If you don’t like burgers, don’t bother reading on. No really I mean it. Because this post, is all about the American reminiscent diner in Melbourne’s shopping mecca (Chapel Street). I first went to Soda Rock several years ago when my ‘family’ aka best friends Vee, Linda, Jay and I took a trip over to Melbourne for some much needed retail therapy. It left an impression.
For those who remember it, it’s somewhat like Morley Galleria’s old joint, Johnny’s Rockets. It’s burgers and milkshakes and chilli smothered dishes all over the menu. And it’s because of this, that I felt it necessary to bring Jeremy here since it’s his first trip over east.
He, like myself, is almost giddy from the smells that come off the grill here. The sizzle of meat is loud and tempting; it draws us to look at the menu the moment we sit down.
We both decide on burgers since that’s what this place is famous for (though I hear the hot dogs are out of this world). Jeremy’s chosen the ‘two tons of fun’ ($10.95). It’s described as the meat lover’s burger with a double beef patty, streaky bacon, tasty cheese, smokey barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and ketchup. Wrapped in grease paper it’s delivered on a fresh bun and is 100% pure fresh beef. He washes it down happily with a chocolate thickshake ($7.95) which is creamy and malty.
It tastes sweet and magnificent and absolutely retro. Just like the diner itself, it impresses and offers simple greasy food done right. Like I said, nothing fancy, but definitely worth eating.