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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Ti Kouka, Wellington - All about Longbush Pork Burger, Burger Wellington 2013 Winner


Wairarapa large black pig bacon, roasted pork belly and pulled pork shoulder, with pickled cucumber, hoisin mayonnaise and iceburg on a steamed bun" - $18.

The "all about longbush pork burger" from Ti Kouka was a clear winner of the WOAP 2013 Burger Wellington Challenge.

The burger itself was left field.  No actual pattie.  Hoisin mayo.  Pork three ways.  For it to win against some pretty high pedigree burgers, it must have something special going for it.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Canteen, Wellington - Beef Brisket Burger, 6.5/10

Beef and brisket burger with basting - $14.50

The Canteen is a relatively recent addition to the Wellington cafe scene.  It had been open five weeks when Tony and I stumbled across it by accident.  I'm glad we did.

We were actually meant to be at the Fork and Brewer, for what sounded on their menu like a pretty impressive burger.  However, when I turned up at 12.05pm, Tony was the only person in the dining area - not a good sign. I quickly ushered him out of there.

Because I had a plan B.  On my way, walking along Bond Street, I saw a beef and brisket burger special in the window of what looked like a bustling hip cafe.  What caught my eye was the mention of 'brisket' in the burger description.  This place obviously knew what made a good pattie.  Sorry Fork and Brewer but there has been a change of plan.  Tony and I were eating at The Canteen.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Reka, Lower Hutt, - Venison Burger - 7/10

Venison burger with house beetroot relish, rocket mayonnaise & handcut wedges  $19.50

Just because you can do it doesn't necessarily mean you should.  Venison burgers are a perfect example.  Venison is such a lean meat that it takes all skill just to make it taste OK as a burger.

To be fair, Reka gives it a good crack.  The pattie was seasoned and spiced liberally (I think it was fennel but I cant be sure).  Added to that, a solid helping of beetroot relish and a big dollop of mayonnaise.  But even with all that, you are only just getting back to even par.

However, the rewards if you do make it work are great.  Venison suggests healthy, which draws in a whole new market - the health conscious diner.  And at Reka, the clientele did appear to be the type that would tee off on a venison burger...

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Portlander, Wellington, The Bullfighter - 7/10

Free range wakanui beef pattie in a bun with lettuce, caramelised onion and
gruyere cheese - $12

[Actually this is my second review of the Bullfighter.  I have a really bad memory.  Interestingly this time I only gave it a seven - must have been the lettuce leaf!!]

Would you like a lettuce leaf with your burger?
It had been a while since I had come to the Portlander to review "The Bullfighter".  And for the life of me I couldn't remember any details about the burger apart from the need to get a plate as it was releasing pattie juice all over the table (I was thinking that those chopping boards need to have a juice groove if they want to keep using them as a serving platter).

Further, it wouldn't be a good look to have "the Lamborghini" review up on our site and not "the Bullfighter", considering that "the Lamborghini" doesn't contain a pattie and so, technically, is not a burger.