Whopper of a Tale – Burger King in Haggatt Hall, Galloping Gourmet? Horse-feathers!
Okay, lets get the supposedly horrific stuff out of the way – it seems Burger King (BK) in England – not Barbados – has served burgers which have 29% horse meat, millions of patties have been pulled. Not just the fast food chain, but Tesco, which uses the same processing company as BK.
On my side, what’s the big deal? Meat is meat… Being straight up? If I am trapped on an asteroid far, far away and your corpse is the only thing around? Pass the BBQ sauce, babies! Daddy’s gonna have me a hand-burger! Finger lickin’ … oh wait a minute, that’s another fellow!
So, there we have it – I was in Haggatt Hall earlier this week, when Elections were whispered via BGIS and I finally decided to see what the fuss is about, initially on Facebook a dude showed a Menu where the prices appeared steep, but he did not add these were for a Meal which includes a drink & chips, as opposed to a burger or sandwich by itself!
So I ordered the Whopper Meal which is chips & Coke with the burger for $20 – this is the same what you pay for a Large Coke, regular fries and an All Beef roti at Chefette. The cashier was Bajan and PLEASANT? (Subway, where I had a nightmare time, the staff were initially from other islands; to train the Bajans) The place was clean, and staff treated each other so politely – I wondered if I warped into another dimension? No yelling or grunting, employees spoke to each other clearly and with good diction; no mumbling or threats…
The burger was adequate in terms of stopping hunger pangs, the onions were fresh and they had Mustard, which for me, is crucial to a good burger. The fries looked like KFC’s but had Chefette’s soft yet crisp texture, and they tasted like they were done with a bacon-like essence.
The meal was alright, but if you really want to get a proper Burger where you can even get Blue Cheese, and there’s an olive as well as a pickle? Their chips are potatoes cut inside their jacket… Then you must head for Worthing and look for the Chopping Board Kitchen, where you have a truly royal meal for $32 and you feel like that cartoon character Muttley after he ate one of those special biscuits he adores so much.
Even so, for a quick meal, the prices by Haggatt Hall are fair, plus I did not feel to go and compete in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup afterwards. I even spoke to patrons – one banking lady said she had lunch there every day since it opened! When she studied in the USA, it was BK which kept her alive and she was glad for its cousin here in Barbados; a family of Bajans from Canada indicated the cost works out the same and they find the food as equal quality to what they had back home…
If I am in the neighbourhood and peckish, I might do it again but it is not what I go out of my way for, I do believe the true test is to go back in a month or 3 and see if the place remains clean and are the staff still civil to each other? Moreover, will I have any urges to get a sea-bath by Pebbles Beach on Aquatic Gap early in the morning?