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08/10/2008

Burger Mania

As the hamburgers are getting the spotlight these days, there are hamburger restaurant owners who want the foreigners to try their hamburgers. Mr. Moriguchi, a young, budding hamburger chef is one of them. His hamburger restaurant, Burger Mania, is located in Shirokane, a popular place for foreigners to live in Tokyo. Interestingly, even though there are many foreign people living in Shirokane, there were no hamburger restaurants in that area. So, Mr. Moriguchi made up his mind to open a hamburger restaurant in April 2008. Although it is a bit walk from the nearest subway station, Shirokane-Takanawa, the place is always packed with people, with some speaking English.

Before launching Burger Mania, Mr. Moriguchi trained at Firehouse (Hongo) and *ease (Jingumae), both known for serving excellent hamburgers. Along with Mr. Moriguchi's passion for hamburgers, Burger Mania uses the finest meat and buns to complete its high-quality hamburgers. The patty meat is 100% Japanese-domestic raised cattle, ensuring the juiciness and tastiness of the beef patty. The buns are from Mineya, a very popular bakery located in East-Shinjuku. Their buns are also used at many popular hamburger joints, including AS Classics Diner (Komazawa) and Goro's Diner (Jingumae).

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This is the hamburger topped with Cheese, Bacon and Avocado. Even with all of the tasty toppings to the hamburger, the beef patty's flavor is conspicuous, with the chunky exterior and the juicy interior. The size of the hamburger is just right; you can taste the entire elements that co-exist within the hamburger in a single bite.

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For those who want to spice things up, the Mexican Burger is the hamburger for you. Topped with jalapeƱos and chili beans, the hot flavor of the hamburger will spark your taste buds, even when the hot and humid Tokyo weather is wearing you down.

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Another interesting menu is the Mango Burger, a hamburger topped with two slices of mango. For the apple and pineapple hamburger fans, be sure to try this sweet burger, as the mango will melt to form together with the beef patty.

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The marquee hamburger is the Platinum Burger. The unique thing about this hamburger is that it does not used the grounded patty, but with thin strips of prime Black Wagyu. On top of the beef is the special balsamic vinegar sauce. The beef is mouthwatering, and the sour sauce adds a new diminiton to the hamburger. This hamburger is named after the area Shirokane, which means platinum. Burger Mania only serves ten of these Platinum Burgers, so be sure to arrive early if you want to try this burger. Although it is a bit pricy (1,500 yen), it is a must-eat hamburger for, well, burger maniacs.

----SHOP INFORMATION----
Official Homepage: http://www.burger-mania.com
Business Hours: Open Daily 11:00am - 11:00pm
Address: 6-5-7, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan

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Comments

Mr Hamburgers-in-Tokyo,

Just found this blog and greatly enjoy your reviews (and pictures).

I've been meaning to check out how the Firehouse/Burger Mania offering compares to Brozers (Ningyocho). Any thoughts?

Looking forward to your next entry, and keep up the great work!

Posted by: Chris | 10/23/2008 at 06:14 PM

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your comment.

The Firehouse/Burger Maina's hamburgers have a lot in common with BROZERS' hamburgers. They are all cooked on iron plate, and uses a certain kind of sauce to spice up the hamburgers.

The main difference is how the three restaurants round out the hamburger with the ingredients.

BROZERS' hamburgers use plenty of vegetables, and have a very rich-flavored patty along with the special BBQ sauce. The patty is pretty fatty, but it is neutralized
with the vegetables.

The Firehouse/Burger Maina's patties are smaller, and uses a lesser amount of vegetables. They both use a hefty amount of mayonnaise, so if you are not a big fan of mayo, you might want to order the hamburger without the mayo.

In Burger Maina, you will always get the hamburger cooked by the owner chef. In Firehouse, that is not the case. So, I believe that the overall quality consistancy is better at Burger Mania.

If you can read Japanese, I have a Japanese blog about hamburgers. I covered more than 230 hamburgers in the blog.
http://w-ice.cocolog-nifty.com/

In the meantime, I will post an article about BROZERS very soon.

Posted by: w-ice | 11/03/2008 at 06:15 PM

Cool!

I used to live in Tokyo - used to go to Kua Aina and Fire House when I needed a burger..even though I'm back in Canada, I miss Japanese burgers :)

Posted by: J | 11/30/2008 at 05:05 PM

Dear J,

I'm sure that there are great burger joints in Canada. You might be surprised to see that there are many hamburger joints in Tokyo worth visiting for.

Posted by: w-ice | 12/28/2008 at 05:42 PM

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