Finding the ultimate burger is a never ending quest. One that I stick by even when in remote destinations that aren’t often associated with burgers. Such is the case with our visit to Hong Kong. Opened in 2014 in Wan Chai, The Butchers Club Burger prides itself on using premium meat and serving a limited menu of burger, beer and bourbon. It’s considered to be one of the best in the country and was even included in Michelin Guide 2016 and 2017.
After landing in Hong Kong in the afternoon and settling in at the hotel I swiftly headed to appease my starving stomach. Please excuse the less-than-stellar pictures, it was all that we could do but to devour our much deserved dinner. We arrived at Butchers Club at 20:00 and the place had some available seats. The Butchers Club features mostly bar seating which aren’t too inviting. It feels like an “eat fast and and head out” type of place. The background music consisted of American Hip Hop, such as Wu-Tang Clan and Skee-Lo.
I ordered the second most expensive burger on their menu – The Hogtown (160HKD / $21 / 75₪). This dry-aged beef patty is topped with a mountain of goodies: classic pulled pork, Canadian peameal-style bacon, pickled shallots with thyme, honey mustard and smoked cheese. We requested to remove the mustard and they complied without issue – Kudos! The other burgers on the menu sound just as appealing.
There’s the Captain Ahab – a panko-breaded NZ ling fillet with tartar sauce and spicy coleslaw. If you prefer chicken there’s The Gambler – double-fried buttermilk chicken with blue cheese sauce, spicy coleslaw & pickles. They even have a veggie burger called What Food Eats made of chickpea. On each table is placed a napkin basket and some sauces – ketchup, yellow mustard, Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauce.
For a side dish I went with the brand’s signature triple-cooked Duck Fat Fries (30HKD / $4 / 14₪), complemented with a Dr Pepper to drink (30HKD / $4 / 14₪).
When I received my order I was first very surprised – the burger is quite small, much smaller than what I expected. The size of the patty itself was also somewhat of a letdown. It was a medium well burger, which, not surprisingly, felt dry and not very juicy. The toppings were excellent and compensated for this somewhat, especially the pulled pork. The bun was also very good and bravely held the toppings without getting soggy or breaking down.
As for the fries – they too came in small quantity. I was full of expectation, as duck fat fries is one of my favorites. These fries were dry and burnt.
For dessert I ordered the Cookie Boy (40HKD / $28 / 104₪), chocolate chunk ice cream sandwich. The ice cream was excellent. The cookie had the right amount of Chocolate chips and the right texture: not too hard and yet so soft that it would fall apart.
The service was excellent. Dishes are served out to the table once ready. The minute we finished munching, the food tray was taken and our table cleaned.
Overall I felt the price was unjustified. A total of 260HKD / $33 / 122₪ constitutes an expensive burger meal, and I expected more for this steep price.
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