The Den, a little steak eatery located in the mid-levels in Sai Ying Pun on Oaklands Path, is apparently well known for its wagyu meat variety. In fact, there is a very well visible board with a list of steaks to make sure that nobody misses out on the offerings. The place itself is small and very simple with table/booth style seating and a very limited outdoor option.
The Den Burger is what interested me from their menu. However, it is usually not being served on weekends since they only do brunch then, and I went on a Sunday. The waitress asked the chef regardless and they made an exception. Priced at 108 HKD this burger came on a white rectangular plate with a salad that I asked to switch for instead of the usual fries. Despite the waitresses’ surprise, I still requested my meat to be well done.
The burger arrived with a burnt and hard sesame bun. I’m not sure if the chef insinuated that because I requested my meat to be well-done that he should overdo the bread as well but clearly, he couldn’t be bothered to make a new one. My friend who was accompanying me nicely switched his unburnt bun with me. The meat portion was small but tender, as I had expected since it’s wagyu. It also contained lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, an egg and even beetroot. There weren’t any condiments, this burger was virtually tasteless and that definitely would’ve enhanced the overall flavor. It was also very messy to eat as everything kept on falling apart. I had to finish using a knife and fork in the end.
Overall I was highly disappointed with this burger and also the service. Even though they nicely made an exception by making the burger, they then made it sound like they did such a great favor. When I mentioned the bun came burnt I was basically completely ignored. In the end, they simply should not have agreed to make the burger if they were going to feel burdened by it. Making the client feel guilty in the end is also unacceptable. I do not recommend this burger at all nor the place. I will not be coming back here again and my rating is the lowest which is a 1/5.
The Butchers Club located in Central Hong Kong is a well-known place for burgers and duck fat fries. Originally first opened in Wan Chai, this place is famous for its signature burger along with the secret menu that according to rumors changes on a regular basis. With two convenient locations on Hong Kong Island and one in Kowloon, this place has an authentic bar and wooden table with high stools seating, an open kitchen and menu items visible from every angle from their display board.
“The Burger” is the famous and simplest burger in this joint. Priced at 100 HKD, it arrived served in a branded wooden block nicely sitting on a paper liner. If you want the duck fat fries you need to order them separately, I decided to go for the burger only.
Evidently I requested my meat to be well done and although it wasn’t as cooked as I normally like it to be the meat was amazingly tender and juicy. Considering that it’s not wagyu I was quite impressed. The freshly baked bun was just soft enough and a great accompaniment to the meat and the mixture of the ingredients; bacon, cheese, tomato, pickle and the secret sauce. It also wasn’t messy at all to eat.
I was quite impressed with this burger. The meat and marriage with the simple ingredients made it one of the best burgers that I’ve ever had yet. It is great value for your money and I will most definitely come back here again to enjoy this simple yet delicious burger. I give it my 5/5 rating!
Tribeca Kitchen & Bar, a New York inspired venue located at the Ocean View Hotel in JBR, is a trendy, artsy but yet classic place to be. Known for serving its various organic options, this location is very spacious and consists of furniture ranging from couches, chairs, benches and tables. There’s a bar, dining and chilling areas. There is also an outdoor seating option that can be enjoyed if preferred and when the weather permits. This is the perfect place to come to when you feel like you want to escape the ordinary.
On the menu can be found the Tribeca Burger. Priced at 75 AED, this ground beef burger comes served on a rectangular dark stone slate plate in between a black and white sesame seed bun. This burger is normally accompanied with fries, but habitually as expected, I had them swapped for a salad instead. I also requested for my meat to be well done.
What is quite interesting with the Tribeca burger is that it comes with beetroot. Asides from the usual suspects; cheese, lettuce, and tomato, there is also the cajun mayonnaise, caramelized onions and the beetroot that definitely add some spice to the taste. The bread, however, was sweet and falling apart. The beef paddy was also very small and hence it didn’t help with keeping the burger together either.
Overall the bread was too sweet, the burger was too messy to eat and the meat portion was too small. The combination of the beetroot, cajun mayonnaise, and caramelized onions definitely added some pizzazz to the whole experience but the price is not justified in my opinion, so for this reason my rating is 3/5.
Nola Eatery & Social House is the recent New Orleans inspired venue that has opened in Jumeirah Lakes Towers by the Armada Blue Bay Hotel. This early 1920’s Louisiana’s concept bar-restaurant has a modern twist offering booth, tables, high tables, bar and even outdoor seating. Jazz music is what you’ll hear and there’s even a live band that plays in the evening. Their menu is comprised of a variety of choices from starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, cajun grills and main dishes. Nola is definitely a must see to go enjoy jazz music and indulge in food with great company.
