Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Lord of the Fries is apparently old news to the people of Melbourne. But to Sydneysiders, it’s a curious hole-in-the-wall burger joint that always has long queues stretching down the block – a bit like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld.
It turns out the place is completely vegetarian. The burger patties are all made from soy, which isn’t as strange as it sounds if you’ve ever eaten at a Buddhist temple. They don’t advertise up front that they’re vegetarian, and part of the novelty is how closely they’re able to mimic actual meat. The main attraction, however, are the fries. They drench the stuff in French-Canadian sauce combinations, such as gravy and melted cheese.
The place is supposedly kosher, halal and vegan-friendly, but the veracity of these claims seems to draw a lot of debate. The only thing I know for sure is that most everyone I talk to think the place is a giant con. But hey, if you spent the morning promising yourself meat only to be given tofu, you’d probably feel that way too.