Kangaeroo.com has been skeptical about the burger, which comes in two versions — the premium sandwich with cheese and the plain burger. The main ingredient is uncooked pastrami beef in the cold burger and spicy mustard sauce acting as the main condiment. Our big beef, if you’ll pardon the pun, is that although the burgers are being promoted as Australian, the taste is nothing like food served Down Under, where local flavored McDonald’s includes beetroot, eggs and even pineapple.
Thus we went into the taste test hoping to vindicate our anger at the Golden Arches’ affront of both Japanese consumers and Aussie McGourmands. And we must report the result that our misgivings were totally groundless. Admittedly, the pastrami and spicy mustard are not Australian tastes by any stretch of the word (earlier today, there was coincidentally a report in a prominent Australian newspaper that needed to explain what pastrami was to its readers, such is the rarity of its appearance on dining plates Down Under). Nonetheless, the burger is scrumptious, offering a refreshing, tangy taste. Although the sandwich in both its varieties possibly lacks a little beef in terms of volume, what substance it does provide the eater comes from the healthy serving of pastrami, which of course is Aussie Beef.
Overall, the verdict on the Aussie Deli and Cheese Aussie Deli is….Aussie Deli…cious!!! (And Kangaeroo.com also got the added bonus of a serving of humble pie for our pre-sale skepticism.)
Incidentally, the real Aussie Deli types sold in Australian McDonald’s restaurants from 2004 to 2010 were the following:
Bacon and Egg.
Turkey and Cranberry.
Deluxe Brekkie Roll
Sweet Chilli Chicken (trial in Newcastle, NSW)
Classic Ham (October 2004 – April 2006)
Italian Supreme (October 2004 – April 2006)
Veggie Presto (October 2004 – April 2006)
Change of Roast Beef to Barbecue Roast Beef (October 2004 – April 2006)
Barbecue Roast Beef (April 2006 – September 2007)
Sweet Chilli Chicken roll.
BLT roll (part of Australian Bacon promotion)
Australian Aussie Deli TV Ads