The bovine call of the wagyu burger has beckoned me to many an establishment.
This time around, I caught up with Ramen Raff at Verandah Bar to try their Thursday Special: the $10 Wagyu Beef Burger. It incites disbelief… ten bucks for a wagyu burger?! It had to be seen to be believed.
Alas, the Burger Gods are playfully wicked. This particular wagyu burger did not live up to its name. Firstly, the bun was cold and dry. A few seconds over the grill to toast it would have improved this dish exponentially. Secondly, the patty itself was over-cooked; all its wagyu-goodness was indiscernible.
I’m reminded of another night at Verandah in 2006. Poet and musician, Saul Williams, walked in here looking for a feed before his gig that night at Becks Bar. Having this burger, I thought, “Yeah, I wish I were like Saul Williams.” Saul is a vegan and if I recall correctly, chose to dine elsewhere.
Bad cheap burger aside, it was excellent catching up with Raff at this great balcony on a sunny lunch hour. A couple of beers would not have gone awry. Perhaps next time.
The word? They have $10 lunch deals everyday of the week and it gets really busy. Despite the great price, I won’t be having the burger again. Still, $10 is cheap enough to require a subsequent visit.