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Best Burgers Forever

Best Burgers Forever
One of the most important initiatives Fork It Over Dubai has taken on is supporting home grown concepts in Dubai. As the majority of franchised restaurants in Dubai not only have international brand backing but also support from local heavy weight F&B companies, it is my responsibility to give local concepts a platform to demonstrate exactly what they are made of. My ultimate wish for the Dubai restaurant scene is a change from a predominantly international brand landscape to a home grown concept landscape. I want our restaurants to represent us, Dubai, rather than brands simply imported from abroad. That being said, I still hold local concepts up to the same standards as I do international brands. Why? Because I know we are that good! Is that fair? Yes its fair! Any concept that has the backing of true passion can in an instant trump an international brand that has a multi million-dollar backing. My favorite category for February’s Burger month is Home Grown Concepts which Best Burgers Forever was chosen for. After the confusion of which Marina Walk to go to and finally finding the infamous blue bridge at the end of the Marina, we land at Best Burger Forever's doorstep. Entering the restaurant, the first thought that comes to mind is how white the area is. Floor to ceiling white with bursts of red and an acid inspired B, which I have to admit, I love. To take advantage of the lovely weather and ‘water front views’ we take our seats outside on the terrace. As we settle into our chairs the waiter brings over a plate of onion rings. Is this complimentary I ask. The waiter responds with, “No this is your order Mss.”  Looking around the nearly empty restaurant, I explain that it’s probably the next table's order since we haven’t ordered yet. Menus in hand we make our order of hamburgers, making sure to include a camel burger, fries, onion rings which were teasingly brought to our table and apple pies. Our orders arrive and my burger bun cleverly has a B engraved into it. Taking a bite of my burger, I notice the sweet flavors of my brioche inspired bun. The toppings are classic and stay true to an original burger. The patty is cooked to well done as expected, although it does not fall apart as easily as I want it to. The beef may have been packed a touch too tightly before it was cooked.  Purely my opinion, I prefer a thinner meat patty. Taking a bite of my dinner guest’s camel burger, I was pleasantly surprised to taste a lean cut of meat. Could I have a whole camel burger? I’m not so sure, but it did prove to be lighter then the beef patty. An interesting take on localizing the burger. Our onion rings are the quintessential freezer bought rings, but still, who can ever resist those? Taking a bite of my fries, my favorite part of a burger meal, the textures I feel are warm, yet hard, yet a touch soggy. The creamy, crispy textures that I look for in fries are not present. We finish off our meal with a classic apple pie pocket and it is what it is. It’s a smart choice opening a burger concept in Dubai because everyone loves their burger. I would recommend that they work on their beef patty and fries and in the meantime Best Burger Forever will hit the spot as a neighborhood burger joint.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Marina First Tower OPENING HRS. Sat - Wed 11am - 12am Thu Fri 11am - 5 am CUISINE Burger PRICE PER COUPLE AED 100 TELEPHONE # 04 458 1564
THE FORK-O-METER
A Neighborhood Burger Joint
       

February FIOD Tuesdays Line Up

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For the month of February, the month of love, I wanted to do something special for FIOD Tuesdays. I want to focus on something you love most. Something that I haven’t experienced any other city obsess over more than Dubai. What is this thing, this love, this obsession?

BURGERS

As we all know, burgers are not created equally. There are different categories that make each type of burger stand in a league of its own. Therefore, with 4 Tuesdays in February, we are going to try 4 different types of burgers. The category rundown is as follows:

THE ORGANIC BURGER

THE GOURMET BURGER

THE HOMEGROWN CONCEPT BURGER

THE HOTEL LOBBY BURGER

I have completed my thorough research by reading every burger article in Dubai, asking countless people what their favorites are and consulting the expert foodies.

