This past weekend, I decided to try Bunga Burger Bar for a plate. I haven’t eaten a plate for a while, so I decided that to maintain this blog I’d venture out for one. I’ve tried the majority of “staples” around town. So, I figured now would be a good time to pick up all the odds and ends places that have plates.
The “Bunga Plate” will cost you $11.25 which makes it the most expensive plate I’ve ordered thus far. Here’s what your eleven dollars and twenty five cents will get you:
I thought the plate was rather mediocre; if not below average. Considering the high cost of the plate, this may be one of the worst plates I’ve reviewed thus far. For the first time since starting this blog, I was unable to finish my plate. You read that correctly, I’ve encountered a plate that I couldn’t finish. I attribute this to a couple of things:
The plate was greasy; very greasy.
The Burger they use is far larger than the burger you normally receive in these plates. Restaurants tend to use smaller burger patties, while this burger was a far thicker 1/2lb slab of meat.
Additionally the flavor profile for the plate was a bit odd; it was rather salty. I thought that maybe they over-seasoned the fries. Then I realized that it was probably the burger or the meat sauce. It tasted like when you use Morton salt instead of a finer ground salt and the food just tastes like salt. I don’t have any real explanation for this; the plate was salty, greasy and rather bland.
Let’s break it down:
Meat (Burger – 1/2 lb): 3
The half pound burger was good but rather greasy and salty. Also a half pound burger on a plate is a lot of meat; so if you’re into that sort of thing by all means go to Bunga.
Meat Sauce: 3
Nothing particularly spectacular. A bland sauce that didn’t have any important defining characteristics or taste profile.
Potato Side (Fries): 3
The fries were good; although they were also rather greasy. It’s possible that this was the main source of grease for the plate. The grease I found looked like oil that wasn’t properly drained from the fries.
Mac Salad: 4
I was pleasantly surprised by the mac salad; it wasn’t too heavy on the mayo. This was one of the better parts of the plate.
There is no bread served with the Bunga plate.
Portion Control/Composition: 3
They lost points here because of the salt/grease. I’m not going to belabor the point, but it was enough of a problem for me that I felt gross after eating it. Which is VERY unusual. I don’t normally feel lethargic/gross after eating plates. This should be a tip off that something isn’t right here. What I will say is that they give you a ton of food for your 11.25.
Overall Score: 3.20
One of the worst plates I’ve had thus far. Scoring below average on every category except the mac salad. I’d recommend hitting up somewhere else if you want a plate. You can get better/cheaper plates elsewhere.