuff (ahem). Brother Burger is all about using ‘100% full blood wagyu beef, no bull’ and they source their beef rom Mayura station down in South Australia. As a result, the patties are gloriously fat and soft.

That said, I found my burger to be overwhelmingly salty, even by my standards (and I LOVE salt more than I love to see Collingwood lose). Even the more-sweet-than-hot chilli jam did nothing to alleviate the saltiness. Hasan agreed with me, saying that his plain burger with cheese was much saltier this time around.

Onion rings ($7.50)
Onion rings ($7.50)

We also split some beer battered onion rings. They were as big enough to fit around my wrists (good), yet the batter-to-onion ratio was out of whack (bad). More onion and less batter, please.

It’s a shame our dinner here wasn’t all that great. I think these burgers would have been fantastic if they weren’t bogged down by so much salt. Even Hasan, who is normally pretty easy when it comes to assessing burgers, was a bit disappointd (only for his happiness to be restored by finding a bunch of Janet Jackson vinyls at the record store across the road).

I guess the one good thing about Brother Burger is that their burgers don’t cost the earth. Plus, they sell excellent beers. Oh, and the service was great. Fine, that’s three things. But still, if I wanted burgers when I’m in the area, I think I’ll go to Huxtaburger or Rockwell & Sons instead.

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I eat too much.


  1. Ben
    April 21, 2014

    Have been to Babu on chapel st?
    Probable the best quality meat I have tasted in australia. Worth a crack if you are in the area.
    Keep up the good work. Love to ready your stuff and love your photos.

    1. libishski
      June 8, 2014

      Thanks Ben!

      No, I haven’t been to Babu yet but that’s up there on my list – an old friend from work has given it his two thumbs up.

  2. Choc Chip Uru
    April 22, 2014

    Too much salt ruins so much, a shame about your burgers!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Laura
    April 23, 2014

    I have to leave a comment here, because you said you liked the service. Late last year my partner and I went to here on recommendation from friends. We have never been so insulted in our lives! We waited about 30 mins to be seated, cider and beer came out quickly, that being said…our burgers took forever. We waited nearly an hour and some guys outside (that we were facing) had TWO lots of burgers before we even got our first ones. When my partner pointed this out, the owner/head chef swore at him and said no discount ‘you ate the f**king burger didn’t you?’ We had no choice because by the time the burgers came out, we were supposed to be somewhere else and didn’t have time to go elsewhere. Had I known the staff were going to be so rude, I would rather have starved.
    We also posted on their page and asked for an apology and were ignored, so Brother burger will never get a thumbs up from me or my boyfriend.

    1. libishski
      June 8, 2014

      Oh wow, very shocked to hear about your godawful experience. It was a totally different experience to ours but after reading your comment, I’m probably not going to bother with this place again!

  4. Jo
    April 24, 2014

    Pity about the salt levels! I’m not one for too much salt and had no complaints when I visited last year. I just read Laura’s comment and am shocked to hear that. The manager took our order and was all friendly and everything, so it is hard to believe that service at BB can be just the opposite.


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