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Published May 29th 2013
Taste a little bit of Japan in unique burgers at Mos Burger
If I had to pick one thing I enjoy the most about Japanese food, it would be that they are great at interpreting food. Some of my favourite Japanese dishes like yakiniki, katsu curry and hamburger steak are interpretations of food from other cultures that have become quintessentially Japanese in their own right. I first came across Mos Burger in Japan back in 2007 and the move to Australia two years ago couldn't have made me happier.
Mos Burger is this practice of culinary translation applied to McDonalds. It is the largest and most wide spread Japanese fast food company in the world and they have spread to Malaysia, Singapore and now Australia.
Their signature dish is the Mos Burger - a burger served with warm buns, a beef patty, thick slice of tomato and a meat sauce to round it off. This staple of the menu comes in a few varieties such as the Mos Burger with cheese, and spicy Mos Burger that includes jalapenos. The meat sauce that adorns the burgers is also the inspiration for the wrappers that are designed to hold the sauce in the burger while you eat it, not in your lap. So follow the advice usually printed on the placemats and fold back the paper to keep the well stacked burgers together. Refreshingly if you order a burger with salads on it (usually lettuce and tomato) you will not be disappointed by a few sad pieces of limp greens and discoloured tomato. They feature prominently on the burger and help ease a little of the guilt, if not all of it.
If that was the entire story though I don't think I would be as enamoured with Mos Burger as I am. Their menu carries a greater variety then its rivals and includes snack sized hot dogs, chicken teriyaki burgers, a wagyu range and even something complete unique; the rice burger. These burgers eschew the traditional hamburger bun and are instead sandwich fillings between two rice patties. With these rice burgers come a little more Japanese flavour as they come with beef yakiniku, ginger pork, seafood okonomoyaki or vegetable kinpira flavours. Beware though; they are small by Australian standards.
The traditional burgers are not exactly whoppers either, but I find I am reasonably satisfied with the set meals. Set meals are not just of the chips and drink variety which I find refreshing. You may purchase a meal that includes either soft drink, iced tea (peach or original at the time of writing but the flavours change occasionally) or a macha iced latte. Your side can consist of chips, sunny salad or chicken nuggets. The sunny salad is a favourite of mine as it makes an indulgent take away meal a little less destructive to my efforts at the gym and it is a far cry from the sad salads you often see at Red Rooster, McDonalds or KFC. I have had it dozens of times and each time the lettuce, capsicum, corn, tomatoes and onions tasted fresh and really delicious in the sesame dressing that is offered.
You'll be looking at around $10-12 for a meal with the iced tea so it is a bit more expensive then the others of the same calibre, but it is well worth it and the Queen Street location has a nice big dine-in area including two Japanese style tables on tatami mats (remember to remove your shoes though!)
Bear in mind it is not a competitor for places like Grill'd in the $20 range for a meal with all the sides, so expectations should be for something a little nicer then McDonalds.
Have you been to Mos Burger? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.