Masterpiece on a Bun

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Yesterday, I went to lunch with Pam Denney at the Presentation Room, the student-run restaurant at L'Ecole Culinaire.

Pam's working on a review for the November issue of Memphis magazine, so I won't spoil it by going into too many details except to sing the praises of this glorious veggie burger.

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This one's a stunner from presentation — check out the cute garnish with the house-made pickle — to last bite.

The flavor is incredibly complex, and I thought that some sort of seed was in the patty. Looking at the description on the menu — "Brown Rice, Mushrooms and caramelized Onions, bound together with Cracked Wheat, and served with a Spicy Mayo" — I suspect it was the cracked wheat I was detecting. Topped with cheese and served on a hearty bun, this burger needs no condiments.

A couple notes about the Presentation Room: They're open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays and Thursdays (reservations: 754-7115), and the menu changes every 10 weeks. If that means you miss the burger, no worries: The creativity and level of skill reflected in this one dish promises more great things coming out of that kitchen.

The Presentation Room at L'Ecole Culinaire, 1245 N. Germantown Pkwy.

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