Chef’s Log 56: The Route to Happiness

The burger is a beautiful and complex thing. Never before have I encountered a single dish that can be so many different things and serve so many different purposes all at once: it satisfies a meat craving as well as any steak does, it’s the ultimate sandwich (if you stretch the definition of sandwich a bit), it’s a balanced meal (at least my version of a balanced meal) with various elements, it’s fast food. What’s truly fascinating is that a meal which was born out of necessity and poverty has evolved over time to become something truly iconic and even indulgent. But this post is not about the history of the burger. It is about the best (and by the best, I mean the BEST) burger that I have ever tasted. Over the years, I have sampled many a variety of this poor, abused dish: chicken burgers, potato burgers, mixed vegetable burgers (yuck!). But in my opinion, you can never go wrong with the classic beef burger. And the classic beef burger with a twist? Even better. The clever folks at Route 66 in Panjim, Goa definitely know how to put a twist on a classic burger to make it better. Their ‘Wolverine’ burger—I presume it is named so based on the assumption that it would satisfy the meat cravings of even the half-beast fictional character of the same name—is a veritable feast, by itself. It consists of a mouthwateringly juicy beef patty grilled to perfection (tender, but lightly charred), crispy bacon, a succulent grilled hot dog, chipotle, ‘Achilles’ adobo sauce and jalapenos. There are so many characters in the one-act play that is this burger; yet they bring out the best in each other, ensuring a stellar performance from every one of them. The sauces add a subtle, sweet tanginess, the crispiness of the bacon highlights the soft tenderness of the beef, and the jalapenos provide the perfect hit of heat. Simply put, this burger is a work of art. It is also filling without being too heavy, despite its various ingredients. Of course, a burger is incomplete without fries. The accompanying fries were perfectly crisp and enhanced the meal substantially without drawing attention away from the star of the dish—a defining characteristic of good fries. So in short, what I’m trying to say is, your life will never be as fulfilling or meaningful as it could be, until you eat this burger.

https://www.zomato.com/goa/route-66-panaji

I think the knife is a lovely touch

I think the knife is a lovely touch

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