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Green Common

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Green Common’s Beyond Burger is an edible “hamburger.” A “burger” that is far beyond any other hamburger one has tried, a sham from a vegan affair; and if this is what the future tastes like, then it’s a burger destiny to rise against. Everything about this “hamburger,” from it’s burger taste balance to the discourse that surrounds it, has the feel of an Orwellian dystopia… a world where citizens are fed ideals of what a burger tastes like; a place where we’re told that our meals are made with intricately named ingredients, that we are provided with all the nourishments we’ll need to be “happy.”

The first bite isn’t bad, it won’t taste awful… it just doesn’t feel right, and every succeeding bite adds to the uncertainty of honesty. The Beyond Burger’s “burger” taste balance is an uncompromisingly false reproduction of a hamburger. The patty, comprising of stuff like pea protein isolate, refined coconut oil, maltodextrin, and natural flavors, tastes as if it’s trying to hard to be factual – a distinctive acidulous taste of grill that is not is professed. The cheddar cheese, a glue like substance that’ll fuse parts of the “burger” into solid blocks, cues a nutty acetic like cheese substance that sticks to one’s teeth.

It’s the uneasy feeling of deceit… the perception of eating something phony, no matter how good it claims to be, that doesn’t sit right in one’s judgment. At least the veggies and bun give a glimmer of hope in this dismal burger future. In grandiose form, the avocado fills each bite with its creamy effervescent greenery; and the bun is crisp, soft and tasteful. The burger construction is tenuous, not only from a lubricious layer of avocado that constantly slops, but from a patty texture that feels as delightful as a mouthful of small chewy pellets with a cartilage like texture.

For 108.00 HKD one should try this fradulous “hamburger,” if only to experiment. As a burger zealot the first step might be full of skepticism and low expectations, but it’s important to keep an open mind… to try new things. The beginning is better than you might think; but still, the insincerity of this “burger,” the artificiality of its taste, will eventually make the last interaction, the last bite, a disappointing incident. Walk out and look for those burgers that awake feelings, that make you feel free. The best burgers… are those that are honest and tell you what you already know.

Green Common
Shop B2, Basement 1,
Alexandra House,
16-20 Chater Road,
Central
Hong Kong
+852 3582 4463
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The Saint

Gourmet Burger

Gourmet Burger

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 5.50.59 pmThe Saint’s Gourmet Burger is a decent hamburger. The burger’s first impression, a hamburger that is ready to be taken by a cradling mouthfeel, is one of immediate satisfaction; as burger essences ooze from one layer to another, collecting into a bantam pool of want, a sense of elation causes hunger to forswear. Not until the first bite, the first mouth touch, does the burger begin to reveal its true character, to unravel itself into a mediocre burger taste balance that’ll leave one troweling through a range of ingredients, many that have been seemingly neglected.

The burger, both in its burger taste balance and burger construction, is plagued by a rigid fatigue, by an old dryness that has subsided the freshness and vitality of some ingredients long ago, leaving behind, for the most, only appearances and illusions. The bun enacts one of the principal letdowns, golden and professedly firm with a crumpleness that adheres to the rest of the burger; it exists with a faded texture that, even beyond the release of meaty juices, eventually turns the burger stale. The beef patty is thick and flowing yet thirsty in its chunks, a good beef flavor within the first instances of the burger eventually dwindles into something ominously un-energetic, as if a hard glaciate had withdrawn most of its vigor – leaving a somewhat musty legacy in one’s mouth.

Other aspects of the burger don’t call much attention to themselves, their roles in the burger taste balance pass along without question. The vegetables, the tomato and the lettuce, had the taste one would expect accompanied by a suspicious softness – not a texture one might be looking for. The blue cheese has a fragrant savor that will chance itself the opportunity to overflow the burger, not always in one’s best interests. The bacon, probably the standout ingredient in the burger, exposes itself with an equitable saltness and a thick texture. And the onion rings, oversized with a thick oniony crunch, are a little over the top. The fries are alright.

