Rama 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.
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”
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.
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.
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!