3rd March 2016
238 Union Road
Ascot Vale, VIC 3032
Grand Trailer Park Taverna has a new baby sibling. Motorhome Majestic may be located all the way out in Ascot Vale, but it could not be more apparent that the two restaurants are related.
This restaurant is all about the open road. Hollowed-out RVs have been converted into bars and kitchens. It’s mostly standing room that encourages large crowds and mingling; what seating there is takes the form of car seats and wooden picnic benches. The scene is completed with grass trimmings and funky music.
There were of course, cocktails abound. A little crazy was the Salted Caramel Spiked Milkshake ($17) – a combination of bourbon, ice cream, salted caramel, and a piece of (I kid you not) streaky fried bacon balanced on the rim. But that’s got nothing on the Kinder Surprise Spiked Milkshake ($20), which has an actual Kinder Surprise sitting on the top. Shame I didn’t manage to pick one up.
The basic burger is the Fine and Dandy ($9), which is, well, fine and dandy. The sugary bun sandwiched a timeless combination of crisp salads, sticky American cheese, their own take on the special sauce, and a beef patty cooked medium well. I thought the burger would’ve really benefited from the addition of something sharper, as the sweet bun and mayo-like sauce made it tasty but a bit one-dimensional and cloying, but other than that, it’s a pretty decent burger.
The Colonel ($10) on the other hand was edged pretty close to perfect. The thick, juicy piece of fried chicken thigh was coated with a punchy, southern-styled batter, complemented by the refreshingly bitter slaw. My only real complaint sat, once again, with the bun. I just can’t handle this much sugar in my sandwiches.
A good deal of snacks and sides were also circulating around the room, and the first I nabbed was a bucket of crunchy, fluffy Fries ($5). Before long, I had also picked up some tomato and BBQ sauces to go with it.
I could barely bring myself to eat the Mac and Cheese Croquettes ($5), they were so ridiculously over the top. But I’d be a big liar if I said that biting into the fried ball of gooey, easy-mac-esque pasta wasn’t bliss.
I was glad that I also managed to nab some Chicken Ribs ($8, 6pcs). These tasted just like what was in the burger I had earlier, and I regretted not grabbing another serve.
For dessert, I had a smaller version of the Waffle Stack ($10), which came with a scoop of 7 Apples ice cream, and two toppings of my choice. The waffles were a bit dense but frankly, how could this go wrong.
After two hours of eating, we were ridiculously full, but we still missed out on the pork ribs, onion rings, and the gargantuan Walter White – an ungodly invention with both beef AND fried chicken in it. In the end, the way I feel about Motorhome Majestic is more or less the same as how I feel about its older sibling. The focus here is less on the food, and on more about bringing in the good times.
Rating: 13/20 – grand trailer park taverna 2.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.
Sweet and Sour Fork dined as a guest of Motorhome Majestic.