Burger Bro? Verdict:6/10
Beef Burger: 5/10
Chicken Burger: 6/10
Why the Burger Bro?
He says: There was a flurry of interest regarding this New Zealand styled burger house on the interwebs that seemed to erupt out of nowhere. The photos I peeked at had me drooling in anticipation.
She says: He found this one on the net, I didn’t see any of the hype about it before I went but it’s located in hotel chambers where I have snuck off for a cheeky beer after work once or twice in the past, so I was keen to check it out. Turns out they retained the tvs, and have turned them up LOUD.
What did you order?
– The Big Bro – $16
– The Muss – $16
Tell us about the Big Bro?
He says: This joint offers a wide spectrum of burger styles (there’s a beef burger with maple syrup and peanut butter, a pork burger with rashuns chips, and a fish burger with egg, cheese and tartare etc) but we were both famished and decided to go for the two monster burgers on the menu. There was a lot going on here (beef patty, slow cooked pork, egg, cheese, tomato, pineapple, BBQ sauce and aioli) but unfortunately it just seemed like there was ‘throw it all together and hope for the best’ attitude. The sweet pork was too overpowering, didn’t sit well with the beef or the egg, and really needed something salty or acidic to cut through saccharinity. This burger was full of sound and fury signifying nothing I’m afraid.
She says: He has nailed the description of this – what seemed like a good idea at the time (two types of meat, four types of protein and two different sauces all mushed together) was predictably not so great. While the BBQ sauce was a pretty good, the whole thing together was all just too much, even to us, the hungriest people in the world at this point. I even had a touch of a hang over so my fatty fried food threshold was high – alas not high enough.
So then, how did you find The Muss?
He says: Although on the whole more enjoyable than its beef counterpart this was also a bit of a disappointment. The kumara dusted chicken thigh fillet was on point and a nice foil for the bacon, cheese, avocado and aioli and BBQ sauce but again it was all overwhelmed by another ingredient in this case being the caremelized onions. They were either just too sweet or there too many of them but either way you look at it they sunk the ship so to speak.
She says: Again the BBQ sauce was the star of this one. Same criticism as the previous burger in that there was just a bit too much going on. There was pretty much an entire avocado on this bad boy!!
And what about the sides?
She says: We have recently been over ordering big time so we held back on getting extra sides but to be honest I was pretty so-so on the chips. They were just a bit dull – all soft, no crunch. He of course ordered aioli too – but this was not the nice kind, more the pre-made kind that you find most commonly in the kitchen at the RSL which comes in a 20L tub. Nothing special or noteworthy with these unfortunately.
He says: We were informed that all the burgers were served with fries and fearing, even by our standards, that we’d order too much food we avoided the kumara wedges on offer. The fries served with the burgers were pretty standard but definitely in need of more salt
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