And… my official Collingwood journey starts here!
After going to the final inspection for the new apartment, my boyfriend (Mat) and I decided to to take a sneak peak into what would soon be my new home. I had only experienced Collingwood during the night time, so the only impression of the suburb that I had was “hipster central” with side of “stranger danger” – which didn’t scream homely to me. Mat is a major burger fanatic (and avid Quappzz Burgers follower) and suggested we go tick off one the restaurants on his bucket list.
I was blindly led down an alley off Smith Street (I wasn’t the one doing directions!) into what I thought was a graffiti-riddled garage, but low and behold, we had arrived at our destination. For those who don’t know me well, I don’t deal well with grundgey. To test my patience even further, we had to climb four flights of stairs to reach the train carriage on the roof! *gasp* the blasphemy. If it were up to me, the stairs would have been a road block, and also because burgers aren’t really my thing.
Despite the tumultuous journey to this restaurant, I must say that as a whole, it was a very unique and delightful dining experience. The train carriage was beautifully preserved and decorated with a hint of retro. There were avenues to multi-leveled roof decks which opened up the space, catering to claustrophobic folk. The staff were extremely friendly and laid back, embodying the theme of the restaurant perfectly. Designing the menu to resemble a train ticket was also a nice touch.
Now for the food: the Rowdy Double Cheeseburger. In my opinion, when rating a burger joint, you have to go back to basics. This was a standard all-american burger recipe that was constructed really well. The combination of ingredients was nothing out of the ordinary, but each ingredient carried its weight in flavour and the brioche bun provided a solid base for the dish. The double beef patty was juicy and balanced out the burger without over-dominating it.
The Potato Cake Easey Cheesy was a pleasant surprise for me. I thought it was going to be a Rosti burger – where the bread buns were swapped for potato rostis (I know it wasn’t a misconception, I just read the menu wrong). Nonetheless, it was not a run-of-the-mill vege burger (although a bit on the dry side) and I would recommend it to any vegos looking to try something different.
That’s all for now!