Burgers, hotdogs and meatballs opposite Adelaide Convention Centre
In France, the Quarter Pounder from McDonalds is known as a Royale with Cheese, the term popularized by the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Royale with Cheese lives up to its name by serving a good range of burgers, as well as hotdogs, meatballs and other Australian favourites. It is located on North Terrace, opposite Adelaide Convention Centre.
We decided to try their "signature dish", the burger, after which the restaurant is named. It had a juicy beef patty that was cooked to perfection, accompanied with pickles, lettuce, tomato, bacon, two types of cheeses, homemade ketchup and maple Jack Daniel mayonnaise that enhanced its flavour. The burger also came with a small serving of fries to complete the dish.
Much like the ketchup in the 'Royale with Cheese', the beef hotdog in the 'Coney Island Dog' is also made by the restaurant and it had a distinct flavour that was central to the dish. It was topped with a beef chilli sauce, mustard and onions that went very nicely with the hot dog. Although it was supposed to come with strings of cheddar cheese, we chose to have the dish without it as it would have been a bit too cheesy for my father's taste.
Sticky Pan – Roasted Sausages' puts a unique twist on bangers with mash (the name Australians give to sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy) by including slices of cooked apple with the dish. The pork and leek sausages were cooked just right and the onion gravy and apple slices rounded out their flavour. The creamy mashed potatoes were a good contrast to the rich sausages and onion gravy.
Their meatballs can be ordered served together with pasta/mashed potatoes/vegetables and grilled sourdough bread. Sadly the beef meatballs we chose were a bit dry for our taste, although the tomato ragu sauce complemented it nicely and the vegetables were cooked very well, not too raw or too soft. The grilled sour dough was a good companion to the dish and tasted lovely when dipped into the sauce covering the meatballs.
The fries were fried to golden brown with fluffy interiors and dusted with a herb mix that reminded us of the fries that we used to enjoy at a cafe at Palmerston North in New Zealand. It came served with aioli and the same tomato sauce used in the 'Royale with Cheese'.
Aside from the dishes stated above, Royale with Cheese also serves breakfast dishes until 11am daily. It is a convenient place to stop by for a bite when attending functions at the Adelaide Convention Centre.