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Beef & Liberty: Part Deux, The Return

The Classic Special

The Classic Special

Beef and Liberty QRBeef & Liberty’s classic special is an exquisite hamburger. A burger that has been cherished, and well groomed to be one of Hong Kong’s elite hamburgers; the care given to this burger radiates within one of its ringleaders, Neil Tomes – the proud executive chef who passionately articulates his burger and ingredients, who has remained vigilant tending to create a burger that has attained a certain burger beauty. Far from its beginnings as a decent hamburger, with a new array of notably sourced ingredients, this burger lives on with a worthy burger taste balance – one that’ll have four men guzzling a burger within moments of its arrival.

Since my first visit, which you can read about < here >, this burger has experienced a couple of changes – in both its soul and character. Key aspects such as the patty and bun have remained unchanged and improved for the better. The beef continues to perform as a strong companion –  utterly exquisite it is lean and juicy, and with a great mellow texture. And the bun, still with its soft core and crisp exterior, holds the burger together in a pliant compression that, at times, may make the bun a bit too thin. It’s everything else surrounding these two components that has been revamped – and the new ingredients are great, they make the bun and patty taste even better than before, and they give new meaning to this burger’s burger taste balance.

Just as before, the grass fed cattle was sacrificed with all the right intentions, but now, it shall be accompanied by a small friend – the bacon. The very tasty thick cut bacon is firm and crisp, with a ripe tenderness and quantity, it is pleasantly felt throughout each bite. The soft tenacious mantle of cheese is savory, a bit overwhelming at times, but generally great. The greenery provides fresh crunchy palpitations, lettuce and tomato both satisfy, but the onion accentuates the burger with a sweet touch. If there’s one underachiever in this burger, it’s the bacon jam, in small quantities it can certainly add an agreeable zestiness to the burger, however, too much and it can deluge the whole burger with an overtly sweetened tang; I would much rather have the cajun aioli as a condiment, a rich mayo that adds a hint of piquantness.

The burger’s build, which starts of with a blissful presentation, is staunch; its great compression comes with great constructability, and throughout each bite the hamburger holds its shape. Though there are times that the proportional ratios might be a bit off – with one bite of bread without beef too many. The french fries are good.

This hamburger has done a wonderful job in delivering a great burger taste balance, and care has gone into the whole lot of ingredients. At 118.00 HKD, 148.00 HKD including fries and a drink, there are few places around handing out a burger experience as good as Beef & Liberty’s.

Beef & Liberty
Star St. Precinct,
2/F, 23 Wing Fung St.,
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
+852 2011 3009
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The Butchers Club Burger

Burger

Burger

The Butchers Club Burger

The Butchers Club burger is an exquisitely good hamburger. It is a hamburger that has received proper burger care and tenderness, that brings forth a wondrous experience that begins with the creation of a burger that manages to stand its ground. Surrounded by meat filled cabinets and formed from within mountains of minced beef, the patty is forbearignly massaged and fashioned within the humble hands of a ruggedly bearded man. The men in the kitchen, who seem like burger spartans in their element, lay out their ingredients ready to defend their great burger entry into Hong Kong’s hamburger repertoire.

The burger construction seems precise and the measurements well crafted – structurally, the burger stacks up with a tight bespoke hamburger feel, with the right burger length ratios. Yet, it’s a shame that the hamburger isn’t slightly more beefed up; moments before the end, one wonders whether or not to get a second – a decision that is, unfortunately, not solely weighed on a great burger taste balance. Still, made apparent as one smudges the burger’s face against the board to soak up all the juices from the marvelous swirl of rich tangy secret sauce that mixes so well with the meat drippage, the burger holds steady throughout.

The ingredients, victoriously achieving a great burger taste balance that keeps charging until the end, are good. The beef patty is soft and tender, cooked to a proper temperature with a whimsical taste, it rips ever so softly pillowing onto one’s taste buds with a true juicy beef flavor and pleasant grilled singe on the outside. The cheese that lies on top, adds a real layer of lazy gooeyness – not so strong to overpower and not too weak to pass by unnoticed, it swings just right. The bacon, a small treasure hidden inside the burger, is just that – a single lonely sliver of bacon that impulses the burger taste balance upwards, that lusters through the burger, but that will leave a yearning for one more piece.

