Archive | October, 2011

Jeffer Steak

26 Oct

Jeffer Steak_Cheeseburger Cut

Jeffer Steak_logoTerminal 21 (Asoke), 4th floor, Tel: 088-022-4123, Website: www.jeffersteak.com

Rating: 4.5/10

Overview: I wandered into Terminal 21 with high hopes of finding a great burger place … if it was to be like any other mall in Bangkok, I knew it would be flush with restaurants. Unfortunately when it came to burgers, the selection was limited. On the ground Jeffer Steak Interiorfloor there’s MOS Burger and then you have Outback Steakhouse, Sunrise Tacos and perhaps one or two that I missed – but nothing that stands out. I came across Jeffer Steak, which apparently is some sort of restaurant chain in Thailand – with apx 25 locations across the nation. The place was packed, so I thought I’d give it a try. Since their speciality is steak, I figured they should at least do a half-decent burger. A quick look at the menu showed they had a small selection of burgers – including pork and chicken options. I placed my order and waited. On a side note, like many places in Bangkok, they were out of water.

Cheeseburger: THB 89.- (US $2.97)

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

Jeffer Steak_CheeseburgerFor 89 baht and it being a fast-food type joint, I have to admit my expectations were not high, and I’m glad they weren’t. The burger patty actually tasted pretty good – albeit it had more of a fast-food taste to it. I’d say it faintly resembled the taste of a whopper. Its downfall was the bun – it was horrible. For starters, I don’t think that the bun was even baked properly; it was extremely doughy and felt a bit slimly. Add to that the fact that it was pretty much saturated with butter/grease (I literally tore a piece off and squeezed it to see if butter would drip out, and it did … Jeffer Steak_Cheeseburger Cutbig time), and you’ve got a bad bun made worse. I can’t imagine this is their standard, but who knows. The veggies on it were crisp and fresh, and they get points for that. And the coleslaw was ok, a tad on the sweet side. The fries were warm and that’s about it. The Verdict: Definitely not the best burger in Bangkok. If you find yourself on a layover in Terminal 21 – I’d look for another burger destination.

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Serving Time: apx 15 min

Hours: 10.30-21.00

BTS: Asoke

Monsoon Cafe and Restaurant

17 Oct

Monsoon Bacon Swiss Burger Cut

Monsoon Cafe and RestaurantSukhumvit Soi 8, Tel: 02-653-1110, Website: www.monsoonbangkok.com

 Rating: 8/10

Overview: Alan (a site visitor) recommended this place to me in a comment last month, and I’m glad he did. The venue is attached to small hotel about 60 meters down the soi on the right-hand side.  Monsoon Cafe and Restaurant InteriorThere’s nice veranda seating area and then a more modest indoor dining area. Inside, there is a flat screen and a large projector showing the latest sporting event – football was on when I was there. The staff were friendly and attentive, and there was a nice selection of Western and Thai dishes on the menu. There are a total of 6 burgers listed – with the basic hamburger starting at THB 220. I was torn between the Green Chili-cheese Burger and the Bacon Swiss Burger – the latter won. I placed my order and waited.

Bacon Swiss Burger: THB 260.- (US $8.67)

“250g Aus. beef patty, lettuce, tomato, bacon and cheese on a sesame seed bun.”

Monsoon Bacon Swiss BurgerMy first impression of this burger was that it was BIG, and that it was going to be difficult to eat … and it was, but not in an entirely bad way. I was extremely hungry when I went in, so my thought was “the bigger the better”. Just on presentation alone, I felt that I was getting a good value-for-money meal. Nice size burger and generous sides. Upon ordering, the waitress asked how I wanted my burger cooked! I couldn’t believe it – I asked for med-well, when in retrospect, medium would have probably been better. The patty was a little dry, but I guess this time around, I’m to blame. That said, I think that patty could have benefited from a using meat with a slightly higher fat content, but this is just conjecture. Overall, I was impressed with the patty. It was lightly seasoned and cooked as ordered. As for the bacon and cheese, I didn’t think they added all that much to the burger. The cheese, in particular, went almost unnoticed – but I attribute that to the
Monsoon Bacon Swiss Burger Cutfact that the patty was huge and so was the bun. Speaking of the bun, it was fine. It seemed to have been placed on the griddle only momentarily, as only the rim of the bun was toasty; but it tasted fresh … and that’s key. The veggies on the burger came as expected, fresh and clean. The curly fries that came with the burger were great; the only downside was that they were almost all stuck together … so it was like a brick of curly fries. The coleslaw was ok, but it was a little sweet and vinegar heavy for my taste. The Verdict: A big burger for those with a big appetite, but not sure if it is the best burger in the Bangkok. Worth a try if you’re in the area.

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Serving Time: apx 15 min

BTS: Nana

The Sportsman

12 Oct

The Sportsman Big Burger Cut

The Sportsman Bar RestaurantSukhumvit (between soi 22 & 24) new location on Sukhumvit soi 13, Tel: 02-663-6405, Website: www.sportsbarbangkok.com

 Rating: 7.5/10

Overview: For those of you who’ve been in Bangkok for at least a few years, this place occupies the old Calypso Cabaret space just behind Dubliners (and close to Silver Dollar). I’d say they’ve done a pretty good job at making it sports bar and staying pretty true to The Sportsman Bar and Restaurant Interiortheir concept. When I went in there were a total of 11 flat screen tvs and 1 giant project screen inside – sports were being shown on all of them. There was another projector in the outside seating area, but no one was out there and nothing was being shown. In addition to the TVs, there are apx. 7 pool tables inside – of which, the staff were playing on 2 of them – a perk of the job I suppose. It would have been nice if one of them had checked-up on me once during the meal (i.e. Is the burger ok? Would you like another beer?) But maybe that is asking too much. The menu is pretty big, with over 100 items on it …ranging from traditional Thai fare to Steak and Kidney Pies to, of course, Hamburgers. Fun fact, the burger is tied with Fajitas of being the most expensive item on the menu. I placed my order for the burger and also took advantage of the Happy Hour special on local beers (my choice: Beer Lao).

The Sportsman Big Burger: THB 295.- (US $9.83)

“200g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, raw and sautéed onions, bacon and cheese on a sesame seed bun.”

The Sportsman Big BurgerFirst things first, this burger tasted slightly like a sausage! Or, maybe my taste buds were just a little off. Either way, it was a funny first impression. Overall, I thought it was good burger; it was a good size for me as I was quite hungry. All the flavors worked well together: I guess it’s hard to go wrong with bacon and cheese. Anyway, the patty was more on the greasy side than the juicy side, but this didn’t really make a huge negative impact on me. It was nicely cooked and was tender to the bite, but not too soft. Probably the biggest The Sportsman Big Burger Cutdetractor for this burger was that I found a small piece of bone in the patty in my second or third bite … which led me to cautiously eating the rest of the burger thinking I would find more. I did not; so I pass this off as a fluke and not the norm, because the meat otherwise seemed to be of good quality. Other than cheese and bacon, the burger was also topped with sautéed onions – two thumbs up for this. Also, the bun was perfectly toasted. In fact, when the burger came, the bun was still hot to the touch, like it just came out of the oven … and it was a bit crispy on the outside, but not burnt or hard. So, more credit for the bun. The Verdict: Good burger and good place to watch some ball. Not the best burger in Bangkok but definitely worth a try if you are in the area.

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Serving Time: apx 15 min

Hours: Sun-Thurs: Noon – 1.00 am | Fri-Sat: Noon – 2.00 am

BTS: Phrom Phong