Nope… they don’t make concrete there or really hard ice-creams!
Outdoor dining at The Glen shopping centre in Glen Waverley, Victoria offers a selection of restaurants, from Mediterranean to American, Italian to Asian… so much to choose from and such a lovely atmosphere, especially on a balmy Autumn evening. Typical of Melbourne’s weather, 28 degrees C one day, 14 degrees C the next.
Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co is very cool indeed. We sat outside and watched the world go by, kids giggling and playing blind-chasey on the nearby grassy patch and others just out for an evening meander. We were told that we’d have to choose from the menu and then go up to the bar to order… which we did. We had our little buzzer at the table and when the other half decided to disappear for a bit, of course the buzzer went off. The super-friendly waiter then popped over and offered to pick up our meals for us instead, given I was sitting at the table alone. Impressive. However, coming from a restaurant background myself, I am super-critical when it comes to dining out and service and would expect that if you’re paying premium prices for food that the service level should match. So, yes, the waiter offering to collect our food was nice, but in my opinion, should’ve been done that way anyway.
Tasty onion rings, fries (with the skin still on the spuds.. yum) and one big burger and mine – the burger without the bun – just wrapped in lettuce. Avocado was on offer too but didn’t make it to my plate. Otherwise, it was totally sufficient and totally yummy. Pigging out on fries and onion rings meant that a big carb fix with the addition of a burger bun just wasn’t necessary. The concrete factor was about how they prepared the ice-cream. We didn’t indulge as we were so full from the burgers, but gees… it was tempting!
One thing they could do differently is add cushions to the backs of the chairs – those wire frames are hard on your back and the threaded ‘sides’ to the chairs look great, but just not necessary. If you’re not on the small side and have hips that lend themselves to booths more than chairs, then you might find rope imprints in your thighs afterwards.
Besides all that – very clean, great service, good food and a lovely atmosphere… and not overly priced either. You could easily start with an appetiser and one restaurant, a main meal at another and dessert at another again. Lots to choose from and that smell of the charcoal grill is rather lovely too.