Is there anything left to say about burgers? At some point, it was decided that society was infatuated with the fast food and needed more options.
Ever since, gourmet burger joints have been popping up left, right and centre. Now they’re a dime a dozen, and with each new one that opens its doors we are left asking ourselves, “Do we need another burger restaurant?”
Amid much fanfare, New-York joint Black Tap recently opened its doors in Abu Dhabi following its success in neighbouring Dubai.
Serving what it bills as craft burgers, the restaurant has created plenty of hype on social media, but possibly more for its outlandishly photogenic milkshakes.
Looking to set itself apart, Black Tap claims it offers classic food ‘modernised for the Instagram age’. Setting itself apart even more, the restaurant is the brain child of a Michelin star chef – New Yorker Joe Isidori – so it’s safe to say there’s not a soggy fry or synthetic patty in sight.
Black Tap’s Yas Mall outlet is hip – there’s really no other way to put it. With black brick walls, sleek tables and booths and street-art style murals, it’s simple but modern. Hip-hop and funk music blares out of the speakers while T-shirt and converse-wearing staff dart around making jokes and chatting with guests.
When it comes to the food, there are options for those who don’t want a burger – including salads and fish and chips – but I don’t know why you’d bother when the burgers are this good.
Sandwiched between a brioche bun, The Old Fashioned beef burger is perfectly cooked –charred on the outside but moist on the inside – topped with Swiss cheese, sweet and soft caramelised onions, cremini mushrooms and a tangy horseradish sauce.
Meanwhile the vegan burger – and yes, it’s cooked on a separate grill – is a seriously tasty black bean patty that’s topped with a vegan mayonnaise, moreish pickled onions and homemade salsa verde.
The normal fries are pretty good but swap them for truffle fries if you’re feeling really indulgent. And to really tip yourself over the edge – and give your Instagram followers something to drool over – you obviously have to order a milkshake.
The Sweet N’ Salty version comes in a glass coated in colourful M&Ms stuck on with a wall of hardened peanut butter chocolate. Inside there’s a drizzle of chocolate peanut butter sauce and vanilla milkshake all topped with a mountain of crispy white whipped cream, peanut butter cups, pretzel sticks and a caramel milk pop.
If it sounds overboard, it is. Everything starts to melt before we’ve even had a chance to taste each element, but it’s totally worth it and surprisingly the milkshake is actually pretty decent.
So if you’re asking yourself if we really need another burger joint, just give Black Tap a try and we think you’ll have an answer pretty quickly.
Location: Black Tap, Yas Mall, Yas Island
We say: The coolest burger joint in town
Cost: AED 265 for two
Opening times: Daily 11am-11pm
Contact: 02 446 5128, blacktapme.com
WORDS Rachael Perrett