Tuesday, 18 August 2015

WOAP 2015 Burger Challenge - as it happens

WOAP has started and MJ has got six burgers in their sights. A description and picture of the burgers and a consensus score from the staff who attended are included. We will update content and add a more descriptive analysis of each burger as we get around to it.

Bresolin, Game Changer

Double beef patties with cheese, streaky bacon and The Bresolin BBQ sauce in a housemade wagyu fat brioche bun, with handcut fries, $18

Friday 28 August

Presentation: A good looking burger proportion-wise but construction looked a bit rushed. Cheese and bacon were off-set, and the handful of chips appeared to be just thrown on.

Taste: Pure Cheeseburger. Slightly sweet and smoky. Cheesy goodness. Crispy bacon.

Bun: Excellent bun. Pillowy and soft. Good size.

Pattie: Nice texture, a fairly thick grind.  Slightly underseasoned.  Excellent char and cooked medium rare. A bit of gristle through because of the grind is my only gripe.

Condiments: Processed cheese slices were pretty good - where to get those from for the home-made burgers? Bacon was crisp. Just enough sauce (BBQ and mayo to keep it moist. Onions to round it off. Fries were the best we've had. T sauce on the side.

Burger-ability: Easy to pick up and eat.  Not messy at all.

Overall feeling: This was an excellent burger. Great effort. Up there in taste and just gets shaded (in our view) by the Egmont St Eatery. Just needed a little more care as the ingredients were top shelf. Should be top 5 and a contender. Hopefully they keep it on their menu! Restored our faith after the disappointing mothertrucker.

Thunderbird, Mothertruckin' Monster

Wagyu beef patty, Randwick Meats bacon, Kāpiti smoked cheddar and Thousand Island dressing in a Pandoro bun, with onion rings and dirty milkshake shot, $20

Wednesday 26 August

Presentation: Long and thin with a skewer to keep it upright. contents were out of proportion and assembly was rushed.  One collapsed as it was being brought to the table and was impossible to right.

Taste: Non-descript, with no outstanding flavour. Lacked burgerjuice and not enough mayo to support. The pattie, while meaty, could have been seasoned more. The pickled onion wasn't quite enough to provide the necessary tartness/crunch.

Bun: Yes. Not toasted (or very lightly toasted).

Pattie: Nice texture, well cooked.  Real variability in sizes across the burgers at our table. Mine was tiny and quite round creating an imbalance. I had to cut it in half to make it fit the burger otherwise it would have popped out the back when I took a bite. Note that the picture is not of my burger but of my colleague's burger.

Condiments: Nice cheese and crisp bacon. The pickled onion was nice but a bit sparse and not a substitute for gherkin. Tomato and lettuce rounded it out. Light on the mayo and a single onion ring. 

Burger-ability: no. Around half the people were using a knife and fork. Sacrilege.

Overall feeling: This was your standard run-of-the-mill burger. Passable for a general meal but not for a burger competition. There was nothing that stood out or distinguished it from others we have tried. There are probably many better burgers out there. A bit of false advertising as there was only one onion ring and no dirty milkshake shot. At $20 with no fries it was probably up there in price. I'm feeling a bit frustrated about the whole experience. A whole different level down from yesterday's burger.