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.
There is a widely known - but often misused - Italian expression that can be worth a thousand words, if delivered with the proper intonation, facial expression and hand gestures. So, picture a disappointed face and a strong accent on the first vowel when you ask “how was your experience at Manzoni?” and we frustratingly answer “Màmma mia…”.
You should never judge a burger by its cover. Very often a small and unassuming parlor might serve you a much better burger than a bigger and expensive restaurant. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget to consider the same thought from the other angle - a fancy restaurant might serve you a worse burger than an unassuming parlor.
A burger is like a frame to a picture: put a mediocre frame to an amazing picture and you’ll degrade the picture; do vice-versa and you’ll end up with a grotesque mess. The secret is in the balance, as well as in the confidence and honesty that you put into building your personal vision of a classic. Weinschenke takes this concept and somehow transcends it.
In the world of hamburgers, the line between fast food and gourmet restaurants is often thinner than we care to admit. From time to time, places like Le Burger remind us that putting labels is an empty exercise, and that what really matters is ultimately just how satisfying an experience is.
When we walked into Die Burgermacher we thought we were about to spend a normal evening, enjoying a promising burger in a nice-looking parlor. But at soon as we received our orders we realized that we had jumped into some sort of cosmic anomaly and that our table was right at the intersection of two parallel universes.
The first world eats too much meat. In some cases, we eat it in such form and quality that it barely qualifies as meat, and we are left wondering whether it’s really worth the life of an animal and the impact on the environment. In some other cases, on the other hand, it is respected and elevated in such a way that we truly perceive its value as a food. Flatschers is without doubt one of the latter cases.
From the moment you step into the door of The Burger Bar you start feeling betrayed in your expectations, and one adjective starts resonating in your head right away: generic.