Guilty pleasures that are guaranteed to butter you up!
By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
Originally hailing from Chiang Mai, Beast Burger has opened its doors to Bangkokians with its newest branch, Beast & Butter. Like its quirky nomenclature, the space is a standout in the middle of Thonglor Soi 10, a cheery yellow box of glass and wood that beckons you away from the concrete chaos of the streets.
Walking into the space was a breath of fresh air, or rather, a ray of sunshine, with its aptly-coloured butter-yellow walls and abundance of sunlight from outward-facing windows. Clean lines and geometric shapes add edge to classic marble table tops and leather seats, which are offset by modern lighting, and a touch of cheeky neon in the form of a sign that apologises for “what I said when I was hungry” (a sentiment I can relate to all too well).
My eye was immediately drawn to the bar, which advertises a hearty glut of beers on tap as well as stylised hand-drawn signs featuring descriptions of the restaurant’s famed burgers, each a toothsome beast in its own right.
FOOD AND DRINK
Though the joint is best known for its burgers, and rightfully so, it would be a disservice not to highlight their other ample offerings. The Truffle parmesan fries (THB 170), which I immediately gravitated to because of my undying truffle love affair, did not disappoint. Savoury in the best way, the fries were cut thin enough for perfect, bite-sized moreishness. We eased into our feast with the Burrata rocket (THB 300), with extra spiced dollops of creamy burrata, a twist on the classic salad that pleasantly surprised me.
Despite my sky-high expectations for the restaurant’s pièce de résistance burgers, my first bite into the Veggie beast (THB 230) was everything I was hoping for. The crispy seaweed added appealing texture to each mouthful, which was chock-full of flavour from the cheddar cheese and caramelised onion, despite not having a meat patty to add that gamey punch. Their secret beast sauce was, true to its name, definitely not tame. The Parmesan chicken (THB 230) burger, another special patty option, was fried to perfection and elevated by the kick from the sriracha mayo which offsets the nuttiness of the parmesan.
However, for those who prefer their burgers extra succulent, I would definitely recommend the Jalapeño chimmichuri (THB 250) with your choice of beef, pork or lamb, which is a burger with gusto – the chimichurri sauce, pickled jalapeño and rocket leaves will add some pep to your step. The Chipotle BBQ (THB 260) burger was another personal favourite, and fans of bacon will be thrilled to know that they can expect extra helpings of that fried indulgence on top of an intriguing bacon jalapeño jam that I hadn’t tasted elsewhere.
If you just want the meat without having to faff with burger buns, don’t fear, there are plenty of steak options served with jaew and chimichurri sauce. I recommend the Flank steak (THB 690), served a tender medium rare unless you request otherwise, and sliced into bite-sized, juicy portions to delight meat-lovers everywhere.
There are a plethora of drink options to pair with your robust meal, from the classic Gin tonic (THB 200) to red, white and sparkling wine (THB 990 per bottle), but I would be remiss if I didn’t gently push you towards their beers on tap. Whether you choose a dark Menabrea bionda (THB 150 for 250ml) lager to their piquant Grapefruit sculpin (THB 200 for 250ml) IPA, each glass is refreshing and carefully curated – no butter end to a beast of a meal.
The Sweet potato fries (THB 130), which we couldn’t get enough of. You’re inundated with a wealth of spices in the best way, and the fries are thinly sliced so as not to overwhelm your palate. Make sure to pair them with the Really dark chocolate milkshake (THB 190) which is indeed really dark and so delicious it’ll be sure to make anyone’s mood light.