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Burger Joys

Signature Double Cheese Burger

Signature Double Cheese Burger

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 10.26.18 pmBurger Joys Signature Double Cheese Burger is a majestic burger. The hamburger, from its beginnings to its concluding moments, to everything in the burger in-between, proves to be an invigorating hamburger experience – it is a burger that has had its dutifulness devotion given, a beautifully coordinated hamburger, as it becomes obviously hard to find any form of wrongdoing. Both the burger taste balance, balanced with an appetizing enthusiasm that will unite burger and soul into blissful accord; and the burger construction, robustly constructed for a meld of hands and burger to a comfortable sturdiness, will deliver a mesmerizing experience of complete hamburger gratification.

The burger’s aroma, rising thought the seedy Wan Chai air, grants one with a beautiful hamburger introduction that makes the impending first bite a moment of desire to get excited about – a worth of carefully refined components that tastefully copulate in one’s mouth making each mouthful a pleasurable joy to experience.

The ingredients; from the burger’s center core – two patties that dignify meat with a wholesome taste of beef that has been subtly seasoned to create a capstone, patties that exist with a tearable sufficiency that softly rips the beef with each ditching bite, entrenched in a delightfully balmy creamy-esq cheddary cheese that is well represented in the overall experience. To the mid-levels of fresh crisp vegetables – a silky firm flowery lettuce, a crunchy slice of thick yielding onion, a plump juicy tomato; all smeared in a tangy secret sauce of oily quality that adulterates itself to the balance with a faint embrace. Topped with a brittle bacon that fractures with the grasp of the bun releasing copious amounts of flavor with each crack. To the outer edges – a soft and spongy bun that adapts to the shape of one’s hold and the inner workings on the burger with a respectful level of compression and pulpy absorption, holding everything together with an amusing doughy taste… All, with ideal ratios, culminate in a ceremonious burger taste balance and burger construction. The truffle fries are awesome.

For 138.00 HKD one must try this hamburger – Burger Joys offers a burger that doesn’t presume itself with any gaudiness; within a small cramped space towards the end of Wan Chai, this true burger joint has fathomed the simplicity of a burger joint hamburger, a burger with the right ingredients and burger care, a magnificent burger that radiates burger joys.

Burger Joys

Shop E G/F De Fenwick

42-50 Lockhart Road

Wan Chai

+852 2787 1288

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Beef & Liberty: The Big Ron Burger (no longer available on the menu)

The Big Ron Burger

The Big Ron Burger

bi ronBeef & Liberty’s The Big Ron Burger is a majestic hamburger. It is an appreciation to one of the greatest hamburgers of all time, and with heartfelt reverence, this burger has embarked on the onerous task of fulfilling a burger taste balance that has indulged one and so many with sentiments of joy and elation. Embracing its own origin story, The Big Ron gives the respect its hero deserves while exhibiting its own show of force; the burger is not better nor worse, it is not a replacement to its champion – it is a burger that brings its own character traits to the game, that delivers a refreshing set of ingredients on its own admirable accord.

In the light of day, the burger stands tall from its perch – the two beef patties, the special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun, leave a remarkably mettle impression; and while there’s still some room for improvement, particularly in its burger build – skilled burger boldness defines this hamburger. The two patties show their cojones through a laudable beef taste, differing from the original, they are juicy and hearty; but show vulnerability in a soft texture that frails the more one delves into them. A special sauce is good, it gives the burger a robust tang without subduing the burger taste balance, allowing for the rest of the ingredients to show their valiance.

The finely chopped lettuce and white onions, a subtle green resolve for the burger, maintain a crisp stance; whereas the slice of cheese, audaciously mild and yellow, flows with the hamburger’s savor and movements. The suit that holds the burger, the trinity of sesame encrusted buns, the three firm layers of bread with a pluck taste, work well with all the hamburger components – never overpowering, holding fast, and reconciling the juices. The burger’s bane, its debility, comes from a burger construction that slowly weakens; just like the original, when first revealed, the burger carries itself with a stackature of gameness, but with each lift each impending bite, components in the burger construction begin to shift… still, it’ll strive to hold itself together, to deliver one good last mouthful. The fries (not pictured) are great.

For 158.00 HKD this is a hamburger one had to try, because it is a burger that Hong Kong deserves, but not one it ever needed, so one has to eat it. Because it can take it, because the burger is not a regular menu item. It is a majestic burger, a tasteful hamburger, The Big Ron.

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

*It was with a great smile and enthusiasm, that Beef & Liberty invited me to try this awesome burger.

