Chapel Street has a new home for those burger lovers amongst us. Adding another ‘brother’ to the already successful Brother Burger in Brunswick Street Fitzroy, owner Marcelo Tummino has breathed new life into the former Cafe Greco on Chapel Street.
With a semi-covered terrace out front offering alfresco dining, the interior has been given an industrial style makeover. Pendant lights hang suspended in cages, a neon ‘Marvellous’ is scrawled across the wall of the bar, while the red leather banquette seats in the booths have been reupholstered and recycled sheets of iron have been bolted to the walls. Hundreds of vintage meat grinders have been hung along the walls and form a good talking point for those who take their love of burgers seriously.
This venue is much bigger than its older brother, with room for 200 of your nearest and dearest and a range of seating options from perching on a bar stool to costing up in the ruby-red leather booths fit for 2-4 or up to 8 in the larger booths.
The perfect venue for a casual beer and burger with friends and family, Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew serves a range of full-blood 100% Wagyu Beef burgers (cooked medium and blush-pink unless you request otherwise) with house-made sauces and pickles and freshly baked buns. Importantly the buns are strong enough to hold the whole burger together and can handle the juicy sauces without falling apart in your hands. Add a side of fries or fat chips and you have yourself the perfect casual Friday night meal.
A small selection of slow roasted shredded meat burgers look enticing and will be on my hit list for next time and for those who prefer their burgers sans bun, there is a small selection of salads.
The focus is definitely on the beer with around fifteen regional craft beers on tap, a small wine list and some downright tasty ‘boozy’ milkshakes for those really looking to celebrate. With quirky names like “Hey Ewes”, “Fair Dinkum” and “Chicky Babe” it is clear that Brother Burger tries to not take itself too seriously.
Service is friendly without being overbearing, and while the music creates a nice mood it is not so loud that you cannot easily hold a conversation.
Overall Brother Burger is a welcome addition to the Chapel Street precinct and a definite player in a competitive arena.
Brother Burger & The Marvellous Brew
560 Chapel Street
03 9041 1393