The first thing you notice about a CaliBurger is that it’s damn good looking! The second thing you notice, especially if you order their signature CaliDouble, is that there’s a lot of meat compared to other burger joints. What’s the third thing?
The third thing you notice is that it tastes as good as it looks and you immediately begin planning your next trip back!
CaliBurger’s first Hong Kong restaurant, which officially opens on Thursday, is located on Hennessy Road in Wanchai, less than a block away from Southorn Playground.
California natives who grew up with In-N-Out will find some similarities in CaliBurger. Their menu includes a range of burgers, a grilled cheese, two kinds of chicken sandwiches, and sides such as Buffalo wings. The emphasis here is on fresh ingredients, and from what we sampled, their meals don’t taste like typical fast food creations.
When you order, you select the burger from the menu hanging above the counter. You can add $20 HKD to make it a combo that includes fries and a soda.
On our first visit we tried the CaliDouble, regular fries and a Coke.
CaliBurger allows you to personalize your burger. If you don’t want the sauce, onions, lettuce, or tomato, you can have it customized to your liking. You can also add bacon or an extra slice of cheese for an additional $10 HKD. Adding another patty costs $25 HKD.
The fries are of a different sort entirely. Made from rough-cut potatoes, they are a darker color and seem less oily than your normal fast-food fries.
The CaliDouble alone goes for $78 HKD, which takes it out of fast-food range and into mid-tier territory. When you make it a combo for an additional $20 HKD it’s nearly 100 HKD. If you think about it, that’s almost the price you’d pay at The Press Room, or The American Club for a burger.
Though more expensive, the portions are much larger than your typical burger, and the meat does indeed seem like it’s better quality.
In addition to the basic customizations, you can also have your burger without a bun, served between two lettuce leaves, which CaliBurger calls the ‘L.C.’, short for low-carbs.
Expect more burger variations or perhaps a ‘secret menu’ to spring up as the city gets more familiar with the offerings. Check out CaliBurger’s Facebook page for more info.
Hong Kong’s Burger History!
Back in 2008 we did an article on the large number of new burger places that suddenly opened up in Hong Kong. It’s an interesting read – especially since many of the restaurants listed are now out of business! Check out our Burger Wars post for a little H.K. burger history!
CaliBurger is located just a short walk away from the Wanchai MTR station. When you arrive at the station, walk out exit B, and you will find yourself a few steps away from Hennessy Road. Once on Hennessy, take a left and proceed one block towards Central. You will cross just one street at the edge of Southorn Playground before you arrive at number 68. Enjoy!
OPENS ON THURSDAY, September 26th
Official opening date, Thursday, September 26th, 2013
68 Hennessy Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong