This afternoon, after over 2½ years since my failed attempt to visit, I finally sampled the finest burger in Kansai, if not all of Japan!
We arrived at Nishinomiya way before closing this time – I would not miss out again! It’s a short walk from the station to Awajishima Burger, and the route was still in my head from our last visit, when the Esso station came into sight, I knew we were there!
And it was OPEN
Quite simply, Awajishima Burger is a shack behind a petrol station with seating for 5 people(6 if you count a stack of crates next to the counter), but oh my is the food incredible. Heading in, we ordered – I opted for the Large Burger(650 Yen) and Emma the Standard(500 Yen). All burgers come with lettuce, tomato, Awaji onions, mayo and a secret sauce – tasted like a super sweet tonkatsu sauce. Various extras are available for 100 Yen each including bacon, egg, cheese and onion rings and sides available include the incredible onion rings(can’t recommend these enough) and fries – both are 150 Yen.
The burger was AMAZING, literally the the nicest I’ve had in any country let alone Japan, everything tasted fresh, and of a high quality. Washed down with a bottle of Longboard Island Lager, it was a brilliant meal and well worth the wait.
If you’re in Kansai, and enjoy a good burger, then you owe it to yourself to check this place out! It’s a hard one to top, but I fully intend to continue my quest to sample amazing burgers
Awajishima Burger (淡路島バーガー)
Ikeda-cho 4-1, Nishinomiya, Hyogo
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (closed Wednesdays)