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Hamburgers: The G Spot vs the greasy van out back of the Belconnen Labour Club

By 11 June 2008 72

A while ago Danman recommended I check out the burgers at the G Spot, so here’s a blow by blow comparison between them and that greasy van out back of the Belconnen Labour Club (apologies, but I forgot the name of the place). The BLC greasy is a 10/10/10 for comparitive purposes – in advance disclaimer, its not exactly my opinion of a perfect burger, but suitable to compare to.

The G Spot

Taste (Flavour) = 14
Size = 9
Ingredients = 12
Decor/Cutlery = Not Rated
Waiting Staff = 12
Cost = Not Rated

Details:
The G Spot burger I had was the wrap version, which while at first was quite novel, became relevant in a drunken capacity to hold the entire thing together a lot better than a conventional 2 bun arrangement. Naturally, this is at the expense of ingredients, so it is a smaller burger. The G Spot burger pattie is a well-spiced, hand-made pattie, although again due to size, quite thin. I quite liked the egg, which was done to just cooked, with the yolk looking like it might fall apart, but not quite managing it.

I’ve not ranked the price or the decor/cutlery, and in another general disclaimer, I write this having received the G Spot burger for free, and delivered to me, in the course of an unrelated agenda I was involved with today.

 Overall Rating:
I give it a 12, it’s a damn good burger. I like what he’s done with the wrap, and getting home drunk is hard enough, getting home drunk and with clean hands is now a possibility with this burger. Gunners isn’t that far away that I’d go out of my way to pick up one of these babies if I was hunting for a feed, although naturally of course if I was a little under the weather from adverse alcohol exposure, I’d not drive to get there.

 So… next time I’m on the fair weather in Gungahlin, I’d probably stop in for a quick chat and a follow-up review.

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72 Responses to Hamburgers: The G Spot vs the greasy van out back of the Belconnen Labour Club
#1
Deadmandrinking9:03 pm, 11 Jun 08

Checkers – Belconnen Labor Club.

#2
ant9:27 pm, 11 Jun 08

If they used proper bread buns nowadays, and not those things that crumble to bits in yer mitts, you’d have clean (ish) hands. I’m still very happy with the Alpine Hotel hamburger I had in Cooma a while back. Bloody impressive. The one with the lot (called the Alpine Burger) was scary-looking and I’m glad I didn’t have that.

#3
canberracafe.com10:15 pm, 11 Jun 08

We have a ‘eating out’ section in the Canberra Cafe website – feel free to join up and start posting reviews if you like.

#4
tap10:16 pm, 11 Jun 08

I ate a crazy bastard the other day from the G-Spot the other day, two patties of meat, double bacon, two eggs.

My heart seized with pleasure.

#5
bighead10:17 pm, 11 Jun 08

I’ve had both on many occasions. I have to say it’s the G Spot. The temptation of a deep fried mars bar is just too good. The G Spot burgers are bigger in my opinion anyway.

#6
utah11:00 pm, 11 Jun 08

Have the G-spot changed ownership? Because when I was there in November, the burger was that weird meat-jelly stuff they use in cheap sausage rolls – kind of like seafood extender, but brown.

On the other hand, the one near Corinna Chambers in Woden do proper burgers that actually have a meat texture.

#7
Mælinar8:37 am, 12 Jun 08

@ Canberra Cafe dot com – feel free to rip my food review posts with appropriate references, but I’m more interested in persuading the admins of this site to add ‘food’ to the category list again.

[Ed. (Jazz) - Aren't bugers a lifestyle choice?]

#8
Danman8:53 am, 12 Jun 08

Good work Mael

Deep fried mars bars in a flour tortilla…. mmm

#9
Thumper9:06 am, 12 Jun 08

My cholesterol shot through the roof just looking at one of these babies…

#10
H1NG09:12 am, 12 Jun 08

They have a website somewhere with their menu listed. What a site it is! I’m not going to search for the webiste at work due to the name, but I have never seen so much heart-attack, artery clogging food in all my life. I only live around the corner. I should give it a go one night.

#11
FB9:30 am, 12 Jun 08

Mælinar, as a burger connoisseur I appreciate your review so I will offer one of mine!