For 168.00 HKD, plus 10.00 HKD extra for toppings like cheese, bacon and onions rings, this burger is pricey and common; it is a hamburger experience that climaxes on its introduction with its sight, smell and feel, that ultimately abates itself with each bite into becoming a simple decent burger.

The Saint
55 Elgin Street
Soho, Central
+852 2522 2646
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Gaucho

Gaucho Burger

GauchoThe Gaucho Burger from Gaucho is an unimpressively edible burger. From hamburger taste balance to burger construction, this trifling hamburger defers an accomplished misfortune that is expeditiously established at its first appearance; a downward spiral is re-enforced by what else might arrive at the table, and constantly insulted by the amount of cow that exists, compared to the burger, in the surroundings. This burger is an exemplar example of how an intriguingly worded hamburger is not necessarily rightly executed – a mediocre burger taste balance a meager burger construction lead to pure unadulterated disappointment.

A string of words on the menu will be enough to excite one for this burger’s burger taste balance – ‘a blend of four cuts’, which cuts of meat one does not know, but a patty made from four cuts in an Argentinean steak house… its appealing, enticing, an invigoratingly sounding patty one needs to taste. Once it connects with one’s palate there isn’t much to say. Not much to enjoy except a seasoned blandness that exists within the realms of a boring common carefree houseburger. One would hope ‘smokey bacon’ would enliven the burger’s balance – not smokey, not salty, nor crispy, knowing where the patty ends and bacon starts becomes a cloyed venture lacking bacon excitement.

The more bites one takes into the burger the more the debacle subdues. The caramelized onions don’t entail any semblance of sweetness, and even the strapping white provolone, with a tepid mildness, shows little effort. The lettuce and the tomato have a saving green, but there’s little point to it. Even the sauces on the burger, both the garlic mayo and homemade ketchup, leave an unmemorable impression. One has to look around, one has to consider what’s at hand and MacGyver this burger to make it work – the Chimichurri, herbs and oil rich in flavor – it’s impulsiveness will have something for this hamburger.

The burger’s slight build is enough to chafe one’s empty stomach, the sheer size of the burger seems unworthy of four meat cuts and every morsel taken substantially increases one’s hunger; the burger, professedly tossed on the plate, does hold its shape. The bread, soft and acceptable, maintains the burger with a chewy compression. The fries are alright.

At 230.00 HKD the burger comes as part of a lunch set, unsure if the dinner burger holds the same experience, one can skip this burger… there are better Argentinean burgers in the area.

Gaucho

5/F, LHT Tower
31 Queen’s Road
Central
Hong Kong
+852 2386 8090
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Double D Burger (Closed)

Double D

Double D

double dDouble D Burger’s Double D Burger is an exquisite hamburger. This is a burger that’ll do the deed, a double delicious hamburger that’ll leave one with an inkling of depravity. A feeling that dawns with alluring eyes befalling onto a burger that is gleaming with shine, that carries on with the first dabble between tongue and burger engulfing taste and body in an doused and dampant, slightly wet and exciting, mixture of burger juices and hamburger grease; an intimacy that promptly fulfills any one’s burger aspirations with a rousing burger taste balance characterized by a doable delectability.

The burger’s burger construction, seemingly well stacked, and at first firm between one’s fervid touch, is plagued with salacious amounts of perspiration and fat – savory loads of sauce and oils are felt by laying eyes, as one might almost experience grease coming out of one’s eyeballs; by gentle hands that won’t want to let go despite the subsequent lustrous slippery build; by frivolous taste buds, that persist for that desired burger taste balance that relieves a dashing mix of a racy ardent ingredients. It takes one bite, a first enormous nibble around the two patties and buns, to get instant bur-gratification as all the ingredients come to dazzle one’s mouthfeel with a resplendent combination of themselves.

The two patties, which might seem as an overload on the outset – they aren’t, have a grabbing texture that tear into lively meat bites that add to the already debonair beef palatableness with its inviting salted seasoning. The rest of the ingredients form a titillatingly basic burger; the cheese grapples the burger with a crude mild gooeyness and a wrapping flavor; the cooked onion has an entertaining tickle that is both silky and zestfully sweet, and the chopped lettuce and slice of tomato – covered in a myriad of juices, lose their green innocence. The buns, lustrously covered with an lewd dipping layer of butter, project a soft darling firmness that dwindles as they become smeared in the burger’s nectar – the comparative ratio between buns and meat works well… It’s the sultriness that slowly diminishes the burger’s texture and build. The fries are good and quite dense.

