If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I LOVE Shake Shack burgers. I have already blogged twice about the amazing experience going to get one of these burgers is! What you might not know, however, is that a great burger is something I just can’t pass up. When I was in Richmond a few weekends ago, my friend Alex suggested getting dinner at Burger Bach, a New Zealand gastropub in Carytown.
She had only eaten there once previously, for lunch, and said the restaurant had a good atmosphere and even better food. So we headed over after our sip and paint class (more on that tomorrow!) When we got to the restaurant, it was PACKED, so we put in our names and headed to the bar. In this very first interaction I was impressed. Rather than asking us what we wanted to order, the bartender asked us what taste we were looking for. Alex ended up being recommended a fabulous wheat beer, while I enjoyed a cider. Fun fact: Cider gets sweeter if you drink it over ice. The ice does something to the sugar in the drink!
We didn’t have to wait long before we were seated, and we ordered just about as quickly. We decided to share a few plates to get to taste more, because absolutely EVERYTHING looked fabulous. We started with their fries covered in garlic aioli, blue cheese, and uncured bacon. This disappeared SO fast… they were unbelievable!
Next up was the burgers. We decided to try one beef burger, and one lamb burger. The meat is all certified grass fed, and I was so excited to try the two different burgers we chose.
The first burger we tried (on the left) was the Queenstown burger. This was the lamb burger, with”caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms, tarragon sauce.” We weren’t thrilled with this burger. My first reaction was how much the lamb tasted like beef, which isn’t an experience i’ve had before. The flavors didn’t pop here, and the onions and mushrooms ahd no flavor of their own. They added nothing but texture, which wasn’t enough to save this burger.
However, the second burger we tried might beat Shake Shack out for my new favorite burger. Called the “East Coast,” this burger featured “blueberry chipotle bbq sauce, uncured bacon, caramelized onions, garlic aioli.” The flavors in the burger were out of this world! The bbq sauce was tangy and spicy at the same time – you definitely tasted the blueberry. Especially after a sip of cider, the flavor in this burger popped. Both Alex and I agreed that when we go back, we will each get that burger ourselves as opposed to splitting a few options!
Overall, I would recommend Burger Bach to anyone looking for an amazing meal at a great price. We can’t wait to go back with my fiance and her husband for a double date!