Monday, January 08, 2007

The Napier Hotel, Fitzroy

It’s amazing how many restaurants around Fitzroy are closed on a Sunday evening! After discovering that all my favorites were closed, I thought I would try one of the famous ‘Bogan Burgers’ at The Napier Hotel. I pulled up a seat outside on a lovely Sunday arvo and hung out with The Napier’s Cricket Team who were also seated outside.
When my burger arrived, I was amazed at the amount of food on my plate- Salad, Crispy Potato Wedges and a HUGE burger in a Turkish bread bun. There was no way I was going to be able to eat this burger in one piece, so I had to cut in half. Once I cut it open, I discovered that the Bogan Burger is in fact exactly that. A total Bogan Burger. Inside is a Chicken Schnitzel, a piece of steak, a potato cake, fried eggs and more salad. WOW!
I didn’t know that that’s what a Bogan Burger actually consisted of, before ordering. How was I going to finish this? Well, I didn’t. Not only because it was huge, but because I was the worst burger I’d ever eaten! Every mouthful was a mouthful of grease!
The potato cake really didn’t work in there and the cheap chicken schnitzel had absorbed every piece of oil it was cooked in. I think I ate about half of it, mainly because I’d spent $16 on the burger, I felt I had to at least try to eat some of it. But I left feeling physically sick. I have to say, it’s one of the worst eating experiences I’ve had in this town. That will teach me not to try and eat out in Fitzroy on a Sunday!


mellie said...

I had heard of the Bogan Burger travesty. I'm just glad you lived to tell the tale!! :-)

BTW, how's your cholesterol? ;-)

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with the Bogan Burger. I had just finished telling some friends here in Dubai how awesome this 'Burger with the lot!" was and could not remember the name of the pub. Your wedsite was what answered my question. All I can say is - maybe you got a bad one. I will definitly be making the Napier a stop on my next visit back to Melbourne. Matt (an obvious Bogan)

Adski said...

Wow, I can't believe that someone out there likes this thing. Anonymous, do you live in Dubai or are you from Melbourne? I can't believe out of all the good food in melbourne you're telling your mates overseas about this so called 'burger' that's basically filled with the remains of what's left at the bottom of the deep fryer at the end of the day! I thought the only way they sell one of these things was to a poor unsuspecting sucker like myself!

Scott The Chef said...

I have to admit, you've got to be pretty hardened to attempt Melbourne's most serious burger, but one Sunday morning I discovered it is actually a great hangover cure (but probably not a cure for anything else, such as high cholesterol).
I can't say I'd be putting a hash brown or three types of meat in any burgers on my menu, but it's an experience you must have once!