The Best Burger Restaurant in Hong Kong is …

… MONSTER BURGER!

I was a little disappointed with the number of people (54) who voted … I was expecting lots more people taking part in this Burger Poll! And I was a little surprised to see Monster Burger come out on top … in fact, I’ve never tried Monster Burger, but having asked some of my friends, the response for Monster is very positive 🙂 Too bad for Shake’em Buns.

However, I’m not surprised Duke’s Burger came up last … they makes fine burgers, but the high price is a big turn-off for a lot of people (but I did ask, what is your FAVORITE burger, not BEST VALUE BURGER …)

Gourmet Burger Union, Burger Room, Fat Burger and Triple O’s averaged between 7-11% and were relatively close in the number of votes.

Lastly, I was expecting Freshness Burger to do slightly better, but it looks like their patties aren’t exactly what our voters are looking for.

Here are the results for the first Burger Poll in Hong Kong:

The Best Burger Restaurant in Hong Kong

The Best Burger Restaurant in Hong Kong

Duke’s Burger (0): 0%
Freshness Burger (0): 0%
Atomic Patty (1): 2%
Burger Republic (2): 4%
Gourmet Burger Union (4): 7%
Burger Room (4): 7%
Fat Burger (6): 11%
Triple O’s (6): 11%
Shake’em Buns (11): 20%
Monster Burger (16): 30%
Others (4): 7%

Number of Votes: 54
Duration: 35 days (December 16, 2008 to January 20, 2009)

Disclaimer: Results do not represent Siu Yeh’s preference hwotsoeva!
Terms of Use: Go ahead and use these figures … just remember to give Siu Yeh credits!

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Freshness Burger

I got the Classic Cheese Burger at Freshness Burger (at Windsor House) the other day + 1 side + 1 cold drink totaling HKD 61. The environment was tidy and my meal arrived in less than 10 minutes, which I thought was a little longer than expected given there were only 6-8 other customers in the restaurant at the time, which wasn’t even a quarter of the restaurant’s capacity.

Menu at Freshness Burger

Menu at Freshness Burger

Interior at Freshness Burger in Windsor House

Interior at Freshness Burger in Windsor House

The Classic Cheese Burger I had was pretty good. The buns were soft and toasted on the insides. The condiments were well balanced (it included ketchup and mayo) and the lettuce and tomatoes were fresh and well cut. The patty was also very juicy, but it wasn’t cooked on a mean grill as you can probably see from the light color and soft texture of the patty (pictured below). That’s because it was cooked on a teppanyaki-like grill, rather than an open flame, which I prefer. My only problem is that the cheese could’ve been slightly more melted before serving … actually, both the patty and the cheese could’ve probably rested on the grill for a little longer, but I suppose this is healthier, which I believe is what Freshness Burger is trying to promote.

Classic Cheese Burger at Freshness Burger

Classic Cheese Burger at Freshness Burger

Here’s what is printed on their tray paper, word-for-word, typos and grammar mistakes included.

Where it all began …

Freshness Burger as a neightbordhood cafe in 1992 in Japan serving Home Made Quality Burger a variety of home styled beverages and desserts. Due to its immense popularity it grew rapidly over the last 15 years and has established itself as a Premium Burger Cafe in Japan with more than 250 shops. Encouraged by its success, Freshness Burger has since expanded into Korea and has now open its 6th shop in Hong Kong.

Freshness Burger … A Cafe With a Difference

As suggested by our Motto ” Be Fresh”, our philosophy is to provide a brand new experience to all our customers. We take pride in remvcnring the traditional burger experience by offering freshly made to order burgers that are healthy yet fullfilling as well as a range of food and beverages made from organic ingredients in relaxed environment. We welcome you to Freshness Burger to experience “A home away from home” and meet our friendly staff at our tastefully decorated and trendy stores.

Remvcnring their neightbordhood Freshness Burgers

Remvcnring their neightbordhood Freshness Burgers

I took me a while to guess what “remvcnring” meant … I think they meant “reminiscing”. Then there’s “neightbordhood”. This is no Japan or China … get the English right!

By the way, I would say the price at Freshness Burger is about half of what Shake’em Buns and probably about a quarter what Duke’s Burger charges. If you were to just get a Classic Cheese Burger (HKD 55) + a soft drink (+HKD 5), that’ll be HKD 60. For the same set-up at Shake’em Buns, it’ll be around HKD 110 easy.

Siu Yeh Rating: 6/10

Freshness Burger
Shop No. 110, Windsor House
311 Gloucester Rd.
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3486 2833

Vote Your Favorite Burger Joint in Hong Kong!

OOohhh … my first time using the poll function. Check it out on the left! Vote your patties.

Edit: I’ll disclose the results about a month from now, say January 15th? Stay tuned on where most people stuff themselves silly with a healthy burger diet.

Burger Room

Tried Burger Room the other night and I went for a Bacon Cheese Burger; didn’t want to try anything too fancy. The patties were were a little burnt for my liking and definitely too dry. The fries and the mozzarella cheese sticks were also average. Its not bad, just … average.

Note: Photos taken with iPhone (apologies on the bad quality)

Burger Room

Burger Room

Lobster Burger! Worth a try? HKD 188 please ...

Lobster Burger! Worth a try? HKD 188 please ...

Bacon Cheese Burger

Bacon Cheese Burger

Mushroom Cheese Burger

Mushroom Cheese Burger

Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella Sticks

What I do like about Burger Room is their drinks selection (any place offering Hoegaarden automatically gets a star on my list!) and the drinks might just be a little cheaper than Shake’em Buns. And to be fair, I haven’t tried their foie gras beef burger ($128) and lobster burger ($188), which I’ve heard good things about.

But, I kind of prefer Shake’em Buns because the kitchen is much larger and is much cleaner. Here at Burger Room, the chef had a little tray to prepare his burgers on and the kitchen is large enough for 3 people … with difficulties walking about. The orders also took a little longer than I’d hope (maybe it just felt like a long time because I was hungry!).

Shake’em Buns and Triple O’s (surprisingly) still remains at the top of my list. Duke’s Burger is also up there too if I’m feeling a little pretentious and feel like splurging a bit on gourmet burgers at over HKD 200! But I think burgers are (to a larger extent relative to most other comfort food) more subjective; some like their patties dry, some like them juicy.

Anyway …

Siu Yeh Rating: 5.5/10

Burger Room
7 Caroline Hill Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2890 9130

Fat Burger Finally Opening in Hong Kong?

After what seems like more than 9 months with at the QRE Plaza with signage that says “Fat Burger: Coming Soon” (or something to that effect), I thought it was never going to happen. I thought maybe the burger chain got into some bad disputes with the building owner even before they started operating. But now, the boards are gone and now you can finally see that something really is getting done inside!

I’ve had Fat Burger about 5 times at the Venetian in Macau and their quality has always been fairly consistent. Definitely not bad, but nothing fancy.

Fat Burger to Open Soon in Hong Kong?

Fat Burger to Open Soon in Hong Kong?

Especially with the burger craze in Hong Kong in the last couple of years, we’ve seen burger joints such as Duke’s Burger, Burger Republic, Atomic Patty, Shake ’em Buns to just name a few. Fat Burger will be having a tough time competing … and the economy’s not helping either.

Don’t you worry, I will pay you a visit.

Fat Burger
QRE Plaza, Wanchai
(Opposite Hopewell Centre)