BurgerFuel Kuwait – Review
In 1995, New Zealand based BurgerFuel gave the ordinary big bad burger an overhaul. It was the year when the world’s most wicked food turned healthier (or so they claim) and a much better fuel to the human body. Since then, BurgerFuel has been engineering the ultimate burger; offering freshly built burgers with 100% pure grass-fed beef or hormone-free chicken with fresh and natural ingredients, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. It’s popularity has given birth to as of now 76 outlets (34 in New Zealand) and in Kuwait we have 2. So guess it has to be good. But good won’t do, they have to be different.
In all honesty we had not heard about the place. We were on our way to Elevation burger (Bida branch) when we noticed this interesting ‘aerosmith like’ logo that had burger mentioned on it. So we thought we’d just step in a check out their menu and that was what got us inquisitive. Esthetically the place is just slightly better than a hole in the wall that is fast food at its finest. Admittedly I don’t prefer fast-food by any means, but in the world of burgers, quick and easy is the way to go. Nothing about this place is gourmet, the decor is pretty plain (though theme based I believe), and the packaging is more on a ‘take-away’ style. The menu is straight forward, and they do house a few interesting flavors that are not so common in Kuwait. The ‘Doofer’ is a clever cardboard contraption designed to hold the burger, keep toppings from sliding onto your hands during battle with the monster,
They edge on the emphasis on the quality of the ingredients used (Organic, hormone free etc..). The patty is 1/3 pounds or 5.33 Oz of 100% pure New Zealand Grass Fed Beef. We got the Fuel Basic which is a 1/3 pound patty with salad, relish and aioli with extra cheese (Kd 3.100), BF Monster (Kd 3.500) which had the same patty and was served with melted cheddar, beef bacon, beetroot, avocado, mango, salad, relish and aioli. We also got the spud fries (Kd 1.250) and a strawberry milkshake for Kd 1.750.
The wait was short, maybe 10 minutes and the burger came out like champs and looked really good. All burgers are served in a wholemeal bun topped with roasted sesame seeds. The Fuel Basic like the name, is pretty basic. Nothing to justify the price tag, especially since fries are separate. However the BF Monster with the soft bun, juicy but less greasy, well seasoned meat and the condiments was good, even for the price. The inclusion of avocado, beetroot and mango is pretty interesting and along with the cheese the flavors were perfectly balanced. Loved every bite! I did not add any ketchup, in fact I didn’t need to.. The golden, crispy spud fries were thick but soft inside. The Milkshake though a bit milky, had enough quantity to skimpily serve two.
For a place that claims to serve gourmet burgers, I do wish the customer is given a choice regarding the doneness of the patty and a few more choice of burger bun’s. Other that the interesting flavor profile of the BF Monster, the Kd 3.500 without fries is a bit high. Many places like TGIF, Chilis, Slider Station etc… serve burgers at this price inclusive of the fries. Having said that, I would still go for the BF Monster ;).
Ratings – Ambiance – 6/10, Service -8/10, Menu – 7/10, Food – 8/10, Consistency – 8/10, Value for Money – 7/10
Overall – The slight twist on the traditional accompaniments adorning the BF Monster is enough to hold my optimism.