The Diner’s diner burger is a pretty unexceptionally edible hamburger. Unlikely to fulfill any such desires for that Americana burger dinner feel, the burger, lacks any form of excitement; in its burger taste balance in its burger construction in its menu listing, there isn’t much that this hamburger does to impress… on the other hand, the burger doesn’t reach the depths of an unsavory outrage. Put very simply – the burger is just plain and boring, as monotonous as a burger could ever dread to be.
The hamburger’s appearance, though somewhat messy at its core, seems decent enough upon its approach. It is when one begins to manhandle and mouth this hamburger that a collapsable tedium ensues; the burger feels awkward as the two 3 .oz patties, which poorly sealed assimilate each other into a malformed untextured beef, fail to reach the surrounding bun-border. Further into the burger, as the bun begins to tear itself and the patties to break apart, the pitiable burger construction comes alive and the mis-proportions pertinent.
The bland burger taste balance isn’t truly encountered on the first bite, instead, an overwhelming sour tingle from a heavy-handed mustardly taste. Glancing over the menu it is clear that mustard is the condiment of choice at this diner; while mustard can be a great companion to any burger, what is lacking here is a balance from the other ingredients. Once one’s savory senses adjust to the mustard, one confronts the boredom of this burger. Incased in a bun that feels dry, the two patties, perhaps lacking a sense of salt and seasoning, unsuccessfully deliver that radiating USDA angus beef taste. This seems to be the story of this burger, ingredients that lamentably almost seems absent – one can barely hint at the two slices of monterey jack cheese and can fail to distinguish the ‘diner’ sauce, one can’t perceive the caramelized onions, and can narrowly relish the bed of un-crisp vegetables. The bacon, which does have a slight of taste, is a tad chewy and stringy. The fries are alright.
For 135.00 HKD this won’t be a great American burger one might be looking for in Hong Kong, one should really be expecting a diner’s burger that, while it may not have the best ingredients, delivers a not too shabby burger experience.The Diner G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2562 3181
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