Category: Reviews,Events | Post by: Andrea Wong
Visa Wellington On A Plate is not all about fancy meals, there are lots of fun events and a burger competition called Burger Wellington. It is I think, something that everyone should try. I mean, who doesn't enjoy a good burger?
How it works, is that cafes and restaurants across the Wellington region have devised what they consider to be their ultimate burger. They sell it as a Burger Wellington burger and people can rate it out of five by text message. So don't worry, you don't have to make the ultimate burger, you just have eat one or two of them!
While I was in Wellington, I went to Beach Babylon on Oriental Parade to sample their entry, The Tower of Babylon ($18, fries extra). This burger is for lovers of seafood: Tuatara Beer battered mussels, calamari rings, paua fritter with fennel mayonnaise, encased in toasted Turkish bread. Slight confession: I don't eat seafood often and the mussels in the burger made me feel a bit nervous. For those that know me well, I'm sure that you are falling off your chair about now, especially since I finished the burger (except for the top part of the bun).
I think that this gives me an advantage though, because if I enjoyed it, then if you love seafood, you'd definitely enjoy it! The beer batter around the mussels was crispy and golden brown and the bread crumbed calamari equally crispy (and non rubbery). The paua fritter, made with finely diced paua was moist and tender and the salad greens were fresh. All in all, a very good burger!
My dining companion, Ms Wellington, rated it a 4 out of 5. I think that I would have to agree. A decent feed.
There's a whole range of other burgers available. Other burgers that caught my eye were:
- The General Practitioner - Snuffle Truffle Swine Burger (truffled pork with grilled pineapple and mozzarella, $22)
- Osteria del Toro - The Movida Burger (a simple burger of calamari rings and mayo which reminds me of Spain, $11)
- and the most expensive burger on the list from Le Canard - Le Canard Burger (duck steak, fig chutney, walnut and frois gras served with kumara fries, $45)
Oh I wish I could have spent more time in Wellington, even if it would be just to eat!
Thanks to Postively Wellington Tourism for hosting me for the opening weekend of Visa Wellington On A Plate.
Have you had a Burger Wellington burger? What did you think?