For 120.00 HKD one should nestle the Double D, give this burger a good tumble; and for 12.00 HKD one should get the bacon, if only to add to the plethora of oily extracts. Double D Burger is a good place to have a gratifyingly guilty double d burger experience, even if not everything in the shop is Double D…

Double D Burgers
Shop E, G/F
Duke Wellington House
22 Wellington Street
Central
Hong Kong
+852 2881 1888
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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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Big Fernand

Le Bartholome Burger

Le Bartholomé Hamburgé

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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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Burger Circus

The Magician's Maytag Blue

The Magician’s Maytag Blue

Burger Circus

The Magician’s Maytag Blue burger from Burger Circus is a magical burger of decent abilities. The big top has been raised and the stage set – a burger construction with everything in place, where not all is as it seems… As the curtains rise and the show in one’s mouth commences, a hamburger, full of mysteries and illusions, will have a couple of audience members in awed wonderment as to the perplexities of the ingredients that spectacle a presentable burger taste balance and a burger construction of unfulfilled proportions.

The burger’s showhamburgership, perfectly scened in its box, appears to be as sincere as they come, yet something about it feels slightly dolorous… something about its stacked presentation, as one is soon to discover, seems a little out of character – and as the show plays on, the burger’s lead characters are restrained by those of supporting roles. A green hyperbole of lettuce and tomato is introduced in this hamburger; the lettuce in particular, with its too many layers of leaves, robs the title role – bites are lush with crispy fresh tomatoey greenery that overpower the ring leaving the meats as fill-ins.

The beef patty, standing in as the magician’s assistant, has an enticing brown roundness and a textured character that crumbles in an agreeable juicy manner, its tragic illusion is portrayed by a beefy blandness and an unimposing stature that has difficulty staging itself with the other characters in the panoply. The bacon has a more ominous feel in the burger, the single slice has a hard crisp presence that behests attention, but lacks confidence in its taste.

The burger magic between the two pieces of bread, buns that execute their part with a winning malleability and taste that manages to capture the essence of the burger show, continues with the vanished cheese. A distinguished performer such as blue cheese, with an interesting stage name, should hail excitement; as one anxiously waits for its savory appearance, in the end, this credited role was left utterly unfulfilled. The fried onions make a charismatic but lowly appearance throughout most of the burger. The fries are pretty standard.

The cost for the burger experience at the circus comes to 88.00 HKD plus an additional 30.00 HKD for the fries, it all seems a bit steep for the burger one gets. During the finale, as one reflects on the closing act of this decent burger, it’s hard not to think about other burgers one might be missing because the circus is in town.

Burger Circus
22 Hollywood Road
Central
Hong Kong
+852 2878 7787
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Boomshack

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Vintage

 

Boomshack

Boomshack’s Vintage burger is a decent hamburger. The boom burger, as it’s categorized on the menu, won’t particularly cause a booming blast of satisfaction in one’s hungry stomach; not by cause of its burger taste balance, which is good in itself, but because of a burger construction that explodes with the burst of a twinkle; and with this it’s hard to see the vintage side of this hamburger, a burger from the past that represents the best of its kind… it is the more traditional option in the shack.

The favorable burger taste balance, though a tad on the salty side, seems to have been chemestried with ingredients that have received, flavor wise, proper attention. The square patty, with a juiciness that bursts in a richly manner following a fine texture and rupture, has a prosperous beef taste. The mixture of three cheeses, cheddar, provolone, and something else, melted together in a milky blend of goo, savorily flow through burger to mouth without imposing a hefty oleaginous feel. The bread, a riveting potato bun that actually awkwardly resembles a bun, has an amicable flocculent softness that is confined within an easeful exterior that has a bit of a crackle to it. And the vegetables, a sprinkle of chopped onions and a slice of tomato, feel as fresh and frugal as shall be.

