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Strange Wolf - Howling Awesome Burgers in A Cool Basement

NOW CLOSED. Strange Wolf is a contender in the Melbourne burger stakes. The Wolf burger is a famous offering that stands out from the pack in the Melbourne burger scene. This culture, fashion and Melbourne food blog was super impressed with the Wolf big juicy burger...

Strange Wolf is another nondescript Melbourne entrance in a laneway then down to a basement. Look for the blackboard out the front and then wind your way down the stairs past the neon sign.


Strange Wolf is a funky bar and venue that belies its humble entrance on Strachan Lane. So Melbourne.


Strange Wolf delivers on a range of burgers. The German burger with pork mince and saurkraut is a winner. But the Wolf burger is a mainstay sensation that many come back for time and again.


The Wolf burger is clearly a gourmet burger of note. It howls simplicity but also class and quality. The highlight is the patty that is so thick and juicy (charred on the outside and juicy pink in the middle - cooked to perfection). So so good... Combine this with large slices of pickles, fresh iceburg lettuce, awesome mozzarella cheese, roma tomato and caramelised onion. Another highlight is how the elements combine into one sensational burger.


Strange Wolf also serve up a fun cone of crispy golden fries with your burger (along with a shot of sauce). It cost me only $12 for the burger and fries - excellent value. My only preference (a personal preference not a criticism) would be to have a full brioche bun with this burger. Having said that this bun is a good one and the bread holds up well to the juicy elements without breaking up. You definitely need two hands to eat this baby...


Strange Wolf may surprise you with its cool fit out and ambience featuring great use of timbers, plants in the bay windows, grungy pillars, modern stools, funky lighting and excellent spaces.

The lady on front of house greeted me on arrival and the staff work hard to ensure excellent customer service. They're proud of the venue and the quality of the burgers.


Strange Wolf is a popular venue for city workers. Come on a Friday and find it packed with professionals from nearby offices. There is also a cool sound system and a space for live bands.

The Wolf burger is rated highly. I have a penchant for burgers where the meat is the hero and Strange Wolf delivers. Another test of a burger is how good you feel a couple of hours later - the Wolf burger had me on a burger high and it took hours to come down. The burger wasn't greasy at all but a triumph of quality ingredients that satisfied.

Every Melbourne food blog loves a great burger and I'm no exception.

Bands, burgers and beers in a cool basement is very Melbourne.