Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Brodburger Canberra

Address: Bowen Park Carpark, Bowen Drive/Wentworth Av, Barton ACT 2604

Tuesday: Dinner: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday: Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm -- Dinner: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday: Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm -- Dinner: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday: Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm -- Dinner: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday: Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm -- Dinner: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sunday: Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

So, finally entered the league of the elite, within Canberra, owing to a visit to the famed Brodburger van by the lake.

Contrary to popular belief, the wait was, whilst significant, not exceedingly too long. A short 20-25 minute wait to place our order only heightened the anticipation and allowed time to over hear ample conversation amongst those, both returning, and new to the Brodburger phenomenon.

It's a two man operation, carried out by two young 'free spirited travelling' types in dance festival pants and tight t-shirts, not unexpected if I'm honest. What was unexpected was the use of rubber gloves for food handling.

The deluxe burger will set you back $14 and includes two beef patties, two eggs, salad and a choice of brie, blue or Swiss cheese. My companion and I both, rather boyishly, excluded all other options in favour of the premium deluxe double patty beast of a burger. We were confidently informed of a 25 minute wait enabling a quick dash to Kingston Grind, returning just in time for a short wait and collection approximately 30 minutes post order placement.

Like little boys upon finding a hidden stash of cookies in the spare bedroom, we giggled with delight staring into a bag hardly able to contain the mass of culinary delight. Biting into, or indeed I should say squashing before smashing into one's mouth, neither could contain roguish laughs and banter.

Now the taste, whilst I admit I did hold some reservations owing to potential over expectation as a result of the significant hype that goes with this place, I was sincerely pleasantly surprised. This was by far the most delicious burger I have experienced. Try hard as I might, I cannot recall a burger able to compete. This burger, partly owing to the underground (for Canberra) atmosphere whereby a rebel in a van continues to serve burgers to the dismay of authorities, partly the folklore, partly to the feeling of inclusion of an exclusive Canberra club but mostly, the sheer taste, is simply exceptional.

We are talking brie cheese on a roadside burger. We are talking real beef patties packed inside an actually fresh bun. Who would have thought, real, and fresh ingredients could be so successful? Finally, there is the sauce, probably a blend of magic and tomato sauce.

To not drop by at least once in your Canberra tenure, would be nothing short of an injustice.

Below: Brodbaby (chicken) w/ Brie cheese

Right: The Deluxe burger...