Thunderbird Café is on Featherston Street in Wellington. As their website suggests, their menu displays influences and flavours from Southwest USA and Mexican cuisine, comingled with NZ favourites. So, simply listed as a seasoned pure beef pattie with cheese, there was no surprise when their burger was delivered with a chipotle mayo.
Now this is a tasty little number. The bun is fresh (a sesame seed bun, which i would have toasted), the pattie is beefy and nicely seasoned, and the additions are simple – lettuce, tomato, cheese – and chipotle mayo. A juicy burger. Easy to eat whole (which is what I love – there is nothing worse than having to use a knife and fork to eat a burger) and leaves little mess on you or your plate. This one comes in above average and I give it a score of 7/10
Now when I said this is a tasty little number I was being literal – it is a relatively small burger!! However, as I have only had it for lunch it is quite sufficient. And this is also relevant when it comes in priced at $9.50. If you have a solid appetite then order the curly fries or the onion rings (which again come with their chipotle mayo) as a side. If you have a huge appetite, then you probably want to go somewhere else (or order two burgers).
Adding fries at $6.50 or onion rings at $8.00 does put it at the pricier end of the burger/fries spectrum so if you need more then you are really pushing it. But you pay for what you get and you get a pretty damn good burger with some quality sides. I have eaten this burger more than once!!