The botheration with this simple burger, which is initially hidden as it sits inside a container, is not its contents, but a small burger construction which detonates with a burger force of minuscule proportions. As one proceeds to open the carton, weary of a burger boom, what one is left with is the shared feeling and look of bewilderment and defeat that Wile E. Coyote has when something doesn’t go as would be expected. Somehow somewhere one could probably find an ACME Corporation logo followed by an absurd contents description printed on the box, and as the roadrunner continues its run so will one’s hunger. At least the burger ratios work. The beet fries are alright.

For 78.00 HKD, plus 30.00 HKD for the combo, an overpriced feeling befalls onto this burger, a feeling that increases as one departs this shack of a trailer park with an unsatiated yearning for a full stomach. On occasion even a booming burger taste balance can be brought down by a dud sized burger, a fizzle that lessens this so called vintage burger.

Boomshack
Shop B G/F Wo On Building
8-12 Wo On Lane
Central
Hong Kong
+852 2660 5977
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Yonge Piggies (Closed)

Angus Beef Burger

Angus Beef Burger

YongePiggiesQRYonge Piggies’ Angus Beef Burger is an exquisite hamburger. A place notable for their dogs more than anything – Yonge piggies has decided to enter the burger arena; their ingress, a burger whose origins stem from the hot dog universe, is one, that while not the most boisterous, carries a robust burger taste balance that has great proportional ratios and provides the inspiration the satisfaction one needs to feel burger fulfilled.

The well rounded beef patty, with a sturdy texture that compels to each bite, has a muscly beef taste that is peppered with a burgeoning pepper seasoning that tingles with a slight spiced touch. More excitingly though is the would be chance of experiencing the unintentional splash of flavors from the dogs and chili that may be cooked in the immediate vicinity. That one meaty juicy bite, a lucky chance of a bite that treats two magnificent flavors into a burger to be enjoyed between one’s cheeks, is a joyful experience that is unfortunately not guaranteed across every burger, or even the expanse of a single hamburger.

Raised amongst the dogs, this burger goes through a similar process of fruition – one orders meat and bun, and can add a simple gooey cheese and a flimsily chewy but tasty bacon, and proceeds to a selection of condiments that range from raw greens and prepared foodstuff, to zesty relishes and rich sauces. Each additional item placed on the lower half of the naked bun that supports the patty strengthens the burger taste balance; yet, some ingredients designed to be held within a single bun piece adversely affect the burger’s integrity as they depart away into the distance – having to scrounge for remnants of tomato and onion to re-stuff the hamburger is not burger ideal.

The bun notions a wholesomeness taste that doesn’t come across its build. Inside the basic selection of chopped vegetables is quite rudimentary. The burger taste balance is lifted more so by the savory cooked onion and mushrooms that add a grand hint, and the southwest sauce that works to complement the existing pepper feel in the burger to create a pleasing picante semblance. The fries are good.

For 82.00 HKD this is a burger that one should try, and adding a slice of cheese and a strip of bacon for 6.00 HKD each isn’t too distressing. In the house of piggies, the cow has made a strong place for itself at the table.

Yonge Piggies
G/F, 1 Jervois Street,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong
+852 2104 7218
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Tango Argentinean Steak House

Homemade Beef Burger

Homemade Beef Burger

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Tango’s Homemade Beef Burger is an exquisite Argentinean hamburger. The inarticulate plainness of the hamburger and the top elevation of the bun may cause the burger to be greeted with a sense of confoundment; upon the first bites it won’t take long to realize that the burger performs a beautiful tango piece as it’s embraced and partnered with one’s mouth, a playful flavor twirl that occurs as it touches the tongue, though not entirely flawless and with a couple of missteps, a twirl that demonstrates a rich burger taste balance that passionately dances into the stomach.

