I recently joked with one of my Twitter buddies that with all my burger eating I should probably start reviewing personal trainers. But you know, when I’m not eating burgers, I’m actually eating fairly healthy. Every morning I drink what is affectionately known as a Green Monster - Spinach, banana, blueberries, kiwi fruit, soy milk and a scoop of collagen powder. It’s seriously so good, you should give it a go.
Anyway, enough about my breakfast and onto Martiniburger…
Martiniburger is a little unfortunately located on a bit of a nothing street in beautiful Kagurazaka. It’s only about a 2 minute walk from the Subway, and once you’re there you find yourself in a trendy looking little restaurant with a nice selection of burgers.
What I like about Martiniburger is that they have a burger of the week, so there is always something new to try. At lunch, the burgers come with a side dish which include mac’n'cheese (I haven’t had this since I moved from Australia!), creamed spinach, salad and potatoes. The standard Martini Burger will cost ¥1000 (including side and choice of sauce) and the New York themed burgers – Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, Bronx, Little Italy, The Hamptons, West Side – cost ¥1200. Drinks don’t come in the set, which I thought a bit odd, and they cost ¥300.
I ordered the Brooklyn burger (with mushrooms, gouda cheese and bearnaise sauce) with a side of mac’n'cheese. The burgers are big, with their 200g patty – and I was only able to eat just over half of it. But it was juicy and tasty, if not a little bit heart-attacky with the bearnaise/gouda combo.
Alex ordered the burger of the day, which was actually a sandwich, consisted of a generous amount of roast pork, cheese, tomato, lettuce and mustard. Both our dishes came with the obligatory pickle, which I don’t really like, but at least I don’t have a phobia of them like this lass.
We were both unfortunately too full to sample what looked like a pretty mean NY cheesecake. Next time, Martiniburger, next time.
Dinner is very reasonably priced with dishes starting from ¥850. Apart from the burgers, the dinner menu expands to include lasagne (¥1000), meatloaf (¥1150) and a grilled daily special (¥1800) which should be followed by a martini (¥700).
Unless you live in Kagurazaka, Martiniburger might seem little bit out of the way. But in saying this, it’s definitely worth hopping on the Metro and making your way out to this New York style restaurant. I know I’ll be back again.
Nearest station: Kagurazaka
Address: 31 Nakazato-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: (03) 6280-8920 (You can order by phone for a quick pick-up)
Opening hours: Tues.-Sun. 11:00 – 23:00 (22:00 last order); closed Mon.
English menu: Yes