Beef & Shake
From pop-up to full shop, this all-in burger joint has founded itself a home right under BTS Chong Nonsi.
Beef & Shake has gone from a pop-up (with past credits at Central Embassy, K Village and Artbox), to an all-in heavy-duty burger spot, right under the BTS.
Owner Thanase Linhavetss takes ingredients like preservative-free natural Australian beef and Singaporean portobello mushrooms, turns them into burgers and then pairs them with the likes of cheesy fries (B95) and milkshakes using Creamery's ice cream (green tea, oreo, seasonal fruits and chocolate milkshakes, all B175).
There are four choices: beef (B199), pork (B165), crispy kinoko aka CK (mushroom marinated with fresh herbs, garlic and balsamic vinegar, B155) and crispy porotobello mushroom aka PM (B155). All are available with cheese (B10) and double patties (B40).
If doubling up ain't enough then there are some pretty decent extras, too, including caramelized onion (B20), bacon (B20) and avocado (B35).
There's also a range of salads with the same ingredients as the burgers but running as a low carb option from B55.
This little burger joint below Chong Nonsi station walks the line between fast-food and gourmet burgers. While there are chopping boards as plates, decorative ferns and craft beers, there are also no-nonsense condiments, branded cardboard containers and not a single mention of wagyu in sight.
To taste, the standard cheeseburger (B209/B289 with a soft drink and fries) tells a similar story. The beef is tasty, no doubt. They tout that it’s from Australia and ground fresh daily. The result, grilled to your specification of doneness, is a patty which glistens with tangy meat juice and retains a nicely satisfying coarseness, but no crowd-stopper. Our biggest gripe is its size—the flimsy thickness of each patty makes doubling up (B80 extra) a must.
Same deal with the pork burger (B165 single/B235 double/B255 set), which makes a strong case for itself over the beef thanks to a light, barbecue-y smokiness. Not so with the garlic-marinated and deep-fried Japanese mushroom burger (CK burger, B155), which drips with so much oil it would make any katsu master shudder.
They do however get the fries right: a no-frills, hunger-busting portion of perfectly crisp and all-too-moreish potato. Pity that on our last visit they were out of cheese to make them cheesy fries. Ditto the Oreo milkshake. The banoffee milkshake (B145) we opted for instead lacks the flavor of both banana and toffee, but does have plenty of straw-cloggingly dense, creamy appeal (we’re told they use ice cream from Creamery).
With good burgers seriously lacking around Chong Nonsi, Beef & Shake has what it takes to satisfy any greasy cravings, and does so in a clean, inviting space free from the stench of an over-worked burger griddle. But with Daniel Thaiger’s truck parking up across the street at Sathorn Square every Wednesday lunchtime, we’d rather wait till then.
This review took place in November 2016 and is based on a visit to the restaurant without the restaurant's knowledge. For more on BK's review policy, click here.