The Royal Hotel – 770 Esplanade Mornington – Vic

Posted: August 14, 2014 in Burger Hunt
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Growing up in Mornington, the Royal Hotel was quite often the location of a special meal out and there are a lot of happy memories associated with this particular venue.  It’s always been one of my favourite locations for a drink on the veranda overlooking the bay on a nice sunny day – it’s a great location to soak up the sun and the views – It just feels like home. So when Paul and Ness suggested that we catch up for lunch in Mornington – the Royal seemed like as good a place as any. Now I should mention that the Royal is really two restaurants – the fancier bistro at the front, which as my sister reports, has been “done up” a bit since I last went, and then the tavern out the back which is where we went for lunch. The Tavern has a pub feel to it, and a menu to match – it’s more of a blokey hangout than the front bistro. It has a nice fire place and is much brighter and modern than it used to be. Anyway, so Paul and Ness, along with Katie and I saddled up to the bar and ordered our lunch in the back tavern section of the Royal. I ordered the Wagyu burger of course – Ness also decided the Wagyu burger was the way to go, while Paul sampled the steak sandwich and Katie went with the meatballs and a side of chips.

The burger that came out can only be described as a “Man burger” – they know their market well here. You get a big slab of Wagyu beef patty – you will not leave this place hungry let me tell you, it’s huge. So first impression is – gee that’s big. The bun is just a standard white bread roll, that could have come out of any bakery in town, a bit too much crust for me, but otherwise not offensive. It also comes with bacon, zucchini pickles, tomato and lettuce and of course gruyere cheese (Because it’s Mornington and if something’s trendy, then it has to be on the menu – note the Wagyu beef patty…). It was a sauce yourself kind of burger –  which I’ve never been a huge fan of, although there was some aioli and a whole selection of mustard and sauce to choose from.


The patty itself as I said is huge, but it’s also pretty juicy – cooked to a medium well, it was good quality beef, with a light spice background note that paired well with the gruyere. The pickles cut through the richness of the meat, and the bacon added some saltiness, however the burger was dominated by the beef. I was pleasantly surprised by this burger – I hadn’t gone out looking for a burger so it was nice to find one in Mornington. I’d give it a solid 7.

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  1. That looks really good!

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