Archive | May, 2011

Jurgen’s Burger

30 May

Jurgen’s Burger

Jurgen's BurgerThe City Viva (3rd fl.), Naradhiwat Rajaagarinda Soi 6, Website: Jurgen’s Burger

(Update: 10.18.11 – temporarily closed- looking for new location)

Rating: 7/10

Overview: What can I say; I liked this place … it’s new, original and full of passion. I don’t know if it is possible to taste optimism, but if is – the burger I had here had a lot of it. One of the owners was there taking orders ,and a cook in the back was flipping Jurgens Exteriorburgers … both seemed happy to be there. Keeping things simple, this small burger stand put out a solid effort, and I hope they do well. Located on the 3rd floor of a new lifestyle mall (yes, another one) about 1 km from the Chong Nonsi BTS station, it’s not really in an area I usually go, but is still relatively easy to get to. The burger stand is nestled among a number of other food places in a cute little food court – sort of designed like a little village of sorts. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of seating, so if the place was really busy, it might be hard to find a place to sit and eat; but as the mall just had their grand opening, traffic is still pretty light. As for serving time, mine was apx 10 min, but I imagine it would take a bit longer if there was any line at all. Not to worry though, the mall is covered and has air con, so you don’t have to worry about the occasional shower or Bangkok heat. As for Jurgen’s burgers – they offer 3 (Beef, Pork and Fish). Since this blog is about hamburgers, I had one made with beef.

Jurgen’s Classic (Beef): THB 139.- (US $4.63)

“Beef patty, sauerkraut, onions, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and signature sauce on a wheat bun.”

Jurgens Classic BurgerThese guys try hard to make a good burger, and you can tell they want to do a good job. The beef patty had a nice consistency and was made with local Thai-French beef. It was moist, but not greasy like one of the other “mall burgers” I had (Chockchai Steakburger). The veggies were fresh as expected, and the wheat bun was good. They are not made in-house, but they are sourced from Zgi Bakery – which I’ve read makes some good quality baked goods. Personally, I would have liked it toasted a bit. The sauerkraut on the burger was ok – very subtle flavor which did not overwhelm the other flavors. For my two “complimentary” toppings I chose cheese and fried onions. The special sauce – a garlic & mayo concoction consistent of a light aioli – was nice; it would also be good to dip the fries in.  All-in-all a good effort and worth the trip over. The Verdict: A good burger at a good price. I recommend to try this burger; if for anything to support small business and couple of guys’ passion for burgers.

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BTS: Chong Nonsi

Grand Opening Promotion: From now until sometime in June, get 2 free toppings (bacon, friend onion or cheese) with every burger purchase.

Side note: Price listed is for burger, fries and coke. Burger only option is THB 109 (US $3.63).

Bully’s Pub

26 May

Bully’s Pub

Bullys PubSukhumvit (Between Soi 2&4), Tel. 02-656-4609, Website: www.bullysbangkok.com

 Rating: 8.5/10

Overview: I stopped by this joint just after noon and there was a quiet, but steady, lunch crowd in there. As you would expect, it consisted mostly of foreigners. Bullys Pub InteriorOverall, it has a nice pub feel. Plenty of booths line the wall and a number of smaller tables throughout. It’s labeled as a sports pub, and it does have a number of flat screen tvs to show the sporting events – and there’s a pool table in one of the corners. Like many of the places I’ve visited, the website isn’t quite up to date. Prices, for the burgers at least, have all gone up from what is actually listed.

Bully Burger: THB 190.- (US $6.33)

“180g charcoal grilled beef, lettuce and tomato on a sesame bun.”

Bully BurgerThis burger definitely lived up to its reputation in forums and blog entries. 100% all-beef burger – no fillers – and you can taste it. The waitress was quick to tell me that it’s one of the better burgers in the area … “better than Burger King” were some of her exact words. It made me laugh, but she was right; it was. Don’t get me wrong, a Whopper can be equally satisfying at certain times. The patty was made from beef imported from Argentina and was “charcoal grilled” – really. Love it. Found no gristle or bone, Bully Burger Presentationmeat was a nice texture. I do think that it was a bit dry, but not a deal breaker. I ordered mine medium, but it came back more like med-well/well. No pink whatsoever. The sesame bun was also good – I think they toasted it with butter or something and it really added nice flavor to the burger as a whole. The Verdict: It’s time to take on the bully – Burger fans should add this burger to their “to eat” list. Definitely one of Bangkok’s Best Burgers.

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Serving Time: apx 15 min

BTS: Ploenchit (walk back up towards Nana)

GIY: BBQ Grills in Bangkok

24 May

True Value

Grill It Yourself: BBQ Grills in Bangkok

True ValueLooking for a home BBQ/outdoor grill to make the Best Burger in Bangkok on? Below I’ve listed two companies located in and around central Bangkok that offer a range of gas and charcoal grills – some quite affordable and others a little more pricey. While I’ve seen other shops that sell the random grill here or there, these appear to offer the most extensive range. If you know of any others in or around bangkok, please share.

BBQ Store

21 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Tel. 02 662 6665, Website: www.bbqthai.com, Hours: Mon-Fri: 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM | Sat: 10.30 AM – 4.00 PM

Located just down Sukhumvit Soi 39 on the left-hand side, this place is easily accessible via Sky Train (BTS Phrom Phong). The perceived benefit of a speciality shop that pretty much solely focuses on BBQ grills is that they know what they are talking about. A quick visit to their website gives you an overview of what they have on offer, and the grills are categorized by price range.

True Value

K-Village: 92 Sukhumvit 26, Tel. 0-2661-2433, Hours: 10.00 AM – 09.00 PM  |  Crystal Design Center (CDC): 1448/15 Ladprao 8, Tel. 0-2102-2377, Hours: 10.00 AM – 07.00 PM, Website: www.truevalue.co.th

While not a BBQ speciality shop, this place seems to offer a nice selection of grills that falls into a wide price range. Like the BBQ Store, you can visit their site to see what they have on offer – which is a nice feature – helps cut down on unnecessary trips to the store, just to be disappointed. That said, I’d still call ahead to see if they have what you want in stock. This link will take you directly to the BBQ section of their site. While not as nicely categorized by grill type/price, you get a nice idea of all-things BBQ that True Value offers – everything from grills and grill covers to starter chimneys and charcoal bricks.

 Happy Grilling!