Behind The Pantry
Rear 1 Church Street (on St Andrew Street)
Mon – Wed: 11am – 8pm
Thu – Sat: 11am – 9pm
Sun: 11am – 8pm
Drinks: Soft Drinks, Slushie flavours & various beers
Jules: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the f*#k a Quarter Pounder is.
Jules: What do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a “Royale with Cheese.”
Jules: “Royale with Cheese.”
– A scene from the motion picture Pulp Fiction
“The burger is one of the greatest food inventions of the 21st century. Effectively a meal in two hands, the burger has certainly made an impact on how and when we eat food. Historically, the burger hasn’t had a smooth ride – from the introduction of the cheap and fast McDonald’s burger, outcasted by dietitians as unhealthy, to the recent rise of the gourmet burger.
Church Street, Brighton isn’t typically known for its street eat/ burger location. Over the past twenty years it has firmly established itself as a medium to high-price restaurant/café scene surrounded by strong local retailers. This is all going to change with the new introduction of The Royale Brothers. Located at the rear end of The Pantry, the owner’s vision is to provide a causal dining space and remove the unnecessary pretentiousness. The space is purely al fresco with a long table travelling down St Andrews Street and underneath a small shaded area.
Unlike Huxtaburger, there is a wealth of burger options available here, from the standard signature burger (Royale with cheese [$12]) to the adventurous types (Crispy Fish [$12]), The Royale Brothers aim to please all. It was suggested that if we were carrying a strong appetite, Royale Double Deluxe – double beef, double cheese, double bacon, double bun, onion, lettuce, pickles, mustard & Royale sauce [$18] with slushie [$4.50] would be ideal.
Calling this burger a deluxe is accurate, but perhaps the name should be revised – this burger was huge! Effectively a burger and half, it was a full flavour burger with no skimping on the fillings. The brioche bun was fantastic, not too sugary and holding shape from start to finish. Taking inspiration from the New York burger as to its mammoth size the, double cheese, double patty, double bun was all present and particular tasty. The beef was of good quality and matched well with the thick cheese. Whilst being delicious, it was far too big for my mouth. With no cutlery, tackling the burn required splitting the burger horizontally in half. Given the pickles were laid out on the bottom left a defined salty flavour. This burger isn’t suitable for people with normal hunger levels.
The location, atmosphere and vibe created byThe Royale Brother is a refreshing dining experience for Brighton. It’s the perfectly example of how to provide a casual element to Church Street. Who would have thought we would say ‘going for burgers in Brighton’?”
“I have recently moved from the northern suburbs back down to the south side of the river. I had been spending my days in Brighton, scoping out the area when I had passed the recently opened The Royale Brothers – a burger venture opened by the owners of Brighton’s most established restaurant, The Pantry. Coincidentally, we were invited shortly thereafter to come and try them out, and how could we say no?!
The Pantry has been around for over 20 years and claims to be one of the biggest trend setters for food and retailers in the area, drawing in the Brighton crowd with its gourmet menu and reinventing itself with its Masterclasses. The Royale Brothers is the next incarnation of the Hugos Group, with a vision to take this offering and make it mobile.
“The Royale Brothers is really a test site. We are looking to put it into a food truck and provide it as an option in Melbourne and Sydney alike,” says the stunning Annabelle Price, PR spokeperson for The Pantry . What a great concept!
It was a hot summers day when we arrived and I was mighty hungry, ordering the classic Royale with Cheese – Beef, cheese, onion, lettuce, pickles, mustard, mayo, & Royale sauce [$12]. G was also with us (albeit a little sulky), ordering The Pork Jerk – Jerk spiced pork shoulder, vinegared slaw, spring onion, coriander [$12]. We both got raspberry slushies to accompany our meals.
Our burgers were presented in no-fuss take-away wrapping and when we opened them up, we realised this was probably not only for convenience, but also just to hold the burgers together!
The bun on my burger was sugary and soft – almost like a McDonald’s style bun but not as sweet. The beef was juicy and fell apart in my mouth – so yum! Unfortunately the beef was a little too juicy, which made it difficult to keep the burger together as the base of the bun threatened to fall apart. The lettuce in my burger had a lovely crunch as well as the pickles. The royale sauce could be likened to the perfect ‘Big Mac’ sauce (and I mean that as a compliment!) – addictive and rich, this sauce pulls the whole package together.
G’s pork jerk looked amazing and I was honestly a little jealous of his meal.
What I loved most about The Royale Brothers was the young, trendy vibe that it brings to Brighton, which – let’s be honest – is starting to date a little. Providing a breath of fresh air, this venue provides delicious burgers quickly in a no-fuss manner.
Final thought: “Must try burgers if you’re on the south side”