The Royal Albert Hotel Verdict: 7.5/10
Beef Burger: 8/10
Chicken Burger: 6/10
Why this place?
She says: We have had a couple of people leave comments and send us emails about this one (shout out to Enrico particularly!). I realised once we turned up that I had eaten some dumplings out the back previously and was pleasantly surprised by the contrast between my previous experience and this one.
He says: This had been running around my head as a place to chow down on burgers for some time. The photos I’d seen looked on the delicious side and the location fitted in perfectly with our plans for the remainder of the day.
What did you order?
- Royale with cheese, double patty, streaky bacon and fries: $16.50 (bacon $2.50)
- Chicken Katsu Burger with fries: $14
Tell us about the Royale with cheese?
He says: In a show of beauty and selflessness the wonderful She informed me that she didn’t mind if we went for a double patty today (which is not so much her thing but most definitely mine). This was a decent little burger but with just a little bit of tinkering and care could have lifted it’s level big time. The patties had a great flavour to them but were overcooked to buggery. The bun also seemed a little stale, the cheese could have afforded to have been melted and there must have been a pickle scarcity in the kitchen that day because the quarter one we got was nothing like the whole ones I’d seen in all the pictures. In saying that the although overcooked but undeniably tasty patty was a perfect match to sensational special sauce and the addition of streaky bacon soothed my stomach and soul.
She says: It really was an act of charity to agree to the double patty, He is right. One may think that a two patty burger easily becomes a single patty burger of just as high quality when one paddy is removed but one would be wrong because one would forget the amount of cheese and sauce the second patty takes with it. I did keep that in mind though and was willing to be kind to this burger on that basis. Big stand-outs for me in this burger were the pickles and special sauce. I think I may have got the pickle half, which was great for me (sorry to my He!) and the sauce was plentiful and delicious. The meat was a bit dry for me and crumbled a little too much for my taste. As always, I wanted more sauce (we noticed too late that there was a whole bottle of the special sauce at the cutlery station that we could have helped our selves to).
So then, how did you find the Chicken Katsu Burger?
She says: The chicken in this burger was a bit bizarre – my notes say ‘Weird salty chicken square’. It was covered in a really fine coating of crumbs, almost like a fish finger. The ton katsu sauce was great (but I do have a soft spot for that sweet goodness). I didn’t really like this one so much but I do feel like this would be a burger you could get a strange craving for late at night, in the same way that you (or maybe just me) sometimes get a craving for fish fingers in the early hours of the morning.
He says: This was a strange experience. Everything in the burger when tasted on it’s own was great but when brought together seemed a little lost. Compared to a similar chicken Katsu burger we had at Bonarche this was nowhere near being in the same league. I think the issue was the katsu sauce, which had a weird balance of sweetness. The chicken itself also had a processed chicken nugget vibe to it.
And what about the sides?
He says: The only sides in the menu were the crinkle cut fries that accompany each burger and boy were they good. Although not breaking any new ground they served as a potent reminder of just how good perfectly cooked golden brown crinkle cut chips taste covered in salt and doused in sauce actually are.
She says: GREAT CHIPS. They had those chips that you can fossick through time and time again and keep finding crunchy, awesome gold. Do it for the chips. And maybe just to experience the weird salty chicken square.
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