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The Counter Burger

The Counter Burger
What is it with women and loyalty? Women have an exceptional ability, inclination rather, to be loyal and in most cases when it’s not due. Whether to her man, her Company or even her favorite restaurant. An inherent gene that seems to have been overlooked in her counterpart. A weakness? As first glance, yes. But it makes our passion for that perfect dish, that deal we just secured or that spot, that couch we love so much more deep. There’s nothing more honorable then loving with depth. I am loyal. When the clock strikes 12 am I know there is only one place I’d want to be, always. And that’s Elevation Burger. With the surge of burger joints around the city, I pass most of them off as not good enough to even sample. Although with the hype of The Counter Burger and in the name of restaurant reviewing, I find myself seated at a booth ticking my way through building my own burger. Side order of fries, chilly and guilt – tick. An interesting selection of both classic and unique toppings ranging from blue cheese, guacamole and onion rings. They arrive plump and looking their best for first impressions. That first bite is new and by default exciting. Stacked too high I would say and the bread beautifully shiny but doesn’t melt how I like it to. And at the end a portion of the burger is left uneaten. Not because it isn’t appetizing but because it isn’t that perfect size. The chili and onion rings are spot on. I thank the Counter Burger for a delicious first date. But then say it’s not you but it’s me and we could never be, we just didn’t click. The clock strikes 12 am, and I’m in his arms again, on that couch [booth], having my usual favorite Elevation burger and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, I am woman, I am loyal, hear me roar.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION The Beach JBR OPENING HRS. 10 am to 12 am CUISINE Burger PRICE PER COUPLE AED 110 WEBSITE The Counter Burger
THE FORK-O-METER
The Beach Burger Spot

A Modern Day Fairytale – The Princess and Her Burgers

At.Mospherelounge
This is no ordinary fairytale.  No, it’s my kind of fairytale, where the protagonist is a princess and the one that needs saving is the helpless prince. It’s a Tuesday not long ago when princess Yasmine begins to suit up for battle, one that would define her future. It’s a quest to discover and save her prince, the At.mosphere Lounge Burger, who is locked up in the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Dressed in her long flowing white dress, a green bejeweled necklace and Jimmy Choos she’s all suited up and ready to go. Approaching the Burj, the clashes with the foot soldiers begin, “Do you have a reservation?” Pulling out her white Sword 5, Yasmine retrieves her booking reference and banishes the foot soldiers. Hopping onto her rocket, she presses the ignition and the engine roars signaling its ready. Floor 123, full throttle on the gas, seatbelt (safety first) and she takes off. First climbing the Burj at a steady speed, and suddenly the rockets warps up into the sky crossing the sound barrier with a Kaboom! Reaching 442 meeters up, Yamine hovers next to the Burj, opens the emergency exit of the rocket and dives into the bulding through an open window. Entering her battleground, the At.moshphere Lounge is buzzing with energy. Approaching the hostess, Yasmine asks if her table is ready. “No, it would have to be a fifteen minute wait,” responds the hostess. Yasmine perches herself onto the bar and enjoys a cool whisky drink and beautiful music played by one of the most beautiful DJs she’s ever seen. Alas her table is ready, running towards it, she drives her white Sword 5 through the table and claims it to be Yasmine land, for the next two hours at least. As the new ruler of the table, she orders the prince’s release who has been held captive in the kitchen. And there he is, immaculately dressed and presented, one, two, three. His hand [burger] fits perfectly in her hands, it must be ment to be. Leaning in for a kiss, the ultimate test, a taste of what she has been chasing. It happens, Yasmine’s eyes widen with confusion as she takes a step back. Inquiring further, “Tell me your story,” she says. With the most perfect English and distinguished vocabulary, the prince tells Yasmine his cookie cutter prince story. Bland is the first thing she thinks. Where are your sharp flavors, thoughts and ideas? I feel no mustard or courage in your story. You may have the perfect base [patty] and clothes [bun] but I need a prince with character [inspiring and creative toppings] to spend a lifetime [AED 250] with. Heart broken, her prince promised her the world but gave her nothing. Tricked by the flashy lights, shiny buildings and expensive views she took one last sip of her perfect whisky bid adieu to her bland, helpless prince and jumped into her rocket. This time, not up into the clouds, but down to the ground. Jumping off the rocket and onto the ground she slips off her Choos and breaks off her necklace and starts running. Across Defense Roundabout, along Shikh Zayed Road, towards Safa Park until finally she reaches his doorstep, Al Reef Lebanese Bakery. Her beautiful white dress torn and stained with tar, her delicate feet bruised by the cement, but she doesn’t mind, because she has reached. One zatar manousheh with tomato please. Grabbing his hand, it's quite large, but she holds on never the less. A prince? No. Nothing is immaculate about the way he is dressed, there is no shiny skyscraper, no music, no lights, jus him, a humble, sweet soul. “Tell me your story,” she says. He responds with a story of great suffering but also great ambition and triumph. Exciting and unique, her heart flutters. Your humble yet strong character [manoushe dough] and ambitious plans [juicy tomato toppings] make me want to spend a lifetime [AED 7] with you. He promised her nothing but gave her the world as simple as that. Wait for it....... . . . And they lived happily ever after. At.Mosphere lounge is a surprisingly buzzing place to enjoy excellent drinks at some of the highest points in Dubai. The lounge offers gourmet twists on all your classic favorites such as hamburgers, tacos, corn on the cob, ceviches and more. I would go for all of them except the hamburger. For AED 250 a plate you will definitely find more exciting flavors to satisfy your pallet.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Burj Khalifa CUISINE International PRICE PER COUPLE AED 800 TELEPHONE # 04 888 3444  
THE FORK-O-METER
A Spot for Great Drinks
 

