In Hong Kong, they strike a gong, and fire off a noonday gun.
To reprimand each inmate, who’s in late.
– “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” by Noël Coward
FOIE GRAS BEEF BURGER
- 2 oz. foie gras
- Cheddar cheese
- Peeled tomato
- Romaine lettuce
- Homemade sauce
- Portobello mushroom (added by me)
- 8oz. beef patty
- Sesame seed bun
A vacation trip to Hong Kong with my illustrious girlfriend took me once again to the fashion-infused streets of Causeway Bay (the most valuable retail area in the world), which meant that we just had to find a nearby burger place for this whole Hong Kong Grub shebang to continue rollin’! Luckily, burgeRoom was conveniently tucked in one of the small side streets less than a minute away from our hostel, so we found solace under the umbrellas of one of their outside tables just before we were hit by a 60 second downpour! burgeRoom is one of those tiny, though cozy looking places that seem to be all over the place in HK, and true to its name (though it is a bit awkward to type) the place offers a long list of burgers… No surprise there.
We both ordered the Foie Gras Beef Burger (158 HKD, the price of two of their Classic Burgers), though I decided to add in a large portobello mushroom to my burger for an extra 30 HKD….. And it was delivered to me cut in half, with two long skewers absolutely failing to hold the pieces together and a tiny amount of lemony salad which made the bottom buns unacceptably soggy. My girlfriend knew something was wrong as soon as she saw my expression when the burgers hit the table, and I just couldn’t believe it.
Yes, when it comes to burgers in Hong Kong the Blue Butcher and the Butcher’s Club are well-known for their cuts and burgers, and while burgeRoom is not of the same butcher’s caliber as them it sure managed to butcher the hell out of my burger with just a single cut! The entire thing was impossible to eat even after I gave up and decided to eat the halves like two expensive shish kebabs, though I’ll leave it at that. The foie gras came as a rather generous cut, but was unfortunately not very good. It had absolutely none of the slight metallic after taste, it actually lack much taste and reminded me of seared goose liver pâté from a can, mixed with the fat of the burger itself. Really, it tasted more like beef than anything else. The sesame seed bun felt very cheap and inadequate for a foie gras burger, but given the quality of it I’m not THAT surprised, and it got very soggy because of the “salad”.
The cheddar cheese was everywhere as if trying to hide the burgers imperfections, and the homemade sauce tasted both eggy and a bit like a Thousand Island dressing, which was quite pleasant. I’d say that the best part of the Foie Gras Beef Burger was the portobello mushroom which I decided to add on a whim. It had some firmness to it – far from what you’d get from a raw mushroom, yet still unexpectedly al dente and very much a complimentary topping to the soft and tender foie gras. Would have been nice to see some buttery goodness inside the portobello crap, maybe some sauteed scallions or a touch of garlic, though that would have been wasted on a halved burger.
So, if you find yourself in Causeway Bay and are craving a burger, definitely, definitely give the Foie Grass Beef Burger a pass and try something else instead. AND definitely, definitely tell them to NOT cut your burger in half, because that’s like, culinary faux pas.
A pint of Guiness Ltd. Guinness Draught Irish Dry Stout [4.20% ABV] was the best thing on the menu that I thought would be a nice pairing for the richness of the foie gras, and it turned out to be a great choice, even though the burger was so underwhelming.
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If you DO find yourself in Causeway Bay and want to give burgeRoom a try here’s something you can do that should enhance your experience, especially if you like some casual urban exploration off the beaten path. Plan to eat at the burgeRoom for lunch, and make sure you visit the Noonday Gun right before the cannon fires at.. well, noon. The “noonday gun” from the short quote in the beginning of this article refers to this very same cannon, and as an extra etymological happenstance, the “gong” matches the meaning of Causeway Bay’s Cantonese name – Tung Lo Wan (銅鑼灣) or literally, “Copper Gong Bay”. This small and peculiar tourist attraction is a short walk away from the fashionista’s wet dream that is Causeway Bay, and is located right next to the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter which can by accessed by the overpass. An easy way to get to the overpass is by going up the escalators of Sino Plaza to enjoy a small bout of AC goodness before you go through the typhoon shelter. Additionally, this is also the location of a Virtual geocache just in case you are into geocaching. I hear the sound of a firing cannon is good for the digestive system.
Shop D, G/F, 50-56 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong