Aree Soi 1, Behind Never Say Cutz (Soi Ari), Tel. 0816491227, Website: FB Page
I heard about this place a few months ago or so, but hadn’t found the time to make my way over to the area until recently. I’m glad I did, because it looks like it will be closing down at the end of May for a month or so. That said, they have plans to reopen in the Siam area around July of this year, so watch their FB page for details.
Anyway, Paper Butter & The Burger is a small “container” restaurant currently located in a little plaza area just off of Ari BTS station. I went early afternoon and was expecting to sweat it out, but it was surprisingly chill; they had umbrellas and there’s shade from some trees, etc. so it was pretty comfortable. They have 4 burgers on the menu and you have your choice of pork or beef. I went with a beef version of their signature burger and an order of their onion rings (THB 50.-). Staff were friendly and helpful, and it wasn’t too long of a wait to be served after ordering. So, on to the burger …
PaperButter and the Burger: THB 150.- (Apx. US $5.00)
“Apx. 105g beef patty, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion ring, PaperButter sauce and lightly toasted bun”
So, where to begin? When I was there, I met the owners Patrick (lukrung) and his partner Ice – I want to give them credit because I think they have put together a pretty cute space and you can tell they care about what they are doing. Overall, I enjoyed the burger. There were 2 standout things – 1 positive and 1 negative. For the positive, I really liked their PaperButter sauce – it tasted like some spicy mayo mustard mix or something like that … I really appreciated that their special sauce wasn’t a 1,000 island variation, which seems to be the default “special” sauce at burger joints. For the bad, I really did not like the onion ring on the burger (or even on their own for that matter – frozen variety, not much flavor). The onion ring to me was too doughy/mushy and it added a very unpleasant texture to the burger that I did not like at all. Now, I know this is a personal preference, so take it or leave it. What I think would have make it better, is if that said onion ring was very crunchy and had more of an onion taste to it – then we would be in business.
As for the beef patty – no real complaints. It didn’t strike me as outstanding … giving me that irresistible meaty goodness that I’d dream about for days … but it was ok, and gave me my daily burger fix. No fillers or unwanted bits or pieces, just blended with their seasoning and sauce. The cheddar cheese was of your processed variety, but that was fine. I like the creaminess it added to burger. All else was good. The buns they get custom made and for an extra 20 baht, you can get upgrade to a charcoal bun if you like that sort of thing. Overall, I’d say it’s worth a trip up (easy access via sky train) – not too expensive and it’s good to support small business! It’s a shame they will close at the end of the month, so get off your butt and get up there before they do.
BTS: ARI – Open Mon-Sat (Closed on Sun) : 2pm – xxx (check their website)
If anyone has tried this place or any others you think might be worth sharing … please do so on the BBB FB Page!