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By Lewis Fischer
April 28, 2016

Motorhome Majestic

Melbourne's burger kings have driven their buns out west.
By Lewis Fischer
April 28, 2016

Motorhome Majestic is the third in the trailer park trilogy of burger joints you've seen popping up around Melbourne. Younger sibling to Bourke Street's Grand Trailer Park Taverna and Truck Stop Deluxe in Werribee, Motorhome Majestic follows in the footsteps left by creator Josh Lefers and chef Dani Zeini (Dandenong Pavilion, Easey's and Royal Stacks).

The new Ascot Vale eatery is parked safely inside the shell of a former Union Road restaurant, which has been built with carved up caravans and campervans. Scavenged from car yards across Melbourne, the vehicles were sliced up off-site then reassembled on location. They now make for a series of comfortable booths, alongside picnic tables and car seats scattered about the roomy venue.

Zeini, whose list of burger affiliations continues to grow, leaves his calling card at the door. A signature three-beef patty — 100 percent Australian, grass-fed, ground fresh and cooked medium — is the core element of the predominantly beef-based menu. The lineup is rounded out by a buttermilk fried chicken and chickpea patty alternative.

Motorhome's menu is similar to its siblings. The exclusive option is the Walter White ($19): an unruly combination of beef, fried chicken, cheddar, slaw and sauces on a toasted brioche bun. Any good fan would make sure they pair the burger with a blue heaven milkshake ($8), just for kicks.

While the focus firmly remains on burgers, the other Motorhome exclusive is their inclusion of ribs: both barbecue pork ($27.50 for a half rack, $49 for a full one) and chicken ($8 for six pieces, or $14 by the dozen).

Old favourites like the mac and cheese croquettes ($5) and ice cream donuts ($10) do make an appearance, with gelato courtesy of St Kilda's 7 Apples. They also continue the tradition of including some adults-only specials; there are espresso martinis on tap ($15) and a series of spiked milkshakes (from $17).

Much like your childhood camping ground, Motorhome Majestic is fun and family orientated — which is something that has become a real rarity. It may not be reinventing the burger, but, with a pastel paint job and bright shining headlights, it's not an easy place to dislike. Right in the heart of the western suburbs, it fills a void in a location starved of casual dining options.

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