Time Out Says
So, following weeks of monster burger and scroll-stopping shake teasers on social media, does New York import Black Tap measure up?
Set in the grounds of Jumeirah Al Naseem, the burger restaurant’s casual, industrial interiors open out onto a terrace overlooking the waters of the central Turtle Lagoon. With a mix of old-school hip-hop playing in the background, retro car seats tucked under dining tables and cold craft hops behind the bar, it feels every inch a trendy, grown-up place to get your American food fix. (Though catching sight of the enormous, rainbow-hued shakes could see your inner child take over the ordering.)
Perusing a menu split into burgers, salads and sides, with tacos, fish and chips and wings dotted around the edges, we start with guac and chips and beef tacos, before delving into the main – and most ubiquitously Instagrammed – event. Piled with chilli con carne, salsa and sour cream, and encased in corn tortillas, the tacos are rich, savoury and moreish, but so filling that alarm bells start to ring when the belly-busting burgers arrive moments later (some work needs to be done on the pacing).
Having spent so much time ogling Black Tap’s stacked beauties on the internet before arriving, we’re surprised that our classic All-American and barbecue sauce-laden Texan burgers arrive somewhat dismantled.
But while the aesthetics aren’t quite what we expected, everything else is spot on. Pillow-soft potato buns give way to perfectly cooked, juicy meat, and the special sauce – a kind of spicy thousand island – is just that. Unless you’re fanatical about fries, opt for the onion rings – thick allium hoops so fresh and delicately battered we’re on the verge of declaring them one of our five a day.
Black Tap’s burgers might not stand as tall as they’ve been teased to, but as for whether they’re any good – the proof is in the fact that you almost certainly won’t have room for pudding.
The bill (for two)
1x guac and chips Dhs35
1x beef tacos Dhs50
1x American burger Dhs65
1x Texan burger Dhs85
1x side onion rings Dhs15
1x large water Dhs35
Total (including service) Dhs285
The bottom line
Mighty, meaty burgers in a cool, contemporary setting.
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
Black Tap has always been famous for its over the top burgers and CrazyShakes and now it’ll be known around the city as the first restaurant to
serve the hotly-anticipated Impossible Burger.
This plant-based meat-replacement patty has been on vegetarian and vegans’ Instagram feeds across the world for years now, but until recently UAE residents could only look on in envy, imagining the taste.
The burger is available in two variations, classic or vegan. The former with cheese and the latter without. Both are served with the usual offering of chips and burger toppings on the side to build as you fancy and cost Dhs105, which isn’t cheap for essentially a cheeseburger.
We order the vegan burger and take our first bite... it’s almost impossibly tasteless. Maybe it’s the lack of cheese (which isn’t vegan), or the lack of seasoning. It is very “meaty” though – if that’s what you’re after.
Next comes the CrazyShake – which is huge. The Black ‘N White Cakeshake is made with a vegan chocolate soy milkshake, homemade vanilla frosting, mini chocolate chips on the rim, and topped off with a huge slice of black and white