Sunday, 5 June 2011

John Cadieux #BurgerMonday Burger

Goodman chef John Cadieux premiered a brand new burger at #BurgerMonday that may or may not make it onto Goodman's menu. It very probably should!

Last Monday evening saw the third BurgerMonday event in as many weeks. And I'm super glad I got a ticket to each, I wouldn't want to have missed a single bite of the superb meals served up at Andrew's Café these last three Mondays... 

You all know the BurgerMonday score by now so I won't repeat what I've said here many times before about how it works. Instead I'll simply give you the lowdown on last Monday's three courses, devised and cooked by Goodman's John Cadieux. 

First course, a classic Ceaser Salad with anchovies. Crisp slivers of toasted olive oil brushed bread, romaine lettuce and parmesan combined in a perfect summery starter. Whitstable Bay ale was flowing. All very pleasant so far...

Rather than keep guests guessing as to the make up of the burger du jour – a Bacon Cheeseburger featuring Keen's cheddar – Chef Cadieux had printed the recipe and method for making his burger patty on the paper placemats at every place setting. A blend of thickly minced chuck, rib eye, sirloin and short rib along with some with some lightly sautéed onions made up the patties. But that information hadn't prepared me for quite how tall the burger was going to be. Without the wooden skewer through it, there's no way it would have all stayed in one pile.

I'm not going to lie to you, there was a moment of doubt. "How the heck am I going to squash this down and actually eat it?" I wondered. Well, perhaps surprisingly, it wasn't that hard. Sheer will power, of course, played its part. But actually, the design and architecture was good, and despite my expectations being high, due to the almost ridiculously high standard of burger set by previous BurgerMonday events, the flavour of this burger was nothing short of spectactular. It was delightfully beefy, the texture loose and juicy. And the burger sauce placed on the bottom part of the bun had become one with burger juice leaking from the patty creating rather photogenic drips. Impressively the super fresh seeded sourdough brioche bun, baked by Cadieuex himself specially for the occasion, held together until the last bite. In case you were hoping for more details about the bun and furthermore a sauce breakdown, you're in luck: the bun ingredients and cooking method...

...AND the sauce recipe too was printed on each placemat:

The only gripe I had with this burger was a miniscule one. A slice of baby gem lettuce with its crispy ridge protruded, untrimmed from the burger when it arrived. Now I happen to be a big fan of the crispness fresh lettuce like this can add to a burger, however the thick ridge in such a leaf simply messes with a burger's squashability. So I removed it without making a fuss and got on with squashing the burger and eating it. To be honest I didn't say much until I'd devoured it – other than muttering incomprehensible approving noises and nodding whilst making that frowny, confused face a man makes that in any other context would evoke a "shit, are you alright?" response, but when eating tends to be understood as "crikey, it must be good, look, he's got that strange, intensely confused look."

And for dessert, a classic sundae. Loving ice cream and chocolate brownies, it also didn't last long. Although after I'd completely finished, some vague whiff of analytical reason whispered to me that it wasn't a particularly noteworthy sundae. But, like I said, I had already hoovered it all up anyway so it can't have been bad. Maybe my brain was simply trying to find just one thing wrong at this latest in a series of events that have been, in my opinion, faultless.

So, in summary, another five star burger BurgerMonday event spent in fine company and with a thoroughly enjoyable spread of food and booze that includes a truly outstanding burger. Can I keep getting excited about BurgerMonday events? Of course I can. ESPECIALLY, seeing as I've been plotting with BurgerMonday's Daniel Young for a couple of months on a collaborative BurgerMonday with a twist. It's scheduled for Monday 27 June. For more info about it, please follow @BurgermatShow


Team Nick said...

Awesome review, and dark green with envy that I couldn't make this one...glad you took one for the team!

Pavel said...

Quite like the Special Sauce Gribiche idea, good stuff!

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