This ‘bordello meet’s burger bar’, a spin-off from Los Angeles and adjoining the Pullman G Hotel, arrived at the tail-end of the burger craze, a period back in early 2012 when a week didn’t seem to go by without a new joint opening. How does it fare against the likes of the Firehouse and the Burger Factory? Let’s just say, it’s a lot fancier than its brethren. The interior features a long wooden bar, oversized leather winged chairs, vintage black and white photographs and rich red, floral print satin wallpaper. A plush 1960s pastiche, Betty Draper on one of her saner days would not look out of place staring vacantly into space here.
As well as the plush décor, the selection of cheeses, sauces and other extras that you can ‘craft your own’ burger with is also unparalleled. We counted no less than thirteen cheeses (from brie and goat cheese to emmental, gorgonzola, mozzarella and creamy Point Reyes blue; B40 each); fourteen extras (including sautéed mushrooms, sauerkraut, japapeno peppers, fried egg, sun dried tomato, green chili and parma ham; B40); and fourteen sauces (BBQ, lemon dill, horseradish cream, garlic aioli, pesto and Dijon sauce; B30 each).
Being slightly, nay very, disorientated by all the choices we opted to order in some of the four signature burgers (B330) instead. One thing to note is that these, like the build your own option, which starts at B210 for a 200 gram US Angus beef patty, come sans sides, so the prices here do start to rack up quite quickly. Arriving first, the Number One was a handsome, hefty specimen. On releasing it from its brown paper wrapping and biting into its golden bun we hit a layer of caramelized onion, crescenza, gorgonzola, bacon, arugula and thousand island dressing. Taking it all in, we decided it worked, but in future we’d probably swap the gorgonzola for a less assertive cheese, as it was a tad overpowering, detracting from the succulence and flavour of the soft, medium-done patty. The ingredients in the Number 2 – roasted tomato, burrata, crisp prosciutto and pesto – sound a little more low-key and subtle, so we might give that a whirl next time.
There are other options too, like the Number 4, which pairs yellowfin tuna with a crispy fried onion (solid not spectacular), and, if you’re not bothered about burgers, grilled sandwiches and beast’s like the sonoran hotdog (B330). This almost footlong frankfurter came bacon wrapped and buried in tomato, pinto beans, onions, mustard and garlic aioli. Messy yet enjoyable.
No complaints with the sides, either, other than we couldn’t really taste the truffle in the truffle French fries (B100). However, if there’s a worthy companion for the burgers it’s the milkshakes (B120). Our vanilla bean was thick, creamy, full of flavour. We left itching to try the alcoholic “spiked shakes” (B220) next time.
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