Blacows, Tokyo

My last burger stop in Tokyo was easily the one I had been looking forward to the most during the entire trip. With only one location in the Daikanyama district, Blacows serves a more ‘gourmet’ burger, proudly touting premium ingredients such as 100% black wagyu beef, and buns from maison kayser. Their burgers aren’t exactly cheap either, easily the most expensive of the three burger joints I visited, ¬†ranging from about 1000Yen for the most basic hamburger, up to 2450Yen for gigantic meat party burgers.

Blacows Ultimate meat burger: Patty, Wagyu roast beef, bacon, proscuitto, gravy sauce, original bbq sauce

I’m going to say right off the bat that I made the wrong choice of burger. Every component in the burger was spot on, the patty was flavorful and moist, the roast beef was perfectly cooked, still pink in the center, the bun did not disappoint, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, although I’d say it was slightly below par compared to great burger; its a shame that the one issue I had with the burger was that the proscuitto overpowered the flavor of the beef.

It was a heavy, heavy burger, the kind that I like, but halfway through your burger, all you taste is the proscuitto and bbq sauce. It was only after removing the proscuitto that I could appreciate the individual flavors of the burger, and they came together alot better. The chips/fries were nicely cooked, not as crisp as baker bounce, but they were good fries, definitely not an afterthought garnish to the burger.

The high quality of burgers at blacows is evident, the philosophy is simple- quality ingredients lead to a quality burger. Just from visiting their website, where they tout the breakdown of each burger proudly, you can tell that this is a place that cares a lot about produce. 1000Y for a basic hamburger is a lot to pay, if you have cash to spend, then by all means, visit Blacows, but I should make it clear that the standard of cheaper options like Baker bounce and Great burger are not that far off. Very good

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