Reviews for Cafe Lava
by Debbie M Wilson
7 days ago
We went there on 3/9/14. We are from a small town in the south island and were staying around the corner at the Quality Hotel and pleasently surprised to find something comforting and affordable. The service was amazing. The young lady that served us was super helpful.
Once we got our burgers, which was super speedy we ate them with all the cheese and egg oozing out. Just the way a good burger should. They were AMAZING. And trust me i love my burgers and this was one of the best.
The only down side was the fact we ordered a meal which was fries coke and burger. By the time wehad finished the burger the chips were a struggle lol.
The price was brilliant also. When traveling if you can keep dinner under twenty dollars you are pumped.
So if anyone is considering eating there go hard you wont be disappointed
by Lohsing Cheng
11 days ago
So.... let me just start by saying that I love burgers... I go out of my way to try food places that aren't well known, but come with the recommendation from others on my Facebook or Instagram... if you post a foodporn shot up and it pops up on my feed, chances are that I've stalked that cafe / restaurant / bar where you've taken that photo.
A couple weeks back, I saw a post from a mate of mine talking about this American burger joint in Parnell.... now that's my hood... and I sure as damn hell would know about an American burger joint opening up around my area. Turns out, that I've been there before, but not while it has been a burger bar. You see, it's called "Lava Burger" and it's actually the same owners who have turned the Cafe Lava into Lava Burger for the night time service.
Now I walked in and immediately wasn't sure about the choice of the place. There was no burger menu displayed on the walls, and it was just a menu which was passed to me to order. The staff are not NZ'ers but an immigrant Chinese family... not that it matters, because their burger making skills are insane!
I asked for their most popular burger, and it wasn't some of the massive ones which Steve has already tried, but rather their hamburger and the Cheeze Pleeze which I have posted on your wall... Price wise, it's not bad. I think $11 for the burger? What really blew me away was the pattie. A lot of burger places just have some AVVVVEERRRRAAGE patties... either too processed and rubbery (I'm looking at you, Burger Fuel...) or it's not seasoned, too thin and bland. This particular burger pattie was just the right consistency. Not so packed together that it was a solid mass of meat, but it would crumble ever so slightly, had a good charred taste / crunch on the outside and was just on the medium side of being cooked. The seasoning was spot on too... not just the plain old salt seasoning, but there are definitely some tasty little additions to it all.
The burger bun was untoasted, but fresh. The sliced pickle on the inside was a nice surprise too. The burger was not a messy burger to eat either... you could comfortably just eat one handed while stuffing your face with the chilli cheese fries!!
Ahhh yes.... the fries. They weren't bad... they were tasty, but they felt a bit home made too... they chilli fries were very "mild" ... not chilli, but you can definitely pick out the paprika and smokiness of the mince. I think I spotted 5 different types of fries you could choose from?!? Definitely a healthy portion size and much more filling than the fries you would get from Burger Fuel.
Would I go back? Most definitely... Part of the problem with advertising / reviews nowadays, especially from places like The Denizen, is that they are paid. They are supposed to say nice things about you when the truth is that the places they review are not as flash as the fancy photography makes it out to be. The great thing about Lava Burger is the fact that I did not expect much, and can honestly say it would be a solid 4 to 4 1/2 stars out of 5 for me. If these guys spent money on a fitout, did some advertising on social media, etc... I really think they could be onto a winner.
The fact that some people will line up for a half hour for Better Burger is a joke. This place was empty on a Monday night and no one else came in while I was waiting for my order.
They definitely deserve a bit more exposure and I cannot wait to go back again.
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