Around 75 burgers a second – that’s how many McDonald’s sells around the world. And by the time you finish reading this sentence, they will have sold over 500.
But burgers aren’t just a focus for global chains. A stream of local businesses have been opening up in the capital lately, keen to serve their own interpretation of the classic patty in a bun.
Getting in on the action, Graffiti Burger is one of the latest contenders, with three branches in Al Ain, one in neighbouring Dubai and another in Abu Dhabi.
Given the name, the décor is as you would expect: loud and bright spray-painted artwork, à la Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Subtlety might not be the order of the day here but the small restaurant feels more like a place for a quick bite than a sit-down dinner so it works.
But what about the food? Personally, I don’t care for fancy combos, so I order the namesake Graffiti burger, a patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and a secret signature sauce – it’s pink, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. A classic. The burger ticks all the boxes: the beef is tender, the bun soft; the toppings and sauce take the flavour up a notch by adding a welcome zing.
My guest orders the smoke burger, a beef patty topped with American cheese, beef bacon, onion rings and a smoky sauce. It’s satisfying with a wood-smoked flavour coming from the beef bacon and sauce; the onion rings provide a welcome crunchy texture, too.
Together we share a portion of Graffiti style fries, topped with melted cheese, grilled onion and even more of that signature sauce. They’re incredibly moreish and despite an overload of sauce they’re not too soggy or congealed by the time they make their way to our table.
Graffiti Burger is fast food, executed well, plus it’s reasonably priced, making it a great option to satisfy your fast food craving.
Need to know:
Location: Graffiti Burger, off Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, next to Rosary School, Al Mushrif
We say: Cheap and cheerful
Cost: AED 79 for two
Opening hours: Daily noon-1am
Contact: 02 418 2401, instagram.com/graffitiburger_uae
WORDS Colin Armstrong