Vesper

3 Jul

Vesper Sloanes Beef Burger Cut

Vesper Bangkok Logo10/15 Soi Convent (Silom), Tel. 02 235 2777, Website: here

It’s been one of those weeks where I sort of wish this was a blog about beer or cocktails … and then this post could have been about just that … beer and cocktails, lots of them. But since this is a burger blog and I visited this spot mid-week during my office lunch hour, it’s probably best that I didn’t get wasted. Anyway, before I popped over to this place, I looked around online a bit to see if they had burger and all I came across was something about a sausage burger … so I figured that if they had a sausage burger, they’d have to have a regular one (or at least I hoped they would).

Vesper Bangkok Interior 2 Vesper Bangkok Interior 1 Vesper Interior 3

Turns out they did. They had 2 beef burger options. Option 1 is a beef burger that only comes in the lunch set and Option 2 is a Wagyu burger. The server told me that both of the burgers were the same standard size, so I went with the lunch set, which comes with your choice of starter and main — in my case, a burger. For a starter, I had a beet salad. It was good. Now, enough about that … and on to the beef!

Sloane’s Premium Beef Burger: THB 550.-++ 

 ”130g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, and onion and a toasted sesame seed bun”

Vesper Sloanes Beef BurgerThere’s a quote by Confucius that goes “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” And I think that this is how a lot of places approach making their burgers. A good burger is really simple to make, but we insist on making them complicated. This is not the case for this burger. If simple was the goal – success. While this burger didn’t blow me away, I did enjoy eating it. It was served with just what you see listed above. There was no ketchup, mustard or special sauces on it; no butter, mayo or oil on the bun. Just meat, veg and bun. The patty was a little dense but not hard and the seasoning very simple. The veggies were fresh and thought it was a nice touch they used both red and white onions. The bun was fine as well – not too “bready” and nicely toasted.  The small wedges it came with were ok too… no issue there. The first bite of the burger brought me back to a backyard BBQ – there was a simple, comforting taste to it, and that’s a good thing … on the other end of that, the bill brought me back to reality. I don’t typically make comments on price, but just over THB 700 for the burger set and a bottle of water seems a bit up there – especially for a quick lunch.

Vesper Sloanes Beef Burger Cut Vesper Beef Burger Fries Vesper Beet Salad Set

The plus side of this was that the overall quality seemed to be good and there is a perceived “value-for-money” aspect of the set, but I’m not sure it’s enough to draw me back. Oh, and I almost forgot, I know there are some mustard snobs out there, and if you are one of them, you’d be happy to know they serve this burger with some nice english mustard! Anyway, if you’re in the area and have a bit of extra $$ to throw around, a burger and cocktail might be in order! If you try the Wagyu one, do let us know how is.

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BTS: Silom

Lunch – served only from 12-2.3opm (and not on Saturdays or something like that – best to check opening times before you go)

 

New York Style Steak & Burger

18 Jun

New York Style Steak and Burger_Bacon Cheeseburger Cut

New York Style Steak and Burger_Logo28 Sukhumvit Soi 22 (2nd fl. Park 22), Tel. 02 262 0920, Website: here

From what I gather, this is Thailand’s first branch (owned locally) of a brand that was started in Shanghai. I don’t really know much more than this, but if you want more details, I’m sure a quick google search will sort you out. Bottom line is that it started in China and is now here (much like a lot of our electronics, clothing, food… and possibly some of your family members).

New York Style Steak and Burger_Exterior New York Style Steak and Burger_Interior 2 New York Style Steak and Burger_Interior

Anyways, I’m going to try and keep this one short and sweet. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. There are high ceilings and plenty of natural light. Most importantly, they have burgers … and that’s just what I ordered.

The Bacon Cheese: THB 400.++ (Apx. U.S. $13.33)

New York Style Steak and Burger_The Bacon Cheese BurgerI’ll just out and say it. This is a solid burger. It’s big. It’s juicy. And it’s pretty much all about the beef. Simple salt and pepper seasoning and that’s it. And that’s really all a good burger needs. I don’t mind other types of seasonings on burgers, but there are those places that overdo it in their attempt to create their “signature” burgers with some sort of secret recipe/burger blend… blah, blah, blah. You know what the real secret is? Keep it simple. Good meat. Good grind. And simple, but sufficient, seasoning. Anyways, I ordered my burger medium and that’s what I got. It had a nice, meaty juicy taste to it – with definite bursts of salty goodness. Consistency of patty was good with not gristle or sinew. Toppings were good; no complaints here. On an average day, it would be hard to find fault with bacon and cheese … throw that on a good patty and it’s almost impossible. I liked the raw white onions on this burger. They added a little bite that would have been missing if they had been sautéed/grilled. The burger also came with a home-made pickle – which I probably wouldn’t have even noticed if I hadn’t known it was there.

