Beat’s Burgers of Melbourne: Dagger Moon Kitchen at the Tote

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Beat’s Burgers of Melbourne: Dagger Moon Kitchen at the Tote


Tell us about Dagger Moon. Dagger Moon Kitchen is located smack in the middle of Melbourne’s most iconicrock’n’roll dive pub, The Tote. After re-opening the kitchen 18 months ago for the first time in about 30 years, the crew at The Tramway have since stepped in to help serve the Tote punters some standard classic beer food: burgers, poutine, stews, deep fried dimmies and Chiko Rolls.

Where does Dagger Moon turn to for inspiration? Inspiration comes from our deep fryer. We need to be able cook chips – usually twice – for copious amounts of drinking Tote humans. Once cooked, we have to wait about half an hour for them to remember that they ordered chips at midnight after watching about 12 bands and smashing about the same amount of tinnies. This is where the inspirational fryer gets back to work to keep the bloody chips hot.

If you could match a tune to Dagger Moon, what would it be? Well, we blatantly named our kitchen after Dead Moon, one of the greatest rock’n’roll bands this side of the actual moon. So we’d have to say their entire catalogue, more specifically the song Dagger Moon would be our soundtrack.

Pickles, or no pickles? The only reason you don’t have pickles on a burger is if you’re putting them onto the wrapper and then flinging them onto the ceiling at Maccas. Then you’d piff your choccy thickshake at ya mate’s head and do a runner.