BurgerBusiness declared black buns one of the worst trends of 2012, citing offenders in China, Japan and France. Thailand also has two specimens that I’m aware of (and I'm hardly an on-the-ground Thailand expert so it’s possible there are more): gastropub, The Smith, and Casper Burger, a fast food joint that used to be in Bangkok's goth mall and is now at Plearnwan, a made-to-look old-timey tourist attraction in Hua Hin.
It’s as if Casper knew spooky squid ink was already passé. For Christmas, the restaurant has concocted red and green buns made from spinach and beets (I refuse to type or say beetroot). I’m also fairly certain that the patties aren’t beef, but battered pork cutlets. Who needs tradition?