Thursday, 12 March 2015

Laurie Dee's

Shop Re 03 Urban Diner Epping Plaza
Epping, VIC 3076

From what I’ve heard, being a pharmacist in America is a super lucrative job. I would be earning 6-figures right out of the gate, and given that I’m currently working for peanuts, that’s some pretty good incentive to pack up and move overseas. However, whilst I’m seriously considering going to England down the track, I would never, ever move to America for the following reasons: one, I’ll have to learn to drive on the right (aka wrong) side of the road; two, I’ll have to re-do my pharmacy degree on my own dime; and three: there will be places like Laurie Dee’s beckoning on every street corner.

Melbourne has seriously upped its burger game in the last couple of years, and I’m honestly not sure if that’s a good thing, as I’m now spending approximately 82% of my time attempting to resist the lure of hot beef and melted cheese. But considering that I couldn’t remember my last burger, I felt that a trip out to Epping with Daniel was justified to try out what was dubbed by The Burger Adventure as Melbourne’s best-kept secret.

If Laurie Dee’s had opened closer to the city, business would be booming by now. Instead, it does a quiet but steady trade for what I’m guessing are a mix of locals and burger enthusiasts. It’s a cross between a diner and a fast food restaurant – you order at the counter, and pick your food up when your number is called. 

The Laurie Dee Double ($10.95)

Having come out this far, trying the signature burger was a no-brainer. I settled for The Laurie Dee Single ($8.45), whilst Daniel indulged in The Laurie Dee Double ($10.95). 

The Laurie Dee Single ($8.45)

I couldn’t vouch for the double (though Daniel really enjoyed it), but I thought that my Laurie Dee Single was pretty great. The American cheese melted lovingly into the crumbly, smash-styled patty and its crispy edges, and the generous amount of the Special ‘D’ Sauce meant that each mouthful was creamy and delicious. There was just enough salad and pickle relish to keep the burger fresh, and I really enjoyed it, but I couldn’t help but crave a little for the fatty, beefy goodness that was the double. 

Chilli Cheese Fries ($8.95)

Luckily, I had let Daniel talk me into getting the Chilli Cheese Fries ($8.95), and whilst these didn’t look mind-blowing, they were actually pretty close. The sticky mix of mild beef chilli and cheese sauce was delicious is a sinful, fast-food sort of way, whilst the diced onion made me feel a little better about myself. One thing definitely worth mentioning though was the special seasoning on the fries; I couldn’t tell what it was beyond a subtle herbs and spices mix, but consider me hooked. 

Banana Pecan Pie Sundae ($6.95, single)

Even if I had been full, I wouldn’t have been able to resist the Banana Pecan Pie Sundae ($6.95, single), made with not ice cream, but frozen custard. I have to say, frozen custard is a fantastic idea – it is undeniably rich and creamy like ice cream, whilst retaining the silky smooth mouth-feel of soft-serve. Layered with crumbly short bread, warm caramel fudge, crunchy pecans, and freshly sliced banana, this was as decadent as it sounds.

After that very satisfying meal, Daniel and I agreed that whilst we wouldn’t drive across town like we did for the burgers at Laurie Dee’s, we absolutely would drive a good 20 minutes, and if we lived in the area we would be there every week.

Rating: 14/20 – so hungry right now.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit. 

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  1. I totally agree with you about the driving time - I'm in the northern suburbs and I still probably wouldn't drive there regularly... which is a pity, because they're such a good burger, and the frozen custards are amazing!

  2. Hmm, this is somewhere I've been meaning to try for's just so far from home :-(

  3. I drove all the way from the South-East, braved the evening peak crush on M1, Toorak Road, Burke Road, Rosanna Road and finally the Metro Ring Road to get to this place because I've heard such good things about them.

    Burgers: Good but under-sized for the price. While good, as such I found them lacking the "wow" factor. The sauce tasted much the same as Big Mac sauce customised slightly. It was almost like a Big Mac with a more "proper" patty.

    Chips: I had to ask them to redo my fries because the first time I got them, they were not very hot, and absolutely piled with salt. My friend's cheese fries were OK but the cheese sauce tasted a little artificial, and started becoming gluggy very quickly.

    Soft Drinks: Poor form. I have no clue what brand of soft drinks they do, but they were very ordinary, and I'm being extremely generous here. Overly sweet, stickly and the lemonade tasted like cheap lemon lollies dissolved in sparking water.

    Frozen custard: Now THAT was excellent. Creamy, light and not very dense (had a very "silky" texture). I got the chocolate avalanche but substituted the Honeycomb for Oreo (not a honeycomb fan at all). It was absolutely amazing, and well worth the price.

    The experience was a mixed bag for me...likelihood to return depends on whether I'm up North some day, but I certainly won't be trudging the whole cross-section of Melbourne again just on a whim for this place.