Burger Menu Listing
Our Overall Scores:
Richard: Burger-42/50; Side-9/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-6/10
Mark: Burger-42/50; Side-10/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
"Well, my burger" (Sake Burger, $10) doesn't have a lot of flavor. It is cooked medium rare, as ordered, so that is excellent! I really like the Chipotle Sauce and I like the size of
the burger. The bun is holding up
well, too. This is a good burger, but it needs a bit more seasoning. 42/50," Richard says.
I like the burger, too (only one burger on the menu) and also score it 42/50. These scores take Sake OFF OUR TOP COLUMBIA BURGERS LIST, AT LEAST UNTIL OUR NEXT VISIT). I agree with Richard that there is something missing: it needs seasoning of some kind. My burger is a teeny-tiny bit overcooked (medium vs medium rare). I like this burger.
NOTE: Sake uses a soy sauce that contains gluten in their burger recipe, so if you are Celiac, this burger is NOT gluten free!
"My fries are excellent," Richard says."Just spicy enough, really good flavor, cooked just right....I believe these are home-made fries, with the peel still on!. 9/10!"
Since the fries are cooked in the same oil as battered products they are NOT gluten free. As a result I decide to not go with a side, but the waiter is kind enough to bring me a side salad with my burger! NICE JOB (and I should take the Service score to 19/20 since our server double checked to make sure if the items I was thinking of ordering are gluten free or not. (They are not gf-see above). Because the salad was a surprise, and was quite good, I give it 10/10!
Richard scores service at 17/20. "Our server was very attentive, really on the ball, and we got our food pretty quickly," he says.
I score service, initially, at 18/20, but have revised it to 19/20 for the reasons Richard mentions, plus our server brought me a salad as a bonus and double-checked the gluten free options.
Ambiance gets an 8/10 from Richard. "To me, it feels a bit 'sparse' in here. It's very comfortable, though, and not at all loud." Shortly after he says this a table of wine drinkers gets a bit rowdy for a few minutes but they quiet down pretty quickly.
I score ambiance at 8/10 as well. It IS quiet, but I suspect that is because, besides us, there are only 6 other people (two tables) in the restaurant. I like the way the restaurant is set up and I, too, feel it to be 'comfortable.'
"6/10 for location," Richard says. "It's downtown. I had to park several blocks away AND I had to plug the meter!"
I agree with Richard but got lucky and found a parking spot a short block away. I DID have to plug the meter, though: I HATE that! 7/10!
With scores of 42 from each of us, the Sake Burger falls off our list of top Columbia burgers (just barely). That being said, this IS a very good burger and we WILL be going back.
Have you had a Sake Burger? If so, we'd LOVE to hear from you. Let us know what you think: is this the best burger in Columbia?