Q43 Top ViewQ43 a restaurant, bar and lounge venue located at the Media One Hotel in Media City on the 43rd floor, is well known for its unique modern, stylish decor with a metropolitan twist. This very welcoming place is split into two areas to distinguish from the bar and lounge area and restaurant. The bar and lounge areas consist of couches, many billiard tables and contemporary paintings that add to the overall unique atmosphere. Overlooking the city with its panoramic view, this place is worth the trip to come and enjoy the overall atmosphere.

Q43 Burger Close Up ViewOn the menu is the Q43 Signature burger, which comes served on a wooden cutting tray with ketchup on the side and salad that I had replaced instead of the fries. The burger came with small cherry tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, cheddar cheese, veal bacon, lettuce, onions and chipotle mayonnaise. I was expecting this 79 AED burger to be wagyu but at least it came with a very generous portion of meat. The bread was a regular sesame bun and nothing particular was noticed. The meat was well done as requested and tender but it had no distinctive taste.

Q43 Burger Inside Close Up ViewThe chipotle mayonnaise definitely added some spice that enhanced the burger slightly. There was nothing significant about this burger and due to its massive size it was extremely messy to eat (in fact it was messy from the moment it was served), which made the overall experience not as enjoyable. The cherry tomatoes and the pickled cucumber pieces kept on falling out and in the end I had to use my knife and fork to finish.

I found the burger quite pricey for non wagyu beef, messy and tasteless meat. My overall rating is 3/5.


Bertin Bistro and Restaurant


Bertin Burger Full ViewBertin Bistro and Restaurant is a newly opened two story venue located in Al Manara on Sheikh Zayed Road with a very interesting story of how it came to be. The concept is inspired by love and travels through France, Spain and Morocco. The story journey is nicely displayed inside the restaurant wall and in the menu. Both floors offer outdoor seating with the ground floor consisting of a modern contemporary open kitchen atmosphere, whereas the top floor portrays the Moroccan ambience but with a Spanish twist. This place is perfect to come to at any time of the day to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner variety options, without ever forgetting the burgers.

Portobello SlidersUnique to this restaurant and a must try, the Portobello sliders with prime beef, cheese and mushrooms came in a Portobello bun instead of bread with a nice smokey bbq sauce. Priced at 60 AED, these grilled to perfection sliders along with the combination of all the ingredients made them exceptionally tasty. The meat was cooked just right and the mixture of the cheese with mushrooms and sauce sandwiched between the Portobello buns were simply heavenly. An inquiry was raised to see if a bigger version could be possible, but it was explained that in order to ensure that the correct consistency of the portobellos are maintained so does a certain size need to be kept. In any case, it’s perfect to share or just keep for yourself ;).

Bertin BurgerThe 220 gram prime beef burger arrived in a branded wooden tray and was served with a portion of potato wedges and a cucumber with red onions salad in yogurt. The burger was in a sweet brioche bread with tomatoes, caramelized onions, cheese, lettuce, mushrooms, pickles, bacon and mayonnaise. This massive burger, worth every penny priced at 58 AED, was very savory. The meat wasn’t well done as requested but close enough and very tender. The fusion of all the ingredients was good but the bread was too sweet for my liking. A buttery brioche tasting bread would’ve been perfect with this burger as the caramelized onions already add the right amount of sweetness needed. The consistency of the bread was great though as it didn’t fall apart and stayed nice throughout the whole experience. The only reason I had to use a knife and fork to finish in the end was only due to it’s size.

Bertin Burger Close UpI would definitely come back here again, for the Portobello sliders, the burger and to try other dishes. The menu is also very decently priced and you definitely get your money’s worth. The burgers were by far one of the best and unique that I’ve tasted in Dubai and I will be back here again. My overall rating 4/5.


Real Madrid Café


Real Madrid Cafe Burger Full ViewReal Madrid Café located at the Beach JBR is a two floor football concept venue where one can enjoy food, live matches on the big screens and of course the view of the beach. There is also a branded merchandising store attached to the restaurant for the fanatic shoppers. Their menu comprises breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with a variety of signature mocktails to choose from and even offers Spanish mineral water. This venue is a great place to come in the afternoon to indulge in food or for game entertainments in the evening.

Real Madrid Cafe Burger Close UpThis café serves a beef burger that arrives on a thick wooden chopping tray with handle accompanied with ketchup, tomato capsicum concoction and a side salad that I changed for instead of the fries. The portion of meat was very generous, which was well done as requested, along with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheese and beef bacon. There was a hint of mayonnaise and the bread was a nice fluffy pastry textured sesame brioche bun.

For non wagyu meat that is well done I was impressed at how juicy the beef was and the bacon added a nice smokey flavor to the overall taste that complimented well all the ingredients. Although it wasn’t a messy burger to eat the bread was crumbly but it was delicious nonetheless.

