You've probably seen it, drove past it and maybe even walked past it. But you've not been in Royal’s Chicken & Burger. So maybe you should. I've finally had a chance to visit Royals and who doesn't love a good meal of burgers, wings and chips? If you don’t you're probably out of your mind.
The menu is not complicated. If you go for the wings, pick how many and what sort of sauce you want. That evening we had the Honey Pepper and the Buffalo Wings (lvl of spiciness - Hot).
Pictured above is the buffalo wings with a heat level of “hot” which is just before the "hell-ishly" spicy one. And it packed a kick for what it was worth. If you frown at the delicious Merrywell Lollipop wings due to the lack of heat, Royal’s Chicken and Burger will not disappoint. Celery stick is its usual accompaniment along with a blue cheese dip. Now, if only the sauce bowl was slightly wider so I could dip the wings in the sauce..? Moving on, the Honey Pepper Chicken tasted "OK", but lacked any real appeal. There were not crispy bits coated in honey whatsoever, in fact it felt a little soggy at one point. But if you cannot eat fiery Buffalo Wings or dislike the acidity of the vinegar, this makes for a fair substitute.
Once we were done with the appetisers, it was time to move on to the burger. Royal’s Chicken & Burger has a couple of burgers on their menu. But what better way is there than to assess burgerfection that try their most basic cheeseburger, the no frills basic that when done right makes tongue wag! The Royal with Cheese (with an extra slice of American Cheese +$1)!
I think this has got to be the juiciest patty I have had in a while! Cooked just right, red in the middle and slightly crusty on the outside it was heavenly. Trying to keep things minimalistic, all I had in there was two serves of cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle and onion. No vegetable bullshit stopping the marriage of meat and bun. Pickles were delicious and the chemistry between the mustard and ketchup was on point. The Royal with Cheese was simplicity at its best!
Do I enjoy Royal’s Chicken & Burger? Sure did. Its take on the classic cheeseburger is a solid success with little distractions from what it was meant to be. I bloody love a good burger!!! On the other hand, our reception towards the wings was a little mixed depending on whether you had the honey pepper or the buffalo or even the Southern Fried Chicken. While the Buffalo Wings got a nod of approval from around the table, the Honey Pepper was lacklustre and Southern Fried Chicken was a tad dry and did not really excite! Definitely coming back for my burger feed!