Archive | May, 2012

SLIDERS: Homerun Bar & Grill

28 May

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Homerun Bar and Grill - BangkokHomerun Bar and Grill (Closed)

Sukhumvit 31 (open for events), Tel: 02-258-6250, Website: www.homerunbangkok.com

Rating: 8/10

Overview: Man, time sure goes by fast. A little over a year ago this month I visited Homerun Bar & Grill for the first time … and I really enjoyed their burgers. I think over the past year, I’ve made back a couple more times for burgers Homerun Bar and Grill Bangkok - Interiorand beers. Anyway, I had heard Homerun was out of business, but I wasn’t sure if this was true as I kept seeing Facebook notifications of upcoming games/UFC viewings. Turns out that they are not currently open for business; looks like there are some major relocation and concept plans in the works, and I can’t wait until this place is up and running again. I think they will take the sports bar/restaurant scene to another level.  Anyway, this past Sunday I woke up (relatively) early and made my way over to Homerun for a bit of UFC action (they open for special events, etc.). There was a nice small crowd munching away on some breakfast dishes while the matches were going on. I wasn’t planning on eating a burger this early in the morning, but towards the end of the matches I noticed they had sliders on offer … and I couldn’t pass it up. So, in went my order.

Home Run Famous Sliders: THB 150.- (US $5.00)

“Aus. grain-fed Angus and burger cheese served on a small bun.”

Homerun SlidersFirst things first, I’m not 100% sure the beef in this patty is Aus. grain-fed Angus. When I asked about the beef, I asked if they were using the same beef as they do in their regular burgers … and they said yes. And the Aus. beef was the beef used in the burger I had last time I was in. Anyway, not really an issue – I thought the patties were very tasty. Burgers here tend to be a bit heavy on the seasoning, but the flavors are good and I’m ok with it. These burgers were extremely small, but the patties were still quite juicy! I was amazed and it made me like the burger even more. I opted for the traditional cheeseburger, but you also have a choice of a cajun or wasabe beef burger, pork burger or chicken burger (1 type for all 3). All come with a small order of fries as well. There’s not really a whole lot to say. While they are not the traditional “sliders” one would expect in the U.S., they are pretty good and fun to eat. If you’re hungry, you’ll probably need to order at least 2 servings … maybe more; but I guess for the price, it’s not bad. The Verdict: Whether the burgers at Homerun are the best in Bangkok is still up in the air; but big or small, they are a definite hit.

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Serving Time: apx. 10 min.

Parking: No

25 Degrees

22 May

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25 Degrees LogoSilom Rd (Pullman Hotel G), Tel. 02-238-1991, Website: www.pullmanbangkokhotelg.com/restaurants-bars/25-degrees-restaurant/

Rating: 8/10

Overview: I’ve got my work cut out for me, it seems that another new burger place is popping up every other week – I shouldn’t complain though since these new places (along with 25 Degrees Bangkok Interiorthe old) continue to provide me with content for this blog. 25 Degrees (originally out of L.A., USA) just opened last Friday (5/18), and I was eager to check it out … especially since they claim on their site that they are “… not just another spot to grab an ordinary burger.” Although, I have to admit, sometimes all I want is an ordinary burger. The place is located on the ground floor of the Pullman G Hotel, and it’s easily seen from the street. They have a neon sign up that says “Open 24 Hours”, which is a bit odd since they aren’t (at least not yet). Décor is nice and the music pretty much went un-noticed. I was hungry when I got there, so I scanned the menu and went with the Number One burger.

NUMBER ONE: THB 330- (US $11.00)

“200g Aus. sirloin beef caramelized onion, crescenza, gorgonzola, bacon, arugula and Thousand Island dressing on a toasted bun.”

