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Famed chef-owner Nicolas Gourmet Food, a new franchise from the US, has just opened its first outlet in Melbourne.
Nicolas is the owner of the original Gourmet Burger and, with his own restaurant on the West Coast, has long been recognised as the leader in British burger chains.
But Nicolas’ latest venture, which opens this weekend in Melbourne, is a unique venture in the Australian market.
The Gourmet burger is one of two outlets to open in Melbourne over the next four weeks, with the other being a joint venture between American-based burger chain Burger King and Melbourne-based bakery, Nanny & Co. The latter, which opened its doors in July, has been selling its burgers to restaurants in Melbourne and Melbourne CBD since April.
Advertisement Advertisement “We love what we do,” Nicolas told The Hill.
“It’s very unique and I think it’s the best burger we’ve ever made in Australia.”
“The quality of the meat is great, the flavours are good, the taste is good, and the price is right.”
“I think it was a bit of a gamble but it’s worked out for us really well.”
Nicolas said he had been thinking about expanding to Melbourne since he opened his first Gourmet outlet in the US in the early 2000s.
“I’ve always been a vegetarian so I thought it would be great to have a vegetarian burger, but the quality of meat was not as good as I thought,” he said.
“The burgers are really good and they taste good. “
They are really, really good.” “
The burgers are really good and they taste good.
They are really, really good.”
Advertisement Nicolas explained that the process for making a vegan version of his burger is quite similar to the process that he uses to make a vegetarian version of its beef counterpart.
“You start by cutting up a piece of bacon,” he explained.
“There are a few things you do, you don’t fry them for hours, you do it a bit before you eat them and it will cook down a bit quicker.” “
Nicols vegan burger costs $7.50 a burger with fries, and is available for a variety of toppings, including avocado, broccoli, and lettuce. “
There are a few things you do, you don’t fry them for hours, you do it a bit before you eat them and it will cook down a bit quicker.”
Nicols vegan burger costs $7.50 a burger with fries, and is available for a variety of toppings, including avocado, broccoli, and lettuce.
“When you’re eating it, it’s just a simple burger with a little sauce on top,” he added.
“But then the lettuce comes in, the avocado comes in and the broccoli comes in.”
The Ghetto Burger is the first of two new Gourmet Burgers to open this weekend, in Melbourne’s CBD.
It’s expected to be one of the most popular locations to visit for the Australian burger scene.
“This is the next frontier for me,” Nicols said.
“People will be coming from everywhere to come in and have a burger. “
“For me, it is about being able to serve it in the best way possible.” “
Nicos is confident that the Ghetto will be able to take on the likes of Burger King. “
For me, it is about being able to serve it in the best way possible.”
Nicos is confident that the Ghetto will be able to take on the likes of Burger King.
“They are a really big brand and it’s very important for them to succeed, so it’s good for us to be able compete,” he laughed.
“Our goal is to compete against them.”
Nicolis has previously opened several vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the United States.
“My goal is that we can become the standard for all vegan and vegetarians and then be the next Burger King,” he continued.
“If we do it right, it can become a standard.”
The original Ghetto has been featured in Australian TV shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning Australia, The View, and Good Morning America.
“These guys are really going to make our lives better,” Nicolis said.