There is nothing better than a good burger. While new ways to prepare this classic American meal may continue to be discovered, a well-cooked patty of really good meat, served in a fresh bun always wins with me. Burger fever has spread around the world and chefs have added all kinds of unique meats, flavors and condiments to try to build a better mousetrap. Others may search for the world’s most exotic or most expensive burger, but as an American carnivore, my quest was just to find the best, traditional burger, as I would want to eat it. Here are three great burgers available in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris:
Blue Butcher – Hong Kong
This temple of meat is the spot in Hong Kong for serious beef lovers. Blue Butcher (108 Hollywood Road, Central) is the only restaurant in this foodie city to have a full, walk-in, pink salt dry-aging room, which is always filled with top cuts of beef from the world’s best producers like Mayura Farm and Mann River. The Wagyu Beef Burger is worth the twelve hour flight from Los Angeles. It’s served for both dinner and lunch with a tomato ja, some balsamic onions and thin french fries. The $28.50 Wagyu burger is topped with smoked Gouda and some truffle aioli.
The Roxy – Tokyo
With an awesome website that proclaims “menu is extensive” and “good taste hamburgers” you feel like you’re already in Japan. This offshoot of the famous LA club is run by a real rockstar, guitarist Mikey Doling from the bands Snot and Channel Zero. The Roxy Tokyo menu is perfect for this rock and roll club, and the burger here is one of the best in Japan. There’s a full burger menu, I recommend the “Ozzy Ozzburger”. It’s in the heart of Shibuya (150-0042 Udagawa-cho) , a very cool area of Tokyo. A regular burger, with fries is about $12.
Paris New York – Paris
This restaurant, run by an excellent French chef, specializes in American food. The burger at Paris New York (96, Rue Oberkampf) is considered by many, including the French Le Figaro newspaper, as the best in Paris. I concur, as it’s simple, yet delicious. It’s also not crazy expensive at $16. As always, the secret is the meat, it’s from a farm in Brittany that raises rare breeds of cattle. The farm mainly supplies Michelin-starred places like Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Versailles.
Freddy Sherman is a world traveler and editor of the travel blog luxuryfred.com. You can follow him on Twitter [email protected] and check out his travel photos on Instagram – @luxuryfred.
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