When In Bangkok, You Shall Not Eat Burgers. But Motormouth Did.March 15, 2012 | 5,282 views
The Aussie Burger (275 baht for Regular, 340 baht for Large) – Beetroot, Grilled Pineapple, Crispy Bacon, Cheddar Cheese & Fried Egg with Vegemite Mayo.
And so, in the last post, there was a glimpse of a Pork Samurai Burger from McDonald’s in Bangkok that we could not help but savour again and again. And again.
Like during every trip, I was like enamoured, and enthralled by the thought of sinking my teeth into a PORK burger. At a fast food joint that’s almost synonymous with the American culture already so ingrained into the Asian blood now.
But wait, shouldn’t Bangkok be Pad Thai, Khao Man Gai, Tom Yum & street food? Where does a burger chain or taking it a step further; a gourmet burger specialist come into play?
Bangkok Burger Company probably has a whiff of charm tucked underneath their sleeves somewhere. The lure of a slightly upmarket burger joint; catering to the middle-upper class at this relatively upmarket neighbourhood of Thonglor. Read on, and find out what attracted me over ……
Patties made from aged charolais beef, prime cuts that offered more than the conventional gritty bite of a minced unrecognizable patty of beef and whatever fillers they could pump the meat with. OR, you can go unconventional and pick the PORK patty instead, served up the same way.
And mind you, not just any 5 or so varieties, here at Bangkok Burger Company, they have 18 types of Gourmet Burgers, and another 7 types with patties made of fish, lamb and even chicken breast.
Le Parisian (255 baht for Regular, 320 baht for Large) – French brie topped with garlic mushrooms in a dijonaise sauce
Served with a side of coleslaw that was fresh, tangy and very appetizing, and stacked fries with bits of skin intact casually drizzled with chili sauce, the gourmet burgers came in ensembles that should be seen to believe. Imagine one El Diablo with warning signs of THREE chili icons; substantiated by claims of having spicy buffalo sauce, jalapeno, smokey fire breather chillies and cheese. Then you have The Carbonara with linguini (in a burger!) topped with creamy parmesan, egg and crispy bacon sauce!
We sampled a beef and a pork version, and so happened that on weekdays, all regular gourmet burgers go for only 199 baht each! (About RM20/USD7). That’s a steal considering that the burgers range from 195 baht to 275 baht each.
The Aussie Burger had almost stuffings/fillings imaginable, stacked to the brim with a fried egg, beetroot pineapple, bacon and cheese caressing a chunk of a prime beef patty. The burger appeared to be moderate in size but believe me …. the portion is definitely enough to fill one hungry diner.
Le Parisian sounds posh, with a robust sauce of garlic mushrooms and dijon mustard with mayo, liberally coating the chunky patty of pork that we picked. The toasted buns were good; being neither too dry nor tasteless. Still, comparing the beef to the pork, the former wins hands down.
The fact that the leaner Charolais beef was used could be the contributing factor, plus we can always have good pork burgers in various nooks and crannies even in Kuala Lumpur. But good beef burgers are not a dime a dozen.
Angus beef burgers will cost you a bomb, and let’s not venture over to Wagyu’s territory!
The Opus is the building housing Bangkok Burger Company, yet to locate this building may require a bit of perseverance.
You can also try their intoxicated Grown Up Shakes (195 baht each) laden with alcohol; such as FBI with Bailey’s, kahlua and vodka!
Let’s see, we walked northbound from the nearest Thonglor BTS Station. The restaurant is on a lane branching to the right, at Thonglor Soi 10. But to reach Soi 10 from the station will require about 20 minutes worth of walk. Unless you’re brisk, or fast-paced, then 10 minutes will do. But under the hot sun? I’d say safe to take a cab if you’re fond of fainting by the thought of walking anywhere further than 200 metres!
“We Speak Burger!”
BANGKOK BURGER COMPANY
The Opus Building
Thonglor Soi 10,
Refer to their map on their website
And that ended the whole BANGKOK 2012 SAGA!!! Giving myself a pat in the back, for the recent slurry of travelling had left me incapacitated and partly losing the passion in writing. Getting back to the groove now … and the fact that I will be making my way back to Ipoh this weekend is a cause to rejoice!!! More ‘poisonous’ food stories to come in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.