I recently had the displeasure of being in Bruce at lunch time when the burger need struck. We all know that when the need strikes you can not deny the body its burger.

I have been told about Cafe MoMo in Bruce numerous times, none good, but I decided to brave it. The Cafe was quite busy and the sandwich bar and seating area seemed quite pleasing. The take away area was a little on the down side. I ordered a burger with the lot only to find that the meat pattie, bacon & worse, egg, are all pre cooked and sitting in the bain-marie! There is nothing and I repeat nothing worse than rubberised pre cooked egg. I was truly shocked that an establishment could openly get away with that. What’s so hard about cooking it fresh? It only takes a few minutes! Another gentleman had ordered a burger just before me. They had just made his burger including the egg when a fresh batch of fried eggs arrived, the staff just piled the fresh stuff on top of the old ones, not that I’m complaining because I got fresh egg but why wouldn’t they put the older stuff on top? It makes me wonder how many cycles of fresh eggs do the ones on the bottom stay for?

The staff seemed OK but were not very engaging, at first glance it seemed quite clean. The staff all wore a latex glove on one hand but they didn’t take it off when exchanging the money, which I find disgusting. Money is the filthiest thing ever yet they handle it with the same hand they make the food with YECH!

The burger itself was surprisingly quite tasty, the pattie was thick and nicely spiced. The egg, being a fresh one was good and the bacon was thickly cut. The other odd thing I noticed was that it was backwards! Not that it’s a big thing but because all the ingredients were pre cooked they put the pattie on the bottom with the bacon, onion, egg & salad in that order.

The scores out of 10

Burger as a whole 7
Pattie 8
Flavour 8
Size 7
Cost 5*
Staff 5
Cleanliness 5#

* The price was a reasonable $6.50 but for the quality of the burger I don’t consider it fair.

# If the staff removed or changed the glove when handling money the score would be a lot higher.

In summery, the burger was quite tasty and reasonable priced but the fact that it was not fresh was the real let down. Would I eat it again? Only If I was very hungry.

Over all score 6.5

#12
Jonathon Reynolds9:31 am, 12 Jun 08

Andrew Dale who owns the G-Spot also runs a restaurant in one of the clubs in town and a catering business. The food at the G-Spot has always been exceptional and is far more gourmet in nature than any other food vans around. Which other food van offers garlic prawns?

#13
Loquaciousness9:36 am, 12 Jun 08

tap said :

I ate a crazy bastard the other day from the G-Spot the other day, two patties of meat, double bacon, two eggs.

My heart seized with pleasure.

That wasn’t pleasure seizing your heart, tap, it was your arteries hardening.

:P

#14
H1NG09:49 am, 12 Jun 08

FB said :

I have been told about Cafe MoMo in Bruce numerous times, none good, but I decided to brave it.

[Ed. (Jazz) - edited so that you dont have to read the entire post again]

Yep. Cafe Momo sucks balls.

#15
hk0reduck10:01 am, 12 Jun 08

But does it have beetroot?

#16
Danman10:07 am, 12 Jun 08

What is the move to teh current trend with people quoting entire posts and then saying yep I agree

Why not just say post # x or @ Riotacter X I agree with you ?

Now dont be cheeky and post this entire post and say I agree :P ~

#17
H1NG010:10 am, 12 Jun 08

Danman said :

What is the move to teh current trend with people quoting entire posts and then saying yep I agree

Why not just say post # x or @ Riotacter X I agree with you ?

Now dont be cheeky and post this entire post and say I agree :P ~

I agr….oh shit. OK Point taken Danman

#18
Danman10:14 am, 12 Jun 08

H1NGO I think there is a picture of you in another thread ya galah :P

Seriously though… G-spot is definetly drunken goodliness – and drunken bike riding distance from my house. Yet to try that though…..

Try the double dog wrap….

#19
skaboy1211:38 am, 12 Jun 08

Danman said :

H1NGO I think there is a picture of you in another thread ya galah :P

Seriously though… G-spot is definetly drunken goodliness – and drunken bike riding distance from my house. Yet to try that though…..

Try the double dog wrap….

As a friend of mine found out, you can get done DUI on a pushie, so don’t drink and ride or your a bloody idiot.

