To­por’s burger in top five

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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