Fergburger

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Fergburger – 42 Shotover St, Queenstown, New Zealand
Burger:
Fergburger
Serviettes:
2
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$11 NZD / $9.20 AUD
Summary

It’s safe to say that Fergburger is the most famous burger in New Zealand. Starting out as a random hole in the wall burger joint where inebriated locals could get there late night hunger fix, they’ve now moved into one of the main streets of Queenstown. Open 21 hours and pretty much always busy means that you should be prepared to eat your burger standing, or leaning against a pole if its 3 in the A.M. Offering a variety of different burger options ranging from classics to more contemporaries like A Chief Wiggum that has pork belly and apricot seeded mustard there’s enough there to let you try a new burger every day of your stay (if you stayed for 3 weeks). As if they weren’t happy enough with being the most sought after burger in town, the Ferg crew opened their very own bakery next door where they source all their buns from. Having snacked on one of Fergbaker’s pies as an entrée we hastily ordered ourselves their famous Fergburger that came with Prime New Zealand beef, lettuce, tomato, red onion, aioli & tomato relish.

Comments
“It’s nearly impossible to mention the words “Queenstown” and “burger” without someone interrupting and screaming at you “You have to try fergburger!”. Even if said person has never even been to Queenstown let alone been to Fergburger. Dont get me wrong, this is a good burger: a large crusty (but soft on the inside bun) thats baked in-house tries its best to contain the great peppery piece of beef cooked medium. Unfortunately the really sweet chutney overpowered the cheese and the thick cut tomatos and, the fresh red onion pretty much all fell out the bottom. I understand the hype because they are meeting the needs of an easily impressed crowd – you’ve either spent the whole day skiing and are completly knackered and starving or, you are blind drunk at 3am, completely knackered and starving, add on top of that there’s up to a 45 minute wait and anything will taste better than it actually is in reality.”
“This place came highly recommended to us and now that I’ve been I can see why. It’s open till late, so it’s always a good place to visit while having a night on the town. It’s also great for a feed to quench that hunger that you get from hitting the snow fields (in my case, falling on the snowfields – A lot!) and the service was friendly and efficient in taking and processing the orders. Where I tend to disagree with the recommendations is that this burger really didn’t blow me away. Sure it’s a filling burger and tastes ok, especially for those people that have polluted their taste buds with alcohol and are scoffing down a burger at 2am. But for me, I have to say it left me unfulfilled. The pattie was ok, but really didn’t possess anything special that stuck out. Add the bun that was soft and airy, but unfortunately I didn’t think it was a burger bun, It’s more of a breakfast bun you can split and eat worm with some jam in the mornings. One positive for me was the tomato relish, I found that it really brought some signature character to the burger”
“Overall this was pretty good. With their own bakery next door I wasn’t suprised to find a super fresh bun. The New Zealand pattie was large, peppery and hit the spot. The lettuce, onions and cheese were all good but I wanted more from the cheddar – it got lost. Probably because of all the chutney that was a bit overpowering. Some bites reminded me a bit of Raph’s Beat Box burger but in this case, the meat wasn’t the hero – it seemed the chutney was. It was crazy sweet like a Sweet Chilli Sauce on ‘roids, but I guess you could almost call it their signature. Ok, so this burger was real good, but didn’t live up to the amazing hype.”


The White Lady

Friday, October 5, 2012

The White Lady – Corner Commerce Street & Fort Street,
Auckland, New Zealand
Burger:
Cheeseburger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
7 minutes
Would we recommend:
Definitely
Price:
$9.50 NZD / $7.60 AUD
Summary

In this day and age it’s not often you come across an establishment that’s been dishing out burgers for over 60 years. What’s even more surprising is that the joint is located in little downtown Auckland. This long white bus/trailer, converted diner on-wheels, is in many ways the original food truck (check it out). With the same family at the helm since 1948, the White Lady has become famous for their late night/very early morning hangover preventions/cures. Currently open Monday to Thursday from 730pm to 3am and 24 hours from Friday to Sunday, there’s no wonder so many locals vouch for its greasy healing properties. Weathered and in need of a fresh lick of paint doesn’t deter a soul though. The charm and elegance that the White Lady delivers has taken it to the #1 spot of “What to do in New Zealand” by Lonely Planet. Not being avid readers of the publication, we actually stumbled upon the neon clad bus early one morning and cursed our NZ buddies who forgot to mention this institution to us. We ordered and vowed to come back the next day to experience the burger with clear heads. We took our turn in a busy lunch time line and ordered the Cheeseburger that came on a traditional burger bun with a 100% New Zealand beef pattie, grilled onions, tomato, lettuce, cheese and tomato sauce.

