Joe's Garage, Wellington, beef burger - 7/10
Beef pattie, streaky bacon, lettuce, swiss cheese, caramelised onions, and aioli with hand cut chips - $17
|See what I mean about the lettuce?|
We had been here before, but I didn't have the burger. Last time it was just too early in the morning. This time it was still relatively early in the morning (10am) but I felt it was my duty to review the beef burger. Particularly as the menu offerings suggested that Joe's would do a good burger!! Further, as the burger has bacon, it was pretty much breakfast in a bun.
|The lettuce leaf just stood out!!|
Aside from the lettuce leaf, the burger looked good. The bun, in particular was impressive. For once, it wasn't an oversized slab of bread, but rather a quality, in proportion to the pattie, bun. and it was toasted. The pattie was charred, as was the bacon (extra crispy). A solid clump of caramelised onion and two good squeezes of aioli - one squeeze on the bacon and one squeeze on the top bun. All positive but, aue, the swiss cheese was not there!! Always disappointing when an ingredient is omitted, regardless of whether it adds value or not...
|See how the bun fits the fillings - like a glove...|
Now for the tasting. As expected, the bun was the star. It is difficult to understand why so many cannot nail this aspect of a burger. Surely it is not so hard to source a good bun!!?
The flavour was good - sweet by design. Caramelised onion and aioli. A bit of saltiness with the bacon.
Unfortunately, what let this burger down was the pattie. It was overly dry and grainy. Not sure why, considering it appeared to be well prepared. While the burger did have enough moisture with the aioli and the caramelised onion, it missed the pattie juice.
|Sloppy application - it needs to be evenly spread if you are|
to get the best out of each bite!!
As an aside, the fries were really good. The aioli/special sauce mix added value. The wait staff were very helpful and friendly. Most importantly, for a cafe, the coffee was top notch - one of the best I have had in Wellington. An excellent cafe, one I could easily be a regular at if I lived/worked nearby.