Asian Fusion burgers at Blue Ginger

27 Sep

Sometimes, packing a bagged lunch full of leftovers gets old, and battling the crowds in the workplace cafeteria isn’t all that appealing. So I decided to visit Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA, for a weekday lunch, to changes things up.

The restaurant is very large – upon entering, you see an open kitchen, followed by a dining room. At the front of the restaurant is a long bar facing a row of high tops lined by a booth, along the windows. Along the hallway to the restrooms are three sets of large doors opening into a large private dining room that would be great for parties.

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We started with the calamari, which consisted mostly of rings – good for those who don’t like the tentacly parts.  It was lightly battered with a hint of cumin, served with a lemongrass dipping vinaigrette with green onions.

Blue Ginger - calamari

Both my boyfriend and I ordered the burger, medium-well. Mine was exactly that; his came out more like well done, though still yummy. The house-made bun with a shiny top reminded me of Chinese bakery buns. The juicy patty sat on bed of diced tomatoes and purple cabbage. It was topped with crispy fried onions and a bit of wasabi mayo. Instead of cheese, there were Parmesan crisps with shiitake mushrooms to give a flavourful crunch. I appreciated the unique idea, but found the crisps a little thick and the choice of Parmesan a bit strong and perhaps not the best complement to a burger with a supposed Asian twist. I did enjoy the tangy and slightly peppery slaw.

Blue Ginger - burger

The burger typically comes with taro chips. My boyfriend asked to substitute his for sweet potato fries and they ended up making the change for both our burgers. I didn’t want to bother asking for my taro chips back, though I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t get to try them. In any case, the sweet potato fries were absolutely perfect – some of the best I’ve ever had.

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Service was terrific – our waitress was very polite. She checked on us just the right amount and made sure our water glasses were never empty. All in all, we had a very satisfying weekday lunch!

Info: Blue Ginger, 583 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA

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