Your meal was quite large mate.
The prices are on the menu so I assume you knew the cost when you ordered it mate. You also did say the food was “pretty good”.
You have a choice of a salad or fries with the burger.
You ordered a side salad to go with your burger and fries. The salad is a decent size. I have the Rocket salad with grilled chicken for lunch and that alone keeps me content for a couple of hours.
The ice tea you ordered must have been the large size, not the small. The tea is Rooibos tea which is as far as I can tell is only available in 1 other café in Taipei or even Taiwan. Starbucks did sell it for a while. South Africans will tell you that Rooibos is a good tea.
The burgers start at $190/200 so you must have ordered one of our specialty burgers at around $260. $260 is probably the Tower. The Tower is a vegetarian (or vegan if you don’t have the garlic mayonnaise). It consists of a stack of grilled vegetables such as red & yellow peppers, eggplant, mushroom, rocket lettuce as well as our other specialty lettuces topped with our own aioli (garlic mayonnaise).
You may have chosen our base burger at $200 and then added Gouda cheese and then probably another specialty sauce like blue cheese (real blue cheese), our satay (peanut sauce with 9 different ingredients), or fresh avocado. Either way you did choose.
Our bread is specially made for us and wasn’t easy to get to our specifications. The patties are made by us as are all the sauces.
The furniture you’re talking about was given to us by John and Jarred from PS Café when they had to close down at the same time we were opening up. In fact they gave us about $200 000 worth of stuff for free (we kiwis tend to do that for mates) and anyone who went to PS knows that they had styly stuff there and we got given it all. So it was free but not from the street (kinds rough comment that one I thought by the way). The rest of the furniture is new.
The decking …well mate, I love sitting outside having a drink and there’s not many places in Taipei you can do that. The deck was specially built (out of good wood, treated and then varnished) . It’s pretty much always occupied so others like it too.
Oh, the paint job, I tend to play spot the mistake too (yep I did it, except the really good bits that Daniel did and he is a professional painter) and have penciled in touch ups but there’s so much to do when ya first open so sadly it’s on the list but neared the middle.
As for keeping up with the Jonses, well we figure we’ll just focus our attention on what we do set our own standards. This is a big enough city (as many people as my whole country) that we think we’ll find our own niche.
The set meal … you do get the choice of fries or salad with what is already a big burger. We didn’t include a drink as we also take pride in the new drinks we are putting on the menu and don’t think of ourselves as a burger bar. Already a lot of people have worked out that it’s really nice just having a drink and chilling during the afternoon or for a having a few beers with ya meal before you start the night.
Actually the most pleasing thing has been the number of people who have been back. By the way, cheers Brian for the pics.
I think most people can see through ya comments though mate so don’t take it personally if I call a spade a spade. Us kiwis can be a lot of things but we are usually honest and straight up.