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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Burger Liquor, double standard - 8.5/10

Double Standard - ground chuck, cheddar, pickle, house ketchup and mustard mayo (double beef and double cheddar) $15


Burger Liquor is halfway up Willis Street, just past the Capital Markets food court. It previously housed Crazy Horse Steak House and, before that, Armadillos.

For me, Burger Liquor sets the bar for burger joints in Wellington (to be fair it is one of only a few dedicated burger joints in Wellington). Regardless, they have upped the game and set the bar high. It is currently my go-to place. They have been going a couple of years now and I apologise for taking so long to get a review up!!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Nanny's Food Truck, Hit the Mark - 9/10

Nanny's food truck makes, hands down, the best burger in Wellington - if you can find him.  He is a truck you know.  And he moves around.

However, if you go to the Nanny Nation facebook page, you can get cryptic updates on where Nanny's is likely to be. If he is near where you are, then get there.  But get there early because there will be a line. And there will be a line for two reasons - the burgers are damn good - and Nanny's is the slowest fast-food provider I have ever been to.  Expect to wait 15 minutes to 45 minutes from the time you order. Maybe longer, maybe not so long.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WOAP 2016 - Sterling, Sterling Burger - 6.5/10

Awatoru venison burger with beetroot relish, housesmoked cheese, juniper pickled celeriac and Sterling secret sauce, with truffled shoestrings $22


Sterling is the latest to try to make something of what has been a revolving door at 101 The Terrace.  Previously The Pub (which had a solid burger offering) and before that the Eating House and before that an Italian restaurant whose name escapes me.  From the people who brought us Egmont Street Eatery, Burger Wellington 2015 champion, we though they would be worth a look.  Even if it was a venison offering.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

WOAP 2016 - Grill Meats Beer, Lambshank Redemption - 8/10

Spiced Wairarapa lamb patty with braised shank, Cuba Fruit Mart beetroot, baby kale, roasted pumpkin, Kingsmeade Castlepoint feta, and pine nut aioli, on a Pandoro bun $20



Not a big fan of lamb burgers, and having just had a baa'd lamb bao at Egmont Street Eatery earlier, I was quite hesitant about going to Beer Meats Grill (BMG). However, I knew they did a great burger so I thought it was worth a shot for sure. Plus it was a solo trip so if it was disappointing, it would only be me.

Fortunately, my intuition was right.  BMG does do good burgers.  They actually made me like a lamb burger. Just looking at the picture you can probably see why. It was a damn good looking burger.

Monday, 22 August 2016

WOAP 2016 - Nannys Food Truck, Mark 2.0 - 6/10

200g beef and lamb patty with cheese sauce, bacon, chipotle sauce, fried pickles, caramelized onion, homemade mayonnaise and fresh slaw on a Zaida's milk bun donut, with fries $15


Nannys Food Truck is my favourite and is my best. Their 'hit the mark' burger does just that. The highest ranking burger in my blog (when I finally get around to publishing it). No wonder I was excited they were part of WOAP 2016.

Nanny's developed a special burger just for WOAP - the Mark 2.0. However, being an innovator, it wasn't so much a facelift as a completely new model. They went for a beef/lamb patty.  A slice of apple was added to the mix. and changed out the milk bun for a donut.  Yes. A deep-fried, sweet donut. Like the kind you get in a fish n chip store.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

WOAP 2016 - Ramen Shop Umami Burger - 6/10

By Bella Donna



Eastbourne Village Meats pork and beef patty with Hillside bacon, foraged seaweed and pickled shiitake mushrooms in a soft bun. $12


This was one of those curious beasts that didn’t quite live up to its promise.  I liked it well enough, and it had an excellent price point, which meant I felt OK about supplementing my meal with two of their mini pork buns – incredible BTW – and some kim chi), but it didn’t make my soul sing.