While the burger, for the most, feels great and enjoyable, the vegetables – the single slice of tomato and cooked onions fall somewhat short – doing little to satisfy one’s primal urge to connect with nature. The sweet bosom of a bun, soft and tender with a brawny grilled springiness, with a sprinkle of flour that kisses one’s lip leaving a speck of a white mustache, is a respectable addition. The duck fat fries are alright.

For 100.00 HKD you can get the stand alone burger, for an extra 20.00 HKD you can get the fries; though not a high price compared to other Hong Kong burgers, when you consider the size that feeling might adjust, and soon be forgotten as one savors this burger; a formidable burger, one that even a couple of guys on an icy wall can look forward to after a hard night’s work.

The Butchers Club Burgers
G/F, Rialto Building
2 Landale Street
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
+852 2528 2083
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The Chop House

BBQ Beef, Bacon & Cheddar Burger

The Chop houseThe Chop House’s BBQ beef, bacon & cheddar burger is an exquisite burger. Starting of one a great note, this burger adventure will have a couple of hiccups along the journey towards the end, but upon completion, one can surely be satisfied with what has been experienced – an accomplished burger taste balance, one that shows that this burger has received a certain level of thought and care… at least for its taste.

The burger will initially make itself noticed by a delightfully radiating burger smell that touches your senses as it lands at your fore with an accompaniment of a strong BBQ aroma that feels zesty to the nostrils – after all, the burger has been christened with ‘BBQ’ as a first name, and with that one should expect great BBQ flavoring. The result: a rightly rich sweet-sour BBQ tanginess so powerful that the burger should be a little more sparing with its sauce, in actuality the sauce is not bad – the amount just needs to be toned down a little or grilled. Still, remove a bit and I found that the experience was still an pleasurable one… again, in terms of taste.

The first bite is quite captivating – the bacon makes a first great impression with a wonderfully sharp salty taste that feels nice to the tongue, not too crispy slightly chewy. Close by, with a shape to perfect to have been hand massaged and fashioned, one can feel the patty charming its way in with an agreeably soft juicy texture and enjoyable beef taste that is seasoned with an appropriate amount of salt. The vegetables, feeling that green crunchiness, play their parts correctly with an outstanding tomato; and the cheese, which doesn’t much feel like cheddar, leaves a gooey touch with a good subtle flavor.

The tribulation, a proportional and constructional one, commences about half way through this hamburger when the overloaded heavy BBQ and mayo sauces begin to swirl and swamp the burger – sabotaging the vessel, a soft pleasant but delicate bun that can’t handle the burger’s engineering challenges. Tearing itself apart in the last stages, revealing a patty that feels slightly short, once completed only a terrible mess remains. One does have the option to add additional components to the already overloaded burger; marinated beats, sweet onion, and the stupendous chili mustard. The tator tots are meh.

For 160.00 HKD this is a delicious burger with sturdy burger taste balance that is worth a visit, to bad the construction and the burger ingredient ratios are a little choppy…

The Chop House
Level 3 Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown
1 Tang Lung Street
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
+852 2771 3177
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Restoration (closed)

Burger

Burger

Restoration

Restoration’s simple burger is an exquisite hamburger. It is a gorgeous southern belle in the center of Hong Kong; the hamburger, vivacious in both appearance and taste, makes a grand entrance, charming your senses as it releases a waft of its delightful burger perfume into your nostrils – preparing your body for what should be a beautiful burger experience. What follows moments after that whirl, from the instant you envelop this hamburger, is a rich and tasty burger taste balance rush; and the realization that prudence has gone into the ingredients as well as the construction – resulting in mouthfuls of exquisite burgerness.

