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Corner Kitchen Cafe

Juicy Beef Burger

Juicy Beef Burger

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The Juicy Beef Burger from Corner Kitchen Cafe is a decent hamburger. This dainty little burger, prepped inside a snug little corner kitchen, illustrates a burger taste balance that shoulders the genuine feel and care of an honestly humble home-made hamburger. Practical, simple, predictable, from the instant one’s hungry gaze comforts onto this hamburger, through the journey to the closing last bite, everything about this burger – ingredients, build, presentation, form a coalescent fervor of menial familiarity, a straightforward house hamburger.

A sturdy burger construction would not describe this burger’s demeanor, more so it becomes a sense of rife in one’s enjoyment. Moments after witnessing an angled inclination in the sheaf of ingredients, as one’s fingers begin to feel comfort with the body of this burger, and as the first bite takes over, a loss of semblance commences from within its depths, within its patty… To the burger’s suggestion, the patty is a juicy piece of meat that accommodates a modest beef palatableness seasoned with what feels as a befitting range of spices that just vaguely overwhelm; the patty’s massed texture and chunky crumble lead to fractures from its core, and within the first few bites a source of torment is given as one never truly knows if and when the meat will collapse.

The hamburger bun, aptly holding its shape as it takes in all the meaty juices, is a tasty toasted bread with a snug crunch – one which is bound by a stiff supple bounce that is too tenacious towards the patty. The lettuce, adding a hefty berth to the burger, and the tomato and caramelized onions, both sort of lost in the burger’s taste balance, drive a desire for better greenery in the burger. The cheese overflows its mild flavor playing well with the ingredients, even if it hints to a process; but its the bacon, with a hefty bacon flavor that overhangs in the burger along with a brittle chew, that gives this burger its congeniality. The special sauce is nice and spicy, and the fries turn out good.

For 125.00 HKD this burger is pretty pricey for a home-made hamburger – it is a simple everyday burger, a well known burger to anyone who has every had a house hamburger made for them by someone who’ll give little thought to a burger crafting process, a homely burger that most could comfortably make at home.

Corner Kitchen Cafe
226 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong
+852 2547 8008
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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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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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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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The Lot on Possession

Number 1

Number 1

The Lot QRThe Lot’s Number 1 hamburger is a decent hamburger. The mid range burger manages to deliver a reasonable burger experience, a satisfactory burger satisfaction that has both good moments and somewhat adequate moments. Not all the ingredients have been treated equally here, and it shows in both its burger taste balance and its burger construct – at the time of this write up, as a new arrival to Sheung Wan, its as if some ingredients are still trying to find their way, their purpose.

The unwieldy presentation will initially raise concerns around proper burger ratios, and as the patty hides in the core of the bun and the bread shows its scalding scars one can only perturb themselves as to what the first bite will be like. The beef patty is one of the few ingredients that has been taken care off – juicy, tenderous, and with a ripe beef taste, it is a noble ingredient within the burger; but not all is lush in this hamburger, the surrounding bun hasn’t been as privileged – covered in burn marks, it is dry with a somewhat stale attitude.

Perusing the rest of the ingredients; the cheese, with a strong extent, lacks any sort of essence; the relish, with an acrid sourness on its own, luckily doesn’t particularly give much back to the team; and the rich buttery herb mayo, could have made its presence better known. The vegetables, appropriately sufficient, deliver a somewhat fresh experience with particularly juicy tomatoes.

Once one gets into the hamburger, considering the burger construction, the burger proportions aren’t as amateurish as they seem. However, the shoddily fabricated burger ingredients, a dried bun that departs as a terribly soft mediumly rare patty releases its juices  to break through, signify a somewhat troublesome burger holding experience – one is to be careful as to not cause to much compression onto this burger, as one squeeze to hard may cause a spilling discard. The spicy wedges weren’t that spicy but good.

For 118.00 HKD plus 25.00 HKD for the fries, and with not many options in the Sheung Wan area, this is a burger that one might give at least a single opportunity; though it is obvious that it still needs some learning to do – oddly enough it has no bacon, one can only hope that this burger will bloom to live up to its name, though unlikely – to become the number one burger in the lot.

