The Tote now has a hole-in-the-wall burger joint

The Tote now has a hole-in-the-wall burger joint

Photo by John Torcasio via Wikimedia Commons
Words by Tom Parker


There’s never been a more important time to support live music venues and while The Tote isn’t able to host any gigs for the moment, they’re offering a scrumptious alternative in the form of Polly’s Burgers.

Chris Polak, the owner-chef of Polly’s, launched his burger takeover of The Tote on March 6 – 17 days later and the pub shut due to coronavirus. It was the unluckiest of timing for the budding chef who had thrown so much behind the venture.

While he is unable to physically operate and serve punters within The Tote’s beloved four walls, he has adapted and launched online orders that can be picked up in a hole-in-the-wall on the Wellington Street side of the venue.

Polak’s recipe for success involves innovative vegan burgers, tasty brown-rice bowls as well as some starchy snacks, because we all love a guilty treat. His delivery and takeaway menu comprises four burgers for $14.50 each.

Try the black bean and sweetcorn pattie with smashed avo or slaw or the Vietnamese-style chargrilled tofu that’s topped up with crushed peanuts and chilli mayo. If they don’t fly then the burger with a zucchini fritter, green-pea herbed salsa, butter-bean hummus, slow-roasted tomato and alfalfa is sure to get you involved. Polly’s also has a portobello mushroom burger too. Yummo!

Buns can be substituted out for brown rice and salad while the starchy snacks promised include fries or potato gems. You beauty!

Polly’s is open daily from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. Make an order via their website. Who’s hungry? 

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