Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pelican Burger, Kutchan

Upon arriving at Pelican Burger, in Kutchan town, you're taken a-back.  There's the candy striped wooden facade, the hand-written 'Pelican Burger' sign, a cow hanging on the door, a rocking chair and even an old gas pump.  

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And then you walk inside .....  there's lounging chairs, a few little tables, a hanging egg chair, some records, locally made felt goods, all sorts of bottles around the walls and funky hand-written menu's.  

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But, that's what we'd expect from the owners of the tres cool Gyu+ bar in Hirafu.  

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We just love the little hand drawn menu's.

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We take a moment to take it all in... Then the decision is made. I take one creamy mushroom burger as an A set, with spicy ginger ale. It's a generous patty of nicely seasoned beef topped with a pile of sliced mushrooms in an Alfredo sauce and a nice little shaving of parmesan on top and sprinkled with chopped parsely on one side of the bun, the other side crisp lettuce leaves and sliced tomato. This is sandwiched together and placed into one of the provided 'bags' on the table to make for drip-free eating. There's a pile of hand-cut chips on the side aswell.

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Kim has the smokey bacon cheeseburger as a set B, with Dad's root beer.

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Here the generous patty is smothered in melted cheese and cross hatched with 2 thick slices of bacon on one side of the open bun, and the other side again with lettuce and tomato. 2 thumbs up!

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Oh, and then of course we shared a 3rd burger, duh! We were both keen to try to grilled veggie burger, as Yoanna herself is a vegetarian, so we knew she'd make a tasty burger ;) All though, it does bring us to the first time we tried to come here for a burger, but they were all sold out of patties by 2pm! As we walked in Yoanna was there, up to her elbows in delicious beef bits, putting them through the mincer and making beef patties. Now that's awesome. Respect her decision to not really like meat, but she's happy to put in the yards so the rest of us can enjoy it. Oh, I digress. The grilled veggie burger, no fries, was in itself a masterpiece packing as much flavor and more textures to readily compete with it's meaty rivals.

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The first side had sliced of perfectly ripe avocado, mayonnaise, tomato, sliced black olives and chopped parsely. The second side had shredded lettuce, sauteed spinach, grilled tofu, crunchy lotus root slices and was topped in a delicious (maybe even then terriyaki ginger) sauce. It was really good!

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Then Yoanna brings us a big pot of Iwata coffee. You can hear her grinding it, and smell it brewing. Mmm. Iwata is an organic coffee, sold in Sapporo. It was so robust and best savoured as intended, strong and black.

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Even after all of this, I had been eyeing off the shakes menu since we arrived. So I have saved a little room in my pouch just so. I know I'm going to need Kim's help to finish it, though, so decide on the chai banana shake. It's so thick it sits about 2" above the glass. And it's so creamy, and cold and full of chai spice with a nice banana flavor.

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Perfect dessert to finish a beast-of-a-burger lunch! Oh, except for maybe a burger cookie (post to come).

As we're leaving, the little burger cushion on the way out is looking oh-so-inviting ....

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Pelican Burger, opposite 7Eleven
15-1 North 3 West 3
Kutchan, Abuta gun
Hokkaido, Japan
T: 0136 557755
Open 11am-2pm then 5pm-8pm
Closed Monday nights and Tuesday and for spring break. Re-opens 29th April 2009

Oh, and they do a mean delivered burger to the Hirafu area in the evenings.  I think it's 5 burger minimum order, but, we usually manage.

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2 comments:

Girl Japan said...

Is that you and the DH? GOSH, any chance they ship here to Nagoya?

Kat and Kim said...

I'm sure they would, but I don't know if they'll guarantee it will get there hot.