One of the best things about vacationing is getting to eat out at restaurants just about every meal. Expensive, sure, but hey, you’re on vacation, and just like the extra calories in vacation food, the extra lines on your VISA statement don’t really count. At the moment. While Rose and I were vacationing in Australia, I had the chance to eat at many restaurants and sample foods I had never had before. For example, on our last night in Sydney we dined at Wolifies, where I enjoyed – really enjoyed – a delicious kangaroo and crocodile entrée and a bottle of Taltarni, an Australian sparkling wine which I had not seen in the States. But it wasn’t all big ticket meals in white linen joints – we ate at our share of fast food at places like Mr. Pie and Burgerlicious. And also at a place called Hungry Jacks.
When Burger King wanted to move into Australia in the early ‘70s, they found that the name was already used by a restaurant in Adelaide. The full story is on Wikipedia, but the gist is that they had to come up with a brand look that would be immediately recognizable, just with a different name.
As you can see, it looks just like any Burger King in the States, and while most of the menu is different, it all tastes exactly the same. Because the name is different, there are no ‘Creepy King’ ads in Australia, which is a shame since I think Australians would love the strange sense of humor.
For the record, kangaroo is a darker meat which has a strong, beefy taste reminiscent of a quality dry-rub steak. Crocodile? Yup, taste like chicken.