Real Madrid Cafe Burger CutI would come back here again to have this burger priced at 75 AED along with its salad that had a very tasty dressing. The overall atmosphere is also quite interesting and the staff is attentive as well. The chocolate fondant is also a must dessert for those who wish to satisfy their sweet tooth. My burger experience rating for this place is a 4/5.


Café Rouge


Cafe Rouge Full PlateCafé Rouge is a newly opened French bistro located in Dubai’s lovely Souk Madinat Jumeirah. This venue, with its London origins, welcomes you to a classic contemporary rustic atmosphere serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers can also enjoy outdoor seating, although limited, making it the perfect place to relax and spend the afternoon surrounded with good company.

The Rouge burger is the only beef burger on the menu. Priced at 58 AED, this 7 oz beef burger arrives served on a white rectangular shaped plate accompanied with a tomato concoction and a side salad that I naturally swapped for instead of the fries.

Cafe Rouge Close UpThe meat comes well done, the only cooking temperature option available (which suits me perfectly as I always ask for my meat to be well done), along with the usual lettuce, tomatoes and red onions. The bread is a brioche bun that is very soft and buttery but nothing that is out of the ordinary. The meat was very juicy but essentially was tasteless and overpowered all other ingredients. Adding the tomato mixture to enhance the taste didn’t make a difference either. Although this wasn’t a messy burger to eat it lacked any distinctive taste. There was an extras option to add crispy beef (7 AED) and Raclette cheese (8 AED) and perhaps this would’ve added some value but I didn’t feel it was necessary when ordering. I was also surprised that there weren’t any condiments included or provided on the side.

Cafe Rouge Burger CutOverall this burger didn’t meet my expectations as I am constantly looking for that peculiar taste. I believe it could’ve been improved with the extras and condiments but my rating without is 2/5. I don’t think I would come back to have the beef burger but I definitely would for the venue and overall atmosphere.



Located at Pier 7 in Dubai Marina can be found the restaurant bar Fumé. This place, located on the first floor, makes up one of the seven dining venues in the building and has a warehouse concrete modern wooden decor. Amongst their international menu can be found their Angus Rump Burger 200 gr.

This burger is the only burger choice on the menu. Priced at 76 AED, it comes served on a worn out metal plate and a colored knife for an easy cut. I asked for my usual well done meat and the fries to be replaced for salad. Tomatoes, cheese, pickles and iceberg lettuce are amongst the regular included ingredients.

Fume Side ViewThe meat, although it wasn’t wagyu, was extremely juicy and not dry to my surprise. It was however very salty and dripping, which made the overall burger very messy to eat, and turned the bottom bread extremely soggy making the overall burger hard to pick up with your hands. In the end I had to use my fork and knife to finish as it was completely falling apart. The mustard was too overpowering and the sesame bread although just toasted and crispy enough contained too much butter, the top part that is.

IMG_6511Overall I rate this burger 2/5. The main reason is due to the saltiness of the meat as I am someone who doesn’t add salt to anything. It was also too messy and the mustard over powered everything else. Perhaps if they replaced the mustard for mayonnaise you might actually be able to taste and enjoy the other ingredients. It also wasn’t worth the price.




IMG_6446On Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard Downtown is the home to the franchise Bennigan’s, an American Irish themed restaurant. This very spacious venue has plenty of seating indoors as well as out, making it quite an enjoyable environment when the weather in Dubai is nice. From soups to salads and sandwiches to steaks this place serves bigger versions of everything, giving it the much American touch one would expect to experience when dining here.

IMG_6452Bennigan’s has a selection of gourmet burgers to choose from all served on a white bun with 7 oz. beef paddies. I picked the Spicy Chipotle Burger priced at 56 AED, which comes with crispy onions, pepper jack cheese and this garlic chipotle mayonnaise. The usual tomato, lettuce, onions and pickles were also included with the burger. Naturally I changed my fries for a garden salad instead that I had a selection of options to choose from.

The burger came served well done (as I requested) on a white oval plate with coleslaw, a steak knife and the pickles on the side. I cut the burger in half as it was huge and began my tasting. Although it wasn’t a messy burger to eat it didn’t really have any taste. The meat and bread were both dry and I only detected a hint of the garlic from the mayonnaise. The pickles when incorporated in the burger were very distinct but the remaining ingredients were barely noticeable.

IMG_6455Overall I wasn’t too impressed with this burger. It does definitely look better than it tastes. My rating is 2/5 and that is only because for the price you do get a lot. But I probably wouldn’t come back here to have another one again.

