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Mano

Beef Burger

Beef Burger

Mano

Mano’s Beef Burger is an exquisite hamburger. The burger, for the majority of its physicality, is just a really straight forwardly good hamburger; all its burger parts, its hamburger taste balance, its burger construction and ratios, hamburger feel and the burger care it has been given… at the fore of one’s appetite a swell rounded ordinary – not ordinary bad – hamburger is placed, a burger which naturally feels uncomplicatedly good.

This burger’s candid burger taste balance is precursored by an enticing redolence that is lifted through the zephyrs towards the senses; a first bite surrounds the innards of one’s mouth with a richly succulence derived from a well formed patty – the meat in this burger is good, the patty has an affluent beef taste that has been pleasingly seasoned, and the texture softly breaks along with an easy lusciousness as teeth and lips surround and touch. The vegetables establish a green plumpness in the hamburger; both the lettuce and the tomato, corpulent and crisp, give rise to this burger’s level of freshness, and the avocado, an ingredient that can encourage a burger’s burger taste balance with its balmy fresh buttery feel, clearly adds its distinct savour.

The bun is as good as it looks, its roundness, grill marks, and shades of golden-brown, all let go in a bread with a crisp exterior and a soft interior, it is a bread that sprucely absorbs and cleans the burger’s dripping releases. A hint of cheese, an aged cheddar, forgettably emerges from the burger taste balance with a minimal nuance as its creaminess intent is stolen by the avocado. On the sides of this burger are three little dishes containing house ketchup, aioli, and pickles. The aioli offers an oily-mayo sauce with a prosperous flavour that works well with the burger taste balance and the fries; while the house ketchup, a sort of pickled sauce, offers a below mediocre sour experience (if ketchup is essential, sneak some packets in). The fries are crisp and good.

For 170.00 HKD this is a good but very pricey burger, after this experience, when one looks at the burger’s small modest size one will be inclined to reconsider visiting Mano for a hamburger again. Still, this ordinarily good normal burger, a burger that is well constructed, that holds, and has appropriate ratios, is a burger able to conformably satisfy to everyman’s moment of burger need.

Mano
139 Queens Road,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2399 0737
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Foodbox

8oz Burger

8oz Burger

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Foodbox’s 8oz burger is an exquisitely good hamburger. This gentle burger, introduced as plain as can be – bun, patty, lettuce and tomato, with the only little extravagance being a smidgen of butter, surprises one with a satisfying touch of burger lightness that is foremost complemented by a great burger taste balance and an adequate burger construction.

Even though the burger is menued quite intrinsically, the box offers an array of filler options – greens, cheeses, and meats, all listed on a board, imply to the already satisfying burger taste balance; a balance that begins with a great bun and ends with a plush burger moistness. The bun, bread that has been toasted subtly to a tastily mellow, bequeaths a soft sponge-like textured malleability that absorbs and retains every dripping instant – with a gratifying butyraceous feel to it, this is a fairly juicy burger.

The next procession in the bite, the patty, provides a pleasant beef taste with profound hints of seasoning; a hunky texture, modestly redolent of local meatballs, give off a supple composition to the meat. A refreshing set of fresh vegetables afford the burger with a green hearty quality, the romaine lettuce is crisp with keen shades of greens and purples that mix well with the burger taste balance, and the tomato feels corpulent and zesty – these veggies fulfil their healthful destinies of wholesomeness, and make up for other absentees (there are no onions to be tasted). The add-ons to this burger were two fold and well received in the burger taste balance, a mild cheddar cheese that adds a gluey tangy creaminess and a crisp salty bacon.

Nestled within a nurturing bun, all these ingredients forge a semi-sturdy burger construction, and though vegetable accidents may still slip out, there aren’t many moments of awkward hamburger holding. A near distribution of tastes and fair measurements add to the burger construction with appropriate ratios, the burger as a whole prevails to the end. To ones disappointment there are no fries offered alongside this burger, instead a mediocre cole slaw and a soup option are offered… soup and a burger… soup…

For 98.00 HKD, and an additional 8.00 HKD for each additional topping, this is a pretty pricey burger. But it’s swell to see that this quaint little food box, a cramped box filled with sandwich ingredients and with no place to sit, flaunts a little love for their hamburger.

Foodbox
14 Bonham Strand,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong
+852 2907 1988
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Big Fernand

Le Bartholome Burger

Le Bartholomé Hamburgé

Bier

Big Fernand’s Le Bartholomé Hamburgé is a decent burger. This hamburger, a french concoction of pompous proportions, is introduced as a proud frenchmen; a frenchanization of an american icon, a potential representative for le cuisine française – a culinary fling considered by some to be the best in the world. This notion might lead one to believe that this hamburgé would be something to excite, a chef d’œuvre that benefits form its french touch; instead, Big Fernand’s statement of “stop guzzling burgers, eat hamburgés” fails as it becomes one too grand to convey.

The passionate affair that the french have for bread is well translated in the taste and construction of this hamburgé, the intricate unwrapping of the burger culminates in a faux pas as only bun and smidgens of sauce become visible. This bun, with its soft texture and with a crusty exterior, is good bread, but oh mon dieu sacrebleu there’s just too much of it – bite after bite the patty seems to become an improbable fact. After each dragging mouthful, as one beckons the arrival of the patty – quel dommage! The calamité of the patty is not derived from its flavour, which has been bred for meat, it comes from an un-juicy chunky texture and a petiteness that leaves a desire for a patty that circumferences the bun.

The rest of the burger décor forms a tableau vivant – nothing in this hamburgé particular stands out as remarkable. A combination of two sauces, the BB Fernand or BBQ sauce and Tata Fernand also known as cocktail sauce, are overwhelmingly sweet to the burger – le hamburgé is served au jus, as these dominate the burger taste balance. The raclette fromage, the sassy stinky cheese one can expect, adds a french gooey embrace to the burger; the bacón, a crunchy tasty forte in the burger, falls short with a vignette of slices. The légumes are quite limited, the handful of chopped chives add little more than hints of greenery, and the caramelised onions are present but forgettable – and voilà, one’s experience with le hamburgé. The fries were soggy and old.

For 135.00 HKD, plus an additional 40.00 HKD for the little combo – fries and a drink, the hamburgé is a pricey burger to be missed. Towards the finale there’s a realisation that the burger taste balance isn’t terrible, it simply isn’t representative of that high level of french food one would embrace – but hey not everything turns out as one wants… c’est la vie!

Big Fernand
Shop 2017 Podium 2 IFC Mall,
8 Finance Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 6650 0580
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