A burger with black buns, black cheese and yes, black sauce. While the black buns and cheese are made using bamboo charcoal, the patties are sprinkled with black pepper and the sauce is made with garlic, onion and squid ink. The 'Kuro' (meaning 'black') burgers are on sale in Japan and come in two varieties: Diamond and Pearl.
Some call it 'horrifying' and some can't wait to try it, but we're really hoping this is just the beginning of Japan's obsession with coloured food.
India's Tryst with the Black Burger
In India, the black burger made its debut in Delhi at Barcelos which is a South African based chain. This gothic-looking peri peri burger is served with a choice of four sauces: Supa Peri, Veri Peri, Mild Peri and Tangy Lemon. Their vegetarian burger is priced at Rs.155 while the chicken variant costs around Rs.195. A Barcelos spokesperson said that they don't use any ink or artificial colouring but instead have relied on herbs and organic ingredients for its dark colour.
Left: Barcelo's black burger. Right: Monkey Bar's 'MoBar Burger'
Monkey Bar, Mumbai also has its own version of the black burger that's been named the 'MoBar Burger'. Two single buffalo meat patties are covered with American cheese, smokey bacon, onions and tomatoes. The vegetarian option is called 'Veggie' and is a lentil and bean burger with amaranth leaves, walnuts; portobello mushroom, chutney mayo and jalapeno cheese fondue. The black buns are coloured with a powder made from eggplant that is de-hydrated for 24 hours and no artificial colouring is added to the burger bun whatsoever.