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Woodland House

Developing a sense of creativity.

Woodland House looks and feels like a teenager forced to walk their parents’ career path. The website notes ‘a playful sense of adventure and whimsy’, but walking through the austere entrance, and greeted with a somber welcoming, playful and whimsy seem as foreign as words as you could imagine. Glancing through the multiple dining rooms, the clientele are the well-dressed Armadale set, most likely bankers or, judging by the conversation at the adjoining table, data processors.

Not exactly Alice in Wonderland.

 

So we settle in, straight backs, and elbows off tables, lest we be chastised by the staff.

 

Once the ball starts rolling, you being to understand the whimsy and wonder. The dishes hit mid scores on creativity, as demonstrated by a puffed quinoa crusted flathead that tried but failed to add the texture it was likely designed for, but the balance of flavours, technique and execution of each dish was beyond fault.

Still, you feel as though they are trying to push the boundaries, but being held back, by what I’m not sure. The surroundings? The memory of Jacque Reymond? Take the pork belly, slow roasted and melting away at the touch of a fork, is pulled too left field by a sweet caramel topping that didn’t really hit the mark. You can see they wanted to take this dish to an exciting new level, but for whatever reason, it felt half-baked.

The six course degustation finishes with a crowd favourite – Bomb Alaska. Honeycomb icecream, layered with Italian meringue and dollops of caramel, it encompassed neither wonder nor playfulness, but for a classic dessert, it was pure perfection.

 

WOODLAND HOUSE

78 Williams Road, Prahran, VIC 3181

03 9525 2178

info@woodlandhouse.com.au

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Andrew’s Burgers

Andrew’s Burgers

Keeping it real.

Now that the girl has left town, chasing the fashion circuit across the globe, I’m left to fend for myself. That means I’m settling in for the evening with a bottle of red, the pup at my feet, a roaring fire, and tucking into some Andrew’s Burgers.

Andrew’s, although looking somewhat anachronistic in Albert Park, with its hand drawn tuck shop menu and cramped ordering space has endeared itself to the locals for years. It’s longevity testament to the old fashioned philosophy of doing one thing, but doing ridiculously well. Sure, there are chicken burgers, and kebabs, but lets face it, they’re the support act. The main event is the Andrew’s with the lot.

This in not your fancy pants, trending, instagram worthy burger. There’s no brioche bun, or gourmet cheese, or rocket salad. The well-dressed couple in front of me seemed confused about this bustling hole in the wall burger joint. Eventually they left wondering if they were in the wrong place. They will rue that decision. Andrew’s is the real deal.

The Andrew’s burger is your old fashioned two-hander, with a perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned patty, paired with centimeter thick tomato, oozing cheese, and smoky bacon. One wonders how such a simple concept is so often poorly executed elsewhere. But maybe that’s the secret, Andrew’s simplifies the whole concept, even down to the production line cooking system (how do they fit that many people into that tiny space?), that manages to churn out burgers at an impressive rate. But this is no fast food. The wait extends to 45 minutes on busy nights, which just happens to be a perfect amount of time to enjoy a couple of wines across the road at the Albert Park Hotel.

The dry cleaner style celebrity photos suggest it’s more than just the locals that know a good burger when they see one. And judging by the age of some of those photos, its clear Andrew’s was a crowd favourite long before burgers received the gourmet makeover witnessed today. Thank goodness they didn’t buy into the hype, electing to continue working with a formula that although less than glamorous, works exceptionally well. Lets just hope they continue making them the way they always have done.
144 Bridport Street Albert Park
PHONE ORDERS 9690
Monday to Saturday — 11:00am to 9:00pm
2126

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