Brimming with all things meat, cheese and deep-fried, say hello to YOMG's newest edition. Expanding their ever-growing fro-yo empire to Glen Waverley, Yo My Goodness has launched their first savoury menu, which features burgers, wings and loaded fries. Yes, you heard right: a frozen yoghurt joint is doing burgers. And yes, they're good.
"We wanted to try something different with the brand," co-owner Ryan Bova says. "The burgers complement our frozen yogurt, so customers come in for dinner and stay for dessert." And it appears that Bova is correct; opening in the middle of Melbourne's frostiest winter hasn't deterred dedicated fro-yo lovers one bit. But it's not the frozen desserts, but the burgers that have Melburnians migrating east.
The menu is divided into burgers, fries and chicken wings, which Ryan jokes were a last minute addition. His passing brainwave more than pleases; the honey soy sesame wings ($10) are sticky sweet and moist enough by any standard. Pair them with YOMG's feta fetish fries ($7) — which are exactly as crispy and herbed as they sound — and you're off to a good start.
Burgers are a slightly more complicated affair, with a combination of grass-fed Angus beef, pulled pork and tender chicken making welcomed appearances on the menu. There are gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options too, just to make things all-inclusive. If it's your first visit, go with the crowd favourite, the Kingsway burger ($13). With 600 grams of Angus beef, double cheese and caramelised onion between a slathering of secret sauces, you'll have to be exceptionally motivated to fit in room for fro-yo afterwards.
At 180 square meters, the Kingsway branch is noticeably larger than YOMG's six other Australian stores. But with perforated pale timber and distinct gold lining, it's unmistakably Yo My Goodness. An inviting open kitchen centres the diner, with their famed frozen yoghurt lined up on clean white walls. Upside down pot plants dip low to provide soft lighting for diners.
Compared to the burger-giants lurking in Melbourne's inner suburbs, you may need to pull out a few extra dollies for YOMG's greasy goodies. But for the patty-deprived eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Glen Waverley's newest burger-slash-frozen yoghurt joint more than delivers. And when there's sticky wings and salted caramel frozen yogurt involved, who are we to argue?