If you're going to open a new burger place in what must surely be the country's burger capital by now, you probably want to give the concept a bit of a kick in a different direction. Or a sonic boom, or maybe a hadouken, perhaps? Don't worry, once you're done eating, you won't have to travel to a different country to do it all over again.
Yes, that '80s and '90s arcade and Super Nintendo staple that is Street Fighter is the source of inspiration for Super Combo, which joins the growing number of eateries making the Brisbane's Showgrounds' King Street precinct some of the most coveted culinary real estate in the city (with The Lamb Shop, GG's Espresso, The George, Fat Dumpling, Il Verde, Sushi & Nori and Hello Chicken also among the current or coming tenants). And now it will be slinging burgs with the same fury that Ryu, Blanka and company approach brawling in public — that is, with plenty.
The retro-styled joint comes from childhood friends Michael Nham and Hao Vu, who, as you might've guessed, found hanging around their local Brissie takeaway shop smashing out super Street Fighter combos the best way to spend their time. They're also behind Melbourne's NSHRY, with Nham boasting two Vietnamese restaurants including Banoi on his resume (which is set to open in Brisbane this year). When it came to opening a place with such strong ties to their youth, however, it made sense to get things started in Brisbane.
Indeed, the King Street digs is being trumpeted as Super Combo's first in Australia, so you can bet that more burgs will be flying to more cities in good time. As for just what those edible morsels will be, expect a menu influenced by international cuisine, plus sides, globally sourced speciality sauces and epic shakes. Yep, everyone really is a winner here.
UPDATE MARCH 7, 2018: To celebrate a year of operation, Super Combo is unleashing its slickest moves yet: $5 burgers. From 11.30am on March 10, the first 1000 customers that walk through the Bowen Hills' eatery's doors will get their burg for little more than pocket change. The offer isn't available via UberEATS, Deliveroo or Foodora.