Archive | June, 2013

Sweet Pista

20 Jun

Sweet Pista Cheeseburger Cut

Sweet Pista Sign235/21 Sukhumvit Soi 31 (see map), Tel. 02-662-2866, Facebook Page

Overview: So here’s a quick rundown. A friend of mine (Chris from WTF) told me about this place awhile back, and with a solid recommendation to check out their burger … I was sold. Sweet Pista is located on Sukhumvit Soi 31 (just around the corner from where Mystique used to be for those that are long-time bangkok residents). It’s a bit hard to see; unless you’re looking for it, you’ll most likely pass it. Best to Sweet Pista Interiorlook for a little bike shop, and this place is right next to it. If you’re driving, I’m told there isparking in a small lot about 20 meters past it. The interior is nice and clean. There’s not a lot of seating, a few small tables … but it’s clean and comfortable … which is good. They have a pretty hardy list of burgers – ranging in price from THB 180 – 350. They have booth beef and pork … as well as a fish option. I kept it simple and went with a plain cheese burger.

Cheeseburger: THB 220.- (Apx. USD 7.33)

“180g beef patty, provolone cheese, lettuce and mayo on a toasted homemade bun.”

Sweet Pista CheeseburgerAt 180g, this burger should do a good job a filling the belly of a hungry burger hunter. It comes with small side salad rather than fries … so be warned if you’re a fry lover, you’ll need to place an additional order. The bun is made fresh, by the owner’s sister, and while I know I’m supposed to stay neutral in what I say from this point on … I must give her credit, or at the very least say “good job.” It’s not easy to bake things (consistently) in Thailand – the humidity is a challenge. They use Thai beef and lightly season the meat. There was a definite taste of fresh-ground black pepper. The buns I believe were buttered and toasted, which resulted, in this case, in quite a greasy bottom bun. Not saying this is good or bad … in fact, for some diners in the U.S. the amount of grease is directly correlated with the flavor factor. Aside from burgers, Sweet Pista has a pretty eclectic menu. I’m told that the Pista Fries (shaken with anchovies and parmesan cheese) and the Pista salad are solid go-to selections … to pair with a burger or not is up to you. Also, not pictured, they have a nice selection of freshly baked cakes … which looked pretty good. The Verdict: Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Sweet Pista Cheeseburger CutSweet Pista Decoration SignSweet Pista Salad

Other:

Serving time: Apx. 10 min.

Parking: yes – next door

Hours: Tues-Sun: 11 am – 10 pm

Bangkok Burger Blog is Back??!!

20 Jun

When I’ve been gone for so long, it’s hard to know where to start. I guess I’ll start with what matters – the burgers! I do need to say one thing though, my burger-rating days are no more. So, any posts that follow will be more neutral. After after all, as a partner at small restaurant myself, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to criticize others – at least not on this topic. That said, that shouldn’t really be a problem. There’s a huge burger-loving group in Bangkok (and around the world), and it is my hope that they will chime in, as they have in the past, and help me help you by telling it how it is – the good, the bad and the greasy.

Happy Burger Hunting in Bangkok!