Mick Adams Burger Bar in Oakleigh

UPDATE: Mick Adams burger Bar in Oakleigh is now permanently closed.


Mick Adams Burger Bar in Oakleigh successfully combines Greek, American and Australian elements with a touch of history, in a winning recipe.

The venue feels a bit like an American-style diner, but pays homage to the Greek-born Australian who started the iconic milk bar.

With its red brick walls, spacious floor plan, mood lighting, and groovy tunes, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.

The most popular choice on the menu is the mouth-watering Cheesy Mike, with a 180g grass-fed beef patty, double cheddar, pickles, cos lettuce, ketchup, aioli and tomato.

And when it comes to the humble chip, this joint must hold a record for the most interesting choices. There are truffle parmesan chips, feta chips, chili cheese fries, and the beer-battered variety.

Vegetarians, don’t despair; the menu includes a Lean Green burger with a chickpea fritter, grilled mushroom, red cheddar, spinach, caramelised onion and tomato relish.

A decadent range of milkshake options are available, such as peanut butter and butterscotch, plus sweets to die for, like the Nutella bomboloni. For those needing an afternoon refreshment, beer is available on tap.

The staff are extremely polite, ensuring everything is up to standard once meals are delivered.

The Spanglish burger from Mick Adams in Oakleigh.

The Spanglish burger from Mick Adams in Oakleigh. Picture: Facebook.

Michael Koutroulis and his uncle, Theo Raptis, opened the restaurant in May 2015, following on from the success of Mr Koutroulis’ Italian restaurant and rooftop bar in Hawthorn, Santoni.

“We just thought Oakleigh needed a bit more variety in the area and we thought burgers would be perfect,” Mr Koutroulis said.

“It’s very casual, very relaxed, but a high quality product.”

The owners named the venue after Greek migrant Joachim Tavlaridis, or Mick Adams, who opened Australia’s first ever milk bar in Sydney’s Martin Place in 1932.

Based on the American-style soda parlours of the 1930s, his concept proved popular, and within five years there were more than 4000 independently run milk bars across the country.

The feta chips available from Mick Adams Burger Bar in Oakleigh. Picture: Facebook.

The feta chips available from Mick Adams Burger Bar in Oakleigh. Picture: Facebook.

Want to know more? Check out his story on the menu or the billboard inside the restaurant.

“Everybody remembers the corner store or milk bar from their childhood, so that’s what we are paying homage to,” Mr Koutroulis said.

He said he believed the secret to a delicious burger was high-quality meat.

At Mick Adams, they use juicy Cape Grim scotch from Tasmania, and all burgers are served medium, unless otherwise specified.


UPDATE: Mick Adams burger Bar in Oakleigh is now permanently closed.