The schedule is as follows:

You may be wondering, “Hey where are the classics that we all know and love?” I intentionally left them out of my choices because I always want to expose you to restaurants and tastes that are new and unique. You don’t need me to tell you how Johnny Rockets, Shake Sack or the IVY burgers measure up because I know you’ve been there and done that. If you’re not a fan of any of the above restaurants no worries, there is an endless amount of Tuesdays and FIOD Dinners to come. If your in, post a comment or send me a direct email so I can manage the reservation. Love, Tala  

The Shake Shack Dubai

ShakeShack
What is the most Underrated part of a burger? Toppings.....Nope. Sides…..Nope. Sauce…..Nope. Then what is it? Scroll down for the answer. * * * * * * * * Just a bit more…… * * * * * * * * THE BREAD! Yes the bread. You may not believe me at first… but it’s true. If not chosen correctly, the bread can be the Achilles heel of a perfect burger. Take for example a certain burger joint in Dubai, let’s call it Rohnny Jockets, which was doing a stellar job when it first debut. Although, as time went by they changed their bread to a plain Jane/store bought brand and I never returned since. Another burger joint to fall into this trap is the Great Big Kitten (acronyms). They have fantastic selection of toppings and quality of meat but their bun isn’t strong enough to hold everything together. I guess at times its best to turn to our fellow chocolate bar friends for some life quotes. As the wise Twix always says – it’s all in the mix – and this case it’s the bread mix. When the US based Shake Shack chain opened in Dubai, there were a lot of conflicting verdicts, some saying they loved it and other saying they didn’t. Therefore, to put the burger loving community to rest, I thought it was my duty to Fork It Over Dubai the Shake Shack. Walking up to the Shake Shack at MOE, the first thing I notice is how packed it is – keeping in mind that it’s 3:30 pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I’m a little put off by its location, which is right next to the food court, because it makes it a borderline zoo. I guess this decision was taken for their foot fall benefit rather than my dining convenience. While looking at the menu cleverly pasted on the wall, we slowly winde our way to the cashier and place our orders. “Two Shake Sack burgers and fries please, and can you add pickles and onions to my burgers.” I make my payment and am handed a Shake Shack beeper which would go off once my order is done. Excitedly, I grab the beeper and think – this is probably the closest I’m going to get to being a doctor. “Page me if there’s an emergency!” I tell the cashier. Responding to the blank stare on his face, I excuse myself as he says next customer. In true “ER” form, as soon as my pager beeps, I’m on my feet running towards the pickup counter. I grab my burger (patient) and run to the sauce counter (operating room). "Ketchup"…squirt. "Mustard"…squirt. "Nurse (colleague)…Grab some napkins – this might get messy”. “Burger… I think you’re gonna make it – you’ll be in my tummy in no time!” Biting into my burger, the first thing I notice is the beautiful, soft, gummy, melt in your mouth bread. It’s sturdy enough to hold everything in, but still soft enough to feel like you’re biting into a down pillow.  And you know how much I like my buns... My additions of pickles and onions are, in my opinion, crucial to the success of my burger. I also notice that the burger has a mayonnaise mix which I then counter by slathering over my full tub of mustard. I’m more of a sharp flavor kinda gal. I heard some complaints from previous diners that the meat was too meaty (whatever that means), but I found light, soft and well seasoned. And to bring my whole meal together are my jagged edged, trans fat free, crispy fires. Completing my first burger, I am satisfied but still have that itty bitty hunger pang that needs crushing, so I proceeded to my second burger. Polishing off my second burger I feel the signs of over indulgence. Therefore my recommended servicing size is 1.5 burgers. It would be the greatest if they sold half a burger… Every so often, when I do crave a burger or being a pretend doctor, I will be returning back to the Shack Sack.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION: MOE OPENING HRS: Mall Timings CUISINE: Burgers PRICE PER COUPLE: AED 50  
THE FORK-O-METER
A Craving Quencher Restaurant
How was your Shake Shack experience? Do you share my passion for a perfect bun? Or do you feel there is a more underrated part of a burger?