Angus 1/3 Lb Pastrami Cheeseburger @ Village Haus Restaurant

Price: $11.49

When: October 21, 2015, 12:30 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

The Village Haus Restaurant is a counter-service restaurant in Fantasyland. It’s located on Fantasyland’s west side, near the Casey Jr. Circus Train, just as Fantasyland begins to blur into Frontierland. The restaurant is themed in a Bavarian village style – big wood beams, thatched roof, plenty of stonework – and features both indoor and outdoor seating.

Village Haus offers standard theme-park fare (burgers, pizza), but they are definitely trying to be a cut above (so it’s a pastrami cheeseburger, and BLT flatbread). I love that they’re making the effort, and was keen to try their flagship burger. In this case, that’s the “Angus 1/3 lb. Pastrami Cheeseburger”. The dish includes fries or fruit.

(Yes, I got the fries.)

Eleven dollars and forty-nine cents later, I took my tray of food, grabbed a handful of ketchup packets, some napkins, and found a seat outside.

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but the presentation underwhelms. This is a standard, wrapped-in-foil cheeseburger with a slice of cooked pastrami … and that’s it. Period, full stop. If you remove the pastrami it magically turns into a standard cheeseburger. You have a slice of swiss in the middle, a pickle on top, and a bit of mayo and lettuce.

So how’s it taste?

Well … it’s OK. But just OK. Unremarkable. The beef is well-done (a bit too well-done). The cheese doesn’t add much flavor (swiss is mild on a good day; maybe they should go with sharp cheddar?). The pickle has a decent snap and brings much-needed texture. And, finally, the pastrami is overcooked and rubbery. This makes eating the burger challenging (my front teeth were trying to saw through some seriously tough parts), and also hurts the dish in the flavor department.

This has the potential to be a super-good burger. Make the patty a little juicier, cook the pastrami a little less aggressively, throw on some different cheese, and add a little more pickle? You’d have something. As it stands, the Pastrami Cheeseburger is average, at best, and incredibly forgettable.

The fries were equally forgettable. A bit limp, and in dire need of extra salt.

Not recommended. Spend your money (and calories) on something else.

UPDATE: As of July 2017, Village Haus Restaurant has been rebranded as “Red Rose Taverne.” This item is no longer available.