Cheap Lunches. Shorty’s on Garema Place

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SHORTY’S on Garema Place is a great little pub, perhaps only let down by its popularity (it can get uncomfortably busy), at the Bunda Street end of Garema Place where the Milk and Honey cafe lurked awkwardly for years.

They also run a slightly complicated cheap lunch offer on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday.

Today was burger and a drink for $15.

To my joy this wasn’t just some cheap lunch special burger, it was the whole run of the usual burger menu.

For review purposes I went with the classic beef burger (menu price $18).

To my pleasure and surprise it came with a pretty decent serve of chips.

There were, however, a couple of wrinkles.

The first is that in their quest to be true to the spirit of the American hamburger they’ve somehow gotten hold of genuine American burger buns.

It’s a sort of dry fairy floss texture with, to my palate, an unpleasant sweetness.

Bread makes the burger and this bread lets the side down.

There was also a great big sweet pickle in the middle of my burger.

Now that I’ve tried it I’d simply remove it in future, but for review purposes I ate it down and wasn’t thrilled by its contribution to the meal.

Those, however, should be taken as minor quibbles.

Washed down with a schooner of Squires Golden Ale this was a top meal for $15 and there are many other options available at this price.

It’s a great lunch stop on a cold day in the early week.

You can check it out on their website.

[This article is the ninth in a series on cheap lunches to be found in and around the city. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments or email them to . The complete series can be found on our cheap lunches tag]

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6 Responses to “Cheap Lunches. Shorty’s on Garema Place”

  1. The Melting Stockpot
    May 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    My housemate and I had very different views on Shorty’s veggie burger (noth tried in the last week). I loved it and she went meh! The only difference was she had the bun and I went bunless. On a plus not they advertise the bunless option on their menu so I didn’t feel like a knob ordering it!

    • John Griffiths
      John Griffiths
      May 22, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

      The bun is really letting them down IMHO, although less so than the ACT Chook Shack (today’s review) which served up an ice cold soggy bun =(

  2. John Griffiths
    John Griffiths
    May 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I will spiral out from civic turning in the widening gyre, until I slouch towards Lyneham.

    • Stanza Matic
      May 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      ‘Ooh, look Jessica, there’s a chap with lion body and the head of a man, moving his slow thighs on that bike.’

      ‘That troubles my sight, Carolyn. I doubt that the chain will hold.’

  3. Stanza Matic
    May 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    You should review the lunches at The Front.

    Don’t forget to check out the vegetarian options.

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