The beef patty, a precise measurement to the bun that some how seems to clasp its partners, clearly leads the burger taste balance in a star performance. In it there is an exquisite beef relish, a meaty Argentinean beef steak patty that has all the due bragging rights. Rich, juicy, thick and with a colorful pink brownness its only slip is its soft delicate texture that causes an outward spread that for an instant seems as to escape beyond the bun… It doesn’t; and even though the center might thin slightly, every bite is with both meat and bun. Still, the way the burger has been constructed does leave one’s burger fulfillment slightly unfulfilled, its not so much the composition of some of the ingredients but that some of the ingredients, particularly the bun, feel slightly colder than one would like them to be – perhaps a cold stone plate isn’t befitting.

The patty’s tasteful appearance and stumbling build is contrasted by the white bread, a bun that looks corpulent but compresses without breaking – it carries the hamburger to a graceful burger taste balance. The provolone cheese, a well fitted gown to the burger, adds a subtle cheesy savor flow to the ensemble; and the vegetables, fresh and crisp lettuce and tomato and piquant sliced red onion, all finely chopped for the betterment of their participation are proportioned as to indicate that most of the attention should be placed on the meat. Chimichurri, a delicious green sauce made with herbs, garlic and oil, has been harmoniously combined with mayonnaise for a much richer tang that elevates the overall burger experience. The fries are good though a bit garlicky.

For 138.00 HKD this is definitely a burger dance once should go and try. The cost not only includes a side but also a starter, the choice of a wonderful beef empanada means that one is able to enjoy a genuine Argentinian style ‘burger’ before the arrival of this exquisite hamburger. The name is unbefitting though, the burger should be proud of its Argentinean roots.

Tango Argentinian Steak House
1st Floor, Carfield Building,
77 Wyndham Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2525 5808
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Holly Brown Coffee

Beef Burger with Cheese

Beef Burger with Cheese

HollyBrown

Holly Brown’s Beef Burger with Cheese is a demoralizingly edible ‘hamburger’. From the plastic burger model illuminated behind the counter, covered with a piercing white light, it should have been obvious that this was not going to be a great hamburger; that an eating hour with dispiriting cumbersome mouthfuls of disappointment would ensue, a low single moment in one’s life that will incur a contemplation as to why life can be so unforgiving sometimes…

The burger’s arrival is met with a laughter of disbelief, looking over all its different parts – with a remorseful sense towards the paltry care this burger has braved, what else can one do to hide the tears but to take this as a mean joke with the ‘patty’ as the distasteful punch-line. Chunks of bargain masticable beef steak, with a contemptible meat taste that’ll have you picking at your teeth and constantly re-stuffing the burger, doused in a spoonful of what can be described as a semi-icky canned gravy should by no means be accepted as a burger patty; this could perhaps be considered a steak sandwich, but a burger this is not – having a well formed patty is equally as important as having an appurtenant hamburger bun.

The burger’s burger taste balance is not deplorably repulsive; this thing, this steak sandwich in burger’s clothing, has a better taste than one might expect considering its appearance – that’s not to say it’s a good one, as a realization sets in that most ingredients seem to originate from an un-fresh factory genesis of pre-packaged foods. Notwithstanding the ‘burger’ can still be finished, but it never quite feels like one is trustfully eating a hamburger. The bun is perhaps the more enjoyable of the bunch, soft and chewy-spongey, it compresses around the chunks of meat desperately gripping everything inside for as long as its physicality will allow it.

The cheese appears to exist in this burger not so much for its white mild savor, but more so because of its plasticesque composition that serves as a barrier, that deafens the gravity of having gravy in contact with bread for an extended period of time. The greens, both the tomato and the lettuce, seem passable for a burger though do feel overloaded. The fries are alright.

The Beef Burger with Cheese from Holly Brown is not worth the 72.00 HKD one has to wage for it. One could commend on the creative liberty that has been taken with this hamburger… but really no.

Holly Brown Coffee
G/F 22 Stanley Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2869 9008
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Cedele

Beef Portobello Bacon Burger

Beef Portobello Bacon Burger

Cedele QRThe Beef Portobello Bacon Burger from Cedele is an edible hamburger. A hamburger, whose name stacks up better than the actual burger, arrives in an unexcited flaccidness – its leaning parts, toweringly toppled across the plate held by a crutch, should be a numb turn off; never a good entrance, this cussed keel only indicates an annoying reconstruction that has to happen before the first bite transpires… worser yet is the dread one might feel as to whether or not the burger build will hold its physique.

