Purple Peanuts is a busy Japanese cafe at the Southern Cross end of Collins Street. I’ve just ordered the Gammodoki Tofu Burger but when it arrives I’m a bit taken back – it doesn’t look like a burger but more like something you’d order in a sandwich shop. But never mind all that. One bite and I’m in burger heaven.
I love mushrooms. I really love mushrooms. Faced with the choice of a mushroom burger or a chickpea patty burger I will always go with the mushroom. Not that I’ve got anything against chickpeas – it’s just that when they are mashed into a patty I am usually less than excited and I find the overall flavour lacking.
So here I am in 8-Bit, a funky burger joint in Footscray. I have two choices on the menu – the 1-Up Mushroom Burger or the Zelda, featuring a chickpea patty. I must diversify, I tell myself, and even though it costs $3.50 more than the mushroom burger I decide on the Zelda.