Ten Tables

March 18th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

In the ultimate too much of a good thing can ruin a burger scenario, Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain fires on all cylinders. Unless of course you subscribe to the theory that the burger is flawed, seriously flawed regardless, it won’t make much of a difference. I secretly love places like this though, in that underground, hidden burger destination that no one is aware of, this is not the typical spot for a burger, kind of in that Craigie mold without it actually being any good. But that’s kind of a major difference. It would have been superb if it were actually superb, but don’t be fooled by the atmosphere, the intimacy, or the cheffy tricks they try to pull. This burger is done-in by a dreadful bun that is about five times the size of the patty itself, and far too many components that all get muddled together. Bacon aioli and A-10 Sauce sound great, and on their own they taste great, but when you pile them onto an already monstrous burger with caramelized onions, cheese and lettuce, it’s too much to handle. Literally.The beef tastes a little odd, not bad, just not the beef flavor I’m used to, but maybe that’s what Humanely Raised beef is supposed to taste like. To me, it tasted more porky than beefy, in that meatloaf kind of way. But it is nice and salty, formed loose, it is at least a well crafted and well cooked burger, but the flavor profiles just don’t work. A fried egg, which I can never resist, is cooked perfectly and brings the richness I need, but then again it’s one aggressive flavor after another. French Fries do not come with this burger, no sir, you get good old fashioned potato salad. It’s a perfectly acceptable potato salad, but it’s ordinary at that, and doesn’t seem to justify or match the over-the-top approach taken by the burger it accompanies.

The presentation, atmosphere and menu all sound great on paper, but when it comes time to deliver, Ten Tables falls short. The burger is just not burger-ish enough, the bun is far too big, and while the bacon aioli and A-10 sauce taste good on their own, it never comes together as a complete burger package. Chalk this up to another moderately priced restaurant trying too hard to achieve something that should be so simple.

Overall Score: 74

2 Responses

  1. Joe G says:

    It’s like my thoughts were placed into your brain. Like I was eating a half pound of sausage meat. I’d definitely go there again for dinner, but never for their burger. Too many other good choices to make. Plus the atmosphere is fantastic.

  2. Burger Sutra says:

    We had the TT Burger about a year ago and came to the same conclussion. There is just too much going on with this burger, it would be much better without the A-10 sauce, and pick either ailoi or carmalized onions. We have been back a few times for other menu items and the food is always good, but there is always something we eat that falls short. I heard it was better when it was actually 10 tables and only 1 location. However, the Monday burger deal is pretty good and if you know what the burger is you can customize it a little to your taste.

    P.S. Where’s the picture?