The Den, a little steak eatery located in the mid-levels in Sai Ying Pun on Oaklands Path, is apparently well known for its wagyu meat variety. In fact, there is a very well visible board with a list of steaks to make sure that nobody misses out on the offerings. The place itself is small and very simple with table/booth style seating and a very limited outdoor option.
The Den Burger is what interested me from their menu. However, it is usually not being served on weekends since they only do brunch then, and I went on a Sunday. The waitress asked the chef regardless and they made an exception. Priced at 108 HKD this burger came on a white rectangular plate with a salad that I asked to switch for instead of the usual fries. Despite the waitresses’ surprise, I still requested my meat to be well done.
The burger arrived with a burnt and hard sesame bun. I’m not sure if the chef insinuated that because I requested my meat to be well-done that he should overdo the bread as well but clearly, he couldn’t be bothered to make a new one. My friend who was accompanying me nicely switched his unburnt bun with me. The meat portion was small but tender, as I had expected since it’s wagyu. It also contained lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, an egg and even beetroot. There weren’t any condiments, this burger was virtually tasteless and that definitely would’ve enhanced the overall flavor. It was also very messy to eat as everything kept on falling apart. I had to finish using a knife and fork in the end.
Overall I was highly disappointed with this burger and also the service. Even though they nicely made an exception by making the burger, they then made it sound like they did such a great favor. When I mentioned the bun came burnt I was basically completely ignored. In the end, they simply should not have agreed to make the burger if they were going to feel burdened by it. Making the client feel guilty in the end is also unacceptable. I do not recommend this burger at all nor the place. I will not be coming back here again and my rating is the lowest which is a 1/5.