Hello Lilydale. It’s Harry. And he’s wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet (thanks for the intro Adele, we’ll take it from here).
Hello Harry has all the fundamentals down pat – quality OTT burgers, a fun and casual dining vibe, quick service, obligatory graffiti art and a vibrant décor. Noteworthy: burgers for just $10 bucks and local beers for no more than $8. Yep, unheard of. Seriously when was the last time you went out for a belly busting meal with only a red hot $20 bucks and still got change?
These cheat meal connoisseurs started up north in QLD. Turns out their fresh beef and house-made fried chicken were too good to keep just in the sunshine state. Now they've landed in rainy old Melbourne town, setting up shop on Main St in Lilydale.
Traditionalists can guess the contents of the beef and chicken burger (no big surprises, but the execution is top notch). Hats off to the middle eastern chickpea (labna, pumpkin and honey mustard), Texan brisket (sticky BBQ marinade & green apple slaw), QLD barramundi (iceberg, lemon dill & caper aioli) and slow cooked lamb (minted onions, feta and lemon yoghurt). Some screwy little combos in there.
All the burgers come served with house-made brioche buns and special sauce, and the not-so-secret menu will knock your socks (and probably a few buttons) off.
What’s a burger without sides? Unprecedented. Harry rolls high class: loaded chips (cheese, green onions and bacon), chopped salad, slaw, onion rings, sweet (and not as sweet?) potato fries.
Feeling brave? There’s Harry's Fat Bastard Burger Challenge. Bring you stretchy pants for this thing: four beef patties smothered in melting cheese and a side of loaded fries. Finish it in under eight minutes to get your name on the board, a cap and Legend status amongst your peers.
For dessert (because we all know there are two stomachs in humans), it's gotta be the Nutella bomb—a lightly deep-fried slider coated in cinnamon sugar, packed with ice cream and topped with Nutella.
Harry has paper towel on every table to mop up this deliciously monstrous burger mess. Seriously, don't wear white t-shirts anywhere NEAR this place.
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