Bat­tle of the burger

Bun fight

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Ki­wis love a good burger and To­por Bistro & Bar and Duck Creek res­tau­rant have got two beau­ties to sam­ple this month.

The eater­ies are fly­ing the flag for Porirua in this year’s Welling­ton On A Plate fes­ti­val, which is en­cour­ag­ing din­ers in the re­gion to get out and tempt their taste­buds.

Run­ning un­til Au­gust 26, the fes­ti­val in­cludes a craft beer event, choco­late expo and the Burger Welling­ton bat­tle, which has 64 en­trants.

To­por owner Ste­fan Jasin­ski and Duck Creek chef Dean McFar­land are each tak­ing the hum­ble ham­burger in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

Ste­fan is favour­ing a gourmet­style en­try, while Dean is chan­nelling his ‘‘Kiwi burger’’ ten­den­cies.

While he has a fried egg, beet­root and a veni­son and pork patty among his in­gre­di­ents, Dean says the key com­po­nents are ‘‘a lot of love and pas­sion’’.

‘‘We have dif­fer­ent burg­ers on our menu and they’re a big hit, quite of­ten we’re find­ing it hard to keep up with de­mand [dur­ing din­ner ser­vice].’’

Both he and Ste­fan see Welling­ton On A Plate as great ex­po­sure for their restau­rants and an­tic­i­pate busy evenings.

It is the first time ei­ther res­tau­rant has par­tic­i­pated.

‘‘We’ve been well-es­tab­lished for five years but it’s time for us to tap into that wider mar­ket, time to get se­ri­ous,’’ Ste­fan says. To take part in the burger con­test, sam­ple the fare and text your score out of 10 to 8552.

The top five restau­rants with the high­est av­er­age score will cook off in a fi­nal on Au­gust 29.

Visit: wellingtonon­aplate.com. To­por burger: Poles Apart Rye bun Mesclun let­tuce Kiel­basa (tra­di­tional Pol­ish) sausage, cut in strips Bal­samic roasted por­to­bello mush­room Caramelised red cab­bage Horse­rad­ish ai­oli Duck Creek burger: Yes Deer Sesame seed bun Veni­son and pork patty, (with red wine, gar­lic and herbs mixed in) Beet­root, sliced Ice­berg let­tuce Tomato Fried egg Blue cheese ai­oli Onion Served with chunky chips

Burger combo: Ste­fan Jasin­ski, of To­por Bistro & Bar, and Dean McFar­land, Duck Creek Res­tau­rant, with their en­tries for Welling­ton On A Plate’s burger bat­tle.

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