#20
dalryk12:10 pm, 12 Jun 08

you’re

#21
Danman12:25 pm, 12 Jun 08

skaboy – make it home and you’re a bloody champ

Ill hedge my bets that cop cars can not fit down back alleyways and dark bike pathes, of which there are many in my locale.

Granted its been 15 years since I have evaded authority in this manner, given the chance dunno how good I would go….

I would prefer drink riding than drink driving – at least I could only go max 40kmh when drunk riding, and can avoid roads.

#22
CanberraResident12:37 pm, 12 Jun 08

@M – if you’re going to give food reviews, could you at least be fair to both parties?

People will remember the words “greasy food van” which you have so daringly put in the title, … they won’t remember the 10/10/10 score you’ve given, but I know you luuurve to create an impact with your post titles …

Unfair food critics? 1/1/1

#23
H1NG012:44 pm, 12 Jun 08

I thought it was a pretty good description. I don’t think it is a negative calling it greasy. They aim for the after-pub crowd and lets face it, if there is a time I want greasy food, its when I’m pissed. I love the Canberra food vans!

#24
H1NG012:45 pm, 12 Jun 08

Oh and there is a facebook group for these vans too:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4268888598

#25
Mælinar12:55 pm, 12 Jun 08

@CR – I’m not that regular a customer to know it by name. I asked Thumper about it yesterday, and he thought it was called ‘Dollys’, but that didn’t quite ring true. Deadmandrinking posted the correct name at post #1.

Happy for you to lend your professional beat-expertise towards food reviews, although I’m not entirely sure the canberra community wants continual comparisons between dunkin donuts and krispy kreme.

For the record though, I was tempted to call it by the name related to my cultural heritage and background, but I was attempting to be more Australian, and descriptive in my terminology sans actually knowing the name.

#26
Danman1:03 pm, 12 Jun 08

Props out to across all threads complainants.

Anyone who thinks that late night eateries sell heart smart food must be living in la la land…If anything Mael was just playing a game of state the obvious.

Yeah I can see the local footy team rocking up to generic food van X after their grandfinal booze-a-thon and asking for a few dozen green salads with the dressing on the side.

If I’m drunk I crave greasy savoury food, not food that is good for me. That is why people who drink excessively get fat (see my other post about glycaemic index of corn)

Being located in a football club carkpark, I think they have kind of cornered an after hours market dontchya think

#27
CanberraResident1:08 pm, 12 Jun 08

@M – I saw post #1; doesn’t change what you wrote. I’m not lending any professional beat-expertise. Nobody asked for continual comparisons. Was merely pointing out that it’s a little unfair to label someone’s business in this way; they probably have a family and kids to feed, and your post, unjustifiably, may turn some people off going there. Oh, but you gave it 10′s, so I guess that makes it ok. I know if I had no knowledge of this place, and someone called it “that greasy food van”, I’d look for an alternative. For what it’s worth, I do usually read your reviews. Canberra needs a real food critic; get yourself a mobile phone with 5mp camera, take pics when you wine and dine, and start your own blog. I’d read it, but it’s gotta be fair. Out.

#28
CanberraResident1:14 pm, 12 Jun 08

@danman – you missed the point. I’m sure the food isn’t healthy; it was the wording I was questioning. It could have been phrased differently. Nobody said anything about salads. Meh, what’s the point … and you know the rest.

#29
neanderthalsis1:18 pm, 12 Jun 08

A question that only a male can ask: Where is the G-Spot?

Or perhaps that is a question for the other thread running at the moment…

#30
Mælinar1:22 pm, 12 Jun 08

@CR – unfortunately for me thats a conflict of interest. I am a professional food critic. I am permitted to post food reviews here, but they are not in the course of any official capacity I hold as a food critic – I paid for the food myself, on a private dining session.

I think if I were to start a blog about it, that grey little line would be well and truly crossed (actually, I think its a breach of contract as well, it’s pretty watertight from the top of my head).

I’m certainly happy to offer my independent professional services, including RA Admin crew to any business that would like a frank and open opinion of their catering service in the Canberra region as a separate business venture however…

p.s. also includes wine and beer tasting.

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