The day after I ate a burger at Royal Tavern, I ate a cheeseburger at Belgian beer emporium Monk's Cafe per a friend's suggestion. Out of their seven toppings combinations, I went for the Antwerp topped with sottocenere truffle cheese and shitake mushroom. How did it fare? Autopsy shot and more after the jump.
I ordered medium rare, and that's what I got. The eight-ounce patty was great—juicy, flavorful, and seasoned to a satisfying degree, which was quite a difference from the somewhat bland burger I had at Royal Tavern. However, the bun. THE BUN. This burger would've been awesome on a soft, squishy bun, but instead they used a dense, fairly dry ciabatta roll. It was fine for soaking up the meat juices, but that only applied to the bottom bun. I initially dealt with the unsatisfactory bun by removing the top and eating the burger open-faced, but then I realized, "No, this whole bun is fail," and ate the meat alone. Much better! But then my burger-eating experienced turned into a beef patty-eating experience, more appropriate for a site called A Beef Patty Today.
Ciabatta buns don't necessarily have to be bad (although I always prefer the pillowy soft variety), but this one was just not right. The patty deserved something better. If you do happen to like this bun, tell me why.
I though the thin, crispy fries were fine—not memorably great or bad.