Topor’s burger in top five
Topor Bistro & Bar didn’t win, but the publicity was worth more than a gold medal.
The Plimmerton restaurant’s Poles Apart burger made the final five of the Wellington On a Plate burger competition, with chef Riki Mitchell taking part in a nervous cook-off at the Le Cordon Bleu last Wednesday.
Rex Morgan from Boulcott Street Bistro took the honours with his T Rex burger, served on a shoulder bone. Other restaurants competing were Shinobi Sushi Lounge, Cafe Polo, both from Wellington, Bar Salute from Greytown, and Topor.
They made the grade from 63 restaurants across the region, after 4510 text votes over 17 days.
At the cook-off, Mr Mitchell had to make Poles Apart from scratch, with a judge assessing appearance, flavour and innovation.
Topor owner Stefan Jasinski said they were delighted to make the final, especially for something they normally would not have on the menu.
Their burger came first-equal in a Fairfax Media blog created for the competition.
‘‘We didn’t win on the night but I think it was great to have a restaurant from Porirua on such a big stage.
‘‘You don’t feel bad losing to Boulcott Street.’’
Mr Jasinski said Topor was fully booked right through Wellington On a Plate and it was great to have diners from outside Porirua through their doors.
‘‘It’s been a fantastic experience, allowed us to tap into a new market. I hope we’ve helped put Porirua eateries on the map.’’
Mmmmm, burger: Stefan Jasinski from Topor with his restaurant’s creation that wowed diners during Wellington On a Plate.