Three Crowns Hotel – 365 Victoria St West Melbourne – VIC

Posted: August 5, 2014 in Burger Hunt
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Not quite the Friday night burger that I had planned, but Sunday evening works for me just fine as long as there’s a tasty burger involved.  By a stroke of good fortune, Damo, Katie and I all felt the strong urge for a burger and after a brief conversation to organise the particulars, we decided the best course of action was to meet up in  North Melbourne – well I thought The Three Crowns Hotel was in North Melbourne – apparently it’s on the wrong side of Victoria street and thus West Melbourne… Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah, we organised to meet up at the  lovely little gastro/steak pub the Three Crowns Hotel. The buffalo wings on the menu were the deciding factor for me, oh, and of course the fact that there was an interesting burger available might have had something to do with the decision as well… We met up early in the evening and preceded to order some starters – no prizes for guessing what we ordered – 12 buffalo wings with creole blue cheese sauce and a bowl of Chilli Cheese Fries. The buffalo wings had quite the crispy coating on them and reminded us of the KFC wicked wings in texture and crispiness, the hot sauce that covered the wings was a bit on the not so hot side, very mild – I like a little more zing to my wings, however Katie quite enjoyed hers, so it’s more a matter of heat preference I guess. The Chilli cheese fries were terrific – the chilli itself was a slow cooked smoky beef cut that just pulled apart with a fork which was really really good. Add in some melted American cheesy, saucy goodness and some thick cut chips, and well, you’ve got yourself some pretty damn good chilli cheese fries!

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Once the starters had been polished off it was time to move on to the star of the show – the ” American cheeseburger with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fancy sauce and pickle on brioche” which came served on a wooden platter nestled in snuggly next to a mound of chips. First thing I noticed with this burger was the bun, it was a super soft bun – however there was also a lovely crust to it. This is the kind of bun that I really enjoy, and it really worked with this burger – it wasn’t sweet at all, it was covered in sesame seeds which added nicely to the overall flavour, it had some nice charring and it compressed down nicely when you bit into the burger. Great start. The next thing I noticed was that this was a juicy burger – I needed extra napkins for this one – and the fact that it comes out on a wooden board meant that I made a bit of a mess…

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The fancy sauce that I dripped everywhere served as a great accompaniment to the chips – but it probably did it’s best work in the burger – a nice and creamy mayo based sauce with a hint of spice.  The beef in the burger was good – but both Damo and I agreed that this a burger that is dying to be a double – it reminded me of the beatbox patty. Not too thick, but not too thin – you get a juicy beefy patty, but you want more if you only have one. Well I know what I’m ordering next time! The patty itself was encased in melted American cheddar which kept the meat juicy and delicious. The bacon was good – crispy and salty, but I got mostly the short cut – whereas Damo and Katie got the streaky bits… They both like their bacon more than I did. The salad elements were ok, but my tomato slice was tiny so for most of the burger I thought they forgotten to add it – I would have like them to be a little more generous here – one tiny slice of tomato and one leaf of cos lettuce. Ok, I know you don’t make friends with salad, but in this case, just a little more wouldn’t hurt… The pickles rounded off the burger and added that nice sharp bite that cut through the richness of the sauce. overall, we all agreed that this was a really good burger, no one had any real complaints at the end and we all left happy. I’d give it an 8.

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Comments
  1. This looks great dude. I’m doing similar over at http://www.outforlunch.co.uk – let me know if you ever fancy contributing. I’d love to have some content from Australia!

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