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Big Jo’s (Closed)

Bacon Cheese Burger

Bacon Cheese Burger

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Big Jo’s Bacon Cheese Burger is an exquisite hamburger. The burger flourishes through a well taken care burger taste balance; one that begins with an an alluringly beguiling impression environed by a sapid aroma that is eventually encumbered by a gentle misalignment of its burger construction, a slight unattractiveness that is not made apparent until one intimately makes a connection with this californian burger.

The moment this hamburger is handled from its stay a release of tasty extracts are splashed, juices that are carried onto the first bite of this burger fill one’s mouth with a good first impression. In that mouthful, if it wasn’t visually noticeable, it is made palatable that the bun will be the most ostentatious of the ingredients. Good, cushy and round, the bun is also boastingly arched in an oversized lurid sense of vanity; a sense that eventually compresses onto itself to make appear as if only a lonely bun existed on that plate. Fortunately, this vanity is not lost on the specks of sesame seeds that bring minute explosions of a deliciously enjoyable subtle nuttiness to the burger taste balance.

The patty has a pleasantly packed rotundness that is accompanied by a sound beef taste and an inviting inner pink; what the meat lacks, as one discovers through various more domineering ingredients, is girth – the thickness to lead the burger further ahead, too not leave one with the feeling of having a vegetable governed sandwich. The veggies, the finely chopped lettuce and onion and a portion of tomato sliced with finesse, all demonstrate fresh and tasteful prudence as they convolute with a sweet sourly biting sauce that mixes well with the burger taste balance. The yellow gluey silkiness of the cheese translates as a mild suggestion that is easily forgotten, not alike the bacon, that even with a few rubberlike streaks, bids a hardy roseate redness with a lush bacon saltness that is lasting. The fries are as good as apparent frozen fries can be.

For 80.00 HKD plus an additional 20.00 HKD for the combo, Big Jo’s has a burger with a relaxed enjoyable satisfaction. Some of the hamburger’s more voluptuous burger construction proportions might hinder the burger’s burger taste balance to a slight… But in a neighborhood with two very strong contenders around the corner, this Californian manages to set itself apart and ride that exquisite burger wave.

Big Jo’s
Shop C, G/F, Wai Cheong Building,
5-9A Gresson Street,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
+852 2752 6880
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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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Ham & Sherry

Beef burger...?

Beef “burger”

Ham&SherryHam & Sherry’s beef “burger” is an edible “hamburger”. There’s an odd feeling to Ham & Sherry when one enters with the intention of indulging on a burger; as one awaits the burger’s arrival, as one ganders across the tables, one might begin to wonder why no burgers are being served… certainly, for a dish as popular as a hamburger there must be some other patrons waiting. Tis only moments after your burger arrives that you realize what was happening all along – that the burgers where always there.

I know, it doesn’t particularly come off looking as a traditional burger, and even though assurances were delivered that the meal laid before my eyes is in fact a “burger” it was, sadly, hard to truly enjoy this “burger” experience – from start to end, from presentation to performance, this simply did not fill the burger void within. What you end up with is the burger equivalent of a bicycle wreck – a “burger” with poor burger taste balance, with inferior burger assemblage, with an undeliverable burger satisfaction; a “burger” without its burger essence. What follows is a downward spiral of burger disappointment, one that culminates in a figurative slap to the face of one burger lover.

Upon encountering this small burger, one is rushed by a sense of bafflement and wonder as to why the burger has been cut in half, and more importantly, what to this day still remains an unresolved mystery, where that other half may be. As you gaze and examine through the ingredients, one can’t argue that the right components aren’t present; but even with keeping an open mind, these ingredients seem lost – without a purpose. The ciabatta immediately strikes out, a little too hard, dry, and thin, it just doesn’t feel appropriate; the airy beef patty, even with the correct temperature, lacks seasoning and a genuine beefy taste; the cheese, sharp and somewhat overwhelming, just doesn’t lay well; and the sweet onions, a false hope for vegetables, rebels the “burger” with its sweetness. There was one seeming winner in the bunch, the bacon, a bacon that is soft and chewy with the right amount of crispiness; it did well at first, until you begin to notice its overly greasy perspiration. The garlic fries are alright.

For 108.00 HKD this is not a commendable “burger”, I’m sure Ham & Sherry have great dishes, but for a burger you can and will find better. One awkward thing did happen after being there for an hour or so… in front of us, amongst two pretty looking ladies, something resembling a beef burger with the proper bun and proportions appeared, it was a beef burger – slap. Yet, after this experience it would have probably also been a disappointment.

