[First Filed Oct 10, 2009]
Since April RiotACT has had increasing amounts of chatter surrounding the Brodburger.
According to legend a master of Kitchen Stadium and his restaurant partners had been wiped out by investing in mortgage backed securities and forced to wander the earth making sublime burgers in a caravan, eventually coming to rest, somewhat in the manner of Brigadoon, upon the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
Last night a crack team of drunken freak bike riders went in search of this fabulous beast.
I won’t bore you with the details of the magical sunset over the lake shore, the reflection of the floodlit Carillon, or the tastiness of the beers conveyed on Loose Brown’s tricycle.
Suffice to say that after a trek we suddenly burst into a half full car park and a large crowd of people clustered around a fairy lit red caravan.
The Brodburger crowd is an usually complete cross section of the Canberra community. Well dressed grey haired ladies, packs of Chinese students, rough looking blokes in beanies and beards.
Taking my advice from previous comments on this site I approached the window, ordered my blue cheese burger, paid $9 and received a number.
In due course my number was bellowed, the screen slid open, and my burger was exchanged for my number, the screen slid closed.
The hype surrounding these burgers is such that is not possible for them to exceed expectations. But they pretty much meet the expectations.
The ingredients are top notch, the flavours balanced supremely well.
It was so good that many of us ordered a second burger, some before finishing the first.
The Brod deluxe at $15 is possibly a bit much, it loses the superb balance of the standard burger, on the other hand if you’re hungry it will fill you up.
I also heard good things about the Chicken Burger with the camenbert sauce.
So, if you were wondering, yes, it’s real. It’s very busy, they’re basically serving a customer a minute non stop. Four burly guys crammed into one quite small caravan to meet demand.
They’re open until midnight of an evening and, I’m told, do a raging lunch time trade.
There is a website. To get there you basically turn east from Kings Avenue along Bowen Drive and pull into the first car park. Google Street view hasn’t been updated since the van went in but it’s basically next to the public convenience visible here: