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Published June 11th 2013
A winner in the game
Going to Burgastronomy has been on my agenda for ages but somehow for one reason or another I kept procrastinating. After months of deliberation I finally paid my inaugural visit today when my four year old companion insisted on having burgers for lunch and just like him, I never fail to be enthralled by the thought of sinking my teeth into a good, mouth-watering burger.
When we arrived at Burgastronomy, we found that we were not the only early birds who were eagerly awaiting for the doors to be opened. It would be another five minutes before the crowd could burst in. As soon as the signage on the door was flipped over to reveal "Open", more customers turned up. Needless to say, this place was popular. It would not surprise me at all if Burgastronomy only had standing room left after all the benches and bar stools, nineteen in all, were filled up.
Whilst John Mayer's laid back vocals and guitar riffs streamed in the background, a wall taken up with post-graffiti style art had me fixated for a moment: a sexy devil looking alluringly at a chilled out dude about to gorge himself on a burger of ginormous proportions. Illuminated by tiny colourful industrial style lights, someone had put thought into the design of this cool little burger bar.
With seven varieties of burger featuring on the menu, the offerings were short and tidy. Four choices of beef burgers and two types of chicken burger would keep carnivores like myself happy whilst a portobello mushroom burger provided the meatless alternative. With beef patties hand grounded using MSA grade Angus beef, I was looking forward to gourmet tucker.
My young companion was keen on having the Cheeseburger, which unlike the other burgers here was the only one made with a sweet brioche style bun. However, I was told by the folks at Burgastronomy that they would be more than happy to substitute the sweeter bun over the regular sesame topped buns for the other burger varieties should one desire.
Unfortunately my young companion had little choice as I had already ordered one of their most popular burgers, The Trucker, to share with him. Stacked with beef, lettuce, bacon, egg, cheese, caramelised onion, mayonnaise and ketchup, this sizeable burger would satisfy all hunger pangs. A good choice for those who likes a traditional style burger with the lot.
The Signature had less fillings but was equally hearty. Made with prime beef patty, lettuce, cheese, pickles and additional extra bacon, the sight of this modest sized burger had my eyes glowing. Together with mayonnaise and chipotle BBQ sauce (substituted instead of ketchup), it was a scrumptious combination that had me wanting for more. Opting for the mildest out of three heat levels to choose from, even my four year old companion was able to enjoy this burger. The flavours and textures of the pickles, bacon and chipotle BBQ sauce in the burger sealed the deal for me.
On the side, Burgastronomy's crispy fritters of sweet corn were wickedly addictive. I was told that their Southern Fried Chicken was equally so. With such comments still ringing in my ears I will have to try their fried chicken burger the next time I am there, especially when chicken thigh fillet is used and not the usual chicken breast which can be dry. Regrettably there was only so much one can eat in one session and the Hot Bacon Bird burger will have to wait. So will their sweet potato chips which appeared popular amongst the diners with us.
Beers and ciders were not lacking at Burgastronomy. From a California Blue Star to a New Zealander Moa, there were a range of beers to pair with the burgers. A variety of soft drinks were also available.
Burgastromy is another fine example of a worthy gourmet burger joint in Adelaide. It is my belief that enjoying good food is only part of the equation, the other that enhances a good eating experience is knowledgeable and friendly staff. Together that makes repeatable visits worthwhile and anticipated.