The Korean-inspired burger joint has our tick of approval.
Tiger Burger. Heard of it? Combining Korean and Western ideologies, Tiger Burger has infiltrated the burger scene like Inspector Clueso infiltrates a criminal rendezvous…not subtly. Rightly so, their cuisine is top notch. If you've missed the Tiger Burger social buzz here's a bit of insight. Some call it "pretty darn delicious", whereas some simply say "a bloody good job", and others gush "amazing, the beef patty melted like butter and the tang of the kimchi balanced out the flavour. A great experience of new flavors, can't wait to go back." We agree with all.
The best thing about Tiger Burger is the menu. Which seems like an obvious expectation for a food establishment but the Tiger Burger menu, although simple, covers all bases and tastes fantastic. You're not going to Tiger Burger for the friendly staff or comfy seats, although they fault in neither, the food is the aim of the game. When it comes to choosing what to grab simply succumb to your craving of beef, chicken, pork or vego and away you go. The combination of flavours within each choice are particularly complimentary, for example the Bomssam burger is made up of pork, honey garlic mayo, kimchi, lettuce and pickled daikon. For non-meat-eaters the crispy shitake and kumara patty burger is stacked with slaw, yang nyum sauce (aka sweet chili and honey sauce) and mayo. Yum.
In terms of sides, don't hold back. The infamous Kimcheese Fries promise to get the mouth-watering – even just saying the words should do the trick, especially if it's 5pm on a Saturday and you're reciting your order on a near empty stomach. Salivation central. The fries are topped with kimchi, aged cheddar, crème sauce and kimchi ketchup. There's another saucy little side for chicken lovers but we'll let you do the dirty work and find out what that's all about*.
There's some sweet things for the sweet thangs, either a chapsal doughnut with condensed coconut milk or spiced apple dumplings poached in plum wine with ginger and a side of organic salted caramel ice cream. Oh, it's a hard world we live in.
Apart from the awesomeness that lies within the food, there are some cool quirks that add to the steeze of the already esteemed burger bar. Esther and Matt created Tiger Burger with the pure desire to bring the great flavors of Korean cooking to Kiwi taste buds. Tiger Burger make their own kimchi, sauces, mayos and pickles in the kitchen on site, the meat is free farmed and they support local ingredients. Great.
Kudos to the team, Tiger Burger has our tick of approval.
*It's Korean fried chicken with yang nyum sauce and honey garlic mayo and it's amazing.
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Published on July 28, 2016 by Fiona Connor