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Cafe Gray Deluxe

Burger

Burger at the bar

Cafe Gray DeluxeCafe Gray Deluxe’s burger is an edible burger at most. The hamburger, unlike the location, doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a burger experience. What lays in front of one is an unexciting burger that lacks any form of vibrancy, a hamburger that simply just seems off; off in its colors, off in its disposition, and off in its ingredients and proportions – one soon is overwhelmed with a feeling of having to fix something, to re arrange some aspect, but what? One can’t be certain.

An inexplicable amount if cheese highlights the suffering of this hamburger; it greets one with a lazy plastic sweaty feeling, unbeknown if this is a slight of hand seemingly trying to cover something within, one continues onwards towards the first bite – towards a boring burger taste balance that does little to delight. Not surprisingly, the cheese causes most of the brunt with a beset of cheesiness that is hard to escape; the cheese’s wrath doesn’t just stop with its flooding proportions but also with a sharp harsh taste. The beef patty, cowering underneath, isn’t the inspiring leader a burger needs – bringing with it an unrelenting chunky texture and blandness in taste, a weak beefiness, and a dryness that burdens the burger whole, making the hamburger experience hard to swallow; a slow almost never-ending eat.

The vegetables and the bun make feeble attempts to improve the burger taste balance. The little bit of greens add a slight crispiness to the burger, one that is soon thwarted by mushy sun-dried reds that are a tad too tomatoey; and the bun, giving of a glimmer of hope at first, with an acceptable taste and soft sponginess, is brought back down by a discerning tear-ability that results from improper burger planning. There’s little to say about the resulting burger construction that is plagued by miss-proportions, breakages in the bread, and a general sense of aridness. The fries are alright, but the spicy ketchup is a bit too sour and piquant.

With little to show for, except a great location and view, 235.00 HKD is a hefty price to pay for a cheese with burger hamburger that is both edible and prosaic  – and that is pretty much it.

Cafe Gray Deluxe
JWM Hotel Hong Kong, The Upper House
88 Queensway,
Admiralty,
Hong Kong
+853 3968 1106
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Dan Ryan’s (closed)

Chicago chophouse BBQ burger.

Dan Ryan's quick reviewThe Chicago Chophouse BBQ burger… made a chophouse out of my insides, for a whole night it put me in a situation in which every suffering moment was an anxious toilet game of ‘should I sit or should I kneel?’. Regardless of this terrible endurance, as this might have been a stand alone occurrence, i’ll attempt to give a neutral review to this ordinary burger.

The burger starts of on a great note, as the plate settles in front you, before you can lay eyes on it, you receive a pleasant waft of hamburger in your nostrils, suggesting that this might actually be an enjoyable burger. However, once you get a good view you begin to realize that this burger looks pretty common; and just as it looks, it tastes – nothing really stands out. Not that there is anything wrong with a standard burger, as this burger actually has a decent burger taste balance, but you can get better ordinary elsewhere.

Most of the ingredients in the burger feel a little boring, non of them make a great entrance. The patty, which is dry, will leave you craving for something with a stronger beef taste. The lettuce, the same old iceberg lettuce, this time stacked as thick as a deck of cards; the red onion, with its profuse taste; and the simple tomato slice, don’t provide a real sense of freshness in the burger. The pleasant caramelized onions which are further complemented by the tangy sweetness of the BBQ sauce, appear to be the main actors in this hamburger; while the grilled bun, which might actually be nice if it didn’t taste like a smokey grill that hasn’t been washed, is to be the main offender. The cheese, which one hopes will make its american cheddary tangy presence, remains unnoticed throughout most of the burger.

The burger, imperfectly constructed as the bun begins to tear and the whole falls apart before the finale and poorly proportioned with some overbearing ingredients, can pass as a decent burger. The french fries are alright. Dan Ryan’s feels and is like an american joint, the Americana on the walls will make this burger feel like a typical american burger, but at 178.00 HKD, if you’re looking for an American burger there are better places.

Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
112 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway,

Admiralty, Hong Kong
+852 2845 4600
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Simplylife Bakery Cafe

Beef burger with blue cheese and bacon

Beef burger with blue cheese and bacon

Simplylife bakery cafe

The first impression from this burger is that its visually quite appetizing, glaring over the counter at a couple of burgers one can hardly wait to take the first bite. The burger, which properly reflects the restaurant’s name, appears simple, enticing, and well proportioned. However, as good as the burger looks, as one proceeds to chow down, its possible to notice that the perfect burger taste is not quite there – the balanced aesthetic slowly crumples at the almost unbalanced taste.

The arrival of the beef, which’s entrance looks superb, is hindered by a hard to distinguish, heavy presence of herbs; while herbs can greatly enhance flavors, in this case, it is my opinion, that this ‘herby taste’ takes away from the ‘beef’ savor – one that is so important to a good burger balance. The overall performance of the beef is also lessen by a dryness that doesn’t allow the meat to tear, but instead break into chunks. The burger is accompanied by a hunky fried tomato, which feels a little too big, and soused red onions; both which are quite sour and overpowering, further add to the burger’s imbalance. The bun, which is of a good bakery’s quality, is cushiony and fresh; the bread is soft without tearing apart. The burger is well built, but there are some faults. The bacon, while good in taste, is a little too tough as it pulls itself out from between the bun and the patty on certain bites. Which leads to either tearing the bacon with your fingers and tucking it back inside or eating the rest without that sweet bacon inside. The blue cheese in enjoyable, and the french fries are great.

The restaurant has a clean simple environment, and inside Queensway Plaza there isn’t much of a view except for all the different pastries at the counter. At around 100.00 HKD the burger has a moderate price range. If you are in Queensway Plaza and want a reasonably priced burger you might as well try it, but don’t go out of your way for this hamburger.

Simplylife Bakery Cafe
Shop B05-06, 1/F, Queensway Plaza,
Admiralty, Hong Kong
+852 2529 6602
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