Hard Rock Cafe (Universal City) – Sadly, All Around The World

by Franklin on October 24, 2011

Remember back in the days, before The Grove, before The Americana?  Everyone used to hang out at Universal City Walk.  Though still a popular spot, it wasn’t what it used to be – at least to me.  After watching a movie on IMAX, my family and friends wanted to eat.

This was the first time eating at Hard Rock Cafe, anywhere.  Sadly, it might be my last.  Judging by the food alone, I did not enjoy it.  Nothing about the food stood out.  Dare I say, Chili’s or TGI Fridays has better tasting food. This mega chain with locations all around the world is amazing.  There is a Hard Rock Cafe in almost every major city in the world.  That is a feat in itself, but sadly, I did not enjoy the food.  Nothing stood out.

Though I’m not much of a rock music fan, I was impressed with all of the stuff they had here.  Autographed guitars and instruments glittered the walls in here. Even the classic car in the middle of the restaurant was pretty impressive.  They have all these cool decorations and memorabilia, but that is about it.

My swiss burger was just ok.  The patty wasn’t medium rare as I requested, and therefore, the patty was a bit dry. The side salad made it go down easier, but my bloody meat craving wasn’t met.

My cousin ordered the mac and cheese with chicken.  It wasn’t really cheesy or remarkable.  It tasted just like pasta, cheese sauce, and chicken. Maybe bacon would have done the trick?  There was nothing special about this dish.

The cheddar burger was dry as well.  The blanket of cheddar cheese over it looked, cool, but was deceiving. But by the time it reached my table, it was nearly room temperature and turned into a solid state.  That was really a turn off.  I wanted my ooey gooey, and I didn’t get it.

My brother’s mushroom steak was another non-special item.  The steak was nicely cooked, but it seemed a bit cold.  The mushroom sauce on top was alright, kind of bland.  Nothing stood out.

I can go on and on about how the food was average — below average.  Maybe it is just the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, and other locations are better. I saw the Hard Rock Cafe in movies, in Vegas, and is widely known.  LA even made a new one, so close closely related to this one on Hollywood Blvd. Once I sat down and ate the food, I was instantly turned off by it.  The decor and memorabilia is nice, yes, do go here for that.  But for a good meal, no.

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