I was invited to try BRGR Co.’s new menu additions at ABC Achrafieh and my younger sister was excited to join me for dinner.
BRGR Co, a high-end burger joint in Lebanon, offers quality gourmet burgers in a casual, yet sophisticated venue.
We were greeted with welcoming, friendly smiles and as soon as we were seated, our waiter handed us the menus.
A casual Dinner at brgr co.
The Vegetable Crisps arrived at our table golden and hot, straight from the fryer. Have trouble getting vegetables into your diet? Not a problem. This magnificent creation was indeed a planned and conniving way to trick kids into eating their veggies. The aromas were mouthwatering. The thin, crispy slices of zucchini and eggplant and crunchy mushrooms looked like golden crispy fried chicken and were just as delicious. Immerse your vegetables into the delicious provolone cheese dip provided and allow your taste buds to do the rest. The mushrooms were definitely my favourite of the three.
The classic fries followed with BRGR Co.’s trio of dips: Malt Tarragon Aioli, Cajun Aioli & Classic BRGR Co. House Dip. The Malt Tarragon Aioli tasted similar to the typical aioli restaurants generally serve; however the hint of tarragon gave this dip a distinct, herby flavour.
I was hesitant to try the Parmesan Truffle Fries because many restaurants have attempted at creating this dish and not all were very successful. Take your classic fries and smother them with a combination of fresh cream, truffle oil and parmesan. Although the taste was delicious, the fries wilted too quickly and were not as crunchy several minutes later. In order to enjoy these, they must be eaten within the first 5 minutes of them landing on the table – I doubt they would last more if you’re sharing 😉
The lobster trend made it on the menu at BRGR Co.
BRGR Co.’s Lobster Roll featured cold pre-cooked chunks of lobster, mayonnaise and chives in a homemade warm toasted, buttered bun. The lobster portion is quite generous and the amount of mayonnaise used is just enough to not take away from the lobster’s distinctive sweet flavour.
And now on to the burgers, because let’s face it, this is why you’re here.
Let me start off with the excellent quality of the meat served at BRGR Co. All their burgers are made with prime-quality grain-fed Black Angus beef, available in 4oz, 6oz & 8oz sizes, grilled to your preference and served in a fluffy toasted buttered bun. The only seasonings they add to the meat are salt and pepper.
BRGR Co.’s burgers may seem a little on the pricey end, but you are actually paying for quality, which they do not compromise.
The difference between grain-fed and grass-fed beef is that the latter contains three times more omega-3 fatty acids (another added bonus: less calories) and the former contains a lower nutrient content.
We had the new ABC Achrafieh Edition Rock Shrimp & Angus Burger, which is made up of 100% Black Angus beef, spicy shrimps, rocket leaves, tomato & chipotle sauce. The flavour combination of zesty shrimp with the juicy Angus beef was surprisingly tasty and really not as strange as it sounds! If you’re a fan of spicy foods and seafood, you would enjoy this burger.
The Seasonal Portobello Mushroom Burger – A juicy 6oz beef patty with sautéed Portobello mushrooms & onions, smoked mature English cheddar cheese, crispy iceberg lettuce, tomato & a spicy sauce. I love the combination of ingredients in this burger, however the onions were too sweet for my taste and very prominent in the burger, stealing the delicious flavours of the beef and smoked cheese. I would definitely order this again, minus the sautéed onions and maybe add some bacon. Mmm, bacon.
The notorious British Sticky Toffee Pudding has landed in Beirut with its authentic delicious flavours remaining completely intact.
If you know me, then you would know that this is my absolute favourite dessert (yes, more than Lost Bread). If there’s anything with caramel on the menu, I’m ordering it – with extra caramel!
BRGR Co.’s Sticky Date Pudding was served with lots of gooey caramel sauce and chopped pecans served with a creamy vanilla bean ice cream. For those of you who don’t like dates, you can only taste a slight hint as they are chopped very finely; they make the cake extra sweet and give it that appetizing rich dark caramel colour. I loved the pecans in the caramel sauce because it gave a crunch with every bite of the moist sponge cake.
I saved the pièce de résistance for last; BRGR Co.’s Banoffee Cream Cheese Pudding.
What makes this dessert so special? From the top, we have layers of caramel, smooth fluffy banana cream, sweet sticky caramel, cookie biscuit crumble. Just dip your silver spoon all the way to the bottom to get a layer of each in one bite. I would add more coffee though as the flavour was not quite present; it is after all labeled as “Banoffee” pudding. Nevertheless, it is definitely my new favourite dessert at BRGR Co.
Don’t forget to order their milkshakes. I would recommend the classic vanilla and Oreo shakes.
Next time I visit Brgr Co., I’m going to try to build my own burger or maybe another blackboard special.
BRGR CO. Ashrafieh
Contact: ABC Ashrafieh, Level 3, Furn el Hayek Street, Ashrafieh, Beirut
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