Smokin’ Pug

24 Feb

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Smokin' Pug Bangkok88 Surawong Road (Next to Tawana Hotel), Tel: 061-385-0855, Website: FB Page

This cute little joint just opened a little over a week ago and is in the midst of their soft opening. It’s owned by two Americans, who from what I understand owned and operated a restaurant of a similar name in China called “The Lazy Pug.” Anyway, with a name like Smokin’ Pug American BBQ & Blues Bar, I knew they just had to have a burger… and on that note, that I had to check it out. It’s not a huge place, but seems to have ample seating.

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The ground floor consists of a bar with seating and then a few other small tables along the wall, there is also mezzanine seating and then a small dining room on another level up. Although the menu now is quite small (it will expand at some point next month) – there are quite a few things on it that I want to eat – notably their wings and ribs …. oh, and crunchy Mac & Cheese… and fried okra. Alas, this is a burger blog … so as the burger trooper that I am, I went and inhaled one … it was my duty.

BBQ Burger: THB 380.- (Apx. US $12.67) (although, there is currently a 25% discount throughout their soft opening)

“7oz (Thai-French) patty – seasoned and mixed with spicy Kansas City BBQ sauce topped with smoked Wisconsin Cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeños, tomato and lettuce served on a fresh bun”

Smokin Pug BBQ Burger BangkokI have to admit, I was really excited to check this place out. The name is fun and the idea of a new American BBQ joint in town had me salivating – so it’s safe to say, I had pretty high expectations. Unfortunately, my burger didn’t quite live up to what I had imagined I was going to eat. I know I’m the only one to blame for that; I have a pretty wild imagination at times. Now, to be fair to Smokin’ Pug, the burger wasn’t bad, but it didn’t blow my mind. For those that follow this blog, you know that I’m just typically not a huge fan of burgers that incorporate too much into the patty – and while the onions and BBQ sauce and whatever else was put into these gave it an ok flavor (slightly sweet even), the result for me was that the consistency and texture of the overall patty was a bit soft/off.  Pair that with a slightly dense bun and things are going to get messy. Now the cheese that was put on my burger was shredded — which I actually liked — but I don’t think it was the “house-smoked” Wisconsin cheddar I had been expecting. That’s not a huge issue, but its fault for me was that it was still quite cold when I took my first bite. I was not a fan.

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Ok, now I don’t want to be that guy who complains about everything … in fact, I want to tell everyone to go check out this place despite my cursory review of their burger — it might just be the kind of burger you like. Aside from that, they are smoking some of their meats in-house, and when you call yourself an American BBQ joint – it’s all about these meats … it’s do or die … and I imagine they “do” just fine … so next time I walk through their door, I’ll be chowing on some ribs and pulled pork. Oh, and I should give credit to the staff/manager who was working when I went in. She was very friendly and attentive — good service. Anyway, if anyone has already tried some of these things or has a suggestion for finding some of the best burgers in Bangkok, please share with us here or on the BBB Facebook page.





Sneak Peek: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

24 Jan

Teddy's Bigger Burger Original Burger Cut

Teddy's Bigger Burger Bangkok logoPop-up shop: Siam Paragon – Ground Floor (Until Jan 29th, 2015)

Ok, so at some point last year Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (a burger chain from Hawaii) announced that they would be opening 3 branches in Thailand this year. Well, from what I understand, none of these branches have opened yet, but it appears we are being treated to a burger preview of sorts. A friend of mine sent me a notice last week that Teddy’s has a pop-up stall in Siam Paragon – “G” floor for some sort of food event they are running at the moment, and I posted a note of this on the BBB Facebook page.

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Against my better judgement I wandered over there recently to check them out. I’ve already had 3 burger posts this year (and I snuck in a Whopper at some point as well) – so the truth is, I should really be cutting back on burgers. Oh well.

Teddy’s Original Burger: THB 225.- (Apx. US $7.50)

“140g patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and special sauce on a toasted bun”

Teddy's Bigger Burger Original BurgerI’ll keep this simple because these guys technically haven’t opened yet, but here’s the gist of things. The beef was good. From what I could tell, they were using pre-formed patties (not sure where from) … but decent size – 140g. About 5 packs of them were just sitting out around their station. I sort of felt that they should be refrigerated, but perhaps they had just taken them out before I got there. Anyway, the patties were 100% beef, and only (lightly) seasoned after having cooked on the grill. This is good … no need to mess to much with the beef! My burger came about well-done, so it wasn’t juicy, but was still moist. I think a med/med-well would have been better (at least for me) – I would have liked to have a little bit of burger juice flowing. All toppings were ok, but I did feel they were a bit heavy on the special sauce, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. I’m still trying to decide if I liked the bun. It reminded me of a soft flour roll you’d get at some steakhouse in middle America. It was something new (different from what many of the other type of buns of offer in Bangkok), and I can appreciate that. I’m sure by tonight I will have decided that I liked it … a lot.

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Anyways, I say burger fans should check this place out (remember, only around until Jan 29th). It’s a legit burger  … not sure if it’s the best in Bangkok for me, but I’m always happy to see more good ones pop up (although surely Bangkok is coming close to their burger tipping point, you think?).

If you’ve tried this place, share your photos or thoughts with us on the BBB Facebook page. Until next time, Burger On…


Octave Lounge & Bar

20 Jan

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Octave Bangkok Logo2 Sukhumvit Road Soi 57 (Marriott Hotel), Tel.  02-797-0140, Website: here

The other day my wife and I went to Octave (rooftop bar in the Marriott on Suk. 57) to watch the sunset and for a couple of drinks. While we were they, we spotted little burgers on the menu and thought we’d give them a go. Regarding the venue, after living in Bangkok (and even the neighborhood for a long time) I only recently discovered this place. It’s not light on the wallet, but it does have some charm.

Octave Bangkok Sunset

Prices aside, it offers some great views of Bangkok — and worth a visit. We went about an hour or so before sundown and were able to grab a nice seat. Now on to the beef of things …

Wagyu Mini Burgers – THB $410.-++ (Apx. U.S. $13.67)

“Beef patty, caramelized onions, arugula and a dollop of mayo on  a mini sesame seed bun”

Octave Mini Wagyu Burgers 1Ok, I’m going to forget for a minute that I paid so much for what was basically 6 bites of burger (which could have possibly been done in 3 – but I was in a semi-posh place, so I kept my piggish tendencies under control), and just break it down for you.

Overall, I thought that these little burgers were pretty good. The beef was nicely seasoned and had what I felt was good texture to them. They weren’t soft or mushy like some wagyu burgers tend to be because of the fat content, but that could be because they were cooked to about med-well. Which isn’t hard to do with these little guys. I would have preferred them to be a bit juicer … especially since they were using “Wagyu” as they say.  To be honest, I’m not really sure why they are using Wagyu beef for these … I’m guessing it’s just to sound fancy.

Anyway, patty was good … so I’ll leave it at that As for the buns, lettuce, mayo and onions … the onions are what stuck out the most to me. They added a nice little sweetness to the little burgers – which was nice.

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These don’t come with sides, nor would they fill up anyone with any sort of appetite. But, for what it’s worth, they were pretty tasty … and while not worth the price (in my opinion), at least they didn’t suck.

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