Elevation Burger

Elevation Burger
Seeing the eye catching blue and white branding on Sheik Zayed Road to and from work is how I got introduced to Elevation Burger. Your typical branding colors for a burger concept are red, white and yellow, so when I saw the complete opposite of blue and white, I knew I had to do some research. Elevation Burger tries to set itself apart from other burger chains by focusing on quality ingredients. Their beef patties are 100% USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, free-range beef that is ground on site. The French fries are also cut on site and cooked in olive oil. All this is music to my ears, but to put it to the real test of success, will it be music to my tummy? I know how important burgers are to you, so for my first burger dinner, I brought along my possy of 11 FIODTuesdays burger-fanatic guests to help with the verdict. Arriving early, I instantly decide that we’ll be dining outside. After poaching everyone’s free chairs and inching 5 tables together, my communal table is ready. Satisfied and proud of the work I have just completed, I sit back and relax and for a whisper of a second, I feel like I’m in New York.   My dinner guests arrive and in bulks of 5, we approach the counter to make our orders. I first select a cheeseburger, then begin with my toppings: ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, onions and mushroom. All the toppings are complimentary except for an extra slice of cheese and mushrooms. Why didn’t I choose the Elevation Burger or the Elevation Sauce? Because it includes a Thousand Island inspired sauce and I’m not a fan of anything mayonnaise based. I finish my order with fries and a coke.  I am then given an empty cup for my drink and a blue Pyramid with my number on it. Is it just me, or are self-service drink dispensers one of the most enjoyable things in the world. Ice, coke, cap, straw and we’re good to go. After 10 minutes of schmoozing and talk of what makes the perfect burger, my tailored burger arrives all carefully wrapped up with my fries lying beside it. Picking up my burger, it passes the first test. Nothing falls out and a one handed bicep curl for a bite is more than doable. A workout and dinner in one, lovely. Taking the first bite of my burger, I am able to reach all of its levels, another important factor. The bun is soft, pillow-y, gummy and Shake Shack-esk. The toppings are cool and fresh and provide an ever so slight crunch to the burger. I know there’s cheese on my burger because I ordered it and because I see it, but unfortunately I fail to taste it. A sharper cheese may be in order. The patty is prepared well as it still falls apart even after it has been cooked. Cooked to well done, although not dry, thin and well seasoned, I enjoy it. You have the option of staking up to 10 patties in your burger, but my preference will always be 1 patty. By the time I reach my last couple of bites, my bottom bun starts to fail on me. My recommendation, eat with a touch of haste. The fries cause the biggest controversy on the FIODTuesdays table, its either a yes I love them or no I don’t like them.  Personally I think they are a nice change from the yellow, hard and starchy fries served in most burger joints. I finish my meal with a mango and vanilla ice cream shake. Diluted is the most concise way to describe it. Not to confuse anyone, I still put Elevation Burger in the fast food category, but I believe that they follow the philosophy that fast food can be good food served fast. In a nutshell most of us agree that Elevation Burger is Shake Shack without the grease and without the hassle of a mall. Speaking to a friend from the States, he mentioned that Elevation Burger is modeled after the all famous In and Out burger where the focus is on fresh ingredients. Will it do well in Dubai? Yes. Whenever I pass by Elevation burger it’s filled with both locals and expats just enjoying a burger. And one more thing, it’s open 24/7. I can already foresee the damage it will cause on everyone’s late night after clubbing diets. Check out the Elevation Burger checklist for all of my FIODTuesdays guest comments.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION SZR OPENING HRS. 24/7 CUISINE Burger PRICE PER COUPLE AED 100 WEBSITE  www.elevationburger.com
THE FORK-O-METER
Ur Passed Ur Bedtime Burger Spot