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#wellyonaplate 2016 first stand-outs

Ten days in.

Best burgers:

  • Egmont Street Eatery’s Sichuan two-tooth – an excellent mix of flavours and textures, very appealing visually, and interesting crispy tentacle side.

ESE two tooth sichuan

  • Artisan’s Longbush ‘spam’ burger- delicious house spam, tender marshmallowy crumbed brain, and superb house apple and pineapple salsa. Excellent fries too, although we didn’t detect any of the advertised chilli butter on them.

Artisan longbush spam brains2

  • Louis Sergeant’s Le Canard du Roy – rich confit duck and crispy greens in the perfect brioche bun (many of the brioche buns are falling between a smidge and a lot short in my view this year) and superb duck fat fries.

LS Le Canard Du Roy

Best DINE dishes:

  • Larder’s Elk with celeriac, smoked onion puree and greens – tender, lovely textures and colours, executed exceptionally well.

Larder elk

  • Glasshouse’s Pork shoulder apple crumble with custard and blue cheese gelato – the best element of surprise to date (mains looking like desserts and vice versa), with excellent flavours and textures. Followed by the equally good peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Glasshouse pork custard

  • Egmont Street’s Sunset blue, baked feijoa and house gingerbread – simple but very effective flavours and textures.

ESE gingerbread blue baked feijoa

  • Gelissimo’s Five flavours of fun – the roast chicken dinner flight tasted just like roast chicken, carrots, peas, beetroot (unforuntately!) and hokey dessert. Watch out for a new nut flight this week.

Gelis roast dinner

Best cocktails:

  • St John’s Elitist martini v2 – superb champagne popsicle, lovely flavours in the drink, and a bit of theatre.

St Johns Elitist Martini4

  • CGR’s BGR – a clever take on the burger and beer competition. A warming mulled beer with a delicious head (can I say that in public?), and a sweet side elevated to outstanding by the addition of mature Moore Wilson Linkwater cheddar.


  • Burger Liquor’s Smooth sailer – a classy soda with excellent Zany Zeus cream and baby ice cream sammie.

Burger Liquor smooth sailor

And the header pic – one of The Library’s sweet slider surprises. Also definitely worth a visit.

Bring on the next seven days!

WOAP 2015 highlights…

So far anyway.

  • The Concrete Bar Levin the Dream cocktail of bacon infused vodka, banana liquer, and maple syrup with a fabulous quail egg, bacon, chorizo and potato rosti.

Concrete cocktail

  • The Burger Liquor Tipsy Lamb burger – small but perfectly formed, with good quality lamb and tangy flavours. No sides, but only $14.Burger Liq tipsy lamb
  • The Ramen Shop Pig out on Ramen burger – gently flavoured and fabulously crispy. Again no sides, but only $10.Ram shop burger
  • The Lido caramelised carrot and walnut pudding with thick Zany Zeus yoghurt on their DINE menu – flavourful and sweetly moorish (their burger wasn’t bad either actually, see below).

Lido carrot cake

  • Beervana, for an excellent way to try many things, and with fantastic nibbly food (thanks Martin!), and Garage Project’s White Mischief beer brewed for Burger Wellington (with a lightly peach-infused flavour and much mischief on the can) – pictured below with the Lido’s smoked warehou sambal burger. Lido white mischief
  • The Little Piggy goes to Night Market event at Cafe Polo. A great evening of fun, even if our favourite dish didn’t win the pig and pickle competition (the winning slow roast pork hock with BBQ kimchi, coriander and crackling on char grilled flat bread below), and we didn’t win the masterclass for 6pax draw.

Polo white kimchi flatbread

  • The Foxglove DINE menu dessert choux burger with pears, hazelnuts and ginger nut ice cream (yep my sweet tooth is showing)Foxglove choux dessert burger
  • The Portlander Hunter Games venison burger and their DINE menu Apple Sourz and RJ’s liquorice cheesecake.Portlander WOAP burgerPortlander WOAP licorice

Long live Burger Liquor

Are we there yet on the burgers? Apparently not.

On Willis Street in the old Crazy Horse Steakhouse premises is the new Burger Liquor.  I’m a bit disturbed by the word Liquor in a food outlet title, but after having been along I can understand a bit more of what they’re about.

Burger Liq decor

The décor, like Five Boroughs of last week, is a bit graffiti’d and edgy (industrial funk popped into my head, although I have no clue what that really means!), they specialize in burgers, rums and bourbons (a different bourbon showcased each day), they have the requisite American snacks and sides (bread and butter pickles, onion rings, buffalo wings, etc) and they were reasonably busy on an early Saturday evening (off to a good start then).

Most burgers had interesting components or flavours (chicken jerk rubbed Waitoa free-range chicken with roasted fennel and peach chutney; crumbed market fish with picked cucumber and white onion, lemon and dill mayo), and I applaud them for the comment by the beef options – ‘Beef burgers are cooked medium rare. End of Story.’

Burger Liq burger1

The quinoa, faro, goats cheese, spinach and beet relish burger was tasty (with a pleasing balance of textures in the crispy-exteriored, soft-interiored brioche buns), and the smokey ground chuck and short rib with streaky bacon, onion rings, nim jam and scarmoza also got a tick. The comment from the smokey burger eater when comparing here versus Five Boroughs was that these burgers are more complex. Okay then.

Burger Liq hard shakes

We enjoyed one of the ‘hard’ shakes (a’la Burger ‘Liquor’) – the Malt’n’Salt Jim Beam Choice, maltesers and salted caramel – which was made with Kapiti vanilla ice cream giving a pleasingly thick texture. Very moorish and a pleasant surprise.

I noticed on the way out that they’re passing on the 2% credit card fees, and the bright blue exterior paint still doesn’t do it for me, however it was a pleasant eat overall and we’ll definitely be back sometime.

Open every day from 11am.

129 Willis Street.

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