4 new Dubai burger joints
If you thought we had enough burger joints in the city, think again. Shake Shack and Elevation Burger have some heavy competition on their hands with these newbies. From the humble cheese burger to foie gras and beef tongue, here are four restaurants ready to make waves on Dubai’s competitive burger scene.
Where: Dubai Mall (opening soon in Marina Mall)
After becoming one of the most popular burger restaurants in the US and Canada, Five Guys has been expanding its global footprint and has now opened in the UK and, in May, Dubai. The big selling point is their 100 percent customisable burgers and hotdogs, along with hand-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil. You can also indulge in a calorific Five Guys customisable milkshake. You'll go at least once before the summer is out, we promise.
Details: 04 380 4117
Where: Galleria Mall, Jumeirah
With ultra-modern décor, steampunk vibes and lounge music, this isn't your typical burger bar. The staff are friendly, energetic and know the menu inside out, so don’t be shy to ask for recommendations from the initially overwhelming options. Choose from wagyu, shrimp, Peking duck or lobster sliders accompanied by the popular commando fries. They’ve also got classic burgers for more conservative tastes. Wash it all down with some watermelon lemonade or a salted caramel milkshake, which are served in endearing glass jars and milk bottles. The restaurant is very popular so make sure you get there before 7.30pm or expect to wait.
Where: Souk al Bahar
Dubai’s second Burger Rebel has arrived in Souk Al Bahar following the successes of the original digs in Wafi Mall. This place follows the same artsy template, with concrete walls covered in graffiti and chalked murals, and high-backed chairs upholstered in recycled Carrefour billboard plastic. The menu is designed to cast the burger in a new light, with innovative creations such as patties made from foie gras and beef tongue, and sliders such as duck confit. Hot dogs also get a makeover, with rabbit and even seafood versions providing surprisingly moreish variations on the tried and trusted.
Big Smoke Burger
Where: Boxpark, Al Wasl Road
If you’re looking for more traditional, no frills burger then this is the place for you. It offers all the classics with a good choice of toppings that do offer caramelised onions and avocado for foodie types. For something a bit more unusual, try the Australian lamb burger. The real speciality on offer here is Quebec’s national dish, Poutine, which is fries covered in cheese curds and thick gravy.