16,000 skips seems like a lot of skipping. But apparently someone has been down on Victoria Street doing a bit of counting and Richmond's neon Skipping Girl does it every night. It's daunting then that Abbotsford takeaway Skipping Girl has a burger named 16,000 Skips. Although, given it has three wagyu patties, three slices of cheddar, three pieces of bacon and Skipping Girl special sauce, its name may have a point.
While the other burgers on the menu aren't quite as huge or the same potential to blow out all over your white t-shirt, they are a fine bunch of tasty treats, to say the least. Owner Eyal Talmor brought in Nolan Ramage, the former head chef in The Windsor Hotel's function department, to join him in pursuit of a delicious burger range.
Eyal has worked in the food industry for years and has distilled his experience down to the essentials: simple and old school, in his own words. Everything is made fresh on the day. In addition to the grade A marbled wagyu burgers, there's also the 48-hour buttermilk-brined fried chicken burger, the market-fresh fish burger and, for the non-meat eaters, a veggie burger, available with or without kale ($12-24). There's also a double veggie burger called My Mamma Said with two patties, two eggs and two slices of cheddar ($17). They're are all served on Philippa's brioche buns.
The chips (an important part of any take away joint) are a particular source of pride for Eyal, who describes the triple-cooked delights as their hero product. Hundreds of hours of research apparently went into adapting Heston Blumenthal's notorious recipe of boiling, cooling, frying at a low heat, freezing and then frying again for four minutes. In Eyal's words, they're 'perfection'.
But it's not all burgers. Coffee is made on a beautifully stripped back and restored old machine, orange juice is pressed to order and there is a list of old-school milkshake flavours. Eat in, take away or vicariously get your exercise through Foodora who will do all the work and deliver to your door. You can always look for your skipping rope another day.