As a New Zealander, Australia is always an attractive option to consider as a destination for both holidays and work experiences – better money, better weather (assuming you like heat), more opportunities and a chance to experience living in a true international city.
However I’ve found an even more compelling reason to move, thanks to the wonder known as Lord of the Fries, a Melbourne based takeaway chain.
Looking like a somewhat typical takeaway, it’s not until you read the key bit of the signage up to the left and realize that what you’re looking at, is actually 100% vegetarian takeaways – burgers, hot dogs, onion rings, soy “chicken” nuggets and other delicious items (see their website menu) for the fussy animal loving vegetarians like myself :-D
As per their name, Lord of the Fries pride themselves on their chips – whilst good, I actually don’t rate their chips as highly as others do, possibly I’ve been spoilt growing up in NZ’s fish & chip culture with several good hand cut chip takeaways available to me.
Whilst the chips aren’t amazing, they’re still pretty decent and the sauce selection and serving quality makes up for the chips, with a number of interesting vegetarian or vegan flavors I’d love to try out, along with great serving quantities.
However the item on their menu I really loved was their burgers – I tried their “Original Burger” (Patty, Cheese, Pickles, Onion, Lettuce, Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup) which was nothing short of an amazing taste sensation.
It’s pretty easy to get decent gourmet vegetarian burgers in NZ from chains such as Burger Fuel or Burger Wisconsin, however with their options, you definitely know you’re eating a vegetarian burger.
With Lord Of The Fries, I think you could hand a typical meat eater one of their burgers and they won’t realize that they’re not eating meat right away, the burgers have strong flavors, non of the common obvious chickpea taste and really reminds me of the meat-based comfort food of my youth.
If you’re visiting Melbourne, try and make a chance to try it at least once whilst there – there are 6 locations in Melbourne’s CBD, so it’s pretty easy to find one.
I’m still ever hopeful that they decide to jump across the ditch and open a store in Wellington…. maybe if I get sick of IT and need a new job I could apply to run a franchise ;-)