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On The Table – Tokyo Cafe

21 Dec

Angus Beef Burger cut

On The Table Tokyo Cafe - BangkokCentralPlaza Rama 9, 6th fl., Tel: 02.245.3921, Website: FB Page

Rating: 7.5/10

Overview: I decided to head to the new CentralPlaza on Rama 9 for lunch and was hoping to find a new burger place. I did a quick look around and came across On the Table. I’m a bit embarrassed On The Table Tokyo Cafe Rama 9to admit that I actually thought I found a new restaurant in Thailand and was sort of excited at the thought of being one of the first to write about, but as it turns out (after a quick online search) … I was a bit late to the table you could say. On the other hand, I guess it just means I don’t spend my days wandering around eating in malls (there are 3 other OTT locations in Bangkok). Anyway, the venue is/was nice; there’s something relatively calming about it. The menu is interesting and was actually nice to look at – appetizing food photos. If I wasn’t on a burger mission, I would have been happy to order other things listed – although saying that, nothing really comes to mind. Anyway, for being a Japanese/Italian restaurant, I was almost positive that if they had a burger on the menu it would be a Wagyu one … I was happy to be proven wrong. Nothing against Wagyu; but I sort of feel a lot of places just put one on the menu because they like saying the name … Waa – gyuuu. Well, as the girl sitting at a table next to me was taking pictures of herself sitting at the table, I placed my order for the Angus Beef Burger and waited.

Angus Beef Burger: THB 310.- (US $10.33)

“150g Angus beef patty, lettuce, mushrooms, sautéed onion, bacon, mayo and cheese on a sesame seed bun.”

Angus Beef Burger First impression was a good one. I thought that as a whole, this burger was put together nicely. It was a big 150g, and I actually thought it was bigger before I asked the waitress to check for me. The patty texture was a bit springy but not to the point of ruining the burger. Also, there was a strong peppery seasoning, just shy of being too much. Overall the flavor was good though, and the other components went well with it. The burger usually comes with mushrooms, but I had mine without them. The cheese used is mozzarella, and as you can tell by the photo they don’t Angus Beef Burger cutskimp on it. Personally I would have preferred a different type of cheese. This one, when after it cooled a bit, took on more of a plastic-like texture. I suppose that could just serve as motivation to eat faster. The bun was nice. It was toasted, buttered (top and bottom) and then smeared with mayo. The sautéed onions added a subtle sweetness to the burger and went almost undetected. Fries were fine; nothing special. The Verdict: I liked what I saw, and I ate what I liked. Not the best burger in Bangkok, but a pretty good one.

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MRT: Rama 9

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Big Mango Bar

9 Dec

Big Mango Bar Cheeseburger Cut

Big Mango Bar LogoSukhumvit Soi 4 (see map), Tel: -, Website: www.bigmangobar.com

Rating: 5/10

Overview: A couple of readers have mentioned this place to me over the past few months, so I thought I would give it a try. Located about 150 meters into the soi on the left-hand side down a Big Mango Bar Exteriorsmall ally, you’ll see a big, yellow sign … fitting for a place with “mango” in the name. Anyway, I went early evening and aside from the staff (and some bar girls playing pool), I was the only one in the place. The music was good and the space was well lit and clean. Although not very big, it is set-up so everything revolves around an island bar with a pool table at the back (free for customers). There were a couple flat-screen tvs on with some boxing and race car driving (I think). They have some good happy hour specials (including a 79 baht burger) and reasonable beer prices even during regular hours (apx. 110). Staff was friendly and attentive. I claimed a seat at the corner of the bar and ordered a cheeseburger.

Cheeseburger: THB 145.- (US $4.83)

“130g beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese on a sesame seed bun.”

Big Mango Bar CheeseburgerI’ve been told that the burger at Big Mango was good – at least when it was still located in Nana. Unfortunately, they are not serving the same burger or we really judge burgers differently. I don’t want to come off too harshly; the burger was edible … but it wasn’t anywhere near amazing. The two biggest kickers for me were the consistency/texture and the saltiness of the patty. It was so very salty and seemed like the life had been worked out of the patty – this is probably a combination of over-handling and over salting them. The fact that Big Mango Bar Cheeseburger Cutthey are pre-formed and refrigerated after for who knows how long, probably doesn’t help either. On a plus side, I was informed that the patties are made from 100% beef, no fillers but at this stage, does that really make a huge difference? You can order the burger with or without sides, and I went without … but for an additional 40 baht you have your choice of fries or chips. I actually like this method of ordering. With the amount of burgers I’ve been eating, cutting back of fries is probably a good thing. The bun was fine, just your store-bought variety. It was toasted and lightly buttered. Veggies were fresh and clean. The Verdict: Big Mango – minor disappointment. Not the best burger in Bangkok.

Other:

BTS: Nana

Open: Noon – late

Happy Hour(s): 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Hamburger during happy hour = THB 79.-