No 4 Burger - 25 Degrees BangkokIf I had to pick one word to describe this particular burger experience it would be “RICH” … rich in flavor and in price. Everything on this burger was literally exploding with flavor, almost so that when I tried each of the toppings alone, I would think they wouldn’t go well together, each one with the potential to out flavor the other. But as it turns out, aside from being a bit messy, the toppings worked well together – the only downside is that they almost outshined the patty, almost. Standing alone, the patty (a mix of freshly ground chuck and sirloin) might come across as a tad bland – my pallet says they’re light on seasoning, but this wasn’t a negative for me; I enjoyed the taste of the beef. Seemingly high-quality, lightly packed and juicy (burger ordered medium and came medium). The bun is made in-house according to the recipe from the original L.A. 25 Degrees branch; it was pretty good. It looks quite big, so I was thinking No 4 Burger Cut - 25 Degrees Bangkokthat it might be a bit “heavy”, but it wasn’t at all. I did feel it was very sweet though, and if you’re one that doesn’t like sweet buns, bear that in mind when you go here.  As this burger doesn’t come with any sides, you have to order them separately. I tried the onion rings and sweet potato fries. The rings were a bit greasy for my liking, but the sweet potato curly fries were good – however, I couldn’t really tell the difference between them and normal curly fries. I’m going to rant a bit here, as I did have one small issue with my visit … while the server helping me was nice, I thought she should have been a little more informed. When I asked where the beef was from and how many grams the patty was, she didn’t know … at a typical restaurant, I can understand why they wouldn’t know this, but at a “Burger Bar” – a famous burger bar from the States that prides itself on its burgers no less –  I’d expect them to know this sort of thing. Also, initially I was told that the beef used was U.S. sirloin, when in fact it’s Australian beef (found out in a follow-up phone call I made to ask about the beef). Details people … details! The Verdict: Not sure if it’s the best burger in Bangkok, but it was pretty darn good. 25 degrees … my stomach thanks you.

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Parking: Yes

Serving time: 9 min

LUNCH SPECIAL: Burger & French Fries & Beer or Soda – thb 400 (M-F: 11 am – 3 pm)

BBB Exclusive: get 25% off all burgers when you show the flyer on this page, from now until the end of June 2012.

 

Huntsman Pub

18 May

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Huntsman Pub BangkokSukhumvit Rd (Landmark Hotel), Tel. 02-254-0404, Website: www.landmarkbangkok.com/huntsman.html

Rating: 6.5/10

Overview: I ended up here because I was turned away from Rib Room & Bar (RR&B) – apparently they were fully booked on Wednesday night. I suppose in the end, I should Huntsman Pub Bangkok Paperthank them as I’m sure I saved a few baht. Anyway, Huntsman Pub is located in the basement of the Landmark Hotel, which makes it pretty easy to get to (Nana BTS). I had never been in there before, and it was a lot bigger than I had imagined. There was a live band playing, so we picked a booth in the far back corner … the music was pretty good, but it was a little loud for my liking. I ordered a pint of Carlsberg and scanned the menu for burgers … with only one beef burger option, it make my decision easy.

Prime 100% Aussie Beef Burger: THB 350- (US $11.67)

“225g Aus. beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and bacon on a sesame seed bun.

Huntsman Burger BangkokFirst impressions are big, and my first impression of this burger was that it looked much like that burger I had at the Greenhouse Restaurant (the one located just upstairs of this place). That burger tasted a bit like vomit, and I was praying that I wouldn’t have to live through that again. As it turns out, it wasn’t all that bad. While the patty was still a far cry from perfect – way too dry and dense – it had a very nice meaty, beefy taste to it. I know it’s a hamburger, it should taste like beef … but the truth is the beef flavor many times gets “lost in the mix” so to say. Also, at 225g, you have a nice sized burger … should fill most people up. I wasn’t asked how I wanted the patty done … and I didn’t say anything because I wanted to see how they would serve it. Turns out, it’s well done. I was Huntsman burger Bangkok Cutsurprised at how dry it was for the size, really not juices at all … too bad. Anyway, I asked for cheddar and blue cheese as well as bacon on mine, and none of these toppings really added anything to the burger, which surprised me because I almost live by the rule that bacon makes everything better. The bun was ok for me – it was slightly dense, but it went ok with the size of the burger. You have your choice of regular or curly fries, which was nice. I went the curly fries, and they were ok. The Verdict: Not a killer burger or the best burger in Bangkok – the search continues.

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BTS: BTS Nana

Parking: Yes

Serving time: 22 min

SPECIAL: Burger & Beer Thursday’s – thb 399 (any burger and 1 local beer)