Tuk Tuk Hunter Valley Burger Co. – At Tempus Two Complex, Corner Broke Road & McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW

Posted: June 21, 2014 in Burger Hunt
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Tuk Tuk
I recently attended my Fathers 60th Birthday bash on the Hunter Valley – a lovely place with a fantastic array of good food and wine options. Of course, I could hardly visit a noted culinary hot spot and not at least attempt to hunt down a burger. Thankfully Penny (My stepmother) was already on the case and had hunted down a likely target two days before – she rated the Umami burger from Tuk Tuk burger co. quite highly so I thought I would have to give it try. After the disaster that was the burger at the Melbourne airport (I’m not even going to write that one up, I’m trying to block it from my memory) I really needed a good honest burger. The sun was shining, it was a lovely day in the Hunter valley, and I had a few hours to kill before my flight back. I convinced my bother Chris and his Girlfriend Sam to come along for the hunt and my Mum decided she would jump in for a burger too. A good cross section of opinions never hurts. Since it was such a lovely day, we all decided to sit outside and we waited for our burgers. The friendly guy at the counter did let us know that there was going to be a 30min wait, but I didn’t mind. Along with my burger I ordered a spyder – which for those of you who don’t know is a frothy concoction of deliciousness. You take one part soft drink – my choice this time was creme soda, and then add ice cream and stir. The drink becomes frothy and creamy and is just one of those things that amazes you when you are 8, ok when you are 33… I was really looking forward to my spyder, advertised on the board at $6, I was expecting something served in an old school milkshake glass – all bubbles and froth on top. What I got was a cardboard cup with a scoop of ice cream and an unopened bottle of creme soda and no explanation. Oh, I also got a straw. So yeah, Oh, and the girl who placed this on the counter in front of me might have said there you go… I’m going call that one a disappointment just based on the presentation. Sure it still tasted great, but if I order something and pay a fair bit for it, I have this crazy expectation that they will make it for me, not get me to make it. Be like getting a cocktail but you have to make it yourself… Anyway, lets talk burgers – The burgers eventually came out, after about 20mins, my foolish younger brother had ordered the bacon and egg burger – it was actually a bacon and egg roll, no meat patty – I raised an eyebrow when he ordered it, but I expected he just wasn’t that hungry. Apparently it was a really good bacon and egg roll, but I think he actually wanted a burger… I ordered the Tuk Tuk – I added bacon to my burger, because as we all know, bacon makes everything better. My burger looked impressive, I actually quite liked the fresh Kaiser bun, not as crispy as I had feared, a nice soft texture on the inside and a slightly crispy crust. The elements were all there for a nice burger, Bacon, caramelised onion, egg, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, homemade sauce and a cornichon relish, beef patty… Unfortunately I wasn’t all that impressed – it just lacked punch. To start, the cornichon relish was tasteless, no bite, I forgot it was there, and when I got some on my fingers I thought there was avocado in the burger – the homemade tomato sauce was a bit on the flat side as well for me, needed something to lift it -perhaps some spice?? The tomato wasn’t ripe and thus lacked in flavour as well and the patty was a real let down. It was overworked and a little sausagey in texture – probably a bit too much filler. The saving grace was the bacon – really good quality stuff. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the burger, it was just not as good as I was hoping. Overall I’d give it a 6.5 – ok, but missing something.

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Comments
  1. J.Phillips says:

    You forgot to say that the cheese didn’t melt on the burgers – stayed quite solid. Also I had a greasy feel in my mouth for a long time after, not sure about the rest of you. Maybe it was the chips not just the burger?

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