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HOT: FAB fish and burger grill – The Barracks, Petrie Tce, Brisbane

I’m a huge fan of tight-arse Tuesdays – 2 for 1 anything will get me every time and MM and I embrace it in a big way.  We went tight-arse crazy recently up at The Barracks – cashing in on a 2 for 1 movie ticket, link 2 for 1 drinks and to my delight, we backed it up with a Tuesday special at FAB fish and burger grill – a new addition to the to-be-seen scene at the Barracks.

Although MM would have been quite happy to settle with his large popcorn and frozen coke for dinner, I was after something a little more nourishing.  Seeing as we’d already tried the sushi joint and pizzeria on previous visits, we stopped in at FAB fish and burger grill to see what was on offer.  As soon as I spotted the tight-arse Tuesday specials board, I was sold.  Every burger on the menu was available for under 10 bucks.

In similar fashion to the nouveau burger places such as Grill’d or Burger Urge, the menu at FAB fish and burger grill has a good selection of funky sounding compilations that differ from your every day chicken, beef, fish or vego burgers with salad.    The addition of tangy, Asian-influenced sauces and all kinds of spreads makes for an interesting menu and flavours that you probably hadn’t thought of combining on a burger before.

True to style, MM chose the Royale (normally $12.95) with prime beef, lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg and FAB relish.  Upon recommendation from our friendly waitress, I went for something slightly more exotic – the Bangkok Heat (normally $13.95) with a Thai fish patty, Asian greens, tomato, chilli jam and aioli.  On the side we shared a bowl of chips with aioli ($6).

Both burgers (which arrived promptly) were really well constructed, with minimal oozing and leaking of meat, spreads or salad.  The patties were fairly generous in size and full of flavour under a doughy, fresh white bun.

To be honest, I didn’t think these burgers would touch the sides – MM and I both have pretty big appetites after all, and they just looked a little too fancy and dainty to do any damage to our hunger.  Boy was I wrong.  Only three-quarters through and before we’d even hopped into the chips, we were contemplating top-button relief.

I gave up with a few mouthfuls left, totally satisfied with my menu choice and enjoying the chilli hit.  MM soldiered on with his Royale experience and on his second wind he moved onto demolishing the chips with consummate ease.

We wound things up pretty quickly in order to get to our movie, but FAB fish and burger grill isn’t only for those in a hurry.  They are licensed, so you can settle in for a few drinks and enjoy people watching in the alfresco area.  There is a range of alternative menu choices for those who don’t want their fish in a bun – but if you are in need of a quick and tasty feed it will certainly do the job.

  • FAB fish and burger grill – The Barracks, Petrie Tce, Brisbane +67 1 3367 8088

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  1. C’mon – FaB is soooo not HOT.

    I am all for the gourmet burger places that are popping up around town. Great. Good burgers.

    But how can anyone serve up reconstituted chicken in a burger and charge customers $17.90? In this day and age of battery hens and industrial production of animals.

    Stay away from the chicken burgers at this place. Disgusting. Lazy. I thought brisbane had moved beyond the era of serving up garbage with massive price tags. Beyond the meat, the burger was also tasteless.

    An embarressment to contemporary Brisbane dining.

    Posted by AB | February 13, 2011, 9:09 am
  2. Previous commenter must have dined at a different establishment!! Great food, great value and fantastic wait staff, very friendly, knowledgable and professional. I shall return!!

    Posted by CS | April 4, 2011, 12:16 pm

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