Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

Woah, hey! I have been slowly going through the annual motions of new-year cleaning, decluttering and organising, enjoying starting afresh. I spent today cleaning, clearing, packing away physical things, and I this evening I have moved on to the dreaded computer clean up. My usual attitude is one of ‘if I just don’t look at it, I won’t know how bad it is, and therefore it is fine”, but enough is enough. It’s time to back up, clear up and speed up the old lappytop.

In doing this, I have discovered more photos of places visited that I have NOT shared with y’all than I ever realised. As a result, I’m going to try and bang out some short sharp posts, clear this clutter and move on with my life. Stop weighing me down, maaaaan.

This piccy is from December – the bear and I had been running errands and getting shiz done when we started getting peckish. We were just across the road from Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew – the name is a bit of a mouthful, but I kind of like the fairy-tale feel of it. It is what it sounds like – a burger bar – with a fair choice of burgers (including two vegetarian options), as well as a few sandwiches and salads. One of the burgers is listed as vegan, and there is also a menu of mix and match-ers that you can customise your own burger with. The drink list has plenty, from shakes to teas to cocktails and wines, and there is apparently a whole separate menu for beers. We bypassed the drinks and went straight to burgerville. I went the easy option and chose the vegan burger – a mung bean sprout and kidney bean pattie, lettuce, asian slaw, pickled onions and chili jam. Bear went with the magic mushie (not vegan), and we ordered some french fries (there are also fat chips and onion rings on offer). After taking the order, the friendly girl came back and advised that the bun on the vegan burger is not in fact vegan, but can be exchanged for the GF bun, which is. Strange that the vegan bun is not the standard on the vegan burger, but anyway…I guess it’s a good excuse to make an extra $3 on the bun.


I was pleasantly surprised by the bun – I didn’t even notice the gluten-freeness of it! The pattie was solid and filling, with distinguishable veggies and bits in it – yaaaay (down with mush!) and it was overall decent. Unfortunately, the burger was a little dry and there wasn’t a huge flavour punch, something that a heavier serve of pickled onions and chili jam might have remedied – I am a condiment fanatic though. Regardless, it filled the hole alongside the salty french fries. Bear raved about his burger, which you can just catch in the background, the dollop of cheese and juicy mushroom really hit the spot for him.

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew
Side of 413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Sun – Thurs – 12pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat – 12pm – 11pm


  1. What an awesome burger! We recently got a new burger place, too. At first they had no vegan burgers but after a couple of months they changed that. Apparently everyone pestered them to make vegan options.

  2. Three bucks for the gluten free option is pretty steep – though I rarely eat out so I don’t know if that’s kind of the norm. Love the fairy tale analogy despite being a BB.

    1. I reckon! I bet they pay a hell of a lot less for each bun. I don’t usually choose GF so am not sure what the ‘normal’ price increase is, though I still think if they label the burger as vegan, they should automatically use the vegan bun, even if they have to put the price up.

  3. ooooh gotta confess that really gets me, when there’s a vegan patty but the bread isn’t vegan! Whyyyyy? And then charging extra for one that is vegan, waaah! It’s like saying a pasta dish is vegan cos the sauce is vegan but the pasta is egg pasta!

  4. Omg that burger looks delicious. I want it for breakfast. Right now. I agree that the $3 for GF is a bit rude, but man, it looks SO good. Adding this to the list of food-places-to-visit-in-December – Melbourne here I come! 🙂

  5. That gluten free bun seriously looks just like regular bread! High five!!! I actually like the quirky name of the place despite it being pretty wordy, haha. Definitely one for the to-eat list if I’m ever nearby! My laptop died a couple of months ago… Glad that you managed to salvage yours and find some great content in the meantime. Looking forward to the rest Caeli! Xx

      1. YES! I’m heading to Melbourne in a couple of weeks on 29/03! It’s a family trip so I’ll be occupied as get the first few days but if you’re free on Sunday night or some point on Tues I would love to catch up. I was thinking of messaging you so your reply was quite apt! Xx

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