Lo­cally-sourced pat­ties are the fo­cus at this new out­let

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

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. hol­i­

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