We're blessed with abundant vege burgers in Brunswick, so it's taken us a while to venture north to the Merri Clan and try theirs. Burgers are the core offering on the all-vegan evening menu, with six different fillings ranging from mock-beef to jackfruit and tofu. There are gluten-free buns, a burger bowl and nachos available for those who can't or don't want to have the full gluten-fueled mock-meat experience.
The most popular order at our table was the Korean Fried Chick'n Burger ($17, pictured above). It's drenched in sticky, just-spicy-enough sauce and augmented with tangy kimchi, slaw, peanuts and fried shallots.
I was just as pleased with The Little Mock Burger ($17, younger sibling to The Big Mock Burger): a dense salty mock-beef patty and a light bun with excellent, copious special sauce and pickles. On a hot summer night, I was glad for the extra greenery on the side.
That's not to say we didn't try the fries! We ordered a needlessly large ($9) bowl for the table, with chipotle lime aioli ($2). They're a solid support act; I liked that their skins were still showing.
Though we don't actually need to travel more than a block for a good burger, we'll go the extra distance and extra dollars to eat these ones again - the Merri Clan burgers are among the best we've had.
You can read about our previous visit to the Merri Clan here. Since then it's been positively reviewed by messy veggies.
The Merri Clan
15 Gilbert Rd, Preston
0407 888 626
Accessibility: There's a flat entryway and a reasonably spacious interior. The outdoor area is a hodge podge of different tables and chairs, with a clear corridor through the middle and one small step. Toilets are good, including a unisex and fully accessible cubicle.