Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach
Burgers cross borders.
From casual to upmarket, the corner store to fine dining, vegan to carnivore, since the 19th century when someone shoved a Hamburg steak between two slices of bread, the humble hamburger has been crossing boundaries, forging friendships and nourishing a nation (or two).
William Ennis, Lawrence Rose, Chris Wright and Tahlia Ward first opened Main Street Burger Bar in Byron Bay in February 2016. Now the talented team have crossed the state line to bring their burgers to Broadbeach.
“Will (Ennis) and I both come from Michelin star restaurants,” says co-owner Chris Wright. “When we started off in Byron and thought about what we could do, we realized that the dining environment was moving towards street food. We wanted high standard food that could be produced in high volume; real produce that we could cook really well, well-sourced organic bread, organic grass-fed meat, free-range pork, sustainably sourced fish, with everything made in house.”
Burgers came up trumps, the Jonson Street burger bar proving to be a winner for the demographic. One year on, it was time to expand.
“We’ve done exceptionally well in Byron over the past year, so it was time to think about expanding to another venue close enough that we could monitor it; a place that shared the beach, coffee and dining lifestyle that we enjoy so much,” Chris explains.
“The opportunity came up in Oasis. We looked at the whole precinct, found out about our neighbours and were stoked with the idea of a walking street where people can spill out into a common area.”
‘Cheer up, slow down, chill out’ their logo tells passing foot traffic. It’s a great message for the suburb which is a hub of local and tourist social activity, where so many people are busy ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’.
The owners have brought far more from Byron than their relaxed message. There’s the attitude that food should be sustainably sourced as well as suiting the demographic.
They’ve designed a finely tuned ‘Millennial’ menu that’s vegan, vegetarian and ‘food intolerant’ friendly, yet still lots of fun. Months of developing recipes have led to success: interesting vego patties on the burgers and the best totally crispy sweet potato fries we’ve tried, served with smoked chilli mayo. Yummo!
“Our most popular burger is our Buttermilk Chicken Burger. Although we really don’t have a signature burger, we’re really proud of the vegan and vegetarian burgers. A couple of us are vegan or vegetarian so we always like to have two or three veggie burgers on the menu, made really well. The vegan pulled-jackfruit burger is our most photographed burger, but it makes a great salad as well. The vegetarian burger is based on a nut roast. We boil quinoa and rice until they’re al dente, then knead them like bread until they’re glutinous,” Chris says. [Far too much trouble for me to make at home!]
Along with the patty, dressed raw beetroot, haloumi, house herbs and salt, and lots of sunflower seeds on the salad make this burger a delicious meal. For vegans, satay pulled jackfruit served on salad or a bun (gluten-free if you wish) is an interesting Thai-inspired combination.
“We serve feel good food in a relaxed atmosphere. We have fun with what we do,” Chris adds, a view we agree with from our visit. He adds that the food choice is about to expand with the introduction of a full bar snack menu which will change weekly or fortnightly, featuring items such as mac ‘n’ cheese, chorizo and cherry tomato skewers, onion rings and BBQ corn cobs with chipotle butter.
There’s a chilled out beachy vibe to Main Street Burger bar that we love, with something for everyone in this mix: fabulous burgers, cold beer, ‘old school’ milkshakes and hand-crafted sodas; a place where organic meat lovers and vegans can dine side by side.
Happy hour from 4.00 – 6.00pm daily invites you in to slow down with a $5.00 Pacific Ale or house wine. Pints are $10.00 every day all day, and R & B Thursdays boast $1.00 wings. Vegans don’t miss out, either. They can hoe into a vegan coconut sorbet (sourced from Scoop in Burleigh), or a vegan milkshake.
Like they say: “Blissfully blending bewildering burgers and boutique brews.” Yep! To please every diner. That’s Main Street Burger Bar!
Read more of Marj’s reviews on Good Food Gold Coast
NOTE: Marj dined as a guest of the venue.