Spottiswoode Hotel, 62 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood. Phone: 9391 1330
Even with the contemporary makeover, the Sunday night scene at the Spotiswoode is cheerily like any pub anywhere in Melbourne.
There’s family groups all over the joint, couples and single diners, too. Some are watching footy but everyone is having a fine old time.
Some folks are even chowing down on the $10 Sunday roast special this late in the day.
It’s that sooper-dooper special that has seen us return several times since our first visit.
But tonight we’re here to try the broader menu, about which we’ve heard very mixed reports.
We have to report, however, that the meals we see scurrying around us – shanks ‘n’ mash, two kind of ribs, steaks, F&C and pasta among them – look amazingly tasty and very big.
Whether this is testament to a triumph of substance over style, we know not.
But still, we’re wondering if we’ve really goofed by BOTH of us ordering the burger with lot ($15.50).
Those doubts are accentuated when our meals arrive looking nothing special at all.
That turns out to be largely an optical illusion caused by the large white plates on which our food resides.
The truth is, these are killer burgers – hands-on, gooey, messy, unrepentant macho classics.
The buns are big and fresh.
The good-quality bacon and cheese both taste real fine.
Even the fried egg – something I can and do live without when it comes to burgers – seems just right.
The beef patty is partially charred on the outside, nice and chewy and just the right dimensions in relation to the other ingredients.
Finally, the various green bits and the tomato have a crunchy freshness to match it with the more greasy elements, providing just the right kind of contrast.
Thee are the best burgers we’ve had for a good long while, and the price is a steal.
But we both wonder how they’d go when being assessed by our pal Nat, a hardcore, finger-on-the-pulse Melbourne burger maven if ever there was.
They’re a deep brown and look like they may be ace – but they’re just OK.