Red Box Burger & Grill – Restart Container Mall, 126 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch – New Zealand

Posted: July 2, 2015 in Burger Hunt
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I didn’t get much of a chance to go burger hunting while I was in New Zealand recently – by virtue of the fact that I was on a ski camp and on the slopes most of the time trying not to kill myself (I’m still sore…). However, a half-day trip into Christchurch presented the perfect opportunity to grab a local burger. Christchurch by the way is still in pretty bad shape. While they are slowly rebuilding, there is still quite a lot of obvious reminders that a massive earth quake pretty much levelled the city only 5 years ago. The Restart Container Mall is a cool approach to dealing with the difficulties of getting on with business while having to rebuild a city. Essentially a city block that used to house shops and high-rise buildings is now populated by a bunch of renovated shipping containers that have been fitted out to house retail shops and cafe’s – it’s a brilliant use of the space. There’s also a bunch of food trucks – and one such food truck is Red Box Burger and Grill.

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I got in just as they were finishing up – my burger was the last before they closed up shop. I ordered their Manuka Burger which comes with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, roasted red pepper, aioli and Dijon mustard on a white bread bun. The patty was huge but apparently they’re changing it to two patties – still all for $13.50NZD.

It was interesting to watch the girl cook-up and assemble my burger. One thing that I found intriguing was the technique she used to cook the patty. The patty itself was angus mince, pre-shaped into a large patty, which she then proceeded to bash out on the grill using a potato masher. She just pounded the patty on the grill until it was a huge disk of meaty goodness. The net effect was a pretty thin patty although still fairly tender. The only problem was that since it was the end of the day, the grill was clearly a bit oily so it got a fair bit of fat and grease all over it – made the patty a bit greasy. It was a huge tasty patty nonetheless.

You can see the size of the patty here - and the grease

You can see the size of the patty here – and the grease

I quite liked the addition of the red pepper, it was one of those jarred, roasted red peppers which had a slightly pickled taste – in the absence of pickle this gave the burger that much needed piquancy that cut through all that fat. The bacon was crunchy and fatty and delicious. I loved the Dijon mustard with the aioli – nice change from the standards back home. I would have liked a bit more cheese – the one small slice for a burger this big just wasn’t enough. The main issue I had with the burger was the bun – it really let the whole thing down. It was a bit stale and crumbly and just didn’t stand up to the big juicy patty. Overall,  I’d give it a 7 – nice enough, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for one again.

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