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In the mood for something different from the usual foods that can be purchased at uni, YHL, RM and I decided to make a short trip up Royal Parade/Elizabeth St to grab a bite from Hero one Friday lunch time. Having heard that it can get quite busy, we made sure to leave uni just before the peak lunch hour began.
It’s a good thing we had decided on takeaway because the extremely cosy venue only had a few seats anyway. Touted as a revolution of the sandwich kind, Hero is essentially the gourmet answer to sub sandwiches - think refined version of Subway! With six different subs to choose from, each sounding as delicious as the next, alongside a selection of sides and donuts, we had some tough decisions to make! Funnily enough, we ended up ordering the same thing…
Catcher - panko crumb shrimp tossed in Hero’s secret seasoning, and slaw, finished with homemade thousand island dressing.
The panko batter was delicately textured and possessed much crunch. Their secret seasoning was slightly sweet and had a touch of spiciness, while the dill brought an aromatic kick. Underneath this golden layer of tastiness was a fresh, tender prawn. The slathering of thousand island sauce gave rise to a sweet creaminess, and the lemony slaw added a zesty freshness that balanced out with the heavier components perfectly. The bread itself tasted fresh and its texture somewhat similar to a Vietnamese bread roll - soft on the inside, with a slightly crunchy exterior.
Shoestring fries, with Hero secret spice.
The fries were super crunchy; you could hear the crunchhhhhh as you chewed! Its seasoning was very similar to a cross between instant noodle flavouring and that used on BBQ-flavoured chips.
Hot ball donuts, with chocolate or jam filling.
Unfortunately feeling too full from the sub and the fries, I had to leave aside the donuts until much later in the day. Served warm, the donut shell would have no doubt been crispy if eaten immediately, and the hot filling would have been a wonderful companion. By the time I had gotten around to it, the donut tasted similar to packaged donuts from the supermarket, but a tad fresher.
YHL on her decision to go with chocolate over the jam: “If I’m going to be sinful, I might as well go all the way!”
While slightly more expensive than Subway, you easily get bang for your buck with the sensational quality of the ingredients used and the tasty combination of flavours. If it was just a little closer to uni, I could easily visit Hero on a frequent basis for lunch. Shame.
Building 80 RMIT
445 Swanston St,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
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