When you head down the King William Road cafe precinct, you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to dining destinations. Of course, as someone who’s already been to most places down the street, looking for somewhere new can be a tad difficult. Today, I find myself at the Hyde Park Tavern, a place that I’ve been to before but never for a meal. For lunch, there are a dozen tapas dishes, traditional pub meals and a couple of dishes with international influences.
The decor has really nice character which is accentuated by the use of black, white and brown. Central to the room is the bar with a combination of stools and normal seating surrounding it. The tavern is located on a nice corner position and there is plenty of natural light flowing through multiple directions.
For lunch, I ordered the Lamb Burger which came after a 15 minute wait. Served on a wooden chopping board, the presentation was good, although I was expecting a larger burger. The lamb was well marinated, tender and succulent, although as a whole, the burger was kind of bland. The spinach was wet and slippery, and the grilled haloumi was a little soft and wasn’t salty at all. The brioche bun was nice and firm and held all the ingredients in well. The chips were nice and crunchy, and unfortunately was the highlight of the meal.
The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. Drinks and food arrived promptly and the board was cleared as soon as I finished. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing average. The cost of the burger was $18 which is on par with other places, however, I didn’t like the size or ingredient combination.
I’d expect more from a pub burger.
WHERE: 187 King William Rd, Hyde Park