June 2014 archive

The Gramercy


The Gramercy Wagyu Cheese Burger PlateThe Gramercy located in DIFC (Dubai Finanical’s Disctrict Centre) by Caramel Lounge is an upscale Gastro Pub with many large screens, which makes it a nice venue to watch the games as presently the FIFA world cup is on. With its dark colored setting and live Jazz music in the evening this place serves the Wagyu Cheese Burger that is worth the downtown trip.

The Wagyu Cheese Burger comes served on a white plate with a generous portion of meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise in a sesame bun. I changed the fries for salad as I normally do and asked for my meat to be well done.

The Gramercy Wagyu Cheese Burger Close ViewThe Gramercy Wagyu Cheese Burger Half EatenThis burger was one of the tastiest burgers I’ve had in Dubai so far and I strongly believe that wagyu beef is always the best. The meat was tender and marinated, which in my opinion makes a difference towards the better. The bun was just soft enough and overall the burger wasn’t messy to eat as it wasn’t falling apart or dripping.

I was very impressed with this burger and would definitely come here to have it again. It was worth the 75 AED pricing and a 4/5 rating.

Frosty Palace


Frosty's BurgerFrosty Palace is a small burger venue hidden away in Mar Mikhael, Beirut Lebanon minutes away from the famous Gemmayze street where all the bars and pubs can be found. You have to be somewhat familiar with the area, as taxis will not know where this place is even if you tell them. But it is located within very close proximity to the Happy Prince.

This diner is small yet very welcoming and has a nice cozy ambience. Sits approximately twenty people as it contains only three booths and six bar stools at the counter. Serves amazing milkshakes (from what I’ve been told), high quality teas and to my surprise alcohol. Having lived in Dubai for too long now I’ve become too accustomed to the lack of alcoholic beverage options in restaurants.

Frosty's Burgers Inside ViewI ordered the Frosty’s Burger priced at 20,000 LBP that comes served on a white plate with 170 grams of Australian grass-fed beef, lettuce, tomato and dill pickles. There was mayonnaise and a homemade relish given on the side, which I only added the homemade relish to enhance the taste. For an additional 4,000 LBP I added bacon, 3,000 LBP for Swiss Cheese and 1,000 LBP for caramelized onions. Cheddar can also be added for an extra 3,500 LBP, avocado mash for 4,000 LBP and fried egg for 2,000 LBP.  The meat came too raw for my liking and that was my mistake as I didn’t double check and request for it to be well done. It unfortunately ruined my burger experience since I cannot eat uncooked meat.

Frosty's Burgers EatenOverall, I think the burger would have been much better if it had been cooked to my usual well done liking. The burger patty was very thin, there was nothing special about the bread and it was falling apart. In the end I had to eat the rest with a knife and fork because it was too messy and I was removing the meat as well. On the other hand, it was great being able to eat real bacon, which I must admit I really miss that from living in Dubai.

My rating for the burger is 2/5 and the main reason is due to the uncooked beef. It was my mistake as I should’ve verified when ordering but I would come back and try it again, while making sure that the meat is cooked to my liking this time.


Seafire Steakhouse and Bar


Seafire Classic Wagyu BurgerSeafire Steakhouse and Bar, located at the Avenues in Atlantis The Palm, is well known for its selection of meats and quality beef as it is bred specifically for Atlantis in Australia. The restaurant has an elegant, spacious high ceiling earth wood decor theme with low lights. From its massive wooden doors when you first enter, open kitchen behind a glass window and large wine cellar, this place is worth coming to just to enjoy the atmosphere.

Seafire Classic Wagyu Burger Cut ViewTheir signature Seafire classic wagyu beef burger comes served on a wooden disc with three nicely laid out onion rings. A large steak knife is stabbed downward through the center of the sesame seed bun, which makes it very convenient to cut in half. I asked for the meat to be well done and any sides dishes have to be ordered as extras.

The burger came with tomato, relish, cucumbers, cheddar cheese and Dijon. I was expecting this 95 AED burger (you can have foie gras added for an extra 80 AED) to come with a slightly more generous portion of meat. The bread was nice, tender and pillowy but a bit too oily for my liking. The meat was nice and juicy but I found the overall taste very simple as it didn’t have any distinctive flavor that made it stand out. The accompanied onions rings were nice and crispy but didn’t come with any dipping sauce.

Seafire Classic Wagyu Burger Close Plate ViewI found the burger pricey for it’s content as it doesn’t include fries or salad as a side item. My overall rating is 3/5.