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A foxy burger

Foxglove have updated their menu, and given they are in the same stable as Matterhorn, there are definite similarities (more small and tasting plates than mains, and the ubiquitous large meat platter – the $90 slow roasted lamb shoulder Moroccan style for 6-10 people).

What leapt out at me though were a section of interesting sounding burgers for $19-$20 and a range of charcuterie plates between $12 and $16 (traditional wagyu steak tartare with toasted sourdough; chicken parfait, calvados, braeburn apple and sourdough …).

Foxglove burgerSo a burger it was on this occasion (but I’m coming back soon to try the charcuterie).

I chose the Emerson’s lemon sole fish burger with watercress, sauce gribiche and fries, and Mr Indoors chose the Wagyu short rib burger with swiss cheese, brown sauce, pickles and fries.

Both were on a lovely soft brioche buns, were tasty and well presented on boards with individually boxed curly fries.  I noticed other meals around us being delivered on a variety of boards and platters with judicious use of mini pots and pans.  Nicely done.

The beef burger was pronounced better value than the Grill Meats Beer one of the previous week (same price but with the side included) but not quite reaching the benchmark of the Charley Noble one.

For me, I’m still keen to try all the other burgers on offer (and that’s a fairly unusual state for me to want to eat lots of burgers!), so in the interests of anticipation:

  • apple and soy marinaded pork belly burger with minted coleslaw and fries
  • thyme roasted chicken burger with parmesan, bacon, cos and fries
  • spicy battered haloumi burger, lemon pickle, eggplant binjal, cucumber yoghurt and fries.

Since they have a $25 burger and beer deal every day, and I really enjoy their restaurant seating looking out over the water (although I wonder why they don’t extend the ‘restaurant’ section given its attraction), I can’t imagine it’ll be too long before my feet beat this path again.

Definitely worth a stop and more value for money now with a range of smaller plates as well as the big mains.

33 Queens Wharf (near the East by West ferry dock).







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