The main item as expected that caught my eye on their menu was the Nola Burger priced at 75 AED. This black Angus beef chuck burger comes served on an oval wooden cutting board with your choice of side. What I found unique from other places is that they provide you a variety of choices to choose from of either taters or veggies for your side. I decided to try the curly kale. As usual, I asked for my meat to be well done.
The meat was actually quite tender despite the fact that it wasn’t wagyu and that I asked for it to be well done. It sat between a nice and tender white bun and the cheese combined with the pickled relish added a really nice touch to the overall taste. There were the usual lettuce and tomatoes as well included. It was mentioned in the menu that there were fresh oregano and thyme but I didn’t find any distinctive hint of it. This burger was also not messy at all to eat and didn’t fall apart or drip.
Overall the portion of the burger was good and it had a nice taste to my palate. My only comment would be regarding the bun. Although it was nice and soft it was a bit too soft for my liking and I also tend to prefer bread that is not too plain. But asides from that I would definitely come back and have this burger again and enjoy the lovely atmosphere. My overall rating is 4/5.
Monty’s is the restaurant located at The Address Montgomerie in Emirates Hills overlooking the golf course. This modern venue offers seating by the bar, in the solarium and/or a big outside terasse. The menu consists of breakfast and international options.
The beef burger is the item that evidently caught my attention from their menu. Priced at 70 AED this burger comes served on a white rectangular plate and an accompaniment of salad that I had replaced instead of the usual fries. The meat comes automatically well done as other cooking preferences are not offered. I always request my meat well done in any case so it worked out well for me.
The burger was fairly huge and sat in between a white bun that seemed nicely buttered. The main ingredients that came in this burger were carmelized onions, pickles, tomato, cheese, lettuce and a very generous portion of meat. The meat itself wasn’t marinated, was too dry and had no significant distinctive taste. The bun was a bit too toasted and hence made it too crumbly for my liking. The cheese and carmelized onions definitely added the pezzaz to the whole meal.
Although this wasn’t a messy burger at all to eat, it was too plain for my personal liking, hence my overall rating is a 2/5.
Spikes is a restaurant located at the Al Badia Golf Club in Festival city. This venue has both indoor and outdoor seating. The terrace conveniently overlooks the golf course and the inside has a bar type of atmospheric feel with a modern twist and big screens to watch the games. The venue is open all day and serves anything from breakfast, salads, pasta, mains and grills to cater to all tastes.
On the menu can be the found the Spikes Burger, which is marked as one of the restaurant’s recommendation. Priced at 75 AED, this prime Angus beef burger comes served in a wooden tray with Spikes branded paper liner and a salad that I swapped instead of the fries. For an extra 20 AED I had pork bacon added. The choice of regular or crispy bacon was offered, so I went with the crispy. The meat automatically comes well done as they don’t offer any other cooking preferences, which in my case was fine as I always request my meat to be well done.
The burger had a very generous portion of meat that was marinated with parsley and sitting in a black sesame bun. The other ingredients found (asides from the added bacon) were cheddar cheese, tomatoes, ice berg lettuce, red onions and a tomato relish. The meat was tender but could’ve been juicier and the bread not as soft as expected. The crispy bacon was very salty (probably not the best idea to have added that extra as I am not a fan of salt) and the tomato relish was good but overpowered most of the taste of the burger. To my surprise though, given the size of the burger, it wasn’t that messy to eat.
My overall rating for this burger is 3/5 but I would have it again without the added bacon this time as the decrease in salt might make it better for my palate.
Nofara Café is a small restaurant located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster W at the ground level overlooking the lake. It offers a variety of salads, sandwiches and cakes. There is a menu à la carte as well where you can order specific dishes and that includes all day breakfast options. The place has indoor as well as outdoor seating for those who want to soak up the nice Dubai weather during the winter and have a shisha. The inside comprises of a modern wooden rustic decor and chalkboard wall with shelves.
On the à la carte menu can be found the Wagyu Beef Burger priced at 68 AED. It comes served with potato wedges but naturally I had that changed for salad instead. Interestingly enough, since I swapped the wedges for salad the presentation was different then if I had chosen to keep them. The burger came on a white rectangular plate instead of a wooden cutting tray with a knife in the center, which I assumed was for sanitary reasons. As usual I requested for my meat to be well done.
