It was a chilly mid-autumn evening when our heroes sought refuge in a mysterious Neverland-themed restaurant that served cocktails and mediocre burgers. Thus started their grotesque adventure in a land where Millennials refuse to grow up.
Frank’s welcomes you with a succulent display of ageing beef cuts, hanging behind a glass like shiny trophies. It builds up your hopes - and hunger - right from the gate, then proceeds to partially shatter them at the table, leaving you with a disillusioned heart and a bitter mouth.
Burgers are much more than just the sum of their ingredients. Grilling a patty and stacking it into a bun with arbitrary toppings and sauces simply isn’t enough. Schrnk’s attempt feels slightly superficial and ends up missing the target by more than a little.
If you are a recovering burger addict, you might want to avoid Weihburggasse, right next to Stephansplatz: the sweet smell of grilled beef coming out of Rinderwahn will make you want to call up your sponsor at the speed of light.
Let’s agree to disagree: it’s not all about the meat. Good burgers need quality meat as much as they need a proper bun and harmonic toppings. Fortunately, despite the pretentious name, It’s All About The Meat Baby does not neglect this delicate balance and ultimately manages to deliver a delicious experience.
There’s a unique satisfaction in having a dinner that matches pretty much perfectly your expectations. Beaver Brewing Company is one of those rare cases where you know exactly what you are going to get without any surprises: freshly brewed beer and fair burgers.
In a city whose burger landscape is more and more dominated by big multi-restaurant players, sitting in a tiny parlor is actually kind of refreshing. Sadly, this alone isn’t enough to make Omnom an unmissable destination.
Das Eduard is a cosy bar with very friendly service, generally good kitchen and a couple of interesting burgers in the menu. Even though, admittedly, on some unlucky days you might receive an overtoasted bun or an overcooked patty, most of the times you will likely enjoy the same surprising experience that won us over.
In the heart of Schweizergarten there is a (not so) little paradise for carnivores. Klein Steiermark’s menu boasts a number of Austrian classic and seasonal dishes, a legendary rack of spare ribs and exactly one burger that, alone, could give a hard time to many of the specialized restaurants in town.
It’s not enough to serve a great burger to be a great burger restaurant. It’s not enough to throw in the cool logo, the predictable cow statues, the wooden tables and the design lights. Burger Bros The Mall serves delicious burgers, but forgets the essential ingredient: passion.
When I started reviewing burgers I was quickly confronted with a moral dilemma: do I have the right to write a negative review? Should a random person like myself dare judge a professional restaurateur’s work?
The premise is funny, if a bit corny: burgers and milkshakes in 50s American Diner, complete with red and white leather booths, vintage pin-up Coke ads and the inevitable Elvis playing in the background. Teddy’s American Diner will serve you ordinary burgers, and then win you over with his unexpectedly charming personality.
Half of 2019 has passed, and the time has come to look back at six months of burger tasting.
After a while you think you’ve seen it all. The juicy, the dry, the safe, the experimental, the minimalistic, the over-the-top. Can a burger be still so bold that it truly surprises you? Have dinner at Laurenz4, you’ll see.