Mail Exchange Hotel

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mail Exchange Hotel – 688 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
M.E.H’s Beef Burger
Dress Code:
4 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t Bother

The ominous looking building that is the Mail Exchange Hotel is rich with history. Prior to being constructed, it was the home of Robert Hoddle who famously designed the layout for Melbourne’s inner city streets. After the land’s acquisition in 1913 by the Post Master General’s Department, construction began for a new building that would ease the congestion of another Melbourne landmark, The GPO. So, after almost 100 years and a few tenants later, nothing would be more Australian than to turn the old gal into a pub. The ground floor on the building has been been completely restored and features a 200 seat bistro, central bar, atrium with internal courtyard and informal lounge areas (the Pokies). With a pub-style menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner we went for the Mail Exchange Hotel Beef Burger that comes with 200 grams of chargrilled beef, lettuce, tomato, fried egg, bacon, mustard and mayo. This is all accompanied with a side of beer-battered chips and coleslaw.

“I don’t know why people bother putting something on the menu just for the sake of having it on there. If your not going to put any effort at all into something, don’t ruin it for everyone that is looking to enjoy a decent meal. Everything about the burger was wrong and uncared for. I really felt like my palette and stomach had been abused. Who the hell gave the green light for this to be on the menu?”
“I can’t really find anything positive to say about this burger, so I’ll just list the negatives: the bun was too big, stale and fell apart. The beef had very little flavour. They used the spine of the lettuce and the ends of the tomato. The “coleslaw” was wet cabbage with no mayo. So yeah, I think this place makes its money off the Pokies and the food is just an inconvenience for them.”
“Like a 5 year old that doesn’t want to eat his vegetables, you would have seen me react the same way with this burger. I hated burgers in general when I was eating it. I’m not even going to analyse it any further. It should just be removed from the menu and forgotten about. Readers – this was the first time I didn’t finish my burger – EVER. Damn you Mail Exchange Hotel, damn you..”
“As far as burgers go, this was shit. My bun fell apart almost instantly. The meat resembled a fast food chain just with some gourmet additions: chopped onion. You might be satisfied with this meal if you’d just gotten off a 24 hour plane ride and you were stuck in transit in Whothehellknowsville and this was the only thing to eat FOREVER. Come to think of it, the place kind of looked like a tacky airport lounge. It was a really nice, sunny day when we went though. I ate a Paddle-pop. I think it was banana.”
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I like paddle pops too Z. Banana ones are good.

swizzle ( April 13, 2011 at 10:39 )

G – That was your best comment so far!
You are now a man… from not demolishing a burger completely.

Luke Warm Dinners ( April 13, 2011 at 11:55 )

You must indeed have excellent taste swizzle.


• Z

The Burger Adventure ( April 13, 2011 at 20:39 )

Are you kidding? I just recently went to the Mail Exchange Hotel and tried their beef burgers; it was amazing! Most definitely the best burger I’ve had in a long time! The bun was lightly toasted and still soft, the meat pattie was juicy and full of flavour that I was actually stunned. The fresh lettuce, tomato and pickles were the perfect compliment to the meat. And don’t even get me started on their chips and coleslaw! I don’t normally eat coleslaw but the Mail Exchange Hotel proved godly once I had test it.

I am tempted to fly down to Melbourne, purely to get that burger…or maybe a parma.

ttttttt ( January 10, 2012 at 19:11 )

I have been to the mail exchange a few times and all i have to say is the calimari was amazing!!!! Most restaurants struggle to make it perfectly, and the mail exchange definitely made me happy! I havent tried the burger, after your review i most likely wont. However the rest of the food certainly makes up for it!

SarahHeight ( February 18, 2013 at 11:23 )

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