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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Belvedere Hotel, Sydney

Sometimes all you need is a burger.

Despite the gleaming renovations and air of sophistication, we're pleased to find a reasonably cheap and cheerful bar menu at the Belvedere Hotel.

The ground floor bar menu is a mix of burgers, snacks and a pizzas, along with a selection of more substantial main meals, including slow-braised lamb shanks, chicken schnitzel and fish and chips. Apart from the 400g grass-fed T-bone steak at $25, everything else tends to hover around the $10-$16 mark. A $9 express lunch features rotating specials of the day.

The bar is bright and airy, bathed with natural light during the day, which can feel a little at odds with the moody elegance of its deep timbers, flocked wallpaper and slate grey colour scheme.

Scotch fillet steak sandwich $16

We order at the bar - our meals delivered to the table by waitstaff, although I have to get up anyway for tomato and barbecue sauce, which is stored in self-dispense pump bottles on the counter.

The scotch fillet steak sandwich is surprisingly tender, the bread featuring tantalising grill marks, with rocket leaves and tomato nestled.

Belvedere burger $14

My Belvedere burger is a tower of beef patty, tomato, rocket and bacon spilling out from the burger bun hat perched jauntily on top.

I pipe on a squiggle of barbecue sauce, but really I didn't need to - the slather of red onion relish is deliciously more-ish and sweet.

The burger patty itself is also a winner, chunky and textured, although the middle of the burger seems a touch cold, even though it is cooked through. Bacon is more seared than crisp, but the chips are crunchy.

Fast food or bar burger? I know what I'd choose.

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The Belvedere Hotel
Corner of Bathurst and Kent Streets, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9264 1688

Open 7 days for lunch and dinner

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/25/2010 03:28:00 am


  • At 9/25/2010 9:31 am, Anonymous Karina said…

    You have changed my plans for today. I love hamburgers. I would have to try it!

  • At 9/25/2010 10:34 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Strangest thing is that I woke up this morning and the thought of my normal sweets-focused diet made me feel queasy. I'm not normally into meat, but this looks so. so. good right now. *swoon*

  • At 9/25/2010 1:53 pm, Anonymous Honey @ honeyandsoy said…

    I totally agree with your first sentence!!! And if you mean you'd choose burger bar, I'm with you there too. Somehow the chips are also better.

  • At 9/25/2010 7:47 pm, Anonymous thang @ noodlies said…

    Hey Helen, I love the look of that burger, but a little too hard to eat... I think I'd go for the yummy steak sandwich instead! Yum!

  • At 9/26/2010 9:21 am, Blogger Anna said…

    Oh yes, I agree. Sometimes only a burger will do :) With chips of course...

  • At 9/27/2010 12:40 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    Bonjour! I just had baked eggs & foie gras for lunch and looking at that steak sandwich, I want that as well!

  • At 9/28/2010 2:07 am, Anonymous TT said…

    I woke up this morning and the thought of my normal sweets-focused diet made me feel queasy. I think I'd go for the yummy steak sandwich instead!

  • At 10/11/2010 12:58 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi John - Eggs and foie gras for breakfast? A steak as well would be just plain greedy!

  • At 11/05/2010 9:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi guys guess who Greece calling LOVE u..MIKE DANIELA r u still on site? hope the place is secure now that i'm not around?


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