Melbourne burger bar slammed for 'ridiculous' grass-topped tables

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

One thing we all expect when going to any restaurant is a nice clean table to sit down and enjoy a meal. Definitely not getting grass stains.

A Melbourne burger joint is getting absolutely savaged online for ditching table cloths and instead topping their dining areas with grass.

And not the synthetic kind either, real grass, dirt and all.

An image of the grass-covered tables, spotted at a Grill’d restaurant on Chapel St, was shared on social media and has since gone viral.

“Melbourne. What the f*** is wrong with you? We get it. You are the brains-trust capital of Australia for self-gratifying, capitalist ethics. Can you please stop trying to one up yourselves?” browncardigan captioned the image on Instagram.


“When does it become the sustainability Olympics? … But what the f*** does turf on tables somehow prove? How is that hygienic? … OK I’m done.”

The sign pegged into each lawn with toothpicks reads “motherlovers choose free-range” along with a hashtag. But while the idea seems to be for a good cause, the execution has been ridiculed online.

“This may actually be the stupidest thing I have ever seen,” read one of almost 900 comments. “And if you know any of my mates, you’d know how big of a call that is.”

“Love a good breakfast with a side of lawn clippings. They’re a special breed down here,” another said.

The image has since done the rounds across Twitter as well with more people agreeing the concept was a little odd.

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

Some, however, saw the funny side.

“I present to you the turftable,” one person wrote.

“It’s a s*** lawn too. Could’ve at least put some effort and grown a golf green, put a whole at one end,” another suggested.

Just when you thought Melbourne has reached peak hipster, another cafe has been charging $18 for a plate of ‘deconstructed’ avocado on toast, which involves a plate of toast and half an avocado that you must smash yourself.

And another Melbourne establishment has been selling spoonfuls of Nutella for $5 each.

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