Ham & Sherry
1-7 Ship Street,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
+852 2555 0628
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Wooloomooloo Steakhouse

Beef Burger

Beef Burger

Wooloomooloo steakhouseWooloomooloo’s beef burger is a good decent hamburger. More likely than not, one is sure to have a great burger experience; soaring high above Hong Kong’s rooftops, accompanied by magnificent views of Kowloon and the Island, as you scan the horizon at the verticality that is this city – it’s easy to get sidetracked on what’s important here: the actuality of the burger. Like I said, this is a burger experience that is worthwhile; but, does this hamburger inspire as much as its setting?

The burger’s introduction is immediately received with a pair of mixed feelings, while the overpowering whiteness of the plate might induce a notion of bleakness, as if something is missing, the attractive and sizable burger brings forth enthusiasm. As one becomes a witness to these emotions, and one begins to devour this hamburger, there is a realization that there is a pattern of ups and downs to this burger; in the end, the result is a burger, that unlike it’s view, is uninspiring.

The ingredient seem to be of a good quality, and as one, they do manage to pull of an decent burger taste balance; still, they do boast a certain burger carelessness, eventually becoming apparent that with a little more attention these ingredient can live to deliver a burger taste balance of a much higher degree. The juicy sirloin beef patty manages to radiate a wonderful beef taste, a flavor that rises above all other ingredients; regrettably, the taste is not enough to make up for its insufficiently thin proportions. The bacon, rich in that awe inspiring bacon taste, is sadly noticeably flabby in feel; the cheese, soft and gooey in texture, is a tad too sharp in flavor; and the vegetables, while crisp and balanced, stem blandness. You see, with this hamburger everything is good, but there’s always a ‘but’. Only the egg, with a firm white, and runny tasty yolk, manages to pull through unscathed.

Then there’s the bun; inappropriate for this kind of restaurant, has no salvation… overbearing in size, dry and rough in texture, feels like the most generic burger bun one could find; the ease in which the bun tears away, concludes in a conscious awareness that this burger is poorly constructed. The fries, crisp with a soft center, are alright.

For 155.00 HKD, this is a good burger experience. Unfortunately, not so much because of the burger, but because of the setting. This is a hamburger with a view, an inspiring view that makes the burger experience so much greater than it actually is, but if found on the ground floor, this burger experience might become somewhat more real.

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy
256 Hennessy Road
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
+852 2893 6960
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Ted’s Lookout

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

Ted's Lookout QRTed’s cheeseburger is a decent hamburger. The burger actually shoulders a superb burger taste balance; sadly, this great hamburger performance is belittled by a patty that feels embarrassingly inappropriate – a patty that because of its dwarfed size struggles to glisten as it hides in-between the other ingredients. As you await for the arrival of your burger, as you peer at others’ burgers, as your head frantically twists and turns looking for a sign of proper burger proportions, and as you begin to realize that size does matter – prepare to have a moment of disappointment sink in.

As I said, the burger taste balance of this burger is exquisitely good; the bacon shines through with a chewy firmness that brittles as it enters your mouth, the vegetables feel fresh and alive with color and taste; the cheddar cheese adds the right amount of gooeyness without being too vague; and, if you throw in some truffle aioli, be sure to expect a flavorful buttery touch. The bread is savory, it has a soft chewy sponginess to it, it is a good bun; and when you do manage to meet the meat, the meat has a great juicy beef taste, a beef flavor that is strong and untouched.

The problem… the misfortunate size of the patty that throws the whole burger ecosystem out of balance; suddenly, the bread seems too big and airy, the onion too powerful, it feels like there is too much empty space in this burger. The moment you pick it up there’s a sensation of wobbliness, a construct about to topple out – you’ll notice amateur burger eaters struggling to hold it together, and the more adept eaters keeping a lookout for falling ingredients to not leave behind. But persist, after a few bites of too much bread and too little meat, once you’ve bitten through the outermost regions and begin to reign on the patty you will be rewarded with a great burger taste balance and that burger satisfaction – if only for a number of bites. The fries are great.

For 128.00 HKD and 15.00 HKD for additional toppings, such as bacon, based on the burger taste balance, this is a good burger to try. However, one would wish to not be disappointed by an ill-suited beef patty, and resulting poor stability. Hopefully Ted will one day look out from his lookout into the horizon and realize the potential in his burger. I don’t know if this is a case of restaurant frugality, or a consideration to serve a ‘light-er’ lunch burger (burgers are only served for lunch); but I do know that proper burger proportions are essential for a decorated burger. 

