In-N-Out Burger

Thursday, October 7, 2010
In-N-Out Burger – 7009 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, California, USA
Burger:
Cheeseburger Animal Style
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
6 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$3.15 USD + $2.70 USD for french fries and a beverage
Summary

Starting out in 1948 as a humble drive-thru burger box, it has developed into an icon for burgers and fast food all over USA’s west coast. At In-N-Out Hollywood on a crazy-busy summer’s day, I experienced another possible meaning behind their name: you order, look around desperately for somewhere to sit, claim it and wait for your number to be called. Then after I ate my burger, I felt so bad with people staring at my place, I took some notes and made for the door. The layout is not dissimilar to your McTypical fast food joint: basic, nonintrusive decor and seating, all very fitting to let you focus on the meal you are sure to devour. I ordered from the Not-So-Secret Menu where I took my Cheeseburger and turned it Animal Style. This consisted of a baked plain burger bun, a mustard cooked beef pattie, American cheese, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and grilled onions.

Comments
“Screw the cab driver who on the way to drop me off kept on ragging on In-N-Out and why I shouldn’t eat meat! Although, the man had a parrot, so who was I to argue at that point in time. Once inside, amidst the calamity of people getting their orders and the tourists not knowing what to get, I managed to weasel a counter seat, claimed it and waited for my number to be called. Bingo! I unwrapped my special package and was immediately blown away with all of the American cheese oozing out. After taking a few snaps I sunk my teeth in. At first it was soft, then you hit the meat and onions and got a wicked crunch. The mustard cooked pattie + grilled onions were filled with a salty awesomeness thats hard to compare to another fast-food chain. However, the pickles were average and could’ve done with some more juiciness. This burger is probably not the highest quality or best thing for you but damn its tasty. Being a stinking hot LA day the air-con was on full blast and ended up making my chips go cold. I ate them all the same but they weren’t memorable. If I wasn’t in a rush I would’ve gladly had another one. Frankly I’d advise most people to go the double or triple if you want to avoid multiple orders. If these guys brought their business Down Under I’d be one of the first people in line. It was like crack damn-it. Thats right I said crack!”


Kiwi Fish & Chips

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Kiwi Fish and Chips – 412-442 Victoria Pde (in the Tribeca Apartments), East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Aussie Beef Burger
Serviettes:
4
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
13 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50 + $3.50 for chips
Summary

One kilometer away from Melbourne’s CBD you’ll find Tribeca Apartments. Nestled amidst their plaza, strip of cafes and shops is Kiwi Fish and Chips. Surrounded by a lot of people waiting to pick up their orders, we sat eating at their communal dining table (signing the odd autograph or two), when suddenly the attention turned to the counter. Fresh from winning the AFL Grand Final, the Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse stops in to have a chat and pick up some dinner for the family! So apart from the random celebrity siting, Kiwi Fish and Chips offers a traditional fish and chip shop menu including burgers, souvlaki and banana fritters, as well as a range of fresh fish that you can take home and cook if your feeling a little bit “Masterchef”. We ended up ordering the Aussie Beef Burger that includes a traditional sesame-seeded bun, a beef pattie, fried egg, onion, cheese, lettuce and tomato. For an extra dollar you can get the Kiwi Burger that comes with added pineapple and beetroot. For those ex-pat Kiwis out there, they even have Lemon & Paeroa (BYO Southern Comfort of course).

Comments
“I found this burger pretty choice ay! The bacon was fantastic and was cooked just right; crispy at the edges but still soft in the middle. I really enjoyed the onions. They reminded me of something you’d find on a good hot dog. The beef pattie was quite peppery and had a rough texture to it. The only thing I would suggest is to have the egg less cooked so it were a bit runny and that they’d add tomato sauce from the get-go. Oh the chups were choice as too!”
“With not much competition and other dining options available I can understand why this place was so busy. The burger was good but there was nothing special about it. The beef on its own was quite tough, but flavour-wise wasn’t noticable in the burger. You’ll definitely need to add ketchup. The banana fritter was amazing!”
“For a Fish’ n’ Chip Shop burger I thought it was pretty good. The beef was well sized and seasoned, onions caramelised to perfection and the bacon held it’s own. Two things that I thought slightly went against it was that there was no tomato sauce, which I found it needed. Even a base amount of sauce would have been a good thing and from there it can be up to the customer to add more if they wanted. The second thing was the lettuce.. a little too much. Chips were pretty good too.”
“The bacon was the first thing that grabbed me. It had just the right amount of crunch and saltiness shining through. The beef was altogether enjoyable and peppery, but I would recommend grabbing some ketchup to add some of that sweet zestiness that the orignal was lacking. My hat (if I were wearing one) goes off to the chefs. So many places tend screw this classic, simple but oversized kind-of-a-burger up. One wonders if there is some competition here for the acclaimed Andrews Hamburgers? Next time we’ll ask Mick.”