The meat was very tender and well done as I had requested and sat in between a nice brioche bun that was soft and fluffy. The truffled burrata cheese and mango chutney were the perfect compliment to the rocket salad and tomate that made this burger have a unique distinctive taste. It was also not messy at all to eat. Overall the mixture of ingredients, especially the mango chutney, made this burger in the top best that I’ve tasted in Dubai so far so I give it a 5/5 as I would definitely come and have it again.
The Beach House located on the Palm Dubai at the Anantara Hotel is a very chilled and relaxed atmospheric venue by the beach overlooking Atlantis The Palm and Dubai Marina. The restaurant offers its guests both indoor and outdoor seatings with the outdoor seatings options being of lounge chairs and/or tables. A great place to come and enjoy food, drinks and shisha during the cooler Dubai months with friends and enhance the experience even further while listening to music that is played by its own resident DJ.
One of the main items highlighted on the menu is the Wagyu beef burger priced at 110 AED. The presentation of this burger is quite unique as it comes wrapped in a newspaper printed paper liner branded with the Anantara times. The pickles, lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and coleslaw are nicely placed on the side for you and ready to add in the burger already containing the meat and elemental cheese. The bun was a regular, but nice, white sesame bread.
I requested my meat to be well done as usual and and was very tender and juicy. The fries I had swapped for a salad as I always do. The mixture of all the ingredients generally worked well but I found that it was missing something. The meat was tasteless, although the quality was great as mentioned earlier, and I felt that the coleslaw didn’t add too much value. I believe this burger could be enhanced by simply having the meet marinated. This was also an extremely messy burger to eat. From the start it fell apart and I had to use my knife and fork.
My overall rating for this burger is 3/5 due to the messiness and tasteless meat. However, I would have it again as a meal option.
The Scene Dubai situated in the well renowned Pier 7 in Dubai Marina is located on the 4th floor consisting of a lounge area, terrace and restaurant seating. The terrace over looks the Marina and is perfect for this time of the year weather in Dubai. The restaurant and lounge has a nice and cozy decor relaxed type of atmosphere comprising of two areas with table, lounge chairs seating, booths and a bar area as well. This place is perfect to come and enjoy a meal and/or drinks. A hint of funkiness can be found on the walls with Beano comic strips.
Although the menu is not massive it has a Famous Scene section to choose from where The Herd Burger can be found. Priced at 99 AED this burger is made with minced steak cooked to your liking (in my case I requested it cooked through as usual) and comes in a soft and fluffy brioche bread with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and mayonnaise. Two pickles accompany the plate along with chipotle ketchup and the fries that I evidently swapped for a salad all served on a curvy wooden cutting tray.
Although a bit too salty for my liking the meat was marinated, very tender and just juicy enough. I was surprised considering that I requested it well done. Asides from perhaps having too much mayonnaise, which spread a bit all over the bread (although I do like mayonnaise), it wasn’t messy to eat. The mixture of ingredients were good and the bread complimented well. My overall rating for this burger is 4/5 only because of the saltiness since I’m not the biggest fan of salt. I would however definitely come back here and order this again.
Taste Kitchen is a fairly new local restaurant cafe concept located in Mercato Mall, Jumeirah and it is the first branch to open with a couple more that can be found across the city along with what I would assume others to come. What makes this place quite interesting is that it’s not actually enclosed by walls, it is open air and uses pillars to create a separation. Small plants can be found sitting on each table and they also occupy a shelf area as well. Overall this place has a modern rustic concept that utilizes light tones to create a welcoming urban and yet peaceful garden feel.
On the menu can be found the TK beef burger, which comes served with fries and is priced at 55 AED. It is presented on a wooden cutting tray and habitually I had the fries changed for a side of salad. As usual I also asked for my meat to be well done. The burger came in a white bun that was soft and fluffy with onions, pickles, dill, ketchup and mustard. Although there was a generous portion of beef and it was juicy, its consistency looked and tasted like it was a patty bought from the store. It didn’t have any particular taste asides from the mustard and pickles that overpowered the burger.
I believe the burger could be improved with caramelized onions instead and mayonnaise. It was also a bit disappointing that it didn’t come with any cheese either. The menu didn’t indicate what was included asides from the fact that it was a beef burger. On a positive note though it didn’t fall apart and wasn’t messy at all to eat.
I wasn’t too impressed with this burger and I probably wouldn’t order it again. I would however come back to enjoy the venue as it is a nice and friendly environment to be surrounded in and I would be interested in trying other items on the menu as well. My overall rating is 2/5.