Tuck Shop Take Away

February 16, 2017

273 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North

Photos by Alex Stianos

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Last week, I had a severe hankering for burgers. Thankfully my burger-scoffing partner in crime (aka my brother) was up for a drive down to Caulfield to visit Tuck Shop Take Away, a teeny burger joint that I’d heard many good things about.

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Opened in 2013, Tuck Shop’s similarities with the primary school canteen doesn’t end at the name. The space is very small, with a blackboard menu, fry station, school clocks and an enormous world atlas on one wall. There’s also some cracking graffiti outside, and a little hopscotch game leading to the front door.

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It’s clear from the menu that Tuck Shop is focused on doing simple things very well – they only offer two burgers, the Minor (100% beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, American cheese, and Tuck Shop sauce) and the Major (the Minor maxed up with double patty, double cheese). You can add bacon and/or egg to either. There’s also the obligatory veggie option with an interesting sounding beetroot and lentil patty.

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Alex and I both picked the Minor burger, with some fries to share. The burgers here are a retro, no-frills affair, with just-pink beef, cheese and sauce oozing everywhere. Buns are lightly toasted on the grill, and I loved the good amount of pickles they included. No burger is worth its weight without a solid smattering of pickles.

Overall, this was a well balanced burger, although possibly too much shredded lettuce which seemed to dilute the flavour a little. I also think that the patty needed a bit more seasoning, so next time I might go for the optional bacon for an additional salty hit. If you’re a true lover of new-age burgers with charcoal buns, this probably isn’t the place for you. But for a classic beef burger, you won’t go wrong.

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Tuck Shop also pulls out some seriously epic triple cooked chips. In my humble opinion, these were the perfect balance of soft and fluffy chips with just enough crispy nuggety bits to snap up. I bloody loved these.

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In addition to the food, there’s an impressive array of milkshakes, old fashioned sodas and spiders on offer. From options including redskin, mintie, and choc-banana, Alex went for a nutella milkshake (predicable), which he really enjoyed. I loved the cute little straws and milk bottles these came in, and my salted fantale milkshake was pretty outstanding. Not too sweet and with a happy dash of salt.

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To finish, here’s a shot of me, mid beef-fest, tucking in and dripping all the Tuck Shop sauce onto my plate. Then again, there’s always that delicious joy that comes from wiping your burger on the plate to mop up all the extra sauce before finishing it off. If you’re in the South-Eastern suburbs, or up for a bit of a drive, I’d recommend popping into Tuck Shop for a quick bite. Tuck in!

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