64/1 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Tel: 084-342-0190, Website: www.cafeeuropebkk.com
Rating: 8/10 (Update: closed)
Overview: Located about 200-250 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 20 on the right-hand side, Café Europe sits just beyond all the noise and commotion of Sukhumvit Road. It’s a modest restaurant in a converted shop house that offers both indoor and outdoor seating and features Danish as well as international dishes. For this visit I was joined by fellow food blogger J from WhatWeWentThrough.com. I was told on his last visit he attempted to eat the European Challenge burger – which weighs in at apx 2.5 kg – and almost finished it, but for this visit we both opted for the smaller, more manageable, Dream Burger. We places our orders and waited …
Hamburger: THB 160.-/ 205.- (US $5.33/$6.83)
“250g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapenos, ketchup, mayo and cheddar cheese on a sesame seed bun.”
The Dream Burger follows a build-your-own burger format and comes without any included sides. The THB 160 price is for the patty and the bun only, which at 250g at least seems like a pretty good deal. Any extras then cost a nominal fee. There is even a 5 baht charge if you want ketchup on the burger! I thought this was funny and odd at the same time, but since I really enjoyed the burger, I can look past the ketchup duty. The patty itself was just my style, big and beefy. It had a nice meaty texture to it and was relatively moist for being cooked med-well/well-done. If you are one who prefers a burger more on the med/med-rare side, you’ll want to be sure to ask for it that way. For me however, as served was fine. The toppings I chose were fresh and were distributed proportionally over the burger. A couple of small details that did not go unnoticed included: 1. they took the skin off of the tomato slices – a nice, albeit unnecessary, touch, and 2. the ketchup used was more of a tomato paste and not the runny sweet Thai version, another plus. The sesame seed bun wasn’t anything special – seemingly served unwarmed and untoasted. The burger was a bit messy to eat, but that was probably because I half-cut it for the burger photo. The Verdict: Come hungry – Café Europe serves up a big all-beef burger, and it’s in the running to be the Best Burger in Bangkok.
Serving Time: apx 20 min
Hours: Mon: 2 pm – 1 am, Tue – Sun: noon – 1 am