There is a new player in the game when it comes to the never-ending search for the freshest buns, crispest salad and juiciest wagyu. Chew Burgers has staked its territory and fired up its grill on Plenty Road, Preston.
Three friends – who want an affordable place to eat in their neighbourhood outside of the Chinese and Vietnamese options in Preston – have opened the kind of place they want to eat at, right next to their favourite drinking spot, The Raccoon Club.
Owner Andrew Chew acknowledges it’s not a new concept, but it’s new to the locale. “I don’t think we’re doing anything incredibly different. We just knew there was something lacking in Preston,” he says.
With a modest menu made up of three wagyu burgers, two vegetarian choices and one crispy-skin chicken burger, Chew Burgers aims to provide quality over quantity. Chew Burgers prides itself on being a big supporter of local business, using buns baked daily at Northcote Bakehouse, hot sauce and chilli salt by a one-man company in Wagga Wagga, pickles made in house, and meat sourced from the Otway Ranges.
Chew says, “Being able to taste everything, all of the fresh ingredients, is really important, otherwise it all just amalgamates into one thing that may as well be blended into a milkshake.”
Currently hosting artwork by Melbourne-based artist Ghostpatrol on the front window, Chew, who also runs the No Vacancy Gallery at QV and Federation Square, wants the eatery to host an artist series every two months. And, despite only being open for just a few weeks, Chew is already looking to set up another burger shop soon, so stay tuned.