Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Pub, Wellington, Homemade Cheeseburger - 6.5/10

120g Homemade Cheeseburger with aged Swiss cheese, caramelized onion, iceberg lettuce, tomato, cucumber, fresh beetroot and fries - $10

The burger looked fresh with crunchy iceberg lettuce
 and a sesame seed bun that could have been from MacDonalds.
101 The Terrace has another potential victim, with The Pub the latest to try its luck.  The location has had a string of failed ventures including The Eating House and La Bella Italia.  However, the guys behind The Pub have a solid reputation and, perhaps, they can deliver something the previous two tenants weren't able to.

With a $10 and a $15 lunch menu, they are definitely offering a sharper pricing strategy.

The menu is made up of good, hearty staples, including the 120g Homemade Cheeseburger.  Which is what me and Mat were there for.

The Pub was packed so we had to perch at the bar.  We both ordered the burger. An added bonus was the burger came with fries.  Not bad for a tenner.  I also splashed out and ordered the standard Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Colonial Cafe, Wellington - 5/10

Colonial cafe is a neat little cafe down the bottom end of the Terrace.  It was probably best known as as the last cafe to allow smoking before non-smoking legislation made smoking in public places illegal.  

Having lost its competitive advantage (the last vestige for smokers), it has turned back to being the 'everymans' cafe.  Turn your thoughts back to the 80's cafes with the cabinets filled with pies, rolls, squares and sandwiches.  

Now I know this place because it makes the best sausage rolls in the City.  But that is another life and totally unrelated to burgers.  Apart from the fact you eat them.  And that they potentially can make you fat. Practice moderation people and exercise!! Thats all I can say.

Now Mat and I got our wires crossed when discussing $10 burgers on the Terrace.  I assumed he was talking about The Pub, which had just opened across from work.  In fact he was talking about the Colonial Cafe, which I had never ever thought of as a place for a lunch burger.  So, as he was keen, and Brad couldn't make it (working from home in the Wairarapa - lucky for some). I decided to give it a go.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Ti Kouka Cafe, Wellington, Sticky Beef Burger - 7/10

Sticky Beef Burger with braised beef brisket, red cabbage, beetroot, smoky BBQ sauce & Watercress - $16.

 Glistening chunks of brisket with  fatty goodness still attached.
With Burger Wellington over for another year, I was feeling a bit down.  Luckily, I went for lunch with Dawn to Ti Kouka, one of her favourite haunts.

Surprisingly, their menu had a Sticky Beef Burger on it.  Despite my disdain toward non-minced-meat burgers, how could I resist?

Now just a bit more about Ti Kouka - its a really neat place hidden away upstairs on Willis St (It used to be Katipo).  Has a really awesome vibe to it.  The menu is tight and well planned out giving a range of options.  The actual food looks great and the service is excellent.  A bit hard to get a table (we were seated on the benches next to the counter) but well worth it if you do.  And now back to the review.