Haché

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Haché – 329-331 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London, SW10 9QL, UK
Burger:
Haché Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
15 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
£8.45
Summary

We thought we’d include an exert from from Haché’s website that decribes them to a tee…

haché [adj] (pronounced ashay) vt minced viance, derives from the French ‘to chop’

“We set out to produce the best and most innovative burgers to be found anywhere. Restaurants depend on consistency of quality, so we make life as simple as possible by serving only the best of everything.”

The Haché burgers are served on a fresh Ciabatta bun with roquette, beef, tomato, sliced sweet red onion, special Haché mayo and two slices of premium melted mature cheddar cheese..

Comments
“I’ve never been a huge fan of big crusty buns like Ciabatta for a burger, but this bun soaked up all the juices perfectly and kept everything together, trapping in all the flavours. The beef was excellent and I loved how the house mayo and cheddar cheese worked together in adding a nice creaminess that took the burger to another level. All in all, the behind the scenes research and development combined with a fancy restaurant environment have really paid off. When it came to ask for the bill it came out with a small bowl of Smarties which was a really nice touch to finish off a great meal.”


Rub BBQ

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Rub BBQ – 208 West 23rd St (between 7th & 8th Ave), New York, NY, USA
Burger:
Bagel Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9 USD
Summary

Opening its doors in 2005 and attracting meat lovers from all over NYC, its owner Andrew Fischel and partner in crime, critically acclaimed BBQ Pitmaster and Executive Chef Paul Kirk deliver an exciting menu that will keep you coming back week after week. On top of their show stopping meat platters and BBQ Ribs, on a Monday night the guys offer a “Burger Of The Week” that has the public and fellow burger-bloggers raving. Sitting in a busy tavern-style restaurant I ordered the “Burger Of The Week” which came on a plain toasted bagel, a moderately packed thin beef pattie, thinly sliced spanish onion and accompanied by wholesome dill cream cheese. Now what could be more New York than a Bagel Burger?.

Comments
“I was so amped to try this. I hadn’t stopped thinking about the idea of a Bagel Burger all day (thanks to my dining partner Robyn from A Hamburger Today.) As soon as I bit into it there was such a rush of different flavours: a sweet sharpness from the onion, that authentic bbq grill crunch from the pattie and then a creamy saltiness from the dill cream cheese. Such a simple idea but it was pure genious. Plus its been cooked well when even with a thin meat pattie you still have a fair amount of awesomeness dripping down your hands.
My only niggle, and I know it probably takes away from the point, but I would love to have tried this without the bagel; maybe instead using a brioche bun? Even if they didn’t toast the bagel? … It was a little too hard to chew. Still, its turned me onto dill cream cheese that I’m searching helplessly for down here in Australia. Any tips?
At the end of our meal I was lucky enough to meet Rub BBQ’s owner, the very charismatic Andrew Fischel, who told me all about about his passion for BBQing and some of the wicked ideas he has for future Burgers of the Week. All I can say is that when I move to NYC I know where I’ll be eating every Monday night.”


Grill Station

Monday, September 13, 2010
Grill Station – 89 Station St, Fairfield, Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Hot Stuff
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50
Summary

Tucked away in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Grill Station is the sort of take-out that you’d only need to goto twice and they’d know you on a first name basis. Sporting a humble interior with plasma tvs on the wall, the warm and friendly staff dish out a range of grilled meats, salads and both traditional and gourmet-style burgers from lunch ’til late, 6 days a week (closed Mondays). We asked for the Hot Stuff burger that came with pure beef, beetroot, pickles, tomato, red onion, hot chilli flakes, crisp cos lettuce, sweet chilli sauce and spicy relish, all on plain kaiser-style bun. For an extra $3.50 you’ll get a side of chips and a can of soft-drink (which you will need!).

