As part of our recent trip to France – which you are all no doubt getting sick of hearing about! – one of the last places we visited was Planet Hollywood, over at Downtown Disney. We had spent the day shopping at a nearby outlet centre and popped down to Disney for the end of the day, a bit of souvenir shopping, and a quick meal. It was my birthday, so I spent the day doing things I love – shopping for expensive clothes and eating veggie burgers!
Planet Hollywood seemed the obvious choice, especially as they had a veggie burger option. It was a portobello mushroom burger, which always sounds good to me. It came in at 15 euros each, but was served with chips, so we gave it a go.
When it arrived, I began to take a look with interest. There were two big mushrooms stacked one on top of the other, making a juicy burger wedge that was dripping with juices. Unfortunately, there was also a very thick slice of red onion – right across the middle of a large one – and a whole wedge of lettuce. There was a lot of everything, but each flavour was in turn too strong. For reference, EVERYTHING in the photo below above the cheese is salad. And the salad only consisted of lettuce, onion, tomato, and a gherkin.
The large slice of tomato and the gherkin I took out right away, as it was difficult enough to manage the red onion – and I really like red onion! There was stringy cheese which added a great texture however, and a soft bread bun with a thick and solid edge to it. It was a little difficult to eat the burger as by the time you got halfway through it, all of the mushroom juice was dripping out and soaking the bread – plus it was large enough to cause problems for your jaw. It got so slippery in the end that the main challenge was holding it together without losing half the filling.
It was not a terrible burger, per se, but it was certainly a victim of the Disney overpricing. It tasted like cheap pub food to me – and while I do love pub food, it wasn’t a patch on a Wetherspoons veggie burger. Still, at least it wasn’t undercooked or cold like other mushroom burgers I have had in the past – and it was served in an interesting setting, with a delicious milkshake, and with a game on the tablemat that allowed you to match up the celebrities with their yearbook photos. It wasn’t the best I’ve had, but certainly not the worst.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 7/10
Price – 5/10
Rest of experience – 7/10