D’Orsay

8 Sep

D Orsay Beef Burger Cut 2

D' Orsay Bangkok LogoThe Portico – 3rd fl. (community mall), Langsuan Rd., Tel. 092 265 5942, Website: FB

I was recommended this place by a guy I know; he told me they had a burger on their menu and I thought I’d wander over and check it out. I should say straight away that this is not a burger joint, it’s a French restaurant that serves up some of the best mussels in Bangkok (so I’m told). I went over my lunch hour and they had a nice set menu (which is attached somewhere below). So, as I do, I ordered the beef burger lunch set (which is the same price as the a la carte burger – and the same burger for that matter). The set came with a choice of soup or salad, the burger and a choice of coffee or tea. The restaurant was pretty quite when I was there – one other couple sitting across the room – so I enjoyed a nice quite lunch. Now, let’s get into the beef of things …

Beef Burger – THB 450.- nett (Apx. US $14.50)

“120g beef patty, compotee d’oignons, gruyere/tomme/cheddar cheese blend, and sun-dried sherry tomatoes served on a gruyere brioche bun”

D Orsay Beef Burger 1I’m not really sure how to say it nicely, so I’m just going to say it … This burger came with everything except the satisfaction of having eaten it. A little harsh perhaps, but I’ll explain. This was not a question of quality or flavor necessarily; stand alone, all components of the burger were quite nice. However, for me, when put in burger form, it was lacking. Both the texture of the bun and the patty took away from that oh so good feeling of biting into a juicy burger for the first time. It was too soft … and I’m not talking about pillowy soft, it was more like delicate soft. No resistance when biting through. I’m not against brioche buns, but in this instance (and in another experience I had recently) I was let down by them. As for the patty, for a place that also specializes in meat, I was not asked how I would like mine cooked. Maybe they don’t do that there, and since I forgot to mention it, maybe they assumed that I did not care. Either way, I take responsibility for that.

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I thought the flavor was ok, but again, the texture was a bit too soft.  The compotee d’oignons (onions cooked in syrup) was sweet as expected, but it was nice in that it really woke up the mouth. Everything else was pretty much ok. The fries were cute, none that I had were longer than 1.5 inches … which I liked for some reason. Anyway, so would I go back for another burger, probably not. Regardless of the type of burger I eat, I still want to have the sense of gritty indulgence … maybe this burger was just too refined for me?! Anyway, I did see some steaks on the menu that looked interesting …

NOTE: Credit Cards only accepted for checks over THB 500.-

Set Menu/Burger Menu

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Burger Bro!

10 Aug

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Burger-Bro-Bangkok_LogoRama 9 Soi 49 (apx 200 meters down the soi), Tel. 082-793-8855, Website: here | Open: 10 am – 9.30 pm

First things first, big shout out to my friend “Don” who told me about this place – thank you.

Bangkok’s burger bubble hasn’t burst yet! In fact, it seems like more and more burger specific places keep opening up – including this new place … Burger Bro! – which opened about 2 months ago. The burger movement is incredible and amazing and deliciously inspiring. I love the fact that more and more people are embracing the burger as a real meal alternative (and see it not just as junk food). Anyway, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Yeah, yeah … get on with it and tell us about the burger, bro!”  I will, but let me say this first. There is something to be said about the soi that this burger place is tucked into. It seems to be home to a nice neighborhood-like restaurant row. As I started down the soi, I saw number of places, including what looked like a dessert bar (very busy), a Vietnamese place and a few other bar/restaurant types. So pretty cool actually, might need to check some of the other places out sometime.

Ok, let’s talk burger. The menu at Burger Bro! is pretty simple, and I think it works to their favor. They have a nice variety of meat selections/dishes – including beef, pork, chicken and lamb. I’ve attached a menu below; have a look for yourself.

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Now I normally don’t indulge so much when I go burger hunting, but this time I couldn’t help it … which means this will be a very special post – and one that, for my health’s sake, doesn’t happen that often. During this visit, I actually ate 2 burgers (now I should say, I have been running more lately, so I figured I deserved it). I tried their “Regular Cheese Bro (Beef) Burger” and the “Special Bro Love ‘Em Wagyu Burger.”

Regular Cheese Bro (Beef) Burger – THB 80.- (Apx. US $2.67)

“130g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle slice, cheese and ketchup served on a toasted sesame seed bun”

Special Bro Love ‘Em Wagyu Burger – THB 300.- (Apx. US $10.00)

“200g Wagyu beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle slice, bacon, cheese and ketchup served on a toasted sesame seed bun”

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Ok it has to be said, so let’s start with the Regular Burger. It was only 80 baht! And, to be honest, I haven’t come across a burger at this price for some time – and to top it off, for less  than 100 baht … it was pretty good. And good size too. If it didn’t fill me up, so what- I could just order another! Now let’s talk patties. Regular was 130g vs Wagyu at 200g. The regular one’s seasoning mix is a bit more complex and they are a little more heavy handed with pepper as well as have other bits like rosemary, etc. – all that said, overall seasoning was quite subtle. For the Waygu burger, it’s just salt and pepper – and to be honest, it was quite light as well and I didn’t really even notice the pepper. The big difference in taste here for me came from the fat/burger juice – it was much richer, as would be expected from Wagyu.

