Continuing with our quest to find the best Mushroom dish, Mr Bao and I decided that amazing mushroom dishes don’t need to be from fancy restaurants and that’s why we decided to do a review of something more casual and that’s mushroom burgers!
First stop Market Lane Coffee, I know it may seem a little strange, why would we go to a coffee-only cafe for a mushroom burger? Now here’s a little secret I’d like to share with My Dearest Readers, and that is every Saturday at the Prahran store Bob Hart’s team will be serving up their famous Mushroom burgers!
For those who don’t know Bob, he’s a food writer and BBQ Expert who found his love for it when he lived in America. He has written a book ‘Heat and Smoke’ sharing all his best recipes and coincidentally, Mr Bao actually bough a copy without knowing that it was the recipe used here at Market Lane Coffee ~
These mushrooms burgers are very popular so be warned my Dearies and go early and line up :) When we got there, there was only 6 burgers left and I failed and forgot to bring enough cash so we only got one burger to share >_< I don’t do sharing very well!
Here it is! Bob Hart’s Mushroom Burger :D Between a delicious Dench bakery bun is a gigantic Portobello mushroom, grated onion, herbed butter, homemade Chipotle and topped with parmesan cheese! That’s it! It’s so simple but utterly amazing!
Even my carnivore boyfriend Mr Bao loves this burger, not sure if it’s because of the cheese and chipotle but it has a kind of meaty taste and the Portobello mushroom is huge and which is great because it doesn’t shrink :)
Really wished we didn’t have to share the burger…oh wells will just need to come back next time. At least we didn’t need to share the coffee :P Market Lane Coffee is very particular with the coffee that they serve, they don’t have skim milk or do mocha but they do coffees really well. It always has a good blend between the coffee flavour and also the creme. Definitely one of my favourite places for coffee in Melbourne ~
Mr Bao ordered his favourite Magic but they actually don’t serve it here, but their Flat White is quite similar and enjoyed it.
Now moving on to another great place for a Mushroom Burger and that is the food truck Beatbox Kitchen, the truck goes around many suburbs in Melbourne but on most Wednesday the truck will be at Ruckers Hill in Northcote :)
The menu is really simple, 2 burgers, fries and drinks ~ they have the Shroom burger and their Raph Burger a 170g beef burger which happens to be Mr Bao’s favourite.
Wish I went during the day and could take a better photo :( My apologies for the quality of the photo. This burger is a little different, the bun is soft and fluffy, still used portobello mushroom, melted cheese, red onions, tomato, lettuce and tangy mayo.
This Shroom burger doesn’t feel as healthy as the one at Market Lane :P But I think because of the melted cheese it’s super tasty! What a great substitute and option of vegetarians and would highly recommend you trying!
We never leave without getting the Raph burger but I couldn’t take a good photo of it >_< But please take my word for it! It’s juicy, yum and definitely with trying! We also ordered some fries and chose the tangy mayo and spicy tomato relish. I really like these fries because it’s not greasy and deep fried thoroughly. The tangy mayo is also addictive, while Mr Bao liked the spicy tomato relish more and he like the sourness ~
I know you probably want me to know which one burger is better, but it’s really hard for me to pick as they’re actually quite different. Both equally good and I’m sure it’s gotta be healthier than burgers with a meat patty :D
Remember the power of mushrooms:
- Mushrooms are a superfood – low in kilojules, high in bioactive compounds, antioxidants, nutrient-rich, flavour-rich, convenient and affordable.
- Mushrooms are not a plant and neither a fruit or vegetable, they have their own biological kingdom
- Mushrooms have a natural savoury flavour, which acts as a flavour enhancer like salt or MSG
- A serve of mushrooms provide over 20% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B and also contains vitamin B12
- You don’t need to sit in the sun to get vitamin D because Mushrooms naturally contain vitamin D ~
- Research suggest women who eat 10g mushrooms or more daily has a 50-69% lower risk of getting breast cancer compared to those who don’t
- Last but not least it’s very affordable 100 grams (three button mushrooms or one flat mushroom) is less than $1 a serve
For more information please visit the Power of Mushroom website.
Now don’t forget the Mushroom Mania competition is still on! And it’s super easy to enter Simply try a mushroom dish, share it through:
Instagram – follow @powerofmushrooms, post photo and hashtag it with the name of the restaurant (#establishment), state (#state), #mushroommania
Twitter - follow @Mighty_Mushroom, post your photo and hashtag it with the name of the restaurant (#establishment), state (#state), #mushroommania
Email - email your photo to email@example.com, state ‘Mushroom Mania’ as your email subject line, include full name, phone number and delivery address don’t forget the restaurant name and state :D
Competition opens 9am 1st July and runs until 11.59pm 31st July 2013.
For more information please visit their website.
Good luck everyone! And hope you win and get to try even more shroom dishes!
This is a sponsored post by Australia Mushroom Growers, but meal was paid for individually at Market Lane Coffee and Beatbox Kitchen all opinions are honest and based on time of visit.