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We brought our daughter here for a little play session the other weekend; it’s good for kids and they have zones for toddlers as well as older kids. The indoor play area is quite nice, and if there’s not many kids, it’s even better. You can contact them for rates, but they have 3 hour and full day rates (cost varies depending on height of your child – adults are set price). Anyway, I saw a burger on the menu so I thought I would give it a try. So, let’s get to the beef…. here’s a hint: if you can picture the best burger in Bangkok… this would be the complete opposite.
Homemade Hamburger: THB 160.-
Beef patty, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and mayo on a lightly toasted bun – served with fries and shredded cabbage & carrots
I know it’s not really a burger place, but it is a bit comical – on the menu they say “homemade” burger… which means that someone actually went though some effort to actually create this!
Worst. Burger. Ever.
It doesn’t even look like beef?! My next burger run is going to be somewhere good… I need to make up to my stomach for this one.
Also, a little side comment – do any other people here like cucumbers on burgers? Pickles I get, but cucumbers have always seemed a bit out of place on burgers… or is it just me?
Parking: Possibly paid parking at the hotel next door (or access via BTS Chong Nongsi)
This burger joint has been open for about 1.5 years, but I haven’t really heard much about it. That said, a quick google search comes up with some pretty good reviews. It is relatively near my office (Rama 4) so I figured I’d pop on down for a quick lunch. I should note, for you veggie lovers, they have some mushroom burger options as well as pork if you are non-beef eaters.
Beef Burger (THB 219.-)
Apx 120g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, pickle and special sauce on a toasted bun.
Cooking style: Griddle – Smash and Sear! choose your own doneness. *I went with medium. (was slightly over, but it’s fine)
Unlike my last post where I liked the bun and was let down by the beef – this experience was almost opposite. On their menu, Burger & Shake notes they use Australian beef – I asked the guy behind the counter (possibly one of the owners??) Where the beef was from, he said it was Australian beef, but the cattle are raised here in Thailand. It’s cool. I like that they are thinking local, while also thinking about serving better quality beef.
For me, it comes across. Tastewise, I liked this patty, light on the seasoning and clear beef taste. The grind consistency was good as well. It comes across as lean, not dripping with fat, and burger juices weren’t oozing out – but it was moist and not watery tasking like the burger I had here. They smash and sear their burgers here – so there was a some crust, bu t it wasn’t super noticeable in terms of adding taste.
The only thing I did not like about this burger was the bun. Really didn’t like it. Standing alone it probably would have been ok, but for this burger, not so much. I wish I could describe what I didn’t like about it, because just saying it was too soft and fluffy doesn’t really do a good job… I’ve had burgers with soft and fluffy buns before and they were good. So, it’s about the real texture and I guess you’re just going to have to take this comment for what it is.
Side note, I had ordered the set that came with cheese fries… what a mess. It tasted ok, but there was more “special sauce” (something like 1000 island) than cheese. I don’t know why, but I was expecting some cheese whiz drenched French Fry goodness. Also, there were lots of caramelized onions buried under the cheese and sauce – I liked the onions, but if you are an onion hater… consider yourself warned. (Note: just got a message from the owner, apologizing and noting that I was served a different type of “new cheese fries” – not their old version which was out. So that explains that. So what you see and read above is not a description of their cheese fries.)
Anyways, if you’re in the area and are craving a burger, give it a try and let us know what you think on our BBB Facebook page. Or let us know what your favorite burger places in town are.
This is less of a review and more of a “bragging” post!
I finally ate at Five Guys! I know it’s a fast food burger, but who cares… I finally ate at Five Guys! I happened to be wandering around looking for the tube in London and low and behold a Five Guys was staring me right in the face! I dropped everything and instantly dragged my wife and baby (and stroller) into the shop! It was burger time.
I love burgers, and from time to time I crave fast food burgers. Usually I am Whopper guy, I’ve always been partial to the flame grilled aspect of it… I have a faint memory of eating 2 whoppers when I was high school right before football practice… which didn’t end well.
Anyways, move over Whopper, because I quite liked the hamburger at Five Guys, and guess what… they really let you “have it your way”. You can mix and match with a whole range of “free toppings”! My only complaint was that the patty was a bit dry, but I am willing to totally let that slide (at least this once)…because I was really looking forward to eating it!
Pick your burger:
I went with the “little hamburger” – which comes with 1 patty, the “normal” one will come with 2.
Have any of you guys tried Five Guys? Thoughts? Share with us on this or what your best burger in Bangkok is on the BBB Facebook page!
Traditional Burger (THB 220.-) [normal option is 200g, lunch set option 150g]
150/200g beef, choice of Sharp Cheddar/Blue Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onions on a toasted bun and a side of spicy sauce. Also comes with your choice of French fries, curly fries or side salad.
Overall I thought this burger was good – but a tad on the salty side . The bacon, blue cheese and buttered bun just put it just on the edge for me. I tried the beef alone and also felt the salt could be reduced a bit. This is a somewhat subjective comment as I know some would probably like more salt! Moving on… the beef patty was loosely packed, but held together. I liked this. I was told that the beef was Thai, but that’s all the staff know. They don’t know what kind or where it comes from.
The fat percentage seemed to be in the 20-25%+ realm, ensuring the patty was moist, but somehow came across as a bit greasy. I ordered the burger in the lunch set, which is a reduced 150g patty as compared to the normal one that is 200g. The price is the same, but the difference is that the lunch set comes with a soft drink. Service was mixed bag. I wasn’t greeted when I arrived and as I sat at the table, the first server just walked over and stood there looking at me. I thought this was a bit of “just going through the motions”. And while no one once checked up on me or asked how my food was when I was eating it, after I asked for my check and paid the manager (I assume) walked over and asked me how everything was, which I felt was nice.
So, will I be back? Why not! The food is fresh, the price reasonable and they have multiple locations now across Bangkok (Emquartier, Thonglor 13, Narwithiwas and Suanplu). I might be able to look past the saltiness if I throw in a couple of cold pints into the mix! One thing I am a little confused about is this… the “Hot Dog Chicago Style” – I think it would be more accurate to say “Hot Dog NOT Chicago Style” — pork hot dog, no poppy seed bun, no relish, no peppers, no celery salt… and probably the biggest taboo ever… KETCHUP. Oh well…. they’ve still got steak and burgers.
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