Eddy Grant famously sang about Electric Avenue. And now we’re singing about Electric Ave, a new burger joint in Sai Ying Pun. You could be mistaken for thinking that this neighbourhood spot is shamelessly cashing in on two of the biggest recent trends in Hong Kong – burgers and SYP. However, what this place delivers is so much more than what any trend could dish up. These are far and away the best burgers we’ve had in ages.
The small but colourful corner space has just three patties on the menu. We opt for the chicken carbonara ($140). It’s an indulgent, beautiful mess of juicy, perfectly cooked chook breast, with grilled pancetta, taleggio, rocket, a fried egg, paprika and lashings of black pepper-infused cream all encased in a brioche by Bread Elements. It actually tastes like a carbonara and, unlike other burgers that follow the philosophy of less not being more, each flavour is distinct from the rest, creating a multi-layered effect on the tastebuds. Our only complaint is that it’s messy but we don’t mind as we have a generous serving of excellently seasoned rosemary fries ($20) to mop it all up with. We wash it down with a beautifully cold bottle of La Goudale ($65), a French blonde, and wish the whole experience wasn’t over so quickly. Rock down to Electric Ave as soon as you can. Dean Adamantidis