Mumbai Food: Burger festival report card reveals more hits than misses
There is something decadent about lobsters. But the filling in this burger is even more so because it does away with the shell, leaving your mouth bursting with the flavours of the succulent meat
Take a quantity of minced beef. Mix an egg and a diced onion into it. Round it up into the shape of a tennis ball and then flatten it out to form a patty. Put that patty in the freezer for half an hour, before cooking it on the hob, on a barbecue or in an oven. And finally, place it between two readymade buns, to complete a straightforward hamburger recipe.
You can, of course, replace the beef with chicken, lamb, pork or, if you really so prefer, aloo tikki. But the folks at Woodside Inn have now taken things a step further at the 11th edition of their annual beer and burger festival. They have scoured the world for the most unusual places to be associated with a burger, and taken inspiration from local ingredients found there to give each of the 11 different fillings an indigenous twist. The result is a cross-continental culinary journey. We hopped on for a brief ride and here is how it went.
Till: August 12, 12 pm to 1 am
At: Woodside Inn (outlets in Colaba and Andheri)
Call: 26328963 (Andheri)
From Busan, South Korea
Being unapologetic meat-eaters, we generally tend to keep an arm's length away from anything tagged "vegan". But having said that, this soya and black bean patty is one dish we are willing to make an exception for. It's an open burger, so dig in with a fork and knife, and don't ignore the kimchi.
Cost: Rs 695
There is something decadent about lobsters. But the filling in this burger is even more so because it does away with the shell, leaving your mouth bursting with the flavours of the succulent meat.
Cost: Rs 995
Ethiopia is famous across the world for its indigenous coffee. The chicken chunks in this burger are rubbed with it, before being topped with a peanut butter sauce. The result is a rich aroma that hits your nose even before you have taken a bite of the dish.
Cost: Rs 725
The pulled lamb filling in this burger is familiar enough. But it's the pico de gallo topping — a type of salsa with roughly diced pieces of tomatoes and onions — that makes this dish stand out. The ajvar sauce — a pepper-based condiment popular in the Balkan region — is another unusual addition in the filling.
Cost: Rs 795
Let's put it out there — a dessert is a dessert, and a burger is a burger. And we don't think it's a good idea to mix the two. Don't get us wrong, though. This burger otherwise is a perfectly acceptable sweet dish, with its rum-soaked babka and candied oranges. It's just that the entire idea seems, to us, too gimmicky.
Cost: Rs 495
From St Petersburg
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Russia? Vodka, is what nine out of 10 people are prone to answering. So, it follows that this burger has a cheese sauce version of that spirit. But the real hero in the filling is the beef stroganoff, another Russian staple.
Cost: Rs 795
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