Stamford Plaza Hotel

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Stamford Plaza Hotel – 111 Little Collins St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
The Stamford 100% Beef Burger
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
3 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t Bother

Located at the top end of Melbourne’s CBD, the Stamford Plaza Hotel houses a small and conveniently located cafe/restaurant. With a fit out that can’t really be described as having one particular style: Chesterfield couches, a Roman-style mural on a domed roof, iron frame outdoor chairs and some sort of oriental painted wall. Its a real wonder what they’re trying to achieve? We decided to give their Stamford 100% Beef Burger a go which comes with a beef pattie, salad, chips, onion rings, tomoato relish, and pickled Lebanese cucumber.

“Well, well, well, what can I say! Don’t go there to see what you think, coz I can assure you that you’ll be as disappointed as I was. There just wasn’t anything good about this burger. From the surroundings to the wait time (it wasn’t even busy), and ofcourse the burger itself. I won’t bother listing what was wrong with it coz all I can say is nothing was right.”
“The best way to improve this burger is to replace the beef with better beef, the salad with better salad, the bun with a better bun, add cheese and halve the price. Once this is done it might be worth checking out. The highlight of this Burger Adventure was listening to the new Usher album that was on in the background, and I don’t even like Usher.”
“I have this rule I try to live by. Basically if I don’t have anything good to say, I’d rather not say anything at all. However, since this is a burger review I will try to keep it short. The whole burger experience was disappointing. It started with a 30+ min wait for a burger that only really had 5 ingredients in it, on a quiet night where there weren’t any people in the restaurant. The pattie, the bun and whatever was in that burger was so subpar I cant even begin to tell you. But what really stuck out to me was the over-cooked, tasteless pattie. Really disappointed.”
“I’m hopefully saying this for the last time; the Turkish bread is not fooling anyone. It does not make your burger more fancy, more exotic or give you an excuse to charge a ridiculous price for it. Please stop using it! Also when a menu says one thing and you get another, there is a real problem (no onion rings, no tomato relish and what Lebanese cucumber?). I really hope for the Hotel’s sake that they were just having an off day.”

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