Thursday, October 18, 2018

Blaze Burgers: The Burger Crafters from Bahrain

I’m very new in Dubai, so I've only tried a couple of burger joints in the city. While my ultimate favorite is Jollibee’s Champ burger (yes, I may be biased), Shake Shack and Big Smoke Burger come in second place. But after this weekend’s food trip with friends, I might have found another worthy contender: Blaze Burgers.



Interestingly, Blaze Burgers is the only branch in Dubai (located at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence). The Bahraini burger brand, which was established in 2011, has been frequented for its 6aBooga Burger. The 'Brick Burger' is made with a favorite topping between two grilled cheese sandwiches. We, however, didn't order it (it was just huge). But we made sure to try Blaze's "smaller" offerings.

Blaze Burgers offers an exciting process as it lets you personalize your burger experience in 3 easy steps. You get to choose the type of meat for your pattie (Eg. beef, chicken, mushroom), the bun (Eg. white, soft brown, lettuce wrap) and the toppings (Eg. Blue & Crunchy, Mushroom Swiss, Blaze Original). Side dishes like fries or onion rings can also be customized and mixed with several choices of toppings and dips, all of which was a hit to my taste buds. 

Do you want to know what we ate for dinner? Read further to see what our individual orders were.

1. My Orders

a. Gourmet Wagyu Burger in Soft Brown Bun with Blue & Crunchy toppings (Arugula, homemade pickled onion, crunchy chips, garlic mayo, blue and cheddar cheese) – 57 AED
b. Crazy Fries (30 AED) are fries with melted cheese, crispy onion strings, beef bacon bits & awesomeness sauce (like the thousand island dressing) with Blaze Lite Ranch dip (5 AED) – 33 AED
c. American Mojito (mocktail made with lime, mint, and soda) – 22 AED

2. Ruby's Orders

a. Gourmet Wagyu Burger in Soft Brown Bun with Mushroom Swiss toppings (sauteed mushrooms, Emmental cheese, mayo & homemade mushroom sauce) - 57 AED
b. Scoopers with Cajun topping (mixed with homemade cajun spices) with sour cream dip – 18 AED
c. American Mojito (mocktail made with lime, mint, and soda) – 22 AED


3. Jane's Orders

a. Gourmet Wagyu Burger in Soft Brown Bun with Blaze Original toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mustard, homemade pickled onions, Cheddar Cheese & burned Cheddar) - 57 AED
b. Onion Rings (18 AED) with awesomeness sauce (5 AED) – 23 AED
c. Blaze on the Beach (mocktail made with peach, lime, cranberry, and orange juice) – 22 AED

How were the taste, flavors, and texture?

The burger that I requested to be cooked medium-rare was juicy and tasty at every bite. The soft brown bun was also a hit for me because, despite the weight from the burger and toppings, the bread stayed firm (you won’t have to worry about the whole thing getting mushy later on). It was intact yet soft in texture (the mix of the seeds was a great addition too). Our orders, which were probably printed on wax paper, were also creatively plated on top of glossy newspaper clippings.


For the sides, the potatoes and onion rings that we ordered were in big servings (good for sharing). Cost-wise, these were budget-friendly. But out of the 3, the Cajun scoopers stood out for me because of the homemade cajun spices mixed with it. The Blaze lite ranch also complemented it. Th Onion rings, which were almost as big as my palm, was just as good. The Crazy Fries, which was plated in a cast iron baking plate, was also a  nice addition (when it’s still fresh and hot). 


Mojitos, anyone?

Now, let’s get on with the drinks! I, for one, ordered the American Mojito mocktail, which was a refreshing treat. I love anything that’s lime and mint, more so with carbonated soda in it, so this was a big hit for me. The mix of flavors was definitely a mouthful of goodness. I’m definitely ordering it when I come back at Blaze Burgers.


Chic Industrial Interiors With Street-Art Touches

Another praiseworthy thing about Blaze Burgers, other than the friendly and accommodating staff, is the interiors. One of the elements that you’ll notice from this chic industrial-designed space is its exposed ceiling pipes and rustic light bulbs. Also add to that, an interesting show of street art-style murals on the walls, which are perfect backdrops for photo-ops. 


One more thing worth mentioning is the condiment stand near the counter. It’s where you can pick your choice of high-quality sauces and Ketchup (Eg. Hellmann’s, Heinz, HP, A1, Tabasco) using small shopping baskets. This allows the customers to choose their own sauces while keeping tables free from the extra clutter.


I’ve been to a couple of burger joints in Dubai, and Blaze Burgers really stood out for me. It was a bit pricey. But it's a definite must-try.

Location: Sadaf 4, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence 
Operating Hours: 12 NN to 2 AM
Budget: 100 AED per pax (estimate)

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Mai
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