Archive | October, 2017

Bad Burger (2017)

30 Oct

Bad burger Basic Bit cut

BadBurger LogoBetween Sukhumvit 18 & 20, Website: here

There is a small soi/ally which seems there might be parking, but not sure how easy it would be to find an open spot. Scooter parking – no problem.

The Basic Bit (THB 249.-)

150g Australian beef, buttered/toasted brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, red onions, pickles and special sauce – served with your choice of side. (I went with coleslaw)

Bad Burger Basic Bit

I should say straight out… this wasn’t a bad burger, but for me something was missing – especially when it came to the patty. 1 word: savoriness. I know that I’m likely get some slack for this post as these guys have a ton of really great reviews and a vocal and loyal fan club (which I’m sure was well earned), and to the chef’s credit, people have been praising/recommending her burger to me since the food stall days in Onnut – I’m sorry I missed that – but here we are now… what can I say, this was my experience.

At the end of the day, the beef needs to be the hero. The bun, the toppings, the sides… and even the environment to some degree in some cases, should all come together for one purpose… to hail the beef! For me, I wasn’t hit with the “mmm” sensation when I bit in. And that’s usually a good test. The burger was good, but the patty was bland, it didn’t have that burgery/meaty/savory umph I was hoping for. It wasn’t dry, there was some juice, but it was more of a watery beef  flavor than  this is really bad for me, I really shouldn’t be eating this, but hope it never ends savory goodness…
Bad burger Basic Bit cut Bad Burger Grind

On the flip side, the grind was fine and the quality seemed good, no gristle or sinew bits to be seen at all! They cook all burgers medium (stated in the menu) and the server even pointed this out, which I thought was nice – mine might have been slightly under. Burger came in a timely manner; however one thing that I thought was a bit strange was that my coleslaw side came out first… like, right after the kitchen got my order they brought me my slaw. As a table of two was leaving, I asked one guy how everything was… he commented that the person he dined with enjoy her burger and that he found it strange they brought out their fries and coleslaw before the burgers. As I sat there for the next 5 minutes looking at my coleslaw, I agreed, it was strange, but wrote it off as Thai style service; when the dish is ready, it comes out. Staff was friendly, but once I had my food I was pretty much left to it; no follow-up until I asked for the bill.

Bad Burger Coleslaw

Anyway, at the end of the day, what constitutes a great burger can be somewhat subjective. It’s a personal preference – if this was not the case, we wouldn’t see some places serving filler-packed mush blobs of beef as burgers (which to be clear, Bad Burger was not this type of burger)… where there’s someone somewhere thinking that burger is god’s gift to mankind.

So take it as you will, maybe it was an off day for my tastebuds, or the guy cooking did something different this time – who knows. It was good enough that you should judge for yourself if you are in the area and support small business! Or, if  you’ve already tried it, please share your thoughts with us on our BBB Facebook page. Aside from the burger, anyone try the ribs or the Mac&Cheese?

Burger On! BBB

 

BTW: This is for J.Melcher 😉 (naked meat shot – as any “decent review” should have)

BAd burger patty

 

 

Arno’s Thonglor

10 Oct

Arnos Traditional Cut

Arno's Thonglor 13

Thonglor Soi 13 (in the lot next to SeenSpace)

Facebook page: here 

 

Traditional Burger (THB 220.-) [normal option is 200g, lunch set option 150g]

150/200g beef, choice of Sharp Cheddar/Blue Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Caramelized Onions on a toasted bun and a side of spicy sauce. Also comes with your choice of French fries, curly fries or side salad.

Overall I thought this burger was good – but a tad on the salty side . The bacon, blue cheese and buttered bun just put it just on the edge for me. I tried the beef alone and also felt the salt could be reduced a bit. This is a somewhat subjective comment as I know some would probably like more salt! Moving on… the beef patty was loosely packed, but held together. I liked this. I was told that the beef was Thai, but that’s all the staff know. They don’t know what kind or where it comes from.

The fat percentage seemed to be in the 20-25%+ realm, ensuring the patty was moist, but somehow came across as a bit greasy.  I ordered the burger in the lunch set, which is a reduced 150g patty as compared to the normal one that is 200g. The price is the same, but the difference is that the lunch set comes with a soft drink. Service was mixed bag. I wasn’t greeted when I arrived and as I sat at the table, the first server just walked over and stood there looking at me. I thought this was a bit of “just going through the motions”. And while no one once checked up on me or asked how my food was when I was eating it, after I asked for my check and paid the manager (I assume) walked over and asked me how everything was, which I felt was nice.

Arno Traditional Burger Arno's Thonglor Arno's Thonglor

So, will I be back? Why not! The food is fresh, the price reasonable and they have multiple locations now across Bangkok (Emquartier, Thonglor 13, Narwithiwas and Suanplu). I might be able to look past the saltiness if I throw in a couple of cold pints into the mix! One thing I am a little confused about is this… the “Hot Dog Chicago Style” – I think it would be more accurate to say “Hot Dog NOT Chicago Style” — pork hot dog, no poppy seed bun, no relish, no peppers, no celery salt… and probably the biggest taboo ever… KETCHUP. Oh well…. they’ve still got steak and burgers.

Arno's Hot Dog

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Happy Burgering.

 

 

 

Return of Bangkok Burger Blog

8 Oct

Will keep this short and sweet. BBB is back, and I’ll ease back into things – slowly but surely.  No more restaurant ties and lots of places to catch up on. Life is good.

I already have the return burger in my belly – so write-up coming soon.