Often encountered in Creole cuisine, one might notice that black pepper has a well distinguished role in this burger, a role that achieves a welcoming kick of southern spice; furthermore, the beef patty, full of flavorful meat juices, accomplishes a neat beef taste that is subtly accentuated by the apt peppery seasoning. Although the texture of the patty might feel slightly coarse at times, the patty is offered with the right thickness and correct diameter – creating a near perfect ensemble with the bun and other ingredients.

The melted cheddar cheese, which clings to the patty with a thick radiant summery yellow, properly manages to softly gleam throughout the burger experience; the vegetables, finely tuned to the portions of the burger, establish an evident sense of freshness and, particularly the tomato, natural taste. The bacon does leave something to be desired for, not because of its slightly charred appearance – which surprisingly doesn’t have a blackened taste, but more so because of its heavy saltiness that can disturb the burger. Though I have to mention, the bacon is not included in the burger. The tasty toasted bun, spring and soft, appropriately adjusts to the inner workings and assemblage of the burger, absorbing the juicy remnants while keeping the burger tightly held under its arms – it gives a feeling of satisfaction as you hold this solid burger. The piquantly seasoned fries are great.

Served only during lunch, for 108.00 HKD this burger is definitely worth a try. As part of a set lunch it’ll come with a choice of soup or salad, and four cheese options for its cheesy topping. However, it is unfortunate that the presence of fries, though good and plentiful, comes at an additional cost of 25.00 HKD. One last thought, I really hope that Restoration preserves the consistency of this exquisite burger, as one of the best burgers in Central – i’m sure Louisiana detectives Rust and Martin would approve, laissez les bon burger temps rouler!

Restoration
1st/F, 63 Wyndham Street,
Central,
Hong Kong
+852 2536 0183
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BLT Burger

BLT Burger

BLT Burger

BLT burgerThe BLT burger is an exquisite hamburger with a great appearance. The bun has a nice curvature to it; the bacon, as it firmly sticks out, a great reddish-pink; and the crumpled lettuce, a wholesome greenness. As you observe burgers on other tables, some half cut as it’s occasionally customary in Hong Kong, your hamburger senses will begin to tingle. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but based on previous decent experiences at BLT Burger in Tsim Sha Tsui, this hamburger has a surprisingly great burger taste balance. Still, with an evident pompously oversized bun and a clumsily sized patty the components of this burger, while entertaining, don’t necessarily match up comfortably.

Construction flaws aside, overall this is a good burger experience. The properly temperatured patty, which hides within the depths of the mild cheese and the bun, has both a worthy beef taste and a juicy meat presence – strong enough to leave a pink hue on the bun. In turn, the chewy soft bun, which at bites does feel oversized, will hold the juices without tearing apart; that combined with BLT’s secret sauce, which isn’t so secret once you try it, gives this hamburger a luscious feeling – one that your flavor buds can look forward too.

The meatiness of this burger is further enhanced by the magnificent bacon, alive with color and a crispy texture, the bacon feels thick with that marvelous bacon taste that burps so good. Along with the veggies, that do a pretty swell job on their own, the burger has a fitting Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato christening (BLT actually stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, but Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato is more fun).

However, BLT burger could greatly benefit from a careful look at their own blueprint for a better burger – ask for one when you get there. In it they show how a hamburger should be constructed, but when compared to the real thing, either the bun’s circumference and width need to be reduced or the patty’s diameter and thickness need to be increased. The patty’s is already quite satisfying, thus a more appropriately sized bun could substantially improve the enjoyment of this burger. The thick fries, waffle fries, and sweet potato fries, are all great sides to this burger.

For 98.00 HKD plus 10.00 HKD extra for cheese this is a strong exquisite burger, a good calibre hamburger that is worth a try, but that needs a little extra umpf for it to truly be majestic. If you do try it, remember, try the one in Causeway Bay.

BLT Burger
Shop B224A, Times Square,
1 Matheson Street,
Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong
+852 2506 1500
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High Street Grill

Wagyu burger

Wagyu burger

High Street Grill

The Wagyu burger, with its magnificent appearance and captivating taste, is an exquisite hamburger. From the moment this burger is placed at your sight you’ll feel the excitement that Jack felt as he gazed upon and drew Rose; but with a happier ending, this burger encounter is one that you should certainly look forward too.