Once re-erected the burger doesn’t particularly boast well in hand. Feeling rather small, there is not an impressive appreciation one has of the hamburger construction or the burger taste balance once in reach of the mouth-grip; the burger taste balance is not lamentable, it’s a decent one that has been pruned by the shapes. The portobello mushroom provides a rebounding sensation that is endured but not so much savored – it’s fractious to understand why this shroom, canopying the patty, is here… Perhaps a veggie burger that never was to be. Cowering behind the portobello is a homemade patty with a light slightly old beef taste; rather small and measly the patty’s eventual textured disintegration will dissipate the meat into scarce memories within the bun, specs of beef within a universe of mushroom and bread.

The bun, a recommended spinach ‘bap’ (which is actually a bun), is an enjoyable compressible indulgent bread with spinachey green marks that only give off a hint of the flowering plant – not specifically designed for burgers it adds to the burger taste balance; the downfall being that its shape and softness give the sense on an eventually rupture. A striking dijon mustard hue does make a surprisingly peculiar appearance midway through the eatery – unsure how to react, the ingredient is eventually accepted into the burger taste balance; unlike the bacon, with little to show for itself it shyly only gives an allusion of its presence, and the onion marmalata will in perpetuum remain a mystery. The veggies are comprised of an ordinary leaf of lettuce and a tasteful tomato. The truffle fries are good.

For 150.00 HKD this Singaporean burger (Cedele is a Singaporean bakery/cafe) is one that can be forfeited. The predominant hurdle of the burger is not the burger taste balance, which is actually quite decent; it is the awfulness that exists in the burger’s planning and engineering as a whole and as individual ingredients.

Cedele
G07-08 Infinitus Plaza,
199 Des Voeux Road,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2581 0808
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Al’s Diner

Bacon Cheese Burger

Big Bopper Burger

Al's Diner QRThe Big Bopper burger from Al’s Diner is a good decent hamburger. As one makes haste towards this locale tis hard to gage what sort of burger experience will be had in the following moments… Enter the burger, a hamburger with an exquisite looking presentation – a colorful facing burger that is accompanied by an enjoyable expansive smell. The initial buildature of the hamburger is also a reason to rejoice, the circumferences of the bun and the patty look to agree with each other while the proportional measurements of the characters appear appropriate – the beef seems to have the right shape and thickness, the cheese a musk hardy yellow presence that deluges the bacon, and the vegetables look verdantly present.

The aesthetic and nasal enjoyment begin to dispel when taste and feel comes to play – faults are made more obvious as one delves into the burger experience. The perception towards the bun shifts from a proportionally rationed bread to something that seems slightly oversized and weak, the soft bread with a bushy density soon becomes soggy – the longer it is held between one’s finger the greater the chances of protruding though the sweaty dough and tickling the meat. There’s a whole other character to the patty once the meat is grasped within one’s lips; from a great scent and an exciting moisture, the meat falls short on its lack of tasty meatness, by the inadequate composition of a jerky seasoning and a grainy chunked texture that reveal a decent taste.

The usual vegetable trio of tomato, onion, and lettuce are all acceptable – more so ordinarily selected vegetables that at times possess the burger taste balance as overlooked thick shapes. The cheese has a couthy visual feel to it that was not strongly contemplated in the burger; and the bacon, not evenly cooked with crunchy bits and soft bits, ends up as an enjoyable salty inclusion into the burger. The pale fries were passable.

For 105.00 HKD Al’s Big Bopper Burger is a burger that could be given a single chance – ultimately the burger taste balance and the construction offer a greater visual and olfactory experience than a palatable one. One might be better of enjoying some of their jello shots than the burger… but then again, few will go to Al’s Diner specifically for a hamburger.