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Anyway, so what does this tell me … well, in what I’m assuming were two 100% beef burgers with minimal seasoning … it tells me that the owner wants me to taste the beef! And, if that’s the case, I want to tell the owner “Yes! Thank You.” A burger has to be about the beef. I felt that the grind and consistency of both patties were pretty good. Generally I’m not a fan of ordering burgers with “Wagyu” in their name or description. Mainly because I kind of feel that it is an unnecessary extravagance; and if they are using a really good cut of Wagyu – why would you want to grind it up and burn off all the fat! Anyway, the Wagyu burger was ok, not too soft. With regards to the buns and condiments, nothing special here. Buns are your standard grocery store variety – lightly toasted before serving. Lettuce, tomato and onion all fresh. There’s a pickle slice as well, but it’s very mild. The cheese (processed slice) and ketchup are also fine. Wagyu burger also comes with bits of bacon on it and a small side of wedges.

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So here’s the verdict. This place is definitely worth checking out. I wouldn’t say that it is the best burger in Bangkok, but I haven’t said that about any place really for the last 3-4 years, so it’s not technically a knock against them. The staff were friendly and efficient and the overall feel of the place is quite comfortable. It’s a good value for money (even drinks, etc.) and I would assume burger joint would be kid friendly as well. There is both indoor and outdoor seating.

Know of any other cool or interesting burger joints? Share them with us in the comment section below or on the BBB Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

 

El Osito

6 Aug

El Osito Hamburger Bangkok

El-Osito-Bangkok-Logo888/23-24 Mahatun Plaza (BTS: Ploenchit), Tel. 026514399, Website: www.elositobkk.com

Here’s a little Spanish lesson. By adding “ito/ita” to the end of a word it makes it the smaller version of the object in question or a term of endearment. For example, “el oso” means “bear” in Spanish … by adding “ito” to the end of it, it makes it “little bear”. Ito vs. ita all depends on the whether or not it is a masculine or feminine word (indicated by an “el” or “la” in front of the word. Now you know. Anyways, it was lunch and I was looking for a burgerito (note: not a real word) – and while I had been planning on going to some French place for a burger, for some reason El Osito popped into my head. I did a quick search on their site and saw that they served a burger during lunch hours (11.30-4.00) — perfect … I said “au revoir” to the French place and “hola” to the little bear.

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It should be said that this place is known for its deli sandwiches, rather than its burger. I was almost tempted to skip the burger altogether and go for a rueben or Cubano – but alas, I stuck to my guns and ordered a burger. Their plain hamburger to be exact. Now they do have a few different burger options, including a pastrami cheeseburger and a chicken burger for you non-beef eaters. Burgers come in either a set or a la cart … I went with a set, which let me choose a side salad, fries or chips as well as a drink. Now on to the beef of things …

Hamburger Set Meal- includes side & a soda: THB 230.- (Apx. US $7.67.-)

“Apx 150g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce served on a toasted sesame seed bun.”

El Osito Hamburger BangkokLet’s just get into it. First bite had me thinking this tastes something like a better version of the Big Mac. It’s the special sauce. I’m still not sure how much I actually liked the special sauce, but it was on the burger and there was no turning back. Just a word of warning, if you’re adverse to onions, you may want to order without the special sauce as there are diced onions mixed in. Now on the patty, overall I liked the simplicity of it. I ordered mine medium and when it was served I could already see some of the glorious burger juices dripping out … calling me to chow that mother down. Seems to have been an all-beef patty with just a tad of seasoning – salt was the only thing that really stood out to me – this was good for me; I want to taste the beef! Texture and consistency were good, but I did find 4 pretty big chucks of gristle and a piece of hard cartilage – the latter not so fun to bite in to. The bun, lettuce, tomato and onion, all nice. When I first cut the burger, I thought that bun looked a bit big compared to the patty, but it turned out ok. The side salad was simple and it wasn’t “soaked” in dressing (which I appreciated) – nothing really of note, but it did make me feel less guilty than if I had chosen the fries!

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Overall I actually enjoyed the burger, and if you’re in the area, it might be worth a try. As I hinted to earlier, burgers are only served over their lunch hours, so best to go in then unless you have a penchant for disappointment.

As always, thoughts or comments are welcome. I understand that my comment section had been blocked somehow recently, but it should be up and accessible again … or you can also pop over to our Facebook page to drop a comment or tell us your thoughts on where to find the “Best Burger in Bangkok”.

Keep on burgering …