Sunday, 14 December 2014

Hideaway, Down and Dirty Cheeseburger - 8/10

The Down and Dirty Cheeseburger - Brioche, Mustard, Pickle, Onions and Shoestring Fries $12.

The Hideaway Bar is a new eatery up the Plimmer Steps off Lambton Quay.  Its pretty hidden away (which is probably why they went with the name.

But having tried this burger, it shouldn't be hidden away.  It should be out there being eaten by the masses every lunchtime.

Now there is an endorsement I don't make every day.

So back up, why the ringing?

Monday, 27 October 2014

Fat Dog, Rotorua, Dogs Bollucks - 1/10

The Fat Dog in Rotorua has served up what has to be the worst burger I have ever had - the Dogs Bollox Burger.  While the description was mouthwatering -

2 Beef patties, fried egg, lettuce, coleslaw, roast tomato, onion rings, caramelised onion, and sesame bun with fries

- the actual tower of terror that arrived would make the dog's eyes water.

You really have to ask yourself what were they thinking?  Have they even tried to eat the burger themselves?  Do they really think this is something a customer might want?  Do they think its funny?  Impressive? Come on.  It has to be a joke right?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Burgers on the Chathams

My favourite photo from my visit to the Chathams.
My job took me to the Chatham Islands which is New Zealand's eastern frontier about 800 km directly east of Dunedin.  With a population of 600 people and no cell phone coverage, the place fits the description of remote rural.  It is, however, the real first place in the world to see the sun and a full 45 minutes ahead of NZ time.

Well known for Crayfish and Paua, and me being a bit of a foodie,I was quite surprised/ disappointed that neither of these two items were on the menu at either of the two eating establishments on the Island.

(In hindsight this tends to make sense when you consider the locals can get the stuff for free, and there just aren't enough tourists to justify stocking the good stuff.)

What both places did have on the menu, however, were burgers.  How could I come all the way here and say I didn't try the burgers?  I couldn't.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Laundry, Wellington - Double Double - 5/10

Two beef patties on an Arobake bun with lettuce, tomato, cheese, mustard & house tomato sauce - $12

Laundry is one of the new breed of restaurants emerging in Cuba Street.  It was set up by a few foodie friends in a converted laundromat, with the food cooked out the back in a converted caravan.  Burgers, toasties, tacos and wraps.  Rustic, eclectic, homely decor.  Laid back service.  Vintage/retro.  you get the picture.

More importantly, burgers were the focus of the menu.  Six of these on tap (eight if you include the two vegetarian options).  Prices range from $8 for the classic throwback; to $18 for the Drunken Deluxe.  I went for the Double Double.  Dawn went for the Matt Daddy (bacon, blue cheese and mushrooms).

Monday, 2 June 2014

How to make a perfect cheeseburger

Loved this video for making the ultimate cheeseburger.  Simple, quality ingredients.  Don't mess with the pattie. I subscribe to that. Sorry about the language - I guess he is keeping it real!!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Celcius, Petone, Beef and Bacon Slider - 4/10

The Celcius cafe (now Farenheit) in Petone (Old Hutt Road) had this little number on their menu earlier this year.

They called it a slider but it was a bit too substantial to really be one.  There is no way you would down three, Even two would be a struggle. It was stuck somewhere in between.  An awkward place to be for a burger.

In any case, it wasn't one of the best burgers I have had.  Too much bun and the pattie was too dense from memory.  It was quite tall and so pretty hard to handle.

This is just a short post because a) it was a while ago now that I had it and b) the burger is no longer on the menu...

Others must have agreed.  But I thought I would post it anyway because I had the photos loaded.

The burger wasn't so small really.
It was just the chips were ginormous.

Return to Fergburger (Queenstown), Double Ferg with Cheese - 8.5/10

Prime New Zealand beef (X2), lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli, tomato relish, cheddar cheese - $15.50

Against all odds, I returned to Queenstown on a work trip.  Having been thwarted on my last attempt to review the Fergburger by having to wait half an hour before I actually got to eat it, I made sure that I ate in.

This was an experience in itself as the place was packed and you almost needed a taser to protect your seat.  I had to shoo away a family of three who squeezed into my pew when I got up to grab my order (I was only gone 15 seconds and had left my full coke bottle on the table to show I was coming back).

Monday, 12 May 2014

Recipe - the Benio Burger

The Benio burger won the MartinJenkins Burger Challenge with a whopping 9.13/10 average score.  As a public service to readers (and so Kevin can bask a bit more in the all-to-short glory), the Benio Burgers' have kindly provided the recipe for their masterpiece.

Red onion jam

  • 80gm butter
  • 5 medium red onions, halved, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 100gm (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 135 ml red wine vinegar
  • 50ml red wine

Thursday, 8 May 2014

MartinJenkins Burger Challenge 2014

Kevin and Maia Jenkins
MartinJenkins Burger Challenge Champs 2014
MartinJenkins is where I work.  MartinJenkins held a burger challenge competition. Six teams entered the competition.  The teams were asked to design their ultimate burger to be judged by their peers.

The teams were assigned a budget of $40 to prepare three burgers in 30 minutes.  The event took place in the Wellington Office kitchen, which had an oven and a sandwich press.  Two George Foreman grills were brought in, and the smoke alarms were disabled.

The teams worked two at a time with no gaps in between. Potentially 1.5 hours of uncontrolled mayhem.  Amazingly it all went without a hitch.  There was no espionage, no fisticuffs, no fires, and no sabotage.  There was a lot of trash talking, barked orders, and smoke.

Despite the cramped quarters and less than ideal cooking arrangements, each team produced their three burgers in the allotted time.  Some even faster than that (there was a bit of pre-comp prepping going on I must admit).  And the teams all took the challenge seriously, with thought going into the burger theme and the beer match.  There were even menus for a few of them...

All six burgers were of the highest quality and were eaten with gusto, fine beer and a lot of enjoyment. Having announced the preliminary and headline results on the night, the full results are as follows from 6th through to 1st.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Concrete, Wellington - Beef burger 7.5/10

The Concrete Bar is on Lambton Quay, upstairs on Cable Car Lane.  They have taken a relatively unique approach to their lunch menu, allowing you to pick and match mains and sides.

A great thing about the lunch menu is the burger selection.  Consistent on all burgers is red onion, lettuce and tomato on a sesame seed bun.  You can choose chicken, beef, tofu, bacon or steak.  For an additional $2 you can order cheese, bacon or egg.  You then get to choose two sides.  There are 13 of these.  Finally you get to choose a sauce.  There are 14 different sauces.  How many different permutations can you get out of that!!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sweet Mother's Kitchen, Beef Burger - 6/10

Sweet Mother's Kitchen is a New Orleans/Mexican cafe at the top end of Courtney Place.  Its been around for a while, but I had never been there before.  I was with a couple of mates looking for somewhere to eat before the movies and somehow ended up there.

This looked damn fine.
A burger was on the menu.  I ordered the gumbo - it was a NO/Mexican cafe, why wouldn't I?  One of the guys ordered the burger.  He declared it to be the best burger he had ever had!!  I was jealous.  I couldn't believe he was chowing into this magnificent burger, while i was slapping gumbo!!

I came back the next week with my burger crew - Cuffy and Hoppy.  I had built the occasion up, pretty much suggesting we were going to have the best burgers ever!!  We ordered three burgers.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Six Barrel Soda, Little Burgers combo - 8/10

Is that a gecko in my beef brisket burger?
Little Burgers - slow cooked pulled pork with barbeque and mayo; grilled halloumi with barbecue and mayo; smoked beef brisket with barbeque and mayo; smoky tofu with hummus and relish.

Six Barrel Soda shouldn't be so hard to find.  Nor should it be hidden away upstairs with entry through a side street off Dixon Street.  It was previously Eva Dixon's.   Unfortunately the location just doesn't seem to scream "come in!!".

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Chocolate Fish, Shelly Bay

Angus beef burger with cheese, tomato, caramelised onion, chilli jam and horseradish and salad - $18.50

Chocolate Fish is a neat family friendly cafe in the old Shelly Bay army base around the corner from Miramar in Wellington.

The place focuses on seafood cooked on the bbq.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a burger on the menu.