Comments
“I am an absolute sucker for nostalgia and when I found out this place was founded in 1948 and had barely changed since, the thought of having the same burger experience as someone over half a century ago made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As expected there was nothing fancy or pretentious about this burger. However what did surprise me (as I don’t think I’d ever had it before), was that the cheese was melted to the top of the lightly toasted bun instead of over the beef. The beef was perfectly seasoned but it was the grilled onions that added the greatest flavour and texture. Having first tried this burger drunk at 3am it was reassurring that it tasted just as good second time around, sober and during the day.”
“This burger was made for eating whilst standing – nicely wrapped and compact. The cheese was melted onto the bun like butter on hot toast. There’s not not much else that needs to be said about this burger. The pattie was thin and very tasty. The sweet caramelised onions perfectly capped off the burger and made it a complete meal. In my opinion no chips were needed. Next time in NZ I will definitely be going back!”
“When you’re on an epic Burger Adventure like we are and you come across a piece of history like this, it almost brings a tear to your eye. Whether it was 3am or 3pm the service was impeccable and burgers were delivered with a smile. The small-ish burger is easy to manage and does a great job of holding all of the fresh ingredients together. The dominant flavour for me was the sweetness from the onions and, when paired with a creamy cheese and salty meat pattie almost made for a perfect diner style burger. This is the place to come to in New Zealand, whether you’re after a burger or just want to soak up a piece of history.”


Chapel Bar & Bistro

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chapel Bar & Bistro – 147 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Burger:
Chapel Beef Burger
Serviettes:
3
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
9 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$19.50 NZD / $15.45 AUD
Summary

Known as “the Local” along Auckland’s trendy Ponsonby Rd, the Chapel is everything you want it to be, when you want it to be. With dim-mood lighting and a roaring fireplace, its the perfect destination to take that special lady friend or, grab some mates and order some of their famous pizzas, have a drink or two and flirt with the waitresses. Their staff in fact are one of the key factors in Chapel’s success. They say that they’re “carefully selected for their knowledge, personality and willingness to go the extra mile.” We in-fact experienced this first hand when we ran into some of the staff that night on a drunken Auckland dance floor. On a rainy NZ day we took our seat outside under the cover of their terrace and ordered the Chapel Burger which came on a soft NZ style bun (becoming a trend now) with caramelised onion, grilled bacon, cheddar cheese, house smoked tomato relish, pickles on the side & hand cut chips.

Comments
“There was a reason no one else was sitting outside; it was about 6 degrees out there and inside it was warm and cosy with music playing. But majority rules and I lost so we sat outside. Research has proven one of the cures to freezing your tits off is a nice burger so luckily this burger eased some of the pain. The beef was packed full of herbs and was highly processed. It reminded me of the kind of beef pattie you get from the supermarket in a BBQ pack actually. Although not the best quality, for some reason if you burn the crap out of it and leave some char, it really tastes ok. The char mixed with the caremalised onions gave a really great combo of sweetness and pepper notes, whilst the thick bacon against the soft bun softened the overall texture. Finally common sense prevailed and we moved inside to start drinking.”
“The burger was cooked evenly and the right amount of seasoning and herbs. The chutney was awesome, but did make the burger very peppery and as a result made every bite taste pretty similar. The onions were sweet and caramelized to perfection. I enjoyed the bacon in the burger but the rocket leaves weren’t doing it any real favours. The hand cut chips really pissed me off and made me hate myself for ordering them because they were too thick and too painful to eat. After the meal I realised that thin fries were an option and I would definitely recommend adding that in your meal combo.”
“This being my 2nd NZ burger, it was interesting to see that they both used pretty much the same sort of buns (claiming these as NZ Burger Buns from now on). As the last place, it was soft as burger buns get. Once you bite into the pattie you definietly notice a bit of spice. Then looking at your burger you saw the multicoloured levels of herbs that are used throughout the mince. My burger wasn’t evenly cooked which was dissapointing: the edges were much more pink than the centre. But I did really enjoy the bacon mixed with smokey chutney. Yes I’ll complain about the chips as well, purely for the fact that “if something ain’t broke don’t fix it” – french fries would’ve done nicely. Overall the burger was good, but I felt like the pattie got a bit lazy and left all of the other ingredients do most of the leg work.”


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