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Devil Burger was al­most full when we ar­rived but there were stools at ta­bles, stools at side­bars and a comfy couch area – easy enough to find a few ex­tra seats. It was bright, cheer­ful, and clean with lots of solid wooden fur­ni­ture. The theme is hardly orig­i­nal. The logo fea­tures a saucy-look­ing vixen in red (a real life, red leather-clad ver­sion turned up the night we dined) and the names of the burg­ers are all a lit­tle dark, but it was fam­ily friendly and cheer­ful.


There are two burg­ers for chil­dren known as The Trou­ble Maker ($7.50) – one chicken and one with a beef patty – both ac­com­pa­nied by Edam cheese and tomato sauce. Our two or­dered the beef. They weren’t fancy burg­ers, but then kids don’t usu­ally want that, and they were gob­bled up. Karl had a clas­sic Devil Burger with Edam cheese and ba­con ($14.50). It came with let­tuce, tomato, red onion, aioli and rel­ish. The buns were thick but it was light on fill­ing. The ad­di­tion of cheese and ba­con (ex­tras) made the burger. My own Old Harry (the blue cod burger – $14.50 for a medium) had great flavour and was nicely ac­com­pa­nied with tartare sauce and thou­sand is­land dress­ing. I was a lit­tle sur­prised to find beet­root along­side the salad fill­ings but found the stronger flavour did not de­stroy the much more sub­tle fish. My only com­plaint would be that the amount of fish was not enough for the burger. I only dis­cov­ered it in the sec­ond half. Not sat­is­fied that I had learned enough about Devil Burger, I re­turned the next day with a col­league for a lunch of Devil Wraps. He had the Ex­e­cu­tioner with rib­eye strips, ba­con, mush­rooms, rel­ish let­tuce, tomato, red onion and aioli ($16.50) and I had the Greedy Pig (pork, ba­con, pineap­ple, cheese and the same salad - $15.50). Th­ese were both fab­u­lous. And I dis­cov­ered some­thing else – th­ese same wraps are avail­able on week­days at lunch time for only $10. This is to be­come my new favourite work­ing lunch!


Th­ese guys put in a great per­for­mance in the ser­vice depart­ment. They were fast, in­deed faster than we dare have imag­ined given the num­ber of peo­ple packed in. They were friendly – a smile and eye con­tact as we or­dered. They were help­ful – clean­ing up the ta­ble we moved to as our neigh­bours left and pro­vid­ing us with tomato sauce, with­out charge af­ter Miss 3 re­fused to eat be­cause her mother had or­dered aioli with the fries.


We had a re­ally en­joy­able visit to Devil Burger – twice. There’s lots of room, the ser­vice is fast, friendly and ef­fi­cient and the food is re­ally good too – though we would rec­om­mend the wraps ahead of the burg­ers. The burg­ers were good on flavour but a lit­tle light on fill­ing. Devil Burger is also good value for money – $64 for the fam­ily, in­clud­ing­drinks.

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