There's nothing quite like the thrill of the chase and the adventure of spontaneity, particularly when his name is Mr Burger. You might have to pursue him through the backstreets of the Melbourne's CBD or the gardens of the inner suburbs, but once you get your hands on him, you'll be prepared to do it all again the next day.
Did anyone mention it's a food truck you’re courting? But it's not just any old van, it's a funky orange and cream vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, serving up its namesake made to order and not a whole lot more. With only three types of burgers, chips and drinks, the unlearned may mistake this as frugal, but those who have already conquered the fare know better — the servings are the opposite of scarce.
Choose between the classic Mr Burger or the Mr Veg, where the beef is substituted for falafel mix pressed into a patty before your very eyes (both $10). The generous, heady combination of tomato sauce, mustard and mayonnaise will send you in a spin. Or, if you’re feeling a bit meatier, fork out an extra dollar for Mr Meat ($11), which comes with bacon and barbecue sauce in place of the dead horse.
If you've brought a friend along to third wheel, a small chips ($3) cooked soft and golden should be ample to share between you both — no one can say Mr Burger ain't generous.
Often found lurking in suburbs such as Fitzroy North, Abbotsford, Yarraville and Carlton, once you've placed an order the wait is roughly six minutes: just enough time to locate the perfect place for devouring. Luckily, the potentially messy burgers are expertly packed in silver foil, ensuring minimal leakage and accompanied by the thickest of white napkins so you can still dress to impress.
If playing hard to get isn't your thing, rest assured Mr Burger has two permanent outlets in the CBD's Little Bourke Street and the South Yarra end of Chapel Street with limited seating, or keep up with their movements via the website, Facebook or Twitter.
There's no denying it's not the healthiest of love affairs, but love isn't always good for you. Chase down Mr Burger and you can be assured the excitement of the hunt won't supersede the taste of the end result.
Mr Burger is also located at 428 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD and various roving locations.