Comments
“I somewhat enjoyed this burger. It had a true, rustic homemade pattie that doesn’t have your usual perfect round shape. Although the pattie was a little thin, it was cooked perfectly and had a simple but tasty seasoning. The sweet chilli sauce versus the beetroot was a great battle; one tearing up your taste buds whilst the other tried to calm them down. I could only suggest the idea of maybe adding cheese to ease the spice of the chilli and maybe also a thicker pattie to bring the flavour of the beef to the forefront.”
“I love spicy food, however when the beef is this good, I’d prefer to have the spice toned down. The lettuce, tomato and beetroot were freezing cold and hard to bite into, so I tossed them aside pretty quickly. I’m not a fan of having flour on top of buns either. The back dining room felt like a combination of sitting in an industrial fridge whilst waiting for a bus. Having said that I’d like to try the Down Under burger they offer if I return.”
“When I found out that they did chili burgers I was really keen to try it. The result was good…. safe, but good. The pattie was imperfect and uneven, which I don’t mind at all as long as its tasty, which it was. The chili factor was definitely present, but maybe a little too dominant. The ratio of beef to “greens” was close to perfect. I really liked this burger, but I didn’t love it. It was just missing something that I haven’t yet put my finger on. Maybe hoping you guys could tell me what it is? Oh yeah… fries were damn gooood.”
“Their style of pattie was certainly the highlight of the meal. The lowlight was the car ride home; a cold Melbourne night, windows down on the free-way and what sounded like an audition for the horn section of an orchestra.. Top burger though.”


Bodean’s

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Bodean’s – Cr Poland & D’Arblay St, Soho, London, W1F 8PZ, UK
Burger:
8oz. Prime Beef Burger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
£6.95, add £1.00 for Monterey Jack Cheese
Summary

Just a two minute stroll from London’s busiest retail jungle Oxford Street, Bodean’s West in Soho is the deli-up, dinner-down, split-level destination for those after the authentic taste of the great American outdoors right in the heart of London. The burger offered is 8oz. of 100% prime beef, topped with Monterey Jack, tomato, lettuce, red onions and pickles, all on a toasted sesame seed bun, served with a side of fries.

Comments
“I felt like I was in a traditional American sports bar, with American beers, ESPN on the many plasmas and the word BBQ written everywhere. I was instantly impressed when they asked how I wanted my beef cooked (medium-rare). I then proceeded to collect my toolbox full of condiments and eagerly awaited the burger. When it arrived I found the beef was cooked precisely the way I had asked, with just the right amount of juiciness and seasoning. The cheese didn’t take away from the flavour of the beef and the bun kept it all together with too much slide. The homemade mayo and pickles on the side also meant you could add that extra bit of zest if you needed it.”


The Toff in Town

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Toff in Town – Second Floor, 25 Swanston St, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Chilli Beef Basil Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
5 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50
Summary

Located on the second floor of Melbourne’s iconic Curtain House, The Toff in Town is renowned for being a place for hipsters, scenesters and the music and film elite. But with a recent change of the menu, The Toff now has another box ticked. With the Thai influenced menu being served until the early hours of the morning, this almost out of place, but unique flavoured burger offers a chilli beef and basil pattie with fried egg, lettuce and tomato, all concealed within perfectly sweet bun.

Comments
“Who would have thought this Thai menu would come up with such a little gem. A small yet flavour-packed burger that will surprise you with a special chilli beef and basil pattie. A great little snack, but you’ll definitely find yourself wanting and needing more.”
“My favourite bar in Melbourne now offers a burger. I might as well just move in! Absolutely loved it. The spicy beef is well balanced by the soft egg, all on a sweet asian bread roll that is as soft as a cloud. Order 2 if its dinner, or order 1 if its a late night snack. Who are we kidding? Just order 2 regardless.”
“A”two bites and you’re done” kind-of-a burger. Although this was damn good, it will leave you wanting more (we had to order seconds). Please remember this isn’t your typical burger joint, and they don’t serve fries. All in all, it does deliver in taste, but not in value.”
“Quite a wicked punch attached to this burger. I’d say its best enjoyed with other small dishes and a tall beer. It will turn into an expensive night, so if you’re strapped for cash, go and borrow some.”


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