Ted’s Lookout
G/F Moonful Court, No. 17A
Moon Street,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
+852 2520 0076
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The Canny Man

Crofters Beef Burger

Crofters Beef Burger

The Canny ManThe Crofters beef burger is a decent hamburger. This burger doesn’t really stand out in any way, it’s actually quite a normal hamburger. Still, one day a week there is something that makes this burger quite special; it’s not so much the burger itself, but a promotion behind it. A deal that takes place on Mondays, a deal that turns a pretty forgettable burger into a slightly more memorable one, a deal that includes a cold pint of Carlsberg beer (probably the best beer in the world), a deal that creates an affordable burger – on a Monday! The Canny Man’s Monday burger promo lets you enjoy a decent hamburger with a nice cold pint, all for 98.00 HKD – this should already start making your Monday a little better! On any other day though, this magical Monday burger, becomes a rather ordinary hamburger…

The hamburger makes an entry in a promising light, a light that dwindles down upon the first few bites; as you begin to traverse this burger, you are soon to realize that it lacks a certain hamburger excitement. The well circumferenced patty, properly matching up to the edges of the bun and with the right temperature, has a notable beef taste. In itself, the patty makes a strong stance, a stance that is unfortunately brought down by its fellow compatriots. The dull egg, with a mild baby chicken flavor; the tedious vegetables, thick and at times, in particular the onion, overbearing; and the flat bacon, cooked to a softness that shouldn’t be allowed for bacon – all three contribute to create a feeble burger taste balance.

The bun brings forward and insipid usefulness – while it can hold the burger as one, it’s dry and at times provides an excessive bread feeling, one that could probably be countered with a slightly thicker patty. Given that the beef patty is at a whole other level of richness, you’ll wish that the other ingredients had the same level of commitment – there is certainly no ‘I’ in ‘team’, but ‘team’ spelled backwards reads ‘meat’, and this burger has that going for it. The ginormous wedges are good.

On any other day than a Monday i’m not sure i’d go too much out of the way for this 112.00 HKD burger; but come Monday, I know I wouldn’t say no to this decent burger with a pint of beer for 98.00 HKD! Like I said before, it’s already a decent way to start the week!

The Canny Man
B/1 Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, 
57-73 Lockhart Road, 
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
+852 2861 1935
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Beef & Liberty

Bacon Cheese Burger

Bacon Cheese Burger

Beef & LibertyThe Bacon Cheese burger is a superbly decent hamburger; Beef & Liberty has certainly done a great job in delivering a rich beef patty, while taking the liberty of disregarding everything else that makes a burger feel and taste so good. The burger isn’t bad, its just that throughout the hamburger experience there’s an impression that something burger is just not quite there.

It all starts with an awkward introduction; the burger, placed on a ‘bedpan like’ metal plate, is seemingly simpler than what is described and expected from the cumbersome menu. As the hamburger arrives a single leaf of lettuce, cut and draped over the inner workings, will have you asking yourself ‘where’s the meat?’; and the few condiments on the side, in an uninspiring presentation, might give you an irked feeling as you think to yourself ‘why doesn’t it all just come as one?’.

Opening the hood to check out the insides will not improve things, and the subsequent consumption makes things only slightly better. If you’re looking to enjoy some greens in your burger, look no further than the desolate leaf of ‘butter’ lettuce, cause there isn’t anything else. The sole piece of fair tasting brittle bordering on dry bacon has been miserably shattered and thinly spread inside; and a fine coating of bland cheese appears to have been almost melted away, a likely sign of an eager entrance during the preparation. The bacon jelly does manage to add a nice sweet zesty flavor, but only as a glimpse. The amount of love for these ingredients is too damn low!

As I mentioned, they certainly did get the beef part right; the patty, a strong companionator for a great burger taste balance, is utterly exquisite. The beef flavor is strong with this one, it feels lean, juicy, and rips easily. The grass fed cattle was sacrificed with all the right intentions, but the results as a burger are plain decent. The bun which is actually itself not bad, with a soft core and crisp exterior, does a good job at holding, and hiding, the scarce amount of fixings; still, as you gaze and demolish, the sour dough roll seems inadequate, almost inappropriate, and becomes too thin for a burger… you’ll end up wishing for a better bun. The french fries are alright.

The patty itself gives this burger the potential to be amazing, but when little care is given to the rest of the components it hard to reach that burger ranking. At 108.00 HKD, not including fries, there are a few other places around handing out better burger experiences. Beef & Liberty, newly opened in Hong Kong, has a nice set up; and I very much enjoyed one of their spiked milkshakes… unfortunately, probably more than the burger.

Beef & Liberty
Star St. Precinct,
2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong 
+852 2811 3009
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