Friday, December 30, 2011

BLT Burger

We spent the last few hours of the day last December 27 in Mongkok, roaming intensively in a short amount of time (messing up our knees and feet in the process). Nikko, his brothers and I went back to Tsim Sha Tsui where we were staying right after. All the pain from walking didn't matter anymore when we reached our destination: BLT Burger. It was actually a commitment come true, passing by the branch on the way out and promising that we will go back for dinner.
Automatically, we would say BLT is bacon-lettuce-tomato especially if related to burgers. In this case, BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, the mastermind (and master chef) of the BLT concepts.

BLT Prime is currently Zagat's #1 Steakhouse:

We were confident to come back with the restaurant warmly awaiting for our return, seeing that not so many people were there for lunch earlier. Lo and behold, we had to wait in line for thirty minutes to be seated.

The store manager was kind enough to offer a seat "for ladies only" since I intentionally showed him I was getting impatient. While waiting to be seated, I took some photos of the restaurant's interiors out of curiosity.

"The casual restaurant features exposed brick walls, naturally worn wooden floors and a dark pressed tin ceiling. Guests can enjoy sea views and watch sports or their favorite shows at the lively bar."

Finally, when our table for five became available, we went forward and ordered the items we have been eyeing from the LCD menu found in the queuing area. The place was quite pricey, with burgers ranging from HKD $78 (The Classic) - $148 (Foie Gras and Wagyu Flambe Burger).

(2) Roaring Forties Blue
(1) Tex-Mex
(1) The Classic
(1) Australian Wagyu

The reviews:

Australian Wagyu (Medium Well)

My bad to have had it done medium well. It tasted like ordinary burger to me, considering I was starving the time I had it. All other orders were CAB burgers.

The Classic (Medium)
"Very good! Adding the bacon was a great idea!" #1

Tex-Mex (Medium)
"The ingredients were very distinct and flavorful. Jalapenos, avocado flavors made a good combination." -#2

Roaring Forties Blue (Medium)
"The blue cheese was distinct due to the quantity. I found it good." #3
"Comparing to Lusso's (Foie Gras Burger) flavor and quantity, this is worth the money". #4

Shoutout to Uncle Jojo for sponsoring the meal. :)

BLT Burger is under the umbrella company ESQUARED Hospitality, whose first branch started on 57th Street, New York City. They have various concepts including the following: BLT Steak, BLT Prime, BLT Fish, BLT Burger, BLT Market and some more. All restaurants are located in the US except for two concepts with branches in Hong Kong: BLT Steak and BLT Burger. The chef won the legal battle for the trademark BLT this year against his business partner, but expansion for the existing brands is frozen.

BLT Burger
Shop 301, Level 3
Ocean Terminal, Harbour City
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong



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