Social House


IMG_5981Social House located on the lower ground level at the Dubai Mall offers a variety of different cuisines and menus from around the globe that cater to all for any meal of the day. This restaurant has a modern rustic theme with nature’s elements and an olden days touch added to the whole combination. Their menu is conveniently divided into the East and West with their respective headings for easy reference and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options. This venue also has outdoor seating, which is great when the weather is nice as it overlooks the Dubai Fountain.

IMG_5984Naturally I went for the Wagyu beef burger from the Western section of the menu. This 83 AED priced burger comes served on a dark round plate with fries, but I had them changed for salad. Asking for the meat to be well done, it came with two different types of cheese, brie and emmentale, a fried eggplant, salad, tomato and an onion ring with a special signature sauce. Interestingly the presentation was different than usual as the burger came cut in half and then turned downwards.

The bun was what I believe brioche bread as it was fluffy and buttery with some sesame seeds on top. The meat on the other hand was very dry and the onion ring didn’t have a distinctive taste. I have to admit though that the social house sauce was excellent and helped mask the dryness of the meat at times as every bite taken that was covered with it couldn’t be noticed. However, when barely any of the sauce was present then the full on dryness could invariably be detected.

IMG_5985This burger is really hard to rate because the bun and special signature sauce were deliciously amazing and it wasn’t messy at all. However the meat was too dry and some of the toppings weren’t really noticeable. For this reason my rating is a 3/5 but I would definitely try this burger again and ask for some more of their delectable sauce.


Atelier M


IMG_5912Atelier M is a French inspired two floor elegant venue with a lovely open terrace upstairs overlooking the Marina. Located at its well known fine dining building by the Dubai Marina Mall, Pier 7, this modern Asian and Mediterranean added concept makes this venue the perfect place to go relax and enjoy the view while socializing.

Aterlier M serves a variety of appetizers and main courses to choose from. But inevitably I had to try the Aterlier M Burger. Claims to come in a homemade brioche bun with crispy onion and pickles, this 65 AED burger comes served on a big white plate, with four wedge type fries and ketchup.

IMG_5914The meat was well done, although surprisingly I had asked for it to be medium well, and essentially was dry and had no taste. The bun was crispy on the outside but the bread was too soft on the inside and overpowered any crispiness previously detected. I could barely taste the onion ring (which was quite small), pickles and the other usual lettuce and tomatoes suspects. It came with mustard and was very messy to eat. I must say that I had higher expectations for this burger, given the venue, and it did not live up to them.

IMG_5917The venue on the other hand is definitely a place that I would not hesitate to come back and enjoy, but the burger is not one that I would order again. 2/5 is the rating I give this burger.

Maison Mathis


IMG_4547At the Arabian Ranches Golf Club is the home to Maison Mathis, a Belgium inspired cuisine concept restaurant with a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the golf course. Very well known for its homemade breads and pastries, this modern yet classic and relaxing venue makes it the perfect place to come out and enjoy an afternoon in good company and appetizing food.

IMG_4548The MM Burger is a grilled prime beef burger that comes served on a branded white plate with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and cheese. The total cost is 75 AED and for an extra 40 AED you can have foie gras added. I ordered my meat well done and naturally had the fries changed for salad. The burger came in a fresh toasted brioche bun that was tender and buttery, along with a homemade mustard and tomato sauce that made it the perfect blend to an exquisite burger.

IMG_4555The meat wasn’t well done as I had ordered but it was tasty and juicy enough so that it didn’t bother me. The portion was just perfect and it wasn’t messy at all. This gourmet burger is one of the best I’ve tasted so far, and quite surprisingly it wasn’t wagyu beef. It’s on the pricey side for a non wagyu burger but I would definitely come here and enjoy it again. My overall rating is 5/5.

Reform Social & Grill


IMG_5771 The Reform Social & Grill Dubai is a gastropub conveniently located in the Lakes. This colonial type restaurant is known for its British cuisine, which can be enjoyed at the bar or outdoors when the temperature permits. This London based venue serves the Reform “Angus Reserve” beef burger.

This 75 AED burger comes on a branded white plate with pickled baby cucumbers on the side and a house salad, which I swapped instead of the fries. Inside the burger were the usual lettuce, tomatoes and onions suspects. For an extra 10 AED I had the vintage cheddar added. I always take my meat well done, however the waitress suggested to have it cooked medium well instead as it would apparently be too dry otherwise. I took her advice and ordered it medium well.

IMG_5774The portion of meat was too small for my satisfaction and it was also dry despite her advice and didn’t really have much taste. I also strongly prefer not seeing red in my meat. The bread was nothing to rave about and was quite dry as well. In the end I asked for extra mayonnaise, which I generously added to my burger in order to compensate for the dryness and lack of taste. It wasn’t a messy burger to eat but because of the small meat portion, the ingredients kept on falling out when getting to the ends.

IMG_5775The place is an enjoyable venue but the burger wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped it to be and the price was not justifiable either. My overall rating is 2/5.

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