CROWNED THE BEST BURGERS IN HONG KONG
Time Out Hong Kong gave it the “best burgers in town” title, so you know what that means… That means I believe NO ONE, and will have to try it out for myself to be the judge of that! So was it really the “best burger in town”…?
It’s ironic, but given the amount of expats in town, there aren’t surprisingly a lot of choices for when you want to have a good burger. As of late though, it seems that Wan Chai is having a burger spurt with several burgers joints opening around the same time (I’m talking about you, Beef & Liberty. And you Burger King trying to be uber posh with those plush chairs.)
However, pre-2014, the main burger joints that I’ve heard of were: MO (Mandarin Oriental) bar for their Wagyu beef burger (hella expensive but good), Main St. Deli at the Langham in Tsim Sha Tsui (they’re known for the 12-inch “monster burger”), and Triple O’s (please, they’re a Canadian fast food chain… and didn’t even rank back home…).
The Butchers Club Burger promises dry-aged Black Angus beef patties burgers and they even have A&W root beer ice cream floats . Hells yes and bonus Canadian points!
Butcher’s Club Burger now has two locations, Wanchai, and just newly opened, Central. Prior to this, they were already well known due to their The Butcher’s Club Deli in Aberdeen.
Caveat: There’s a secret menu. But they’re making you check it out online. Scan the barcode and unlock another world of possibilities.
When the trio of Asian girls wanted to order 3 burgers, 1 order of duck fries and 3 ice cream floats, we were told off. And I’m thankful for it. Three burgers would be too much, he said. He was right.
So we umm-ed and ahh-ed and finally settled on the “burger” @ $100 HKD and The Big Kahuna @ $200 HKD from the secret menu as we were told it was the last week before it would be replaced.
Ice Cream Float, $30HKD (choice of soda with vanilla ice cream)
Total bonus Canadian points. Root beer is rarely seen in HK, and this is the first time I’ve seen A&W root beer in HK. Yummers though root beer has a pungent and distinct taste so you will either love it or hate it.
Duck Fat Fries, $20 HKD
They’re the thick cut fries, and they came to our table piping hot. Good but I’m really just a McD’s fries’ fan at heart.
Burger, $100 HKD & The BIG Kahuna, $200 HKD
This photo doesn’t do visual justice for the BIG Kahuna. It was almost double the size of the regular good ol’ cheeseburger. In fact the secret menu stated:
Double sized patty topped with caramelized pineapple, ham, cheddar, spicy bbq sauce & cilantro mayo
I like anything with pineapple in it. Hell, I even just eat pineapple for lunch sometimes. Thereby, it should come as no surprise if I said that I thought that the Big Kahuna was pretty damn good.
The good ol’ cheeseburger was pretty dang good too. The bread was warm, light and fluffy, and the beef patty was cooked just right with all its juices still contained. It was a tad on the salty side, but the verdict is in. It is one of the tastiest burgers I’ve had in HK.
It’s got a really vibrant diner, eatery vibe. While small, it does fit a decent amount of people. They don’t take reservations so go early to secure a spot, and this is a place where the smaller the group, the better.
We had the bar-table view looking out onto the street, which was great for people watching, but since the door and the whole panel in the front of the restaurant was opened, we just didn’t get to experience much of the air con… Let’s just say it can get a bit warm, so the ice cream floats will definitely be a mandatory item in your order.
The toilets are out in the alleyway, and I was actually a bit paranoid when I had to walk out by myself (albeit it’s literally only 5 steps out into the alley, but I’m still a scaredy cat). The toilets were just too small for my liking, so I say go beforehand or sneak over to Pacific Place 3 after.
Yes it’s in Wan Chai but no, Wan Chai Station is DEFINITELY NOT the closest MTR station. I made the mistake of getting off at the Wan Chai MTR and then walking ALL THE EFFING WAY to the diner in the middle of the humid HK summer heat. That’s basically walking the distance of 1 MTR station – more specifically, from Wan Chai to Admiralty. GRRRRRR….
It’s actually very close to Pacific Place 3, therefore Admiralty MTR station is the closest MTR stop. It’s very near, like a hop, skip and step away from the cluster of restaurants on Star Street (22 Ships, Oolaa Petite, etc.)
Totally! I highly recommend The Butchers Club Burger, but you won’t see me as a regular. I daresay it is my favourite burger joint in HK!!! WOOHOO…
Though the burgers are very juicy, succulent and super yummy, but the overall meal was very calorific and too heart attack inducing for my regular lifestyle.
In addition, as per usual, the fact that it is a walk-in only diner deters me a bit as I hate queuing… especially in the hot humid HK summer heat.
NOTE: this post was written in August 2014, but I just realized it never got published. Yeah, I totally have this blogging thing down pat, NOT. So when I say it was hella hot weather, it really was hot in HK.
G/F, Rialto Building. 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai
Closest MTR: Admiralty Station, Exit F (Follow the directions to Star Street. Once outside, cross Star Street, and rather immediately, there will be a cross walk to cross over the big street, Queen’s Road East. Cross and go right. Landale Street is the side street just around the corner and you’ll see the restaurant easily)
Phone: +852 2169 3311
Hours: 12pm to 11pm, 7 days a week
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