The burger, which looks and feels well proportioned, has been constructed with a set of delicious ingredients. Individually, these ingredients manage to leave their own little mark; but as a whole, as they rumble and tumble inside your lips, they succeed in achieving an exquisitely savory burger taste balance. The Wagyu patty, with its appropriately corresponding girth and vigorous juicy beef flavor, feels just right; lying upon a bed of fresh firm vegetables and covered by a slightly gooey blanket of gently melted mellow delectable Swiss cheese, this patty seems well taken care of. The vibrant bacon, which is perfectly chewy and crispy, provides just the right amount of saltines to complement the beef, and the overall burger balance. All these ingredients, carefully stacked in between the marvelously soft and springy bun, a bun that is crumpled ever so flawlessly, that’ll blissfully absorb any juices without tearing itself apart, make up one of the best burgers I’ve had in Hong Kong – it is simply, exquisite.

This burger could very well attain the heights of a majestic burger, and there isn’t much to say in terms of the bad… but for a burger to be majestic, care has to be given to all aspects of the burger and the experience. Without a chance of disappointing the burgnivore – as the flavors caress your tongue the adventure should be mesmerizing; when you request a temperature medium expecting a pink center and instead receive a temperature well done with a gray-brown center, a disruption will occur. On top of that, a few meagre bits of rubbery meat were encountered in the Wagyu patty, while unimportant, and I hope a one-time incidence, you’ll still stop for a second before continuing in on this grand endeavor. The steak fries are good, but could use a little extra salt.

At 155.00 HKD dollars this burger is well worth the price, and 8.00 HKD for additional toppings won’t break your wallet. High Street Grill, a comfortable restaurant in Sai Ying Pun, is a nice place to enjoy a burger that feels even better when you realize how homely the neighborhood appears.

High Street Grill
Shop 4&5,
G/F, Hang Sing Mansion,
48-78 High Street,
Wester District,
Hong Kong
+852 2559 2638
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LongHorn Steakhouse

Primetime burger

Primetime burger

LongHorn SteakhouseThe Primetime Burger, with meat piled on top of more meat, is an exquisite burger; served with glorious prime rib shavings on top of a half pound beef patty, it’ll satiate any meat cravings you had the moment you walked into LongHorn.

As you bring the hamburger towards your burgerhole the first thing to notice is a delightful scent, a surrounding burger waft that will protrude beyond your lips and nostrils allowing you to flavor the burger before the sweet embrace of your tongue, an embrace that culminates in a well balanced burger taste that for a moment made this exquisite burger a majestic one. However, as I moved forward I began to be confronted by a series of snags, that with each bite, belittled that majestic instant. The wonderfully juicy and tasty prime rib, a graceful winner in the battle of two meats, is a tender beefy avalanche that melts in your mouth, greatly adding to this burger; but it ain’t enough to make up for a dry patty that has been well done overcooked. The greens, fresh tomato and regular ol’ iceberg lettuce, played their parts well; the fried onions however, went beyond, not too strong, they were perfectly cooked to that spot were they begin to sweeten up.

The swiss cheese, not leaving a strong mark, its hardly worth mentioning. The bread, one of the main letdowns, tasted burned, not from the proud LongHorn brand mark, but from inside the bun; a sign, just like the patty, that it might have been carelessly left a little too long on the grill. Even more of a let down was the moment when it became apparent that the burger would not hold its shape to the last straw; as the bun began to tear, the burger began to fall – a struggle to keep the burger together ensued a few bites before the end. The french fries, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, were amazing.

LongHorn steakhouse, a spot where you can act out your texas cowboy rancher fantasies, is a great place to visit, a place with good food and good steaks. I’ve been there enough times to know that the minor drawbacks I encountered shouldn’t have happened… it’ll have to be seen on the next encounter.

