There’s nothing I love more than finding a new place with fantastic food – especially when it’s pretty close to home.
These slow-cooked lamb ribs were literally fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth fabulousness and the sauce just tops it off.
Unfortunately, this was a special dish for the night and isn’t on the menu (though they totally should! I’d eat so many of these like it’s not funny).
The salt & pepper calamari with garlic aioli and sweet roast pumpkin arancini were fried perfection – crisp on the outside and still wonderfully soft on the inside.
This fantastic-looking burger is made up of pork belly and slaw between a soft brioche bun and comes with scrumptious crackling, delicious apple sauce for dipping, and perfect hand-cut chips. It tastes even better than it looks too.
The pork belly is, unsurprisingly, a huge favourite with Royal Hotel’s customers. As Chef Danny Russo likes to keep things new and fresh on the menu the burgers come and go, but when he took this burger off the menu, there was almost a riot!
The mince in the Royal Wagyu cheese burger is roughly hand-grind, so it’s a pretty delectably meaty, chunky patty with bits of fatty goodness. It is accompanied with tomato, lettuce, beetroot, caramelised onion, and some pickles on the side.
The pork belly and this burger were my two favourites of the night – the flavours were bold, but well-balanced.
Yeah, so I still have some issues with chicken, but the refreshing Asian greens on the Thai chicken burger, as well as the bright herbs in the patty itself, really helped.
The accompanying sauce with this burger is a lime-coriander-chilli concoction and the chips had fried onions with a dash of coriander on top, which was a pretty interesting twist.
The lamb burger came with goats cheese, rocket, caramelised onion, and a beetroot & balsamic vinegar relish on the side. Another fantastic burger with a soft, juicy patty, and was well-balanced between the salty, sweet, and sharp flavours.
Although I have a somewhat weird obsession with potatoes, I actually don’t like sweet potato (unless it’s roasted well), so I have a bit of a snobbery disdain for sweet potato chips… until I had these chips, that is.
These sweet potato chips were amazing – most of the time, sweet potato chips aren’t crisp at all and soggy or oily at best, but these were super crunchy (that’s what you get for twice frying them! Hehe) and if they were all like this, I would totally have no qualms eating a whole basket of them.
And finally, something for the vegetarians: a fabulous grilled pumpkin and haloumi burger with a tangy tzatziki sauce, tomato, and lettuce. The sweetness of the grilled pumpkin is tempered by the salty (and happily squeaky) haloumi, tangy tzatziki sauce, and brightness of the tomato and lettuce. Yum!
Royal Hotel is a newly renovated heritage listed pub in Randwick, complete with a lovely beer garden (and fairy lights!). While Royal Hotel’s menu offers the “standard pub fare”, their speciality is the burgers (and they do it so, so well). But don’t forget: the burger menu does change a bit on a weekly basis.
es&t dined as a guest of Wasamedia.
2 Perouse Road
Randwick, NSW, 2031
Ph: (02) 9399 3006