The Lot on Possession 
22 Possesion Street,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong
+852 2576 7700
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238

238 Burger

238 Burger

238238’s 238 burger is a decent hamburger. This burger design has a certain euro-essence to its burger taste balance; and with that they’ve tried to play around with the burger components, the results is a burger experimentation that didn’t go horribly wrong, but didn’t exactly go wonderfully right either. The hamburger’s decency is much less derived from its burger taste balance, which in actuality can be quite enjoyable, and much more stemmed within its dreadful burger construction. As one stares at what has been presented, it’s difficult to snub the immediate inadequacies that fault the hamburger – inappropriate assemblage that is visibly apparent in the burger’s main support pillars, the patty and the bun.

The beef patty will be the first one to call attention, it has a nice brown crisp coloring to it that is accompanied by a tangy-esq beef taste that is well seasoned; unfortunately, as it visually crumbles, it lacks the texture of a real patty. I’m not certain what ‘chopped a la minute’ means, but I hope it doesn’t mean that the beef was minced, fried, compressed, and pattied, all in that order, within a minute’s time – cause it really felt that way. Then we have the bun, which is really just a bread roll; and as a roll, what the patty lacks in strength, the bread makes up in a hard exterior that won’t break as you bite into it expelling the burger contents outwards. The garlic seasoning on the bread was a nice touch though.

Finally there’s the mayo, a what-feels-like home made mayonnaise that is thick and rich and good turns out to be a real mess… literally. It’s like someone in the kitchen got so excited with their mayo that they smothered the burger in the stuff, leaving you with an explosion of condiment that’ll figuratively cancel out any vegetables present in the burger, veggies which are quite alright. They did seem to have forgotten one of the ingredients in the burger, listed in the menu is bacon, in my burger, was no bacon. The thick golden fries are quite excellent.

For 150.00 HKD one gets to wrestle a hamburger, and ends up covered in white stuff; and while the euro-taste might be interesting the construction is not. Towards the end, the fries were a little more enjoyable than this over-complicated burger.

238
238 Hollywood Road,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong
+852 2517 7322 
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Blue Butcher

Butcher's Wagyu Beef Burger

Butcher’s Wagyu Beef Burger

Blue butcher quick reviewThe Butcher’s Wagyu burger is a good decent hamburger. It is reminiscent of a simple cheeseburger – a thick patty, a bun, a shred of tomato, and a slice of cheese; a cheeseburger that is just a little more classy a little more expensive, that can probably be tied to, as its name suggests, a meat lovin’ butcher’s idea of a hamburger – which makes for a fine idea, this execution on the other hand…

The presentable but desolate hamburger does offer an enjoyable burger experience, a nice hamburger taste balance. The rightly chewy bun shows a shiny firm outer shell that is soft to the touch; and the well textured patty which has a good beef taste but lacks that serious Wagyu flavor, is complemented by competent seasoning that doesn’t overindulge the burger taste balance – which is heightened by the rich truffle mayo. Together in taste, these ingredients work adequately; in construction, there are some faults. Holding and eating the hamburger, as the bun tightly encapsulates the patty, there is a pleasant feeling of compression and soft tear. Still, moments before, even with a grand presentation, one can already see the abstract construction – a patty too thick and mismatched for the bun, that’ll lead to a thoughtful strategic first bite and a likely defeating last bite, that dreadful incomplete final bite that is only bread.

Surprisingly, for being a butcher’s burger, there isn’t any bacon or other fanciful meats in the composition, even more startling is the incorrect meat temperature; this, together with the slivers of vinegary tomato, that kinda make up for ketchup, leads to a feeling that this burger needs a little more care in order to reach a level of minimal exquisiteness. In the end it’s just meat and bread, a ghostly cheese that is there but hard to experience, and a longing for a little greenness. And I know what you’re thinking, but don’t do it, don’t put the salad in the burger… the dressing will overpower the burger in a husky sourness – leave it be. The fries were good, though a little too salty, but distinguished with the truffle mayo.

For 190.00 HKD i’d like to have a more enriched burger experience, with a wide variety of layered tastes, not just a fancy cheeseburger that tastes great but feels like something is missing – oh and by the way, just for your information, it’s only served during lunch time.

Blue Butcher
108 Hollywood Road,
Central District,
Hong Kong
+852 2613 9286
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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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