8bit

September 21, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

8bit
8 Droop Street
Footscray
Melbourne
Victoria 3011
Australia

231 Swanston Street
Central Business District
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia


http://www.eat8bit.com.au/


Burger Meal
Burger Meal



Delicious Burgers & Hot Dogs

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 8
Spent about AUD $27 / SGD $26 per person.


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Founded in May 2014 by chef Shayne McCallum, restauranteur Alan Sam, and their friend Long Tran, 8bit is a gourmet burger and hot dog shop with a retro (1980s, 1990s) arcade video game theme. Regularly regarded as among the best burger joints in Melbourne, Australia, 8bit has gained a cult following hungry for serving humongous, unashamedly greasy, delicious burgers and hot dogs.

Ambience at 8bit channels the retro arcade video games vibe of the 1980s and 1990s, with garish pixelated tiles of yellow, white, red, and blue. Warm lights illuminate the long communal benches and high tables, while a single arcade gaming machine loaded with many classic video games draws the eye. A little cooking odour hangs in the air, and sticks to clothing.

Service at 8bit is partial self-service, with ordering and payment at the counter, leading to short queues. However, staff display good product knowledge, able to describe dishes and offer recommendations. Dishes are made to order, resulting in a short wait of about 10 minutes, and staff will serve these to your table. Friendly and casual.

Food at 8bit is focused on American cuisine, specifically, burgers and hot dogs. They've given each dish creative names, inspired by video games, creating instant appeal. Portions are huge for individuals, and dishes are consistently well executed, big on flavour and delicious. Prices are cheaper than other places. Budget about AUD $27 / SGD $26 per person.


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8bit Signage
8bit Signage


8bit Exterior
8bit Exterior


8bit Interior
8bit Interior


8bit Menu
8bit Menu


Condiments & Serviettes
Condiments & Serviettes


Hot Dog Meal
Hot Dog Meal



The Milkshake Salted Caramel (AUD $8 / SGD $7.60) features a blend of vanilla yoghurt, milk, and salted caramel sauce. It's thinner in texture and more milky than other versions, but I like the bold milky floral salty sweet flavour.

Milkshake Salted Caramel (AUD $8 / SGD $7.60)


Milkshake Salted Caramel
Milkshake Salted Caramel


Milkshake Salted Caramel



The Milkshake Nutella (AUD $8 / SGD $7.60) features a blend of vanilla yoghurt, milk, and nutella / chocolate hazelnut spread. This is a little richer and thicker than its counterpart, with deep milky chocolatey sweet nutty flavour.

Milkshake Nutella (AUD $8 / SGD $7.60)


Milkshake Nutella
Milkshake Nutella


Milkshake Nutella



Loved the Beef Chili Cheese Fries (AUD $9 / SGD $8.50) with its beer battered potato fries being thick cut, with a fluffy soft texture and a slight satisfying crisp edge. Generously coated with tender minced beef chili, crisp spring onions, juicy sliced jalapeno peppers, and gooey thick nacho cheese sauce. Burst of robust savoury salty meaty spicy cheesy flavours, can get rather intense. Best paired with a drink. Good!

Beef Chili Cheese Fries (AUD $9 / SGD $8.50)


Beef Chili Cheese Fries
Beef Chili Cheese Fries



The Onion Rings (AUD $5.50 / SGD $5.20) feature thick sliced rings of white onions, coated in a crisp beer batter. With a juicy sweet earthy bite, these pair really well with any burger or hot dog on the menu. Highly recommended!

Onion Rings (AUD $5.50 / SGD $5.20)


Onion Rings
Onion Rings



The 1-Up Mushroom & Beef Burger (AUD $16 / SGD $15.10) is a giant of a burger, featuring a juicy dense patty of crumb battered flat field mushroom, and a juicy tender patty of grilled minced beef, along with 2 fluffy soft burger buns, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and sharp yellow mustard. You get big meaty savoury salty smoky vegetal earthy sweet flavours here. Aptly named after the red super mushroom power-up from the 'Super Mario Bros.' series of games, even Mario Mario and Luigi Mario will approve of this hearty, delicious burger. Highly recommended!

1-Up Mushroom & Beef Burger (AUD $16 / SGD $15.10)


1-Up Mushroom & Beef Burger
1-Up Mushroom & Beef Burger


1-Up Mushroom & Beef Burger


1-Up Mushroom & Beef Burger



The Zelda Burger (AUD $14.50 / SGD $13.70) is a vegetarian indulgence, featuring a juicy crumbly patty of chickpeas, corn kernels, and quinoa grains, along with 2 fluffy soft burger buns, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, juicy beetroot relish, soft grilled haloumi cheese, and creamy avocado. You get fresh delicate vegetal earthy grainy sweet savoury flavours here. Named after the titular princess from the 'The Legend Of Zelda' series of games, where Link pursues the Triforce artifact, which aptly reflects the trio of main ingredients in the patty. Highly recommended!

Zelda Burger (AUD $14.50 / SGD $13.70)


Zelda Burger
Zelda Burger


Zelda Burger


Zelda Burger


Zelda Burger



The Fatal Fury Hot Dog (AUD $9.50 / SGD $9) has a meaty juicy pork chili and cheese kransky sausage, sandwiched in a fluffy soft bread roll that has a delicate bready grainy sweet flavour. Garnished generously with tender minced beef chili, juicy sliced jalapeno peppers, crisp spring onions, and creamy nacho cheese sauce. You get robust savoury salty meaty spicy cheesy flavours here. Named after the 'Fatal Fury' fighting team of Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi, who likewise appear in 'The King Of Fighters (KOF)' series of games. Good!

Fatal Fury Hot Dog (AUD $9.50 / SGD $9)


Fatal Fury Hot Dog
Fatal Fury Hot Dog


Fatal Fury Hot Dog


Fatal Fury Hot Dog



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