Archive | July, 2012

New Light Coffee House

24 Jul

New Light Coffee House Bangkok Cheeseburger Cut

New Light Coffee House Bangkok LogoSiam Square (close to Hard Rock), Tel. 02-251-9591, Website: N/A

Rating: 4/10

Overview: I’m really not quite sure what to make of this place. It smelled like goulash and the interior was a bit dated, yet there were people in the place … quite a few actually (apx. 8 other tables), for a 2.30/3.00 pm visit, this seems like a decent number. Patrons were of all ages – young to old, families and lone diners (I’m counting myself here). Anyway, for a better description of the place, you can check out BK Magazine’s write-up on it.

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I grabbed one of the open booths by the front windows and flipped through the menu; I didn’t really need to do this though as I had been once before with a group of friends – one of whom ordered the burger for kicks (JW – get better soon dude), and we quickly found out that it wasn’t the best in Bangkok. This trip was to confirm what I experienced the first time was standard. I placed my order for one “Cheese Burrrrgeeeerrr,” and waited.

New Light Cheeseburger: THB 160- (US $5.33)

“Beef patty and cheese on a toasted bun.”

New Light Coffee House Bangkok CheeseburgerI almost feel bad commenting on this burger, but I take some comfort in knowing (or assuming rather) that they don’t pay their bills by selling obscene amounts of burgers. Pattywise, this has to be one of the worst I’ve had … at least in terms of texture. It was dry and ground so finely that it actually crumbled in my mouth. Come to think of it, it sort of reminded me of canned cat food, but with a little less moisture. I didn’t find any gristle or any other tough parts, but with this grind you could probably add a whole bone to the mix and no one would know otherwise. I can say this though, they used “real” cheese (not a processed slice), and I really liked the bun. In fact, I would go back again just to have the bun with melted cheese in it – if I had taken the patty out of my burger, I think I would have had a pretty awesome grilled cheese … or a reversed grilled cheese anyway. The bun was buttered and toasted on the griddle to a point where the sides pointing down are perfectly toasty, while the other sides remain perfectly soft. So all was not lost this visit. The fries – sad and soggy. The Verdict: Not the best burger in Bangkok … not even close.

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BTS: Siam

Parking: Yes

Hours: 8.00 am – Midnight

Esca Burgers & Shakes

17 Jul

Escapade Burgers & Shakes Bangkok Angus Burger Cut

Escapade Burgers & Shakes Bangkok Exterior112 Pra-Athit Road (see map), Tel. 087-363-2629, Website: FB page

Rating: 7/10

Overview: A number of people had recently recommended me to check this place out (Escapade Burgers & Shakes … AKA Esca Burgers and Shakes), and I’m glad they did as I wanted to venture into this area for some time now. With the amount of foreign tourists in this zone, I imagine there must be at least 1 or 2 decent burgers around, so I can now add one to the list. Anyway, the place is quite small, so it’s best you follow the map … if you do that, it’s pretty easy to get to.

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The interior consists of a narrow hall with one table and then a short bar with 6-8 seats … there’s more seating in the back (outside) that can fit 20 or so more. There are a number of burgers on available, with beef, pork and chicken options – there may have been a veggie burger too, but I don’t remember. I imagine there aren’t many vegetarians reading my blog for options anyways. Well, you know the drill, I grabbed a seat and ordered a burger.

Angus Burger: THB 170- (US $5.66)

“100g U.S. Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, sautéed onion, cheese and toasted rice mayo on a custom-made wheat bun.

Escapade Burgers & Shakes Bangkok Angus BurgerIn a word, this burger was interesting and for the most part, I enjoyed it. I have to be honest and say that there were a couple of things that just didn’t quite do it for me, but I definitely have to give credit where credit is due – and that credit is that these guys are putting together some original burgers. I liked the fact they kept things simple; there was a huge combo of bold flavors fighting for the spotlight. On this particular burger, they use a “toasted rice mayo” – and this really gives subtle but distinct flavor that I have not had in burger before. It was nice. Also the bun was pretty good, other than I thought that it was slightly too dense for the burger – but bunwise, I like the direction they are going here … first time for me seeing this type of bun in the Bangkok Burger Scene. Now to downside, the patty was a bit bland for my taste and slightly watery. I really was expecting a more meaty taste, but it came up short. Don’t take this the wrong way, it wasn’t horrible; I just was expecting more. When I think U.S. Angus, I think big MEATY taste. Oh well, maybe I’m just picky … while I was sitting there I overheard a girl/woman on phone saying how amazing the burgers were … so, each is own. As for sides, you have  a choice of fries or onion rings … I went with the rings. They were sort of like the ones you get at Burger King … so if that’s your style, then you might like these. The Verdict: I say give it a go. While I don’t think they are the best burgers in Bangkok, they’re not bad either. Plus, if you’re into cocktails, it appears one of the partners there is a local, award-winning mixologist.

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Closed: Monday

 

 

Feat. Bangkok

10 Jul

FEAT Bangkok Burger Cut

Feat Bangkok WindowNew Location: (342/1 Phayathai Rd.), Tel. 087-618-0706, Website: FB Page

Rating: 6/10

Overview: (note: the photos below are from their old location). A friend mentioned this place to me awhile back when they first opened, and for the life of me, I could not find it … and all I had to do was look up. Actually, I should have done a bit of research before wandering down there … the guys at Coconuts Bangkok give away the location quite directly.

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The layout and location of this restaurant once again reminds me how creative and resourceful people can be. The owners here have created a casual and comfortable space in one of the actual entrances of Siam Vintage (a little lifestyle mall with some funky shops) – while I was eating, there was a lot of foot traffic passing though, but rather than detract from the place, it added a level of vibrancy to it. The menu is, as others have noted, filled with typical American foods … like sloppy joes, mac & cheese, etc. To stick with the theme of this blog, I ordered the burger … but I was really considering the chicken and waffles.

American Cheeseburger: THB 160- (US $5.34)

“3.7 oz patty, lettuce, grilled tomato, cheese, ketchup and mayo on a custom-made bun.

FEAT Burger BangkokLet’s just get straight to the point. I thought that this burger was just ok. Upon arrival, my hopes were high; the burger looked pretty good. Once I started digging in, things changed a bit. Its doneness was ok for me – somewhere between med/med-well, and the flavor was fine as well. What was problematic for me was that I found quite a few chunks of gristle (some quite big) in the mix. Also, I came across a couple patches of what I assume was filler; it was pasty and tasted like wet bread. I’m not really a fan of fillers in burgers, and when I have experiences like this, it sort of reinforces my disdain for them. The bun was similar to the one at Burger Factory, and I thought that it good … except that the bottom half got quite mushy (I guess I should have eaten faster). The toppings and fries were fine. The Verdict: While they don’t serve the best burger in Bangkok, this place is worth a visit … try the chicken and waffles and let me know how they are!

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Serving time: apx. 16 min.

BTS: Siam