Burger King Black Diamond Burger!

OK so I'm about a week late on this, but I wouldn't be doing my readers justice without a food review of the latest unusual offering from Burger King Japan, the Black Diamond (KUROヂアモンド) burger! I never eat at fast food franchise restaurants, so of course it took something as special as this to inspire me to order lunch at Burger King for the first time in over 20 years! So now I'm here to tell you about it!

As many folks already know, the bun and the cheese get their unique black color from being cured in a smoker fueled by bamboo smoke. Then there's the dark black sauce made from soy sauce, caramelized onions and squid ink! I had my doubts as to whether this would actually be good, because not only do I prefer to stay away from fast food like this, but I also assumed this would pretty much taste like a regular burger that's different only in appearance. Well, I was pleasantly surprised! The burger had a very mellow, distinctive smoky flavor that really accented the overall flavor. Whats more is that the taste of the squid ink was represented as well, bringing to mind the flavor of squid ink japanese pasta sauce; slightly salty and subtly sweet. I am surprised to be saying this, but it was delicious!

I think what surprised me all the more is that Burger King is pretty much a regular hamburger restaurant! The burgers are broiled when they're ordered and do not sit around under a heat lamp. I could see the staff preparing my lunch before me and I didn't expect that. Before today I hadn't eaten at Burger King in over 20 years so I'm no expert, but is this how BK operates in the U.S. as well? I always thought the sandwiches were made well in advance and kept warm. The food was made to order, which makes it slightly-less-than-fast food, but also made for a much better overall experience.

I guess my fast food franchise abstinence is now over, and I have no regrets. I definitely recommend this burger! Good stuff!

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