Sunday, February 3, 2013

Yakuza Lounge - Portland, OR

Yakuza Lounge gets mention as a candidate for serving the best burger in Portland, in particular their Yakuza Burger. An izakaya serving the best burger in town?  Let's give it a shot, no pun intended.

I took advantage of the discount Happy Hour specials and my first choice was the Fish hand Roll chef's choice at $6. It was a nice presentation.  The ginger was mild as was the wasabi.  The salmon and avocado were fresh but the rice was mushy, bland, and flat lacking the brightness from vinegar, and the nori was too much on the chewy side. My first impression of Yakuza wasn't great, especially when you expect great sushi.  Still I was holding out hope for the burger.

The Yakuza Burger

The presentation was great, the photo and lighting not doing it justice. It was ordered medium rare and it arrived perfect medium rare.  One bite had me in burger heaven. Each subsequent bite was different with wonderful anticipation but it was all harmonious perfection. For those who have eaten one, is there any better burger in Portland?
  • Bun: Grand Central Bakery. The bun offered the perfect bun to patty ratio. Hefty enough to hold together from first bite to last but not so stiff as to cause the guts to squish out.
  • Toppings: Arugula, shoestring potatoes, catsup, and spicy mayo. The perfectly tinged spicy mayo slapped the palate into a feeding frenzy. The potatoes were a nice visual touch but it really didn't add or detract.
  • Cheese: Chevre. Goaty, salty, with an occasional punch
  • Meat: 1/2 lb Grass fed Black Angus Highland Oak, Scio OR.  Thick, juicy, and dripping with beefy essence. I didn't even contemplate the texture being coarse or fluffy because it was perfect
  • Price:  Bargain priced at $8 at Happy Hour.
  • Rating: 9.9. Because I don't know what a 10 is. The best burger I've had to date.  

Restroom Rating:  Didn't use.

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