Like a charming worldly stranger, The Navigator's mystique and depth automatically attracted the attention of my heart. It was a vision of handsomeness of which the likes I have never before seen.
Because, let's be honest here. If a girl like me had a choice between candy and flowers or a burger with all those gloriously mind-blowing ingredients... Burger all the way, baby!
As the Navigator made it's way to my table with Chef Adam Loo, I was fully prepared to grab him in a tight, completely Burger Love driven hug! The smell of this burger was so beyond compare that it sent me into a world of beefy beauty and it's appearance was a true vision of loveliness. I just knew The Navigator couldn't wait to be eaten! ...Well, I knew that I couldn't wait one more second to eat it.
The diadem on this treasure of a burger was the prosciutto and date cheese bite wrapped in the flakiest pastry I've ever had. Layer after layer of buttery indulgence turned into a savory heart so smooth, cheesy and toothsome that I savored the precious moment in time that the bite and I spent together. Yup, that's passion invoking food, right there.
The Island Beef that's featured on The Navigator was impressively smooth and the true nature of it's flavor was used to the advantage of every flavor surrounding it. You could tell that the beef which has become the pride of our Island was the integral part of this burger, every flavor branching from it and coming together with it to bring out the crisp and clean notes of pure Island Beef.
Earthy and exceptionally fresh tasting, the Sprout and Radish with Basil, Lemon Slaw offered a pleasant crunch that came along with yet another depth of flavor that created the refreshing aspect of this burger, making it lift your spirit like a fresh ocean breeze. When matched with the light and savory Crispy Shallots and Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Aioli, there's a fantastic balance that creates an excellent signature flavor that only The Navigator could sport. Add in the sweet smokiness of the Cherry Tomato and Bacon Jam and you've got the dictionary definition of delightful.
Carefully stacked between a Sundried Tomato and Summer Savory Bun that is fragrant and sumptuous. This bun not just adds to the burger but actually becomes it in a very eloquent way, fusing it's flavors with those that make this burger truly amazing. And if you feel like baking an extra batch of those buns, Chef Adam, you can bring them to my place! They're unbelievable!
My side salad, the signature Merchantman Salad was Spinach, Arugula and Carrots, tossed in a black currant and blueberry vinaigrette and completed with date goat's cheese and candied pecans. And while I realize all that put together in already calling your name, let me just say that it's just as tasty as it sounds! Refreshing with a savory edge, it's a unique salad that will make you love it from the very first bite.
All in all The Navigator is my lighthouse, my harbor of tastiness, my guide on the path of yum. You too should go forth and make it yours as well, this phenomenal creation become your compass on this Burger Love journey!