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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?
150g Black Angus beef patty, thick tangy brown sauce, 36-month old Jamon Iberic0, American cheddar served on a brioche bun and choice of hand-cut potatoes or salad
I work in the area, so as soon as their signage popped up, I was quite excited for it to open… with a name like MeatChop I was convinced they would have a burger on the menu and my expectations were raised. That and knowing it was run by the same team doing bitterman (another neighborhood restaurant with pretty good food) – I was looking forward to checking it out.
From what I could see, there was only 1 burger on the menu… it was this one. And by the name of it, it sounds like the burger option changes on a monthly basis.
Anyway, I ordered my burger medium and it came rare… really, really rare. Mine was the only burger/meat on the grill…. All grilling credibility went out the door… well, not really, but seriously, seems like this shouldn’t happen in a meat-centric place like this. But to be fair, maybe we just chalk it up to just opening kinks. Note: I did send it back – it was returned slightly more cooked, but that re-grilling process probably didn’t add to my overall experience – mainly because as the burger was cut, I’m sure some of the flavor came out… and the sauce that had been added earlier, was no longer that noticeable.
So all things considered, I didn’t find anything particularly special about this burger. The meat quality seemed up there, but the patty was overall quite soft. Part of this is probably due to it being undercooked. I prefer a more hearty texture where you not only taste the beef, you can feel it! The bun was a bit dry and bland – some butter or fat before bring grilled could have helped amp it up… also, I like Jamon Iberico – I really do, brings me back to when I lived in Spain, but I don’t think it added anything to this burger at all. Maybe if it was fried – the crispiness could add a bit of texture to it, and it would be easier to bite through, instead of these large slices that pretty much end up in your mouth whole… point is, as it is just felt like it was an afterthought, tossed on top because it looked good.
At the end of the day, I will not go back for another burger (sorry MeatChop)… I think a better bet would be some of their steaks or even their pasta dishes (which got high praises from the two I ate with). *btw, the vinaigrette on my small salad was awesome – fruity, sweet and tangy.
Has anyone else tried this place yet? If so, let us know what you think on our BBB Facebook page. Or if you’ve found any other burger places that you think serve the best burgers in Bangkok, do share.
see FB page here for locations.
Tel. 083 443 9888
Have you ever met a girl (or guy) that checked all of your must have boxes – looks, substance, qualities, etc… but in the end, no matter how much you knew you should love her (him)… or maybe not love, but at least more than “like” her … you just didn’t feel it. That’s how I felt about this burger. It was one of those “It’s not you, it’s me” moments. I liked it, but didn’t “like, liked” it. But just because I didn’t fall in love, doesn’t mean you won’t. So here it is…
Jamie’s Burger (THB 299.-)
100g patty (Thai-Aussie beef), bacon, (processed) cheddar cheese, jalapeños, caramelized onions and homemade tomato mayo
Sorry, no top shot of the burger this time… between the cheese and the tomato mayo/onion mix, I wasn’t in the mood to make a mess. That said, the cooked fine and seasoned ok. Ground pepper stood out, but wasn’t overpowering. Beef quality seemed good. No issue with grind size, texture or gristle. The thing that stood out the most was the bacon….it was very crispy… and I know that there are a few of you “god-dammit, why can’t anyone make the bacon crispy” guys out there… and if you are one of them, this might be for you. Burgers are available in beef or pork, and with the option I picked, you get your choice of fries or side salad. I went with the salad… but it wasn’t anything special. Just lettuce and lots and lots of dressing. A tomato wedge and a couple pieces of onion would go a long way here… just saying.
Anyways, this place along with Arno’s, seem to making big expansion moves… Jamie’s has about 4 spots now I think. I’m sure some of you have tried it, so please let us know what you think on the BBB Facebook page. Or let us know what you think is the Best Burger in Bangkok.
Sukhumvit 49 (20 meters to the right from Villa 49), Open: 8.30-7.00pm daily.
I’ve been passing this shop for some time, but I’ve been hesitant to try a place called “Yummy”…. I don’t know why, but for some reason I didn’t believe they could live up to their name. That said, they have some burgers (both beef and pork) – so I knew I would pop in sooner or later. It’s been on my mind for the past month, and I finally got around to it. They also have pancakes, tacos, taco salad, chicken fingers, club sandwich and hotdogs, etc… really a kids’ dream restaurant. And in the end, this all makes sense as it turns out this place is affiliated with the nearby American School of Bangkok – which I’m sure the kids love.
Yummy Cheeseburger: THB 80.-
90g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and american cheese on a buttered/toasted bun.
With a name like “Yummy Burger” I was expecting it to be a huge fail, but it turns out that I pleasantly surprised (and again, knowing it is connected to ASB – maybe the name “yummy burger isn’t so bad considering their clientele. I’m almost embarrassed to say so, but I liked this burger. It was everything a burger is supposed to be: simple, tasty and affordable. I would liken it to a cleaner version of a truckstop burger in the US. It was just the right amount of greasy. They are using Thai/French beef, but I think they must be making their own patties as the fat content seems higher than what you would get from the meat counter in Villa. Doesn’t seem to have any fillers and they are light on the seasoning. Buns come from Villa, but buttered and toasted… no problems here.Veggies were clean and fresh.
And since I was there… I also had a “cheeseburger taco” – I liked this as much as the burger – maybe even more as they use real cheddar instead of the slice of American… and the burger patty is the same.
At the end of the day, it’s missing that “something special” to make it the “best” burger in Bangkok… but for what it is, it’s worth trying, and since it’s in my “hood” – I imagine I’ll be stopping by from time to time.
Anyways, if you’re in the area, 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.
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.
Popped in for a quick lunch. Saw they had beef, pork and salmon burger options. I went with the beef.
Quarterpounder Burger (THB280.- /apx US $8.23.-)
113g. beef (aus) patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion and special sauce served on a toasted bun
Here’s what I liked… The Bun. The Patty… not so much.
Here’s a little burger advice… when you are considering serving a hamburger at your restaurant, ask yourself: Can I cook it fresh there? If yes, go for it. If no, forget about it.
To be clear, I’m speaking about the Silom Complex location – not sure what they are doing at Central Embassy, but since the staff told me that they cook them there and “warm” them here, I’m assuming they have a full kitchen.
I do not want a “warmed” pre-cooked patty from a sit-down cafe/restaurant. Aside from my preference, not sure why they would do it… they are compromising their food and reputation just to put a burger on the menu. Maybe most people don’t care.
So here’s the sad part, apart from being dry and a bit dense, the beef actually had some potential. It tasted like meat! In fact, it had a slightly gamier/earthier taste to it – which was nice. If it was fresh, I’m sure I would have a better opinion of it… as I don’t think it would be dry or as hard. But, oh well, we are not living in a burger world of “What ifs and if onlys”… so with that said. BIG FAIL. NOT COOL. So.. umm, yeah, not the best burger in Bangkok. And I don’t imagine I’ll go back for another… but I would consider popping in to try their Bacon Ice-cream, or perhaps one of their waffles. They looked ok.
What do you guys think? When is pre-cooking burgers acceptable? Is it ever? Let us know your thoughts on this or what your best burger in Bangkok is on the BBB Facebook page!
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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