Empress Hotel

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Empress Hotel – 714 Nicholson St, Carlton North, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Beef Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Don’t expext much
Price:
$13.50
Summary

The Empress Hotel first opened its doors in 1873 and thanks to a love and focus on live music, has not changed drastically over the years and, has earned its iconic status with an eclectic mix of regulars. The formal dining room is exactly that: a formal dining room with original wallpaper and light fixtures, Victorian era furniture, a large open fire place and is notably void of any plasma screens. As with all traditional pubs, The Empress Hotel offers a traditional pub menu with steak, fish & chips, chicken parma, shephards pie and a burger on offer. On a cold, wet, winter’s night, we took a step back in time, grabbed a couch near the fireplace and ordered the beef burger with Gourmet Angus beef, caramelised onion, mixed leaves, beetroot, cheese, tomato, cucumber and tomato relish.

Comments
“There was nothing really binding this burger together – even with the skewer in – many of the ingredients fell out before even taking the first bite. The large chunks of cold, crunchy beetroot, cucumber and tomato (although tasty), really overtook and cooled down the beef pattie and ended up tasting like a salad roll bought from a local bakery.”
“The burger really didn’t look like much and it kind of tasted as if it was its first day on the menu. The Angus pattie tasted pretty average but what really let it down was the the slice of beetroot that felt like it came out of a can and the bun that would have been more suitable as a breakfast roll. Adding more complication to the burger was the cucumber: it really didn’t feel like it belonged in there and the crunch and taste made me feel like I was eating a salad. The chips came out smelling of oregano and tasted good. For $13.50 I do think its passable, but I wouldn’t recommend it.”
“If you want be the most comfortable you’ve been in a while then get yourself to the Empress. It won’t solve any of our Burger Adventure problems but you’re in the right environment to ail a cold Melbourne night. Think about this: you go in, sit on a couch with your buds, sit in front of a fire and pay 13 dollars for a pub burger and fries that are there to keep your insides warm. Apart from that the burger just tasted like they went to the supermarket that morning, bought the ingredients and slapped them together. All eatable, but it’s the kind of burger that speaks more to your hunger than your taste buds.”
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3 comments

Australia has no idea about Burgers…

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Windy ( September 23, 2014 at 22:39 )

Il punto e8 proprio il frzeeer e che lo si vuole riempire periodicamente per togliersi il pensiero della spesa quotidiana. Ne consegue che prima o poi lo si deve svuotare e ci si deve sforzare di dare un senso’ a cif2 che ci troviamo. E dare un senso ai reperti’ non e8 sempre facile. Se ci fosse ancora l’abitudine di fare la spesa per il consumo quotidiano (o quasi) nelle botteghe sotto casa e non al supermercato, il problema non si porrebbe.A me capita spesso di mangiare all’estero e non sempre e8 facile nutrirsi in modo normale’. Non ho prevenzioni contro le cucine straniere. Anzi, e8 bene capire il pif9 possibile delle abitudini alimentari dei posti dove si va. Se c’e8 qualcuno che ti spiega il cosa, il come e il perche9 puf2 essere molto divertente e istruttivo. Nella cucina c’e8 un po’ tutto: il territorio, la storia, la religione e le culture di un luogo. Quindi e8 interessante e buona anche la cucina che ci propone FilippaDevo dire, perf2, che per un italiano, per giunta meridionale come me, non e8 semplice adattarsi. La cucina napoetana -ad esempio- e8 basata su verdure, ortaggi e legumi. Si usa l’olio di oliva. I derivati del latte sono pochi e leggeri: mozzarella, fior di latte, ricotta. Carne rossa poca e semmai pesce. Le preparazioni sono quasi sempre semplici e veloci. Insomma, la famosa dieta mediterranea’ che si scopre essere anche la pif9 salutare.A proposito di orrori alimentari, ieri passando da Piazza di Spagna, ho visto molti turisti con vaschette di plastica contenenti dei rigatoni alla carbonara di un colore giallo allarmante: troppo giallo .Ieri sera ne ho parlato al mio ristoratore di fiducia: pare che esistono mangimi sintetici che conferiscono all’uovo un colore molto forte ..Il ristoratore (ottimo, davvero) mi spiegava pure che in Cina hanno inventato le uova artificiali ..cioe8 costruite in laboratorio .cioe8 una cosa in cui le galline non c’entrano nulla ..ma ci rendiamo conto ?E’ ora di pranzo (per chi pranza). Buon appetito !DB

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