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The best burger in Canberra – an unlikely review

By Maelinar - 16 May 2008 55

Questacon – yes thats right…

Taste (Flavour) = 10
Size = 10
Ingredients = 10
Decor/Cutlery = 10
Waiting Staff = 10
Cost = 10

Details:

Questacon in the Parliamentary Triangle does not immediately appear on peoples radars when thinking of a lunchtime burger, but I rate it as the best I’ve had in Canberra – understanding as the ingredients change, a range of complexities arise in burger review terms.

The burger is a handmade meat pattie, cooked to slightly crisp on the outside, and from what I gathered, mostly made out of meat. Accompanying the pattie, is the usual host of lettuce, cheese and tomato relish/sauces, sandwiched between two toasted buns. The service was accompanied with a side of chips – absolutely nothing to complain about.

Serving size is quite large for anything else I’ve seen in comparison, this could be due to the snazzy boxes they use to serve the takeaway meals in – complete with a locking mechanism for people who can’t immediately get to their food I presume. The benefit of using such a large box, is you have to fill it 🙂

The décor/cutlery I was tempted to give a 9 – plastic seats, but they are in line with the nature of the venue, and brightly coloured. Its hard to find something else to say, rather than simply point to the Questacon building and intone the location is in pretty decent scenery.

While eating my burger, and being quite surprised at the quality of it, I got to thinking just how many of these burgers they would be pumping out a day. I’d estimate at least 5 busloads of children go through per day per work week, which is a high turnover of hungry little grubs looking for a burger and chips at the end of their visit.

Thus it comes as no surprise that the catering staff at Questacon are pretty good with this in mind.

So, if in the area, go check it out. If you don’t like your meal, you can always have a play on all the cool stuff they have lying about outside.

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swamiOFswank 6:34 pm 22 May 08

So does the yellow monstrosity in Haig Park actually produce anything purporting to be edible? I’ve never seen it open for biz – or at least with anyone buying anything.

MelonHead 6:11 pm 18 May 08

Note at post #8. The food van at the back of PMC is called Gaby’s and has been trading continuously for the 22 years that I have worked in the Barton area.

Mama Ria’s used to be THE place for a great old fashioned take away. But, as noted, has changed hands more than once in the last few years and suffered.

Lastly: Food Vans in Civic. I am convinced that there is much skulduggery in their demise. Except the bus in Girrahween St near Haig Park. You try parking an unregistered heap of junk in a public carpark for ten years and tell me nothing will happen.

Meantime burgers rule. The Lachlan Cafe in Brisbane Ave does a great Monday to Friday burger and excellent coffee, too.

CanberraResident 1:09 pm 18 May 08

Maelinar, call me thick (again), but you are speaking in riddles (again), dot dot dot (again)

I’m not watching anything or anyone. I’m often being attacked for being honest, oh, and for being myself. If others on this site DARED be who they really are, it would be a very different place … and don’t let the moron IQ I portray on this site fool you … not all is at it seems … it is more like imbecile … yes, imbecile.

Now shoosh, up, I’m trying to eat a burger with the lot, and we all know how difficult that can be when it’s not cut in half …

Mælinar 12:21 pm 18 May 08

Might want to watch it CR – some people dont like being called names that particularly match their demeanours…

CanberraResident 10:29 am 18 May 08

minime, you raised the same thing on another thread, at which point I called you the pied piper for obvious reasons. The nickname I gave you has just been cemented in tin. Thank you.

Now … burgers. Why don’t you go flip a couple for breakfast. Yeah?

minime2 3:28 am 18 May 08

Post #40 … canberra resident, you are still here. Do a backflip on leaving?

Felix the Cat 6:53 pm 17 May 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Gunghalin Lakes sucks.

Way ahead of the Raiders Club at GTC.

kean van choc 6:36 pm 17 May 08

The Yum Yum Tree in Bailey’s Arcade, Civic, does a very fine burger – and one hell of a roast pork roll with crackling… Sadly only open during the day though.

RuffnReady 4:30 pm 17 May 08

Best burgers in the region IMHO – the Country Kitchen at the servo in Bungendore. Close second, Theo’s in Ainslie.

It’s a travesty that there are no food vans left in the city area, an absolute shambles.

ant 11:24 pm 16 May 08

Damn you Maelinar, you ratbag, I’m now STARVING and why didn’t you mention this when I was working practically next door?! I often stamped past Questacon and never thought of investigating it for food. I love hamburgers.

This G-Spot place sounds nice but I’m still not going to be lured into Gunghalin to try it. I’d get lost anyway as my map doesn’t have it on.

Dollys, wasn’t that in the carpark between the Workies and Toad Hall? There was definitely a van there, I practically kept it solvent.

green_frogs_go_pop 11:14 pm 16 May 08

dolly’s is in the car park next to the woolies servo in mawson.

they do an ..ok burger there, i guess. i really should check them out more..basically because they’re like the only fast food place open after like 8pm in mawson!

el 9:52 pm 16 May 08

Holden Caulfield – Dolly’s still exists, my friend. It’s across the carpark from Southlands shopping centre in Mawson.

Danman 9:39 pm 16 May 08

2nd-ed on teh deep fried mars bars

bighead 6:57 pm 16 May 08

G Spot when you are drunk… Awesome… G Spot when you are sober… just as good. Finishing off the crazy bastard then some chips… and then wash it down with a deep fried mars bar… Oh dear god it is good 😀

Primal 5:33 pm 16 May 08

Nicholls Takeaway & Pizza deserves a mention – makes a wonderful burger with the lot.

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