The Team – clockwise from top left – The Gastronomer, Nina, The Astronomer and Hawkins
Ever since I discovered that Black Cat (a local ex-pat haunt) had a 1.4 kilogram burger called The Big Cheese on the menu, I’ve been dying to give it a go. The restaurant’s walls are adorned with pictures of brave eaters who have attempted to down the whole thing solo, but I know my limits, so I came with The Team. It was an average Sunday and we weren’t even planning on ordering The Big Cheese, but after perusing the menu, it seemed like the right thing to do.
The burger is the size of a large dinner plate, made with lean Argentine beef and stacked with four slices of American cheese, six slices of bacon, three tomatoes, one whole onion and butter lettuce. The toasted sesame seed bun is made in-house. To make our task more manageable, the waitress quartered the burger onto separate plates. The Big Cheese definitely looked very impressive, but I was skeptical about how it would taste.
For my first bite, I stretched my mouth ridiculously wide and managed to pull off a clean bite that included every component. I knew instantly that this burger was a winner. The bun was sturdy, the cheese was melt-y, the bacon was crisp, the beef was seasoned beautifully and the onions were lightly sauteed. The Big Cheese is SO good! Hats off to Chef Deetz for managing to super-size while maintaining quality and flavor.
To round out our gluttonous brunch, we also shared a large order of fries because burgers without fries is just plain sad. Although I prefer shoe string fries, these crinkly ones were solid and the accompanying aioli was lovely as well. I cannot wait to eat another Big Cheese. Next time, I’ll attempt to eat half. Wish me luck!
13 Phan Van Dat Street
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: 08 829 2055