The Esplanade Hotel, better known as the Espy, is located opposite the jetty on the picturesque shores of Brighton beach. As far as dining goes, there is a cafe on the ground level and a bistro upstairs towards one side. Today, I decided to eat at the cafe as it had better lighting for the food photography. The cafe menu can be divided into starters, salads, pizza, pasta and risotto, steaks, seafood and pub favourites.
The decor in the cafe section is casual and modern. Located on a nice corner position, there is plenty of natural light coming in from both directions, and there’s also a view of the sea if you’re sitting in the right direction.
For lunch, I ordered the Espy Burger which consists of bacon, onion, cheese, tomato, lettuce and tomato relish. The meal came out 15 minutes after ordering and was nicely presented.
The beef patty was about an inch thick and was the same diameter as the bun. While the patty looked a bit dry on the outside, the meat was actually tender and juicy. The bacon was cooked until crisp which is just the way I like it. The saltiness of the bacon was balanced by the sweetness of the golden caramelised onion and tomato relish.
The tomato was ripe and juicy, and the lettuce was fresh and crisp. Individual cheese slices were melted on each half of the bun, which I thought was quite good as it was like individual toasties. The bun itself was nice and firm, and held all the ingredients in well.
The chips were of a medium cut and were fried to perfection. They were crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.
The staff were friendly and the service was good. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing is what you typically pay at a pub. The cost of the burger was $18.90 which is reasonable considering it comes with a side of chips.
They make a decent burger at this place and it comes with views of the sea.
WHERE: 135 Esplanade, Brighton