La Boca Bar and Grill – Argentine Burger

Only very recently I stumbled across this place while staying in the Stamford Grand at Glenelg, as somehow we had missed seeing or hearing of it’s emergence on North Terrace (but given I never really go that way, this is hardly surprising). 

Despite the fact that Swish had been there for years, and also offered their “Magnificent Seven” burgers – which are still an option at The Grand in Glenelg incidentally – we never actually crossed the threshold and tried the food. However, open an Argentine restaurant, put a burger on your lunch special, and we make a bee-line there pronto.

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Strange how that works….

The meaning of la boca is more or less “the mouth”. It is also apparently a region, or barrio, of Buenos Aires. Not entirely sure which angle they have taken with this, perhaps a little of both. Either way, they are here and we were there to see what was on offer.

Immediately there was a positive feeling, especially with the meats being smoked/cooked near the entrance and immediately visible as you come in. This did set the mood nicely, and the aroma from this didn’t hurt either!
Our waitress – didnt catch her name – was very friendly and efficient, although it wasn’t exactly busy on this Wednesday lunch time. Still, all you can do is a good job and she was definitely doing that.

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Burger and open face steak sandwich ordered, along with some actually quite enjoyable Argentine beer, we got ready to tuck into our food.

The Burger
From the Menu
Argentine Burger – 220g beef patty with chimichurri, provolone cheese, tomato and salad served in a homemade burger bun with rosemary potato chats – $15

The Patty
The patty was absolutely amazing. There – I have got that out of the way. The actual structure of it, the flavour, the texture, the way it had been cooked to perfection and the size….just spot on.

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The patty was made from an extremely course grind and had been roughly formed, then cooked superbly. The smokey flavour from the grill, the meat itself, the seasoning….look it was just freaking brilliant. That’s all really.

Fillings
As per the menu, and they worked great. The salad was just rocket from what I could see but this was a brilliant decision in my book as the pepperyness melded in nicely, while the tomato, cheese and chimichurri were all just right. The sauce actually wasn’t super plentiful, but it also didn’t need to be as less really can be more. Their house made chimichurri is really nice too, with good balance between the herbs and spices.
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Roll
Homemade allegedly, but not sure who’s home this was. House made I would accept though and it was really quite splendid. Nice to have two burgers in a row where they break away from the brioche trend sweeping the nation.

Sides
Rosemary chats were not served as you can see, and I got some wedges instead. They were not crispy and a bit under seasoned to be picky. There was also a couple of green olives, semi dried tomato and char grilled capsicum on the side too (very small quantity). Not really sure it added much more than colour, but I ate them all the same. Perhaps this was all a little weaker than it might have been.

Value
$15 for this – no question one of the best value deals around. Quality food in a nice new venue and great service.

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Summary
La Boca had sprung to my knowledge from nowhere about a week ago but it’s firmly glued, duct taped and nailed in there now. If the rest of their food and service can live up to this the we are in for a treat for our subsequent visits. Time will tell of course, but it was a very impressive and enjoyable lunch.

This was easily one of the very best burgers around, but what to score it? Was it prefect? Seriously heading in that direction (in my humble opinion) however that’s also impossible. And it did strike me one immediate improvement was possible and located near the entrance – include some of their house made prosciutto and this would probably take it up another notch, no question. Next time I am there I will be doing exactly that and building myself potentially the best burger yet.

However, as served, it is still comfortably in the top few. I only hope that if you do go based on this review that they can deliver on your now lofty expectations.

Score – 9.5

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Kaffana – Traditional Burger

Back to Peel Street we go for another look at a relatively new venue, Kaffana. I hadnt heard of it until I saw the story about 7 new bars in Adelaide, and then discovering they had a weekday burger special on, I quickly decided what my lunch was going to be.

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The Robin Hood Hotel – The Hood Burger

With winter being what it has been – cold and wet – we decided a pub trip for a beer and a burger would be a more than acceptable way to spend an evening.

Out of the pubs nearby it was decided that the Robin Hood would be a good fit. It is a great pub that has always delivered on their food over the years, as well as having a great comfortable vibe, especially when the beer garden is in full swing. It is also, for Burger Me, an unchartered burger experience.

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Sneaky Pickle – Brisket Burger (sandwich)

Sneaky pickle is one of those food trucks that always seems to have been at the right place at the wrong time for me, or wrong place at the right time. But this week the stars aligned sufficiently to see the truck near to work and no food in the office.

Greeted at the front of the line by the friendly and chatty staff, my order was placed. The food had a decent turn around to come out despite the crowd of people sitting around, and while you are waiting you get to enjoy the aromas wafting from the truck.

They have sneakily put half a cow in my roll here

They have sneakily put half a cow in my roll here

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Recipe – World Cup Burgers – USA – Double Bacon Cheeseburger

Having a Burger World Cup without including America would be like….having a cheese competition and not including France. Or a strange vending machine contest and not including Japan. You get the idea.
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Bread & Bone – B&B Burger

Peel Street is becoming another little hub of new and alternative venues. Tucked away down the tiny side street is a small but growing number of venues that are pushing the envelope for what is the ‘norm’ around the streets of the Adelaide CBD.

A wood grill is their point of difference, and this is a something that definitely attracted our attention. Add in that they have only been open a week at the point of writing, then this added to our curiosity. The real deal-sealer was the abundance of burgers – there were no less than 8 on the menu (and only have a pic of their take-away menu, another string to their bow).

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Jack Ruby – Smoked Brisket Burger

We all know that from time to time, things go wrong. Despite our best efforts, every now and then things conspire against us and even the actions of others impact on what is in front of you.

Shit, as the saying goes, happens.

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Recipe – World Cup Burgers – Argentine beef sliders

Think Argentina and you will think of chimmichurri sauce.

Ok, so perhaps you might think of something else…could be steak I guess. Or the football team. Or Messi/Maradona. Most likely you will start singing “don’t cry for me Argentina” in you head. Continue reading

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Recipes – World Cup Burgers – French Beef, Blue and Brown

French cuisine is, I am reliably informed by Wikipedia, famous for their rich tastes and subtle nuances and it has a long and diverse history. It consists of things that are both healthy and refined, and French gastronomy was added by the UNESCO to its lists of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”.

Whatever that exactly means I am not sure, but it does sound impressive and important.
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Recipe – World Cup Burgers – Italian Turkey

Having covered off Australia, Brazil and Portugal, two of whom were unable to get beyond the group stages, we shift our focus to Italy. And yes, they have also boarded a plane well before now and headed home. In my own defence though, I made this before they managed to completely under perform in their 2nd and 3rd matches.
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