6538 4th Avenue S. Seattle
One of the things James misses most from Melbourne is katsu curry. In Seattle there’s a lot of sushi/sashimi but James is yet to find a good katsu curry near us. So basically what I’m saying is … take the “best burger in Seattle” title with a grain of salt.
He was so happy when he was eating his burger (though not quite Kaye-with-oversized-fairy-floss happy). The burgers here aren’t traditional burgers – as the name suggests it’s basically katsu curry in a burger. Two of James’ favourite things!
James ordered the Samurai Select ($8.95), which was a beef patty with bacon, pineapple, wasabi mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce.
I’d originally considered that one but rejected it because of the pineapple, which was a mistake because the sweetness of the pineapple actually complimented the curry really well.
It was really good – better than my (also good) Katsu Curry ($7.95); pork cutlet, mayo and tonkatsu sauce.
The only let-down was the bun. The rest of the burger was so flavourful and the bun was just meh. Plus the bottom bun started to disintegrate from the weight of the burger, so halfway through I had to flip it over.
But it was so worth it to see how pleased James was at finally getting his katsu fix. Also he went to work and told all the Aussies about it (apparently AJ shares his longing for katsu curry).
We’re not often in that part of Seattle – only when we go to Costco or to the airport. So when we picked Damo up from the airport last week and he was post-flight peckish we decided to head there again. =D
I ordered the Ninja Deluxe ($8.95), which was pretty similar to my first burger and James got the Mt. Fuji ($18.95).
It’s basically a giant novelty burger containing all the meats – beef patty, pork cutlet and chicken breast, along with 3 kinds of cheese, a fried egg, bacon, wasabi mayo, spicy mayo and tonkatsu sauce. Eep.
And here is James taking his first (surprisingly dainty) bite:
The verdict? A bit of a gimmick and not nearly as good as the other burgers. It didn’t help that he had to eat half the burger at a time so he didn’t get the full intended flavour.
Oh yeah, and do you see the world map behind James? If you ask for a pin at the counter you can pin it on your home city. James very carefully positioned his pin slightly to the north of the Melbourne CBD. =)
We also ordered some curry fries but I thought they were too bitter from the curry powder. The serve was generous though and I’d definitely try one of the other flavours (sea salt or nori). You can get a whole bunch of dipping sauces to go with them and experiment with different flavour combinations.
Next time we go back I want to get one of their milkshakes. I’ve had my eye on the black sesame one for awhile but I’m always so satisfied from the burger that I can’t imagine drinking a whole milkshake on top of it!