A taste of America comes to East Melbourne

Brendan Rees

Looking for a unique dining experience with all the flavours of classic American cuisine?

Then head down to the new Route 66 Bar and Grill at 150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, where you can sink your teeth into some mouth-watering burgers featuring favourite ingredients like American cheese, Spanish onion, sliced pickles, and fresh guacamole. It also serves a variety of steaks “cooked to perfection” and marinated ribs.

Its passionate owners Karan Singh and Kamalpreet Kaur opened the venue’s doors in February, with a promise to “give something different to locals and neighbourhood they never had before”.

“Our menu has unique way of making burgers that are traditional ways of towns on Route 66 – the Oklahoma classic is our famous one,” Karan said.



The naming of Route 66 Bar and Grill was inspired by the pair’s desire to offer a distinctive dining experience that showcases their enthusiasm and talent.

“I am a chef by trade. I worked in a lot of grill restaurants and steakhouses in Sydney,” Karan said. “I then moved to Melbourne seven years ago after I met my partner in Sydney.”

“The name comes from Route 66 as I studied the way each town makes their burgers, and we put it all together,” he said.


We use American-style rubs on ribs and seafood, as well as wagyu beef in our beef burgers. There’s also chicken breast fillet marinated in our house recipe.


“Ribs are cooked in our unique house sauces as well, and we also have vegetarian burger options.”

The restaurant’s interior has a classic American feel with vintage seats and a burgundy leather seat against the wall, as well as a black and cream coloured carpet – making the atmosphere seem like you really are on a road trip.

A big feature is the bar where you can grab a classic cocktail with a modern twist to refreshing mocktails bursting with freshness.

Customers have loved the food and service with a 4.9 out of five-star Google review.

This is Melbourne’s latest American dining adventure, highlighting the owners’ “boundless potential and innovative restaurant concept”. •

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