The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Great burger and salad @ Ziggy's Eatery, Melbourne (Australia)

We were in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, but I was so busy with wedding-related stuff that there was no time to just hang out and work through an eating itinerary. The bridal party (and respective families) had to do a rehearsal the day before my sister's big day, and everyone was hungry for lunch by the time we were done. We walked to the nearby restaurant strip on Carlisle Street, and found Ziggy's Eatery which had a table large enough for our group of 10 adults and 5 kids (though it was still a tight squeeze). It's a very casual eatery, offering wraps, burgers and salads that cost between AU$8.90 and AU$15.90. I thought it was quite expensive as it cost us almost AU440 to feed our family of three, but the quality was good and the food was scrumptious. The service was also friendly and helpful, which made it pretty easy to order for our 5-year-old who has multiple food allergies.

A small order of Wings (six wings, AU$7.90) for the boy. There was a choice of three sauces (original/hoteriyaki/smoky-BBQ), and we chose the only one that was not spicy:

Hubby chose the Zed Steak Burger (AU$12.90; chips and drink for an extra AU$4.50) - grilled scotch fillet, aioli and Ziggy's BBQ sauce, in a brioche bun with cheese, tomato, grilled onion and lettuce. A big thumbs up from hubby who loved his choice. The sauce made it messy eating, but it no doubt increased the juiciness and flavour factors by manyfold:

I went healthy and selected the Diablo Salad (AU$13.50) - spicy marinated chicken, chipotle dressing and green tomatillo salsa. All the salads are served with lettuce, tomato, carrot, beetroot, Spanish onion, Kalamata olives, feta and light French vinaigrette. The Diablo Salad was delicious, and not too spicy; however, about halfway through my salad, I realised that there were no olives and feta in there. The kitchen quickly rectified the missing ingredients, with minimal fuss:

This gloriously messy face is testament to how good the wings were (we were given six wet wipes with our food, and those came in very handy indeed!):

Ziggy's Eatery
195 Carlisle St
Balaclava, VIC 3183
Tel. +61 3 9531 4071

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