LongHorn Steakhouse
3118 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden,
FL 34787
U.S.A
+1 407-654-0272
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The Crooked Spoon

The crooked spoon burger

The crooked spoon burger

The Crooked Spoon QR

The crooked spoon burger, found near Orlando in Florida, U.S.A. is a fine hamburger. Its meagre presentation; with its kettle chips, crumpled bun, petit patty, and single green leaf, has little to say about the overall burger taste balance – which is, on its own quite exquisite. Yet, as welcoming as your taste buds might be to this burger, the greatest flaw, at least in my experience, comes from the beautiful story that the menu tells, artfully depicting the burger, which is, in the end, imperfectly delivered.

The Florida angus beef patty, with a delicious untouched beef taste, has a torrent of meat juices that flow from the patty to the absorbingly soft and delightfully chewy brioche bun. Accompanied by the buttery textured and richly palatable aioli, the beef the bun, and its tasty juices, adeptly spread through your tongue in a well balanced burger taste that is further enhanced by the fresh ‘spring mix’ – lettuce in layman’s terms. If only… if only the swiss cheese was a little more sharp, or if the chipotle aioli had a little more sting, or the sweet onion marmalade a little more lush, this might be a richer burger affair.

The crooked spoon burger is a sturdy hamburger albeit it crooked proportions; the angus beef patty, with a nice tear to it isn’t properly portioned to last until the end, and the meat juice soaking bun will hold its shape throughout but will at times engulf the burger with a feeling of too much bread. Additionally, perhaps more lavish portions of each of the terrific sounding ingredients would raise the level of this burger, providing a more consolidated burger experience. The kettle chips, are actually quite great. Be that as it may, when the blessed bond between a burger and its french fries is disrupted, you can’t fight a feeling of longing for the latter; especially when there is an extra charge (1.50 USD) to re-unite the two.

The crooked spoon is a good place to visit for a burger, although if you’re not near the Central Florida area it might be a little out of your way. Still, 12 bucks its not a bad deal for this exquisite burger, and i’d be interested in trying some of their other burgers.

The Crooked Spoon
200 Citrus Tower Blvd.
Clermont, FL 34711
U.S.A.
+1 352 4004 7808
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The Press Room (closed)

Le press room burger.

Le press room burger.

The press room

The Le Press Room burger is one of the more enjoyable hamburgers in Hong Kong, it has a great appearance and even better performance. The first impression this hamburger gives is that it’s heavy; the top bun rises above the plate like a giant dome, it’s thick patty topped with bacon and Roquefort cheese rest on a copious amount of vegetables, all supported by a robust bottom bun, and crowned by a cherry tomato on top. Before taking the first big bite, one has to gently compress the whole burger just enough to be able to bring it in between the lips. Immediately after the initial encounter you’ll realize two things; that you’ll want to hold the burger above your fries to cover them in all the fine juices that cascade from the beef, bacon, and cheese, and more importantly, that this burger has a pleasing burger taste balance.

The beef patty, which was requested medium and arrived medium rare, has a good undisturbed beef taste that is well accompanied by the not-too-crispy-not-too-soft flavorful bacon. As you effortless tear, chew, and combine both meats, each one will clearly make an appearance before harmonizing into one another. The Roquefort cheese, a strong oozing cheese which at times does overpower the burger taste, moves from a mild to smoky flavor, before continuing into a salty finish which fades into the burger giving it a gratifying tangy taste. The vegetables, while crispy and fresh, did feel a little boring – contributing little, other than some greens, in making this burger slightly more distinguished. One of the best features of this hamburger has to be the delightful burger bun with a great taste and sensation; soft to the touch, it’ll hold this moderately husky juicy burger till the end – making it a well-structured hamburger. The coleslaw, a nice addition, is great, and the thin French fries taste good.

The Press Room, located in Sheung-wan, has a nice environment to it, although it might feel a little cramped during peak eating hours of the day. And while the burger might not be the highlight of the place it is apparent that they have put some care in the burgers they offer. At 128.00 HKD Le press room burger has a reasonable price, and is well worth a try.

The Press Room
108 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2525 3444
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