Archive | September, 2011

Kuppadeli

28 Sep

Kuppadeli Wagyu Cop-the-Lot Burger Cut

Kuppadeli_logoThe Pride – Asoke Towers. Asoke Road, Tel: 02-664-2350, Website: www.kuppadeli.com

Rating: 7.5/10

Overview:  A sister site to Kuppa on Soi 16, this place seems to fit in well with the area. There’s not a whole lot of seating, but what is there is nice and you can choose to Kuppadeli Interiorsit inside or outside. The deli sits on the ground floor of an office building and revolves around an open kitchen. The space is pleasant in appearance and filled with natural light. The menu isn’t too busy and offers a nice selection of sandwiches, salads and other treats. They also serve up a nice selection of coffees. They have only one burger on offer … I placed my order and hoped it was a good one.

Wagyu Cop-the-Lot Burger: THB 450.- (US $15.00)

“150g Aus. Wagyu beef patty, bacon, chopped ratatouille, lettuce, fried egg, mayo and cheese on a wheat bun.”

Kuppadeli Wagyu Cop-the-Lot BurgerI’m not quite sure where to begin. The burger wasn’t bad, but I was a little let down by it. My expectations where high, as the last Wagyu burger I had at Hyde & Seek was a good one (the only other Wagyu burger I’ve reviewed so far). This burger seemed to be made with Wagyu for the image and not for the sake of making a great burger. Here’s why I say this: 1. I think, although I’m not 100% sure, that they are using a preformed frozen/refrigerated patty. There was just something artificial about it … how it looked and its dense and not so juicy, albeit tender, composition. 2. I wasn’t asked how I wanted it cooked. Normally this doesn’t bother me; I actually like my burgers Kuppadeli Wagyu Cop-the-Lot Burger Cutmed-wellish. But, if you’re using Wagyu beef, I would imagine you wouldn’t want to cook the h*ll out of the patty unless asked to do so. As you can see, no pink what-so-ever. 3. Why bury the flavor of a supposedly great beef patty under bacon, ratatouille, egg, cheese and mayo? Am I being a little harsh? Maybe. I actually liked the ratatouille on the burger, and ate mine sans egg.  But the fact remains there were a lot of different flavors there covering up the taste of the beef … when it really should be all about the beef. The bun was ok, although dry, but the mayo did a good job to cover that up. Fries were nice – thick-cut, skin-on, served hot. The Verdict: Good burger, but I imagine they sever a better cup of coffee. Next time I’ll opt for a French-press and piece of cake.

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Serving Time: apx 20 min

Hours: Mon–Fri: 7:00 – 18:00; Sat–Sun: 7:00 – 16:00

BTS: Asoke | MRT: Petchburi

Greyhound Cafe – J-Avenue

26 Sep

Greyhound Cafe Elvis Burger Cut

Greyhound Cafe LogoTonglor 15, Tel: 02-712-6547, Website: www.greyhoundcafe.co.th

Rating: 7.5/10

Overview: I’ve enjoyed eating at Greyhound for a number of years now. The atmosphere is pleasant, the staff is courteous and the food is generally good. I Greyhound Cafeprefer to dine here during the off hours or when there are not too many people – some branches get quite packed during meal times and this can be annoying. I’m not a big fan of eating in cafeteria-like atmospheres. This particular branch has both outside and inside seating and has a nice airy feeling to it. The menu has a nice mix of both Thai and Western dishes and is moderately priced. As you probably guessed, I went for the burger.

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

“150g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon and cheese on a sesame seed bun.”

Greyhound Cafe Elvis BurgerThe Elvis Burger is a decent size and should be enough to satisfy someone with a moderate appetite. The patty was cooked nicely with the right amount of pink in the middle. It was seasoned a bit on the heavy side … not to the point of being too salty, but almost. I didn’t add ketchup as this might have put it over the top. The patty was also a little dense, I imagine if it had been cooked any longer than it was, it would have been a big problem … i.e. hockey puck burger. For those of you who like soft buns, this Greyhound Cafe Elvis Burger Cutwas one of the softest I’ve had in a while. The burger side of the bun was toasted to the point of being crispy while the top/bottom remained super soft. The veggies and cheese were good, as was the bacon on the burger. Truth be told, I think bacon makes almost any burger taste better … mmm bacon. The fries where fine; just your standard thin-cut FF, served hot and crisp. The Verdict: Safe bet for a decent burger. While it isn’t the best burger in Bangkok, it is a pretty good one.

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Serving Time: apx 20 min

BTS: Thonglor

Audrey Cafe & Bistro

19 Sep

Audrey Cafe Cheese Burger

Audrey Cafe & Bistro_Logo136/3 Thonglor Soi 11, Tel: 02-712-6667, Facebook: Audrey Cafe

Rating: 8/10

Overview: I read about this place about 2 months ago here on KohSpot’s website, and they touted both the burger and the venue, so my expectations were high. I arrived around 9.45 pm on a Friday, hoping there Audrey Cafe & Bistro Interiorwould be an open table and that their kitchen was still serving burgers – there was and it was. The place was full – with a couple of small tables but mostly groups of well-dressed, good-looking Thais. Must have been a birthday night, within the first few minutes of sitting down two different tables started singing happy birthday. The interior is neatly appointed and well laid out – with both lower and upper seating areas with a central open kitchen. It did get a little loud in there … almost to cafeteria levels and my clothes reeked of fryer smoke or something when I left – which, in turn, made me wish it had a “closed” kitchen. The menu is quite big, with a wide selection of popular Western and Thai dishes at reasonable prices … now on to the burger.

Home Made Cheese Burger: THB 230.- (US $7.67)

“220g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, secret sauce (ketchup & mayo) and cheese on a toasted bun.”

Audrey Cafe Cheese BurgerAside from being a bit too tall, this burger had everything in order. The height did make it a bit difficult to eat, and perhaps a bit messy, but it didn’t detract too much from the overall experience. 220g of Thai beef was loosely packed into an attractive looking patty that was nicely cooked and came with grill markings seared into it. I want to say that it was 100% beef, but I’m not 100% sure. I tried calling in and asking, but was unsuccessful in getting a clear answer. The flavor of the patty was a tad bland – probably could have used a bit more salt. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ketchup/mayo mixture on the burger – it was too sweet for my liking. Lettuce, tomato and onion – check: all good. Audrey Cafe Cheese BurgerThe bun was nice (sweet and light) and it was a treat to see/eat something other than the traditional sesame seed bun. What I liked most about it was that it was toasted and buttered – a small detail, but something that added, in a good way, to the overall flavor of the burger. The fries – nothing special here, just a small serving of crinkle cuts on the side. Side salad – two thumbs up … simply because they served it with slices of radish (and I like radishes). The Verdict: Audrey Café & Bistro does a good burger with great presentation. It wasn’t the best burger I’ve eaten in Bangkok, but it definitely wasn’t the worst.

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Serving Time: apx 20 min

Hours: 11 am – 10 pm

BTS: Thonglor