The Corner is a tiny little nook of a place that has been running since 2011 and (although this may be contested by some) serves the best burger in town. A “New York-style bar,” The Corner is keen to put the gourmet into burger making, as every patty is handmade and every bun spread with a unique secret sauce.
The trademark Corner Burger (¥1,330; all prices exclude tax) is a real gut-buster, with egg, bacon and homemade smoked cheese; the avocado cheeseburger (¥1,130) is a much lighter option. Both can be washed down with a decent selection of Japanese craft beers, or a wide range of international bottled beers.
Every day besides Sunday has a 5:30-7:30 p.m. happy hour, during which a Guinness is just ¥500 and Hoegaarden is ¥600. Also, if you order a burger you can get a soft drink or a glass of wine for an additional ¥200. Between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. there are two lunch sets to choose from (¥1,000) — burger or taco rice — which come with a salad and a drink, and can be sprinkled with toppings and additions at a little extra cost.
If you are simply looking for fast food, then The Corner may not be the best option; but if you are willing to wait and pay that little bit extra, you can indulge in one of the best burgers Nagoya has to offer.
2-18-7 Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya; 052-565-8008; www.saloon-thecorner.com; open Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. and holidays 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (closed Tues.); ¥200 table charge after 11 p.m.; nearest station Kokusai Center; smoking OK; English menu; some English spoken.