Saturday, 15 December 2012

Cadillac Diner, Wellington - 6/10

Note 19 December.  I just saw in the paper earlier this week that Cadillac Diner had closed.  I guess I wasn't too far off the mark.  Anyway, I believe in creative destruction.  This failure was necessary and creates room for another one to do it right...

Maintaining a burger blog in New Zealand is a little bit tricky because in general in New Zealand, a burger is usually an item on a wider menu at a cafe or restaurant.  However, there are a few places that focus on burgers and you would expect any burger blog worth its buns to review those places.

Cadillac Diner fits that description.  Modelling itself on an American Diner, it has a range of burgers on its menu.  Unfortunately, the feedback on the place means that I have been avoiding going there, even though a review would be an integral and expected function of this blog.

So biting the bullet, I ventured there a couple of weeks ago.  So i wasn't overwhelmed I took my good mate Matt along.

Matt has been with me on a number of these reviews and provides great insight into the relationship between quality/quantity and price.  We do tend to disagree slightly on the weighting of price/value in the final burger rating.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Uncle Mikes Kansas City BBQ, Petone - 8/10

Worlds Best Burger.  A juicy, flame-grilled burger cooked to order, garnished with lettuce, tomato and onion.  With cheese. - $15

So Uncle Mike's was another place that I felt I had to review, but couldn't quite bring myself to actually go out of my way to get to.  Especially after what was a fully expected let down at Cadillac Diner a week earlier.  So it was a stroke of fortune that the mall was shut and Tony and I couldn't decide on a curry alternative before our movie. Skyfall - brilliant by the way.

While not much to look at, you just knew it was going to be tasty!!
The bun defied its appearance.
And so I tentatively suggested Uncle Mike's as an alternative option on the premise that I had to review their burger at some stage and, considering we weren't overly inspired to visit a particular curry house, we could review a burger instead.  Probably wouldn't be good but, in the interest of the blog, it had to be done...Tony agreed and we went.

We were surprised that the joint was busy.  Last time I visited I was one of two tables there.  There was a glimmer of hope that the food was on the improve.  Flipping to the burger section on the menu, the first burger was referred to as the "Worlds Best Burger".  Way to keep expectations low Uncle Mike!!