Jones the Grocer

2 Aug

Jones the Grocer Jones Burger Cut

Jones the Grocer LogoGround Floor – EmQuartier (next to gourmet market), Tel. 02 261 0382, Website: FB Page

A friend of mine told me that I should check this place out. So I did. It’s located on the ground floor of EmQuartier (just around the corner from the newly opened Dean & Deluca) — looks like a battle of the grocer/delis is about to go down! The space is quite airy – there’s high ceilings and plenty of natural light. They had 2 burgers on the menu: a breakfast burger – made of pork, and then the Jones Burger – made of beef.

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When we went in, there were a number of other tables – and the staff I encounter were all polite and professional, and I went straight for the burger.

Jones Burger – THB 495- ++

“Australian Wagyu patty, bacon, melted Swiss cheese, truffle mayonnaise, pickles, yellow mustard, caramelized onions on a sesame seed bun.”

Jones the Grocer Jones BurgerThere were 2 things that I loved about this burger. 1. They didn’t skimp on bacon! There was loads of it, and it was glorious. 2. The burger that I had had a pretty awesome “burger crust” on the patty. It had that slightly salty crunchy goodness that I wish more burgers had.

However, overall the burger was a tad on the salty side for me. This was not because of over-seasoning of the beef – which seemed to be lightly seasoned – it was a result of having so much bacon. This is a first world burger problem!! Anyway, I thought both the pickles and caramelized onions added a bit of sour and sweet to help balance out the savoriness of the bacon/patty. As for the truffle mayo and yellow mustard, I couldn’t really even taste it. I’m sure there was a drizzle of mayo, because I saw it — but no clue about the mustard. The bun was soft and fresh, no complaints here. The burger also came with a side of fries – your standard run of the mill frozen shoestring variety. At the end of the day, would I eat this burger again? Sure, but I wasn’t blown away by it. If you’re in the area and having a salt/bacon/burger craving … this should satisfy it! As for me, the journey of looking for the best burger in Bangkok continues.

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Black Box Cafe & Bar

29 Jul

Black Box Bangkok Burger Cut

Black Box Bangkok Logo888/8-9 Mahatun Plaza, Ploenchit Rd. (BTSPloenchit), Tel. 02.651.5188, Website: www.blackboxbkk.com

Over the years, Mahatun Plaza has transformed from a dingy, rundown area into a somewhat cool or at the very least interesting place to explore – filled with a lot of little restaurants and cafes. It’s worth a look around in you’re in the area. Anyway, I wanted to squeeze in one more review for this month, and I actually attempted to go to a little burger cart the other day called “Look At Me Burger” … or something like that, but when I went to where I saw it parked (Suk 23), it was gone. Another day. So that brings me to Black Box. To be honest, I can’t remember where I read about this place. I think it must have been on Facebook or Instagram. Anyway, I saw a post of one of their burgers and figured I’d have to check it out myself.

Black Box Bangkok Exterior 1 Black Box Bangkok Counter Black Box Bangkok Interior

The restaurant space itself is nice. It’s clean and airy, and there are a couple of tables outside if you prefer the heat. It’s counter service style, so when you arrive, you pop up to the counter and place your order. Easy as that, and that’s what I did.

BLACKBOX Beef Burger: THB 320.-

“150g Thai-French beef patty, American cheese, tomato, red onion, lettuce, aioli, brioche bun”

Black Box Bangkok Burger 1If I were to compare this burger to a beer, I’d say it was a Heineken. Not great. Not bad. It was ok. It was what it was. A burger. That said, there were two things that were a little off for me. 1. The patty was very bland. I could have used more salt or seasoning. I know this generally falls into the “subjective” category, but in this case, I think its fair to say it was lacking in this department; or at least it was a bit inconsistent. Also, the burger was quite bloody/juicy – it literally just poured out of the burger without me doing anything (see for yourself in the photo). I’m not against juicy burgers … but I want it to be the fatty juicy goodness. Anyway, point here is this made the bottom of the bun a bit soggy from the get-go. On the plus side, I felt that the quality of beef was good and I had no issue with the texture whatsoever. 2. The bun was a bit dry – I wouldn’t say stale, but overall I wasn’t a fan. Overall, the presentation was nice, and I liked that fact that it came with a small salad a had curly fries as an option. The veggies were all clean and fresh. I’m happy that I tried it, but I’m not sure I’d travel across town (again) for that burger.

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That said, they do have a pulled pork and pork belly sandwiches (they say burgers, but we all know they’re not technically burgers) on the menu … which might pull me back!

Opening hours:
CAFE service: 7.30 – 16.30 (Everyday)
BAR service: 17.30 – 22.00 (TUE-SAT)

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Mokuola Dexee Diner (EmQuartier)

14 Jul

Mokuola Hawaii Bangkok Cheese Burger

Mokuola Bangkok Menu LogoMokuola “Hawaii” Dexee Diner, EmQuartier- 6th Fl., Tel. 02-003-6202, Website: FB Page

I finally made my way over to EmQuartier and had a burger, and there seems to be quite a few places to choose from, like Scruffy Apron, Jones the Grocer, The Chop, etc. But somehow I ended up at Mokuola – which, from what I gather, is a Hawaiian themed western food restaurant/cafe from Japan. Now with 3 branches in Bangkok.

Mokuola Bangkok Exterior Mokuola Hawaii Bangkok Interior 2 Mokuola Hawaii Bangkok

Mokulola is located on the 6th floor of the Helix tower and is on the inside ring of the dining zone. Because of its position and design, there is a lot of open air and, for me, it was quite comfortable to sit and dine.  They had 3 hamburger options as well as 1 teriyaki chicken burger option. I went for the Cheese Burger.

Cheese Burger: THB 200.++ 

“Beef patty, lettuce, tomato, chees and special sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun”

Mokuola Hawaii Bangkok Cheese burgerI don’t want to waste anymore time on this burger than I already have. So to get to the point as nicely as possible … this was one of the worst burgers I’ve eaten in a very long time. In particular, I found the consistency and texture of the patty to be unforgivable. Aside from it being shaped like a burger and likely having beef mixed in somewhere, it fell short on all accounts. It wasn’t just soft; it was squishy to the touch – like when you touch a wet sponge. The bun gave more resistance than the patty did, and the bun was soft too. The only possible reason I can think of that would make a patty feel like this is just the addition of way too many fillers. Tastewise, mushy meatball/bland meatloaf. Not a fan.

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Please don’t read into this like it’s a knock on quality – it’s more an issue of personal preference. And I prefer my burgers to taste and feel like burgers. The other components of the burger were actually fine, but without the star, they lose their credibility. That said, the bun and veggies were fresh. The fries were so so. Now, I don’t want to end this being such a sourpuss, so I’m going to end it with something nice. Something positive. And perhaps something that will get you to try this place out… burger aside.

Drumroll…………

Mokuola Hawaii Bangkok PancakeThis thing was pretty tasty, and truth be told. I think this place is more “famous” for their pancakes and desserts rather than their food. If you can’t tell this by the photo, this thing was huge. I managed to eat all the edges and the ball of ice-cream. So, although the burger let me down. This sweet mess saved a bit of the day.

 

 

 

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