Eastbourne Village Meats pork and beef patty with Hillside bacon, foraged seaweed and pickled shiitake mushrooms in a soft bun. $12
It looked the part – perfectly shaped bun and pattie, and the pattie was delicious. The bun was steamed, so a tad gluey – all good, but not your usual burger experience. What was there was easy to miss - the bacon was soft, not crispy, and the cucumber warm and also soft. The main flavour seemed to come from the mayo and another sweet sauce; it tasted ‘Japanese’ – like an okonomiyaki burger might taste.
Quite frankly I was probably just sulking – I’d come for foraged seaweed and pickled shiitake!!! They have pickled shiitake on their normal menu in a ramen and they’re exceptional. I suspect the seaweed was present in the (delightful) green sprinkle on top and on the plate, but I think a good solid wodge of seaweed might have been a better bet.
6/10 – give it a go if you’re in the market for an elaborate steamed bun experience: if that’s your thing, you won’t be disappointed.