Al’s Diner
G/F 39 D’Aguilar Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2521 8714
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Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort

McHarlan Burger

McHarlan Burger

ComfortThe McHarlan Burger at Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort is a decent hamburger. Undeserving of the ‘Mc’ title this is a burger that, as Eddie Murphy puts it, resembles a ‘big-house-burger’, which in this particular exemplar by no means is it meant to be taken as a burger complement – the concept of this hamburger has been eminently oversimplified. The burger’s whole induction is encountered with dubiety; beyond the casket’s unfurlment, through a colorful burger facade, as the burger sits in its faux cardboard hamburger throne – a box seat that one guesses should be taken as a joke, the feeling of skepticism enthralls.

Stratyfing the box in order to determine how to best lift the burger a disgraceful construction is made observable; everything shakes as everything moves, and a worrying degree of jiggling and joggling ensues with panic caused at every soft jolt, panic for a burger that seems stacked for a plummet. At the touch of the bun, with one’s gentle fingers, the burger feels hard and appears pretty small. The first bite is frantic and out of control as a terrible thickness of all the burger parts makes for a chaotic challenge to grasp. It is the poorly chosen bun, a cornerstone of the problems and the root of a terrible compression that exerts to much force on the insides – it’s too stubbornly crunchy, it’s much too rigid for this poor burger.

Then, there isn’t a patty… much more of a meatball that has been slightly and carelessly squished; a meat shape that doesn’t feel juicy but a bit over seasoned – with a dark peppery essence that covers a beefy expectation of taste. The bacon is good all out on its own, but struggles to play within the burger taste balance. The vegetables – butter lettuce and onions manage to deliver some sense of chunky greenery in the burger, but with a couple of burger issues at bay it’s hard to pay attention to them; and the truffled mushrooms, shichimi msyo and gouda cheese seem almost non existent – just another mediocre burger taste balance that befalls from a not suitable burger construct. The fries are good.

For 188.00 HKD, one shouldn’t pay too much attention to this burger; it might be trying to hard to be equal or better to something it is not… One thing’s for sure – this ain’t no McDonald’s burger.

Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort
5/F Grand Progress Building,
15-16 Lan Kwai Fong,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2521 8638
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The Foreign Correspondents’ Club

FCC Burger

FCC Burger

FCC BurgerThe FCC Burger at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club is an edibly unimpressive hamburger. Tremendously boring, outstandingly austere, and immeasurably dry, each impending bite from this burger will suck any moisture in one’s mouth and leave behind an unprincipled burger taste balance; this burger is so dry it could literally be used as a dehumidifier during one of Hong Kong’s hot n’ heavy summers. The hamburger and its ingredients will have you gasping for wetness, for a droplet of liquid to engulf one’s mouth and body. The ingredients don’t manifest into a great burger, and a struggle to finish the hamburger might transpire… however, it hasn’t reached depths of repulsiveness as one, with an empty stomach, mandates to complete the summons.

The bun offers an imposing vista over the burger, its megalomania dominates the plate with a mediocre taste and a parched presence, one that’ll clearly state that the bun means to stay until its death. Deep from within, with a sinister grayness, peers out a shriveled lump; a patty that has been, almost as if there is something to be ashamed of, covered in a shroud of pepper. Together, these two shape up a burger of precipitous construction – a chunk semi-rubbery texture causes the unsavory beef to consistently crumble under the pressure, and the hulking bun, who’s destined to collapse with its grilled undertones that only exist to exacerbate its livelihood, is bound to disintegrate within one’s gentle hands.

There is no savior in this hamburger, other than the bun and patty there are no noticeable residents here; and not even a calculated broadcast of ketchup can conform the burger plight at one’s plate. The vegetables at its side function as a foreboding of the experience to come; a thinly lettuce, a skirmish onion, and a mushy soft tomato – all visibly weak should have been laid to rest time ago, instead they have been made to withstand this desert with little chance of making it through, with their respective flavors unnoticed. The fries are just really alright.

For 65.00 HKD this is one hamburger that can be missed, in any case one would need to be a member of the FCC to actually be able to enjoy this desiccate burger, do not accept a member’s burger invite. When I think of the FCC i’d like to think of it as a place where journalists can hang out after reporting stuffs all day, for their hard efforts I kinda wished they’d be rewarded with a better burger.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club
North Block,
2 Lower Albert Road,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2521 1511
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