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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
           

Announcing Fork It Over Dubai Tuesdays Starting at Teatro

Teatro
Thank Goodness Its Tuesday! #TGIT I have a really special announcement about Tuesdays in Dubai from this day onwards. No longer simply a midweek milestone, now Tuesdays will officially be called Fork It Over Dubai Tuesdays, a midweek Getaway! #FIODTuesdays At the start of each month I will share 4 restaurants that I will be reviewing and dining at each Tuesday of the week. If your free, interested and in the area join me for a review and tell me what you think of the restaurant. Fork It Over Dubai Tuesdays will ultimately help me reach my goal of one review per week, keep me connected to you, my gorgeous readers, who make Fork It Over Dubai and introduce a third dimension to my reviews. There's only one rule to the game - no one's allowed a bite of a dish until I get a shot of it! : ) I decide to have the first first FOIDTuesday at Teatro restaurant in Towers Rotana, a true  staple in the Dubai restaurant scene. After a quick email to a few close friends explaining FIODTuesdays, I get a total of 14 confirmations. A phone call to book the biggest table in the house and were ready to go! I respect Teatro because it has stayed relevant throughout the introduction of big international brands to the Dubai restaurant scene. On any given night, tables are usually fully booked and your bound to bump into someone you know. Walking into Teatro, I always encounter the same warm and friendly welcome. "Welcome back to Teatro Mss. Tala" And no, I don't dine there every week for them to know my name, but that staff goes to great lengths to remember loyal customers. Its a place where everybody knows your name - a Cheers to that. Crossing through the beautiful glass wine cellar I reach my 14 seater table, take a seat at the head and wait for FIODTuesdays to officially begin upon the arrival of all my guests. Considering most of my guests have lived in Dubai for quite a while, there is a 15 to 20 minute wait for their customary tardiness. All hands on deck, while nibbling on the necessary edamame, I open the menu and let loose on all the starters, ordering some of the Teatro greats. My recommendation for Teatro is an over indulgence in starters, sushi and dessert. This killer combination will leave you satisfied and inspired. I'm particularly fond of dinners focused on shared plates because it elevates the connection between each dinner guest. Our starters arrive one by one and our table is nothing short of beautiful. The signature must haves are, black dhal, assorted naan basket, wasabi prawn tempura, peking duck rolls, seared scallops and the burrata. Even though our starters are an international selection, they do work well together. One bite of black dhal followed by a wasabi prawn tempura. As the ever so wise Pitbull once sung "One life, two worlds English, Spanish, one night, two girls English, Spanish." I respond by saying "One life, two cuisines Indian, Japanese one night, two bites Indian, Japanese." To top it all off, some of the best sushi offered in Dubai. The Teatro sushi counter is the most efficient and well oiled machine I have seen.  It dishes out hundreds of rolls and slices of sushi a night. The star of the show, to me, is the spicy tuna maki roll. A cool tuna slice wrapped in soft rice, lace with scallions and topped with a secret mayonnaise sauce. And for dessert, a warm, rich chocolate brownie swimming in a oozing, bubbling chocolate caramel sauce. Excitedly I taking a bite of the brownie, sauce and all and I burn my tongue. Does that stop me from the next bit? Not at all because it's sure as hell worth it. As I lay my head down this evening, a smile appears on my face. The night ended with 14 friends reconnecting and enjoying a beautiful Tuesday night dinner. I am proud that the first FIODTuesday put a smile on 14 friend's faces, I am proud that Fork It Over Dubai is evolving to become more connected with you and I am proud that I have lovely friends that support all my efforts. And with that my eyes close to dream about the next FIODTuesday.
THE DETAILS
LOCATION Towers Rotana OPENING HRS. 6 pm - 11:30 pm CUISINE International PRICE PER COUPLE AED 650 TELEPHONE # 04 343 800 WEBSITE http://www.rotana.com  
THE FORK-O-METER
A Craving Quencher Restaurant