September 4, 2018 By bangkok7
This was the first in a 3-part series I wrote/am writing covering the best burgers in relation to Bangkok’s 3 red light districts. It was previously published at bkknites.com but is much more fitting here in the cozy niche that is PatpongNightlife. The burgers are listed not by best to worst, but by their proximity to the RLD. The photos are of the actual burgers I ate. Each will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10. Here’s the first list—the best burgers in geographical relation to Patpong:
- Paddy Field. Distance from the RLD: 0 km. Nestled smack in the middle of Soi 2 between Foodland and the French restaurant is this emerald gem of an Irish bar, and that makes their burger the closest. They’ve got a full menu of Europub fare and another full menu of UK-style Chinese food, all of which is tasty. But we’re focusing on their Murphy’s burger (295b) at the moment, so let’s do that. It’s good. It’s big, cooked to order, and comes with bacon. Thick patty, lots of cheese, soft welcoming bun. Fries are included. Plus happy hour prices on draft beers and either classic Irish tunes or live music depending on when you get there. On the Seven burger scale, it gets a 7.5, though when you factor in the convenience of not having to leave the Pong, it should probably get an honorary 10.
- Shenanigans. Distance from the red-light: 0 meters. Located on the corner of Surawong and Soi 1, Shenanigans (or Shagginz, as my friends and I call it), is the new darling of Patpong. It’s positively jammed with customers from open to close, and deservedly so. The food is fantastic, the beers on tap are great, the atmosphere is like home, the staff are wonderful. You’d have to work hard to find anything negative to say about the joint. I guess if you had to find something, you could say it’s not big enough (shockingly), but they’re already working on fixing that by adding some upstairs real estate. I can’t say more about it at the moment, but stay tuned. Anyway, about the burger (325b for the basic): High marks all round. The bun is soft, and soaks up the juices of the meat. The cheese is perfect, plus bacon and both bbq sauce and dressing, a flavor combo that savory, sweet, and perfect with the meat. It’s a better burger than the one at Paddy Field, which defies explanation because they’re owned by the same person, and cooked and served the same way. I even had, by coincidence, the same chef make both my Paddy burger AND the one I had at Shagginz. Don’t get me wrong, the Paddy burger is also good, and I don’t know how it’s possible, but the Shagginz burger is better. It was excellent from first bite to last. Seven gives it an 8.
- The Steakhouse Co. Distance from the red-light: 0 meters. Located in the spot where the illustrious Electric Blue-a-gogo used to be, The Steakhouse is already an expat favorite. It’ll go down in history as the place that started the Pong renaissance, or as it will heretofore be known, The Pongaissance. In addition to ridiculously good steaks, lamb, wine, beer, and exotica like crocodile, they’re now serving up a wagyu bacon cheeseburger that destroys all other burgers. It’s so good that I’ve had 3 in the last 3 weeks and still dream about it several times a day. The meat positively melts in your mouth. It is a gorgeous burger, the food equivalent of dating a Playboy Bunny. It is positively sinful how good it is. If it didn’t cost 595 baht I’d eat one every day and die a happy man by Christmas. For my budget, it’s a great treat-myself meal. The only mistake I made was ordering my drink first. It didn’t occur to me that the beef would be such high quality, and one’s first thought when ordering a bev with a burger is typically beer, so I got a big beautiful glass of Hoegaarden, which was delicious, but a nice Bordeaux would’ve gone better with this particular high-end burger. Wrong beverage. It’s a Thailand problem. I’ll do better next time. Seven gives it an 11. Yes, that’s right. It’s off the scale.
- Distance from the RLD: 50 meters. A short walk from Patpong down Soi Convent is Mash. The burger (295b) is fabulous, and would get a higher score if that bun wasn’t completely ruined by an overabundance of sesame seeds. All I could taste for hours afterward was sesame seeds. Seeds aside, the patty was gigantic, the bacon delectable, as were the homemade potato chips on the side. Seven gives it a 7.
- Arno’s. Distance from the RLD: 150 meters. There are several Arno’s locations somewhat close to Patpong—one on Suan Plu,one at Narathiwas 15, and the newest location on Silom Soi 3 in the lobby of the Serene Hodal. Some say this is the best burger in Bangkok because they use dry aged beef. But then, if you don’t like dry aged beef, you ain’t gonna like it are ya? I think it’s a pretty great burger. The patty is quite thick. Choice of cheddar or blue cheese, spicy or not spicy sauce. Bacon included. Choice of sides are fries, curly fries, or salad. You may be tempted to get the salad if you’re watching your waistline. Don’t. It’s horrific. Burger joints typically don’t do good salads. And why should they? Seven gives Arno’s an 8.5
- Roadhouse Silom. Distance from the RLD: 200 meters. The next closest burger worth mentioning can be found at Roadhouse on Surawong Road (325b a la carte). Choice of toppings: cheese, grilled onions, bacon, mushrooms, peppers. I like to get blue cheese, mushrooms and bacon. It pairs well with most of their red wines. On the Seven burger scale, it’s a 7.
- The Girl and the Pig. Distance from the RLD: 250 meters. I tried this place because it got good reviews somewhere—Tripadvisor, I think—and because I went to Silom Complex to mail a package. It was decent. No bells or whistles, just a burger (280b). I can’t remember why I didn’t go with a more gourmet style one—probably the price tag. And clearly, this place is upscale. Their menu is hi-so beyond belief so most people probably don’t come for the burger. But it went down easy, and I wouldn’t say it was bad. Just unmemorable. Seven gives it a 5.
- 25 Degrees. Distance from the RLD: 700 meters. Across Narathiwas on Silom Road is the Pullman Hotel, and its lobby is home to 25 Degrees—my favorite burger joint in Bangkok. There are too many choices and toppings to list here, so I’ll just tell you what I get. Avocado, mushrooms, bacon, and blue cheese. Fair warning, though: the base burger is 210b and every topping you add is 40b. It can get pricey. But the result is so delicious, as hard as the bill is to swallow the burger itself goes down so well it’s easy to justify the extortion-level prices. Seven gives it a 9.
- Sorry I’m Hungry. Distance from the RLD: 3.5 km. Why is this place even on the list? It’s wicked far from the Pong. Well, for two reasons. One, it’s easy to get to because it’s right next to Wongwian BTS station, and two, it’s a crazy fun burger. I ordered the hungry burger (159b). It comes with cheddar, bacon, mushrooms, and onion rings, and fries, but I added cheesy bacon fries (99b). The melted “lava” cheese drips off the fries like mozzarella on pizza. You can also get that same cheese on your burger if you want. It’s a long trip, but worth trying at least once. Seven gives it an 8.
Thus ends the burger update for Patpong. There’s a lot to choose from, so choose wisely. Or take some time and try them all. Or just take my word for it and go for the wagyu burger at the Steakhouse Co.
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