We dived right in. Before I get to the main attraction, let’s discuss sides. Their chips are pretty little colorful crunchy disks with some great dipping sauces, keeping you occupied while you wait for your burger. Next, the fat crispy golden brown onion rings. Onion rings aren’t generally my thing, I always find them too greasy, and these were no exception but I have to say these retained their crisp really nicely, looked appetizing and paired well with the dipping sauces from the chips.
Ok, burger time. Great, great burger. The beef patty itself was delectable. The ground beef was so moist and juicy and the perfect thickness to balance the other toppings. I felt confident that I was eating really good quality beef. I’m picky with my beef…if I feel it’s even a tiny bit below par, I get grossed out and stop eating. At Burger Lounge, I couldn’t stop eating! The bread was really amazing too..not something most people would immediately notice with a burger but I felt like this bun had a really great chew and I love the fact that the bun was toasted from the inside-it’s rare that you’ll find these touches in burger places in Bahrain. The sharp cheddar cheese was perfect and melty, the bacon crispy (not soggy-a common bacon problem afflicting Bahrain) and had a touch of sweetness that called to mind the sweetness that caramelized onions offer burgers. The mustard was a tad too sharp for me, I don’t like an overpowering mustard flavor and this was the tiniest bit too much. One of my friend’s agreed, but two other people thought the mustard was perfect so it’s just a matter of personal preference. You could definitely taste the sweet notes but it was done in a way that was very complimentary to the flavors of the burger. It won’t be my standard burger order-I’m a classic cheeseburger with pickles, tomatoes, and onions type girl, but it’s definitely an interesting twist-something you should try, and something that I enjoyed trying!
Now comes dessert. I got so excited the second that it was placed in front of me. How did I not know this existed in Bahrain! Burger Lounge’s meltmellow dessert- a play on s’mores in a trifle form was the first dessert served. It was basically layered digestive crumbs, milky chocolate pudding,and bits of chocolate cake topped with torched marshmallows. It seriously made my list of top desserts offered in Bahrain. We absolutely loved it. The pudding had such a creamy luscious flavor, digestive crumbs are always an amazing addition, and the marshmallows were gooey, light and the perfect topping. It reminded me of the chocolate pudding portion of Lilou’s trio du chef dessert which was something I mourned when it was removed from the regular menu. Just a great dessert to round off a burger meal, the type of thing I’d love to recreate at home. The owner of Burger Lounge stopped by with another dessert which he promised we’d like even better, the Date Madness. This was another trifle dessert which had digestive crumbs on the bottom, followed by toffee dates in a caramel sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream and more caramel. Sigh. You have to dig a little to get to the crumbs on the bottom, but once you do it’s a great combination of cold ice cream, warm caramel, sticky date bits, and buttery crumbs. We could see why this was a crowdpleaser-but 3 out of 4 of us actually liked the meltmallow more. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with either of these desserts. I was seriously considering going back the next day to get another order of the meltmallow!
In summary, Burger Lounge is a great burger joint. Good burgers, nice environment, great service and tasty treats to end your meal with. I don’t go as often as I like because Amwaj is a little out of the way for me, but now that a branch is opening in Seef I can see that changing very soon