STOCK BURGER CO.
Locally-sourced patties are the focus at this new outlet
The standard bun, cheese and beef combo is yesterday’s news – Abu Dhabi’s chefs are getting creative with their ingredients in the quest for the perfect burger. From pizza burgers to tuna patties, no ingredient is considered too outlandish.
But Stock Burger Co., a new outlet at the Holiday Inn, has opted for another way to stand out from the crowd, and is placing a focus on the sourcing UAE ingredients. It patties come from local company Springbok Butchery and are made from 100 per cent premium grass-fed beef.
At first glance, the decor looks like many other burger chains – think red booths, high tables and widescreen TVs. Pub lovers will feel at home – part of the venue is reminiscent of a watering hole, unsurprising given that Stock Burger Co. hails from UK seaside town Brighton.
If burgers aren’t your thing, options on the menu include rib-eye steak and a meat lover’s pizza. For starters, What’s On opted for the sweet potato soup of the day accompanied with breadsticks, which was straightforward yet well executed. A portion of deep-fried tiger prawns was larger than expected – the buttermilk batter coating was slightly dry but redeemed itself when paired with some lemon mayo. Burgers are cooked medium as standard (although you can request well done) and served with crinkle cut fries presented on brown slates. Diners can also create their own burger with a variety of toppings and there’s also the option to forgo the brioche bun and replace with a salad. The highlight of the menu though was the camel burger, which came topped with Arabic pickles, tabbouleh, fried onions and halloumi cheese which melted in the mouth. Another main, the farm fresh burger, comprised of corn-fed Cajun chicken with goat’s cheese and garlic mayo – it was juicy although a Portobello mushroom overpowered the other flavours. For dessert, those with a sweet tooth may be swayed by the Knickerbocker Glory ice cream, which came in a glass jar with mixed berries, fruit syrup and candy canes. But be warned – it’s a generous portion and probably best split between two. Meanwhile, the sticky date pudding was a take on the classic steamed date pudding with hot caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream and was tasty but again was too generous a portion.
There’s no shortage of places to get a decent burger in the capital but Stock Burger Co. is worth a visit if you are on the hunt for one that supports local businesses and comes at a reasonable price.
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3am. Tel: (800) 78625. Taxi: Holiday Inn, Airport Road. holidayinn.com