5 Napkin Burger Kuwait – Review
5 Napkin Burger Review
Quoting Josh Ozersky,.. ‘What do Americans think of when they think of the hamburger? A robust, succulent spheroid of fresh ground beef?, or a Styrofoam-shrouded Big Mac, mass-produced to industrial specifications and served to an obese, brainwashed population? Is it cooking or commodity?’ Regardless, Juicy, broiled hamburgers with just the right touch of charcoal taste from the fire has become an American institution. Fast forward to the 21st century and this middle class man’s meal has evolved and even found its way into many gourmet kitchens. 5 Napkin Burger ain’t in the likes of our usual Hardees, King, Mcdonald’s or even the glorified Five Guys, it’s a league apart!
Just when I thought Kuwait had seen it all (slightly exaggerated) with Slider Station, Classic Burger, Burger Boutique Black… and a few others, comes storming into competition from the bustling streets of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, is the 5 Napkin Burger.
Would prefer to have found this restaurant located in Avenues which (as of now) is the happening place in Kuwait. Though it did take us a while to find this place amongst all the construction still happening in the vicinity, we were only glad we didn’t give up on the adventure.
Totally unplanned and unprepared, we heard about this place from a colleague at work and decided to enjoy lunch at the restaurant. Arriving at the restaurant, we were gladly surprised to be the ‘only’ customers greeted and seated by the extremely friendly staff. Glancing through the menu I was surprised to find the restaurant serving the fine and elegant Sushi and also the greasy, messy burger. I always felt they were kind of opposites. Regardless, nothing was going to deter my quest for the best burger in Kuwait.
The Hell’s Kitchen Wings are highly recommended. They come drenched with a home made hot sauce served with blue cheese. The wings had a lightly fried outside with a succulent inside.
The 5 Napkin Burger is 100% coarse ground, Angus chuck is laid out with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli on a soft white roll. The 10 ounce monster patty is thick, succulent, flavorful and very well-seasoned. The cheese has a strong individual presence but doesn’t over power the flavor of the meat. All the ingredients are set like a perfect family. They look, feel and taste great. The brioche bun toasted inside was soft yet firm to hold everything together. If you are counting calories, the thin fries are sand-in-the-face weaklings beside it and not something you may want to bother with.
Ratings – Ambiance – 8/10, Service – 8/10, Menu – 7/10, Food – 8/10, Consistency – 8/10, Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – Don’t try to be virtuous and on a diet when you come to dine here. The ill effects of the 10 ounce patty certainly does make up in flavor the damage it does to your heart ;). In short, If you love burgers, this place is a no-brainer!
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