Hemingway’s Bangkok

8 Dec

Hemingways Papa H Cheese Burger Cut

hemingways_logo1 Sukhumvit Soi 14,  Tel. 02 653 3900, Website: here

Now, I’m feeling a bit guilty as I write this … as you can see by the number of posts over the last month or so, I’ve been trying to cut back on burgers a bit. But instead of eating healthier, I just replaced the burgers with a whole bunch of other tasty foods that were not particularly good for me. Anyway, my plan is to just do a few sets of push-up in-between paragraphs – my goal is 220 – one for each gram of beef in the burger I just ate. Enough of that, let’s get to it. Hemingway’s is located in a cool colonial house just off of Sukhumvit 14 (right around from the Asok intersection). A restaurant called Los Cabos once called this building home, but that was some time ago now . That said, even back then, I liked the vibe there.

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There’s a lot of nice outdoor seating and trees … you’d almost forget that you are actually in downtown Bangkok here. There’s some parking for those that drive or it’s just down from the BTS – so very convenient. Anyway, now on to the beef of things …

Papa H. Cheese Burger – THB 300- (Apx. US$ 10.00)

“220g Australian all-beef burger, char-grilled, served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, & choice of cheese”

Hemingways Papa H Cheese BurgerI can tell you this much, when I saw this burger, I wanted to eat it. It looked big and juicy … and I was one hungry boy. I ordered it medium, but I’d say that it came a bit under done. Not a big deal – I suppose getting these burgers just right is one of the few “fat burger” challenges  - another one being, how do you get your mouth around them. Anyway, it wasn’t love at first bite, but it was a pretty good burger. The patty wasn’t too complex and wasn’t over seasoned … and from what I could tell, it was really all-beef! Quality of beef seemed good; no gristle or tough bits to mention. The bun & veg toppings were fine. It comes with pickles on top as well (not mentioned on the menu)… which if you don’t like you can just order without or take them off. I like pickles, but not typically on my burgers if they are too tart – these were not, so for me it was perfect. You all get your choice of cheese – which is nice … Cheddar, Swiss, Blue or Mozzarella. I took cheddar – it was a sharper one.

Now, I should mention just  two things stuck out to me: 1.) the texture was quite soft, overall — both the bun and patty. Now this is just a personal preference, but I like a little more resistance when biting down. Anyway, on the plus side, this made it much easier to fit into my month (so, this was not a fat burger problem). 2.) It was a bit on the greasy side for me. I won’t complain too much, as this is what sometimes makes burgers great … but I could have done with a bit less. Again, this could just be my guilt talking …

Hemingways Papa H Cheese Burger Cut

The burger also came with a side of curly fries and a little ramekin of coleslaw. Fries were fine, but I felt that the coleslaw was a bit boring … was dry and just tasted of cracked pepper. The crunch of the veggies was nice, but a little “zing” would have been appreciated. Overall, I enjoyed this burger experience, and I’m not really sure why it took me so long to go over and try it. I went during my lunch hour and had the outside sitting area virtually to myself. And, it being winter and all in Bangkok, I took full advantage of it and savored every second of semi-fresh air. If you’re in the area, worth checking out.

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Open from  11:30 am until late

Side Note: With very little “googling” I came across one of Hemingway’s (so they say) favorite burger recipes – see yellow photo above (right) … now it doesn’t look like the one above was inspired by it (other than the fact that they used beef and the part of the name) … but if you’re bored, give the recipe a go at home and share your photos with us on the BBB Facebook Page!

 

Knife & Fork

19 Sep

Knife and Fork Beef Burger Cut 1

Knife and Fork Logo29/21 Thonglor Soi 13, Tel. 02 712 7696, Website: FB

For my latest burger adventure, I wandered back into the Thonglor area. This restaurant is located on the 1st floor of some condo/apartment building down some sub-soi of Thonglor 13. If you follow the map, it’s quite easy to find and they have some free parking available. When I visited, it wasn’t busy at all. Seemed liked there was a table with the owner perhaps (??) and some of their friends … as well as 1 or 2 other walk-ins.

Knife and Fork Card Knife and Fork Entrance Knife and Fork Interior

The space was realtively small, but clean … it wasn’t packed, so dining was quite comfortable. Staff were friendly and attentive. They had a few burgers on the menu (Breakfast Burger, Wagyu Burger and Classic Cheeseburger) … I went with the 3rd option.

The Classic Cheeseburger – THB 390.- (Apx. US $13.00)

“150g Aus. Angus, tomato, lettuce, Jelapeno?, mushrooms, grilled onions and American cheese served on a sesame seed bun”

Knife and Fork Beef BurgerI’m just going to jump right into the beef of things. First impression, the beef was good the bun was not. At 150g, I felt that the burger was a decent size for this meal. The patty was lightly seasoned, so no issue here. I appreciate the fact that I could taste the beef and it wasn’t overpowered by spices; it seemed to be of good quality. Toppings were ok; in particular, I liked the combo of grilled onions and melted American cheese … somehow this combination reminded me of something I’d find on a truck stop burger somewhere in middle America. Now about the bun, it was just your standard, store-bought variety. I don’t really have any issue with that at the core; in fact, I tend to like burgers that skew more towards the side of simplicity rather than opulence. That said, the bun on the burger had one major flaw … it was soggy … at first bite. Gross. The soggy factor couldn’t even be attributed to burger juice; I suspect it was from wet lettuce. This was a small issue, but with major consequences. The fact that the bun wasn’t toasted or slathered in sauce probably also added to its soggability (yeah, I think I invented that word, but I mean its ability to get soggy). So, this burger had high soggability. Not a good thing.

Knife and Fork Beef Burger Cut 1 Knife and Fork Burger Fries Knife and Fork Burger Menu

I should point out that on menu grilled onions and mushrooms were not listed as toppings; so if you don’t like either of these things, now you know. Also, it says it should have Jelapeno?? I’m not really sure what that is. Jalapenos, perhaps?! But there were none of these either. The burger was served with a small order of “Cajun” fries … they were fine. Overall, I would rate this as an ok experience. Would I go back, probably not for a burger. They had chicken and waffles on the menu, and although I’ve never had this, I’ve been craving it lately … that and a lobster roll. I saw one on tv a few months ago and can’t stop thinking about it.

As always, burger on! If anyone comes across a great burger or what they think is the best burger in Bangkok, please let us all know. Share the name or photo of it on the BBB FB page!

 

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.

D Orsay Beef Burger Cut 1D Orsay Bangkok SaladD Orsay Tea

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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