New York Style Steak and Burger_Bacon Cheeseburger cut 2 New York Style Steak and Burger_Fries New York Style Steak and Burger_ Bangkok Menu

My only complaint … and it’s not really even a complaint, more of an observation, is that the bottom half of my bun got soggy quite quickly. It sucked up a bunch of burger juice even before it reached me and started to saturate parts of the bun. I’m not really sure how they would resolve this … toast the bun? Rest the burger longer? Maybe I need to eat faster?? Who knows, but let’s not dwell on that. Overall the bun was ok – it was fresh and soft. The tin of fries it comes with is a bit misleading, it looks like you have too many to deal with, but in reality they are propped up with the paper – so, it is turns out to be about 1/2 as many as it looks like. Which, in the end, is likely a good thing – there are plenty anyways. Bottom line, I enjoyed my burger. I say if you’re in the area, check it out. I went durning the lunch hour, it was very quiet in there … and I loved it. It was like I booked the whole place out for a 20-minute “stuff my face silly” fest with no one around to judge me.

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Kai New Zealand

10 Jun

Kai Kiwi Burger Bangkok Cut 2

Kai New Zealand Bangkok LogoSathorn Soi 12, Tel. 02-635-3800, Website: www.kai-bangkok.com

When I think of New Zealand, I typically don’t think of food. I think of sheep. Don’ t worry, no sheep jokes. The truth is, I don’t know much about New Zealand other than that everyone I have ever met from there has been pretty nice. I worked a number of years teach swimming and running a waterfront at a summer camp in upstate New York. Each year there’d be a 2-3 Kiwis working with there, either  on the waterfront with me or running the ropes course. Fun guys and girls, heavy drinkers and good friends. Anyway, the first Kiwi I ever met had a black eye and few bruises on his face. When I asked him what had happened, he sort of laughed and said that his friends had a going away party for him … so, note to self, don’t have a going away party in New Zealand.

Kai Kiwi Burger Bangkok Interior 1 Kai Bangkok Interior 2

Anyway, so that first bit really has no purpose on a burger blog, other than the fact that perhaps a good burger is a like a good memory … hard to forget.  On that note, I’ll get on with it. I really liked the space here. The restaurant, in my non-expert opinion, is well-designed. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and there’s enough room so you do not feel like you’re sitting on top on one another. It wasn’t too hot on the day I went, so I ordered my burger and claimed a seat outside.

Kiwi Burger: THB 490.- (apx US $16.33++)

“180g NZ Prime Beef, lettuce, tomato, bacon, sautéed onions, beetroot, cheese, fried egg, homemade tomato sauce, and mayo served on a homemade bun”

Kai New Zealand Kiwi Burger BangkokWith a 180g patty, this was a pretty sizable burger. I could imagine some members of the All Blacks downing a couple of these in one sitting – but I was content with just one. For the patty, I thought that the flavor was ok, but it did come across as a bit dry – I was missing the juicy, savory goodness. I also felt that the grid was much too fine. While it wasn’t bad, it did have a slightly grainy texture on the pallet. The toppings were all nice and fresh – I had mine without the egg, but I’m sure that would have added another creamy element to the burger. I particularly liked the homemade tomato sauce and sautéed onions; they addend a nice sweet & tart flavor combination to mix – and as always, you can never go wrong with bacon. The beetroot was ok,  but in the future, I think I will opt for a burger without it. The bun was a bit dense for my liking – maybe a little toast would have soften it up on the inside a bit. But I understand, big burgers need sturdy buns. This one held up and wasn’t soggy – and that is a plus in my book. I enjoyed the fries that came with the burger; crisp on the outside and soft & fluff on the inside. They went really well with the homemade tomato sauce.

Kai Kiwi Burger Bangkok Cut 1 Kai Burger Sauces Bangkok Kai New Zealand Bangkok Fries

Overall, this was an ok burger, but not the best in Bangkok – at least not for me. It was better than the last place I visited, and I really liked the restaurant/atmosphere. It was comfy casual. I will definitely go back and check out some of their other items. They consistently get good reviews of their food (both here and at Snapper, their other place) – so I think it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area. One of the staff told me that the most popular items are the seafood selections as well as grill options.

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Side note: I thought that the staff (one waitress in particular) was exceptional. She was friendly and professional and had that casual familiarity that you don’t typically find in restaurants in Bangkok. While no one checked on me when I was eating, the interaction both before and after my meal was very positive. Good job.