Street Burger.

DISCLAIMER: As a note, there seems to be a legal dispute about this place, with a New Zealand chain claiming that their intellectual property is being used without authorization. We don’t generally go into business issues of restaurants, but as the New Zealand organization contacted us we thought we’d include this disclaimer.

Street Burgers is a burger truck on Marine Drive which operates for about 5 hours in the evening: from 6PM to 10.30 or 11PM. Perched almost opposite Ozo, it's quite conspicious as it has some bright white lights going on in that dark road which, for some reason, doesn't utilize its streetlights.

Impressions

The truck is run by 4 friendly young men, all who are pretty tied up tossing patties a la Spongebob. They're pretty good patties — but I'm jumping ahead of myself here. Prices aren't cheap, with most burgers costing about Rs. 400 and above on average. They also serve fries and boneless, grilled chicken.

Excuse the really bad photos — even with our phones providing light, it was all still dark.

We ordered a Hot Rod (Rs. 450), which is supposed to be a spicy burger filled with jalapenos and a juicy beef patty. It didn't disappoint; even Malinthe, who's generally very hard to please, loved this. The patty was really flavoursome and the bread was fresh and toasty. The burgers come in little brown 'burger holders' so it's convenient and doesn't fall apart. This didn't stop the juices from flowing out though, so have some tissues or bottles of water on hand!

Named rather strangely, the Back Fire (also Rs. 450) is a grilled chicken burger. The meat is a lot blander in comparison, but is well-grilled and chunky.

We tried their Ripple Stripes (Rs. 360) and Fries (Rs. 200) as well. The Ripple Stripes are thick, chunky bits of grilled chicken.

I personally think it could use a bit of seasoning or marinade because it was rather bland; it's also the same type of meat that's used in their Back Fire burger. The fries were interesting — your regular frozen fries, but sprinkled with some seasoning that tasted suspiciously exactly like Pringles.

It may even have been powdered onion seasoning. A pretty good snack, and we loved the twist.

Their menu offers milkshakes, but they weren't available on the day we visited.

The staff work fast and they have a steady stream of customers stop by. One of the downsides is that the food takes about 15 minutes to get to you, and this shouldn't take long given that it's a burger truck.

There's a good stretch of pavement next to the truck: it'd be pretty cool if there were a few chairs placed so that people could sit and have a bite.

Fin

So far, so good. The only things we didn't really like was the lack of lighting and the prep time, but their beef patties are a clear winner.

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