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!!