Grand Trailer Park Taverna, CBD

Grand Trailer Park Taverna is a relatively new burger place in the CBD, located on Bourke St just past Exhibition St, about a five to ten minute walk from Parliament Station and easily accessible by tram 86/96. It's easy to miss as the joint itself is on the first floor, and there's only a small sign above the door indicating the place.

There's a really lively, vibrant atmosphere to Grand Trailer from the moment you walk in, with upbeat music playing in the background. The place has a really cool design that has been inspired by east coast trailer parks, with an assortment of picnic tables and a few booths for large groups. We went at around 530pm on a Friday night and were lucky enough to be seated straight away. By about 6/630, there was about ten or so people waiting for tables, so it's best to go early so you don't have to wait.

Apart from a great range of burgers, there's also a lot of desserts to choose from, as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, the most famous of which is probably the spiked milkshakes ranging from $17 - $21. We didn't have too wait too long for our order to arrive; it was about ten to fifteen minutes like most places, though waiting in line to order at the bar at the start took awhile. My friend went with the Atomic Burger ($16.50) and I went with the Francis Underwood ($16). We also got a small serving of chips to share ($2.80), and a drink each. The chips were crispy and didn't become soggy, but were a little lacking in flavour and seasoning.

The Atomic Burger consists of a premium Aussie beef pattie, American cheddar cheese, chilli cheese kransky, crispy bacon, BBQ sauce and truffle rayenne mayo on a lightly toasted brioche bun. Despite there not being any vegetables in this burger, it was still really enjoyable and you didn't feel like it was too heavy and missing something more refreshing. The kransky (a chorizo like Slovenian sausage) was really great in the burger as it's not something you'd normally see, and the flavour really came through well. The pattie was really juicy and the brioche bun was toasted perfectly. It was a good portion and definitely great value for money.

The Francis Underwood also came with a premium Aussie beef pattie, as well as American cheddar cheese, tomato, butter lettuce, potato mac & cheese croquette, special burger sauce and American mustard on a lightly toasted brioche bun. The flavour and texture combinations in the burger were really enjoyable, though it did become a little heavy and salty by the end and needed to be washed down with a drink. I really liked the mac & cheese croquette, which was lovely and so crispy on the outside, and kind of like a combination of mashed potato and mac & cheese on the inside. The pattie was really juicy and the brioche bun toasted just right, but I would've liked more lettuce to balance it out, as the buttery lettuce only added to the heaviness of the burger. It was a little hard to all eat at once as there was so much in the burger itself, but the portion was definitely very generous for the price.

Grand Trailer is a great place to catch up with friends and relax, and I'd definitely recommend coming here. There's a casual atmosphere to the place and despite upbeat music playing, you didn't really have to raise your voice to hear each other. One little thing I really liked about the place as well was the fact that their little baskets of cutlery not only came with serviettes, but also mini refreshment wipes, as the burgers can get quite greasy. There was also small packets of tomato sauce, presumably to go with the chips, as well as salt and tabasco sauce.

Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Food: 8/10
Price: 8/10

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