So it may not be totally obvious, but if you have followed me on Instagram, you may or may not know that I’m a bit of a nerd. When I joined BrandWorks each week, someone in the office did a ‘Get to know you’ presentation, where we shared pictures of our childhood growing up and the things we liked etc.
I casually popped up one photo of me in a room with a bunch of tv’s, guys and a video game controller in hand and mentioned I used to play in video game tournaments (not very seriously though mind you) and was met with a ‘WAIT UP. REALLY?!’
It’s not that unusual surely?
So when 8 Bit burger opened up, the gentle video game nostalgia just warmed my heart, so Brad and I made a trip over to the other side of town to meet up with friends, and get a burger fix.
Before meeting our friends, Brad and I popped into Common Galaxia for our coffee and chai fixes. I loved that the space wasn’t too busy, and the counter seats by the window were just perfect for a little quiet time, watching all the cute little dogs that were walked by.
We also attempted to hunt for Olympic Doughnuts, and after walking all around the train station 3 or 4 times, and Brad getting a bit irritated at me, we realised that they were actually closed. Bummer!
But eventually, we made our way to 8Bit, bringing an unexpected mix of grunge, cool, edge and brightness to an area that’s still a wee bit daggy.
8Bit isn’t very big, we were four, but there are only a couple of table style seats, the rest being high top counter seating, which isn’t usually so conducive for a group. And then waiting for four seats to open up? It takes a while. Even at 2pm in the afternoon on a Sunday, I was so surprised just how many people were coming in! Surely lunch for most people is at 12…?
While waiting, I scoffed down a peanut butter milkshake. The wait certainly outlasted the milkshake; although it was not quite Shake Shack level goodness, it was very close, and probably one of my favourite milkshakes in Melbourne. You can actually tell peanut butter (the chunky kind) has actually been included in the milkshake, through the texture and the intensity of flavour.
We eventually got a seat at the counter facing the kitchen, which is a clean, systematic and efficient machine, pumping out burger after burger, each looking as good as the next, with no muss or fuss.
The burgers are visually stunning, bursting out of the little white box holder, they aren’t super big, but they are voluminous. Brad went big with his Double Dragon, with double beef patties, double cheese, double bacon, pickles, mustard, lettuce and 8 Bit sauce. The one bit I had and I found it was all there. Plenty of flavour, well cooked patty, soft and sweet bun. Yum.
I opted for the After Burner, beef, tomato, red onion, lettuce, cheese, chilli sauce, jalapeños and chipotle mayo, without the bun, so that it was gluten free. Unfortunately, the bun free option is not quite as sexy, I was hoping to have lettuce leaves wrapped around so that I could still hold and eat it in a traditional burger way.
However, this didn’t stop it from being delicious. The generous topping of jalapeños is what made this for me, providing a juiciness and just enough heat, cutting through the richness of the patty. I did feel that they could’ve given me a little more lettuce or something though, considering I was having no bun…
We also got some cheese and bacon fries, which looked great, and were generally pretty good, but didn’t wow me too much. The chips were a bit soggier than I would like (I am aware that the cheese sauce will make them a bit soggy, but even then, I don’t think these were crispy to begin with), however, you can’t really be too upset when there’s bacon in the picture, although again, I think these would have benefitted by having some crispy pieces of bacon included for some texture…
In all, 8Bit is a good burger showing, and surely a welcome addition to the food scene out west. I probably wouldn’t trek out just to have it, but if I was on that side of town, would be more than happy to drop in. I guess we’re pretty spoilt out east and in the city already anyway…although them shakes are pretty darn good…
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