Here in Hawaii, a hamburger steak plate is about as basic a dish as you can get. Usually 2 hamburger patties, 2 scoops of white rice, macaroni salad and brown gravy. When done right it is comfort food 101 and any local drive in or restaurant worth anything should be able to execute this fairly well.
The last few times I've ordered it over the last year have been disappointing to say the least. Tanaka Saimin and the the Asahi Grill are examples of how far down it has gone.
The first red flag at both places was the dish coming out of the kitchen in a matter of minutes. Now a raw hamburger patty on a hot grill will take what, 4-5 minutes per side for that nice crust while still juicy inside? The second red flag was no aroma of hot food from the plate. What was served were precooked, barely warmed over patties with lukewarm gravy, the white rice hotter than the main dish itself.
Totally unacceptable and the sign of a lazy kitchen, I can cook a better dish than that. So if anyone has a recommendation for a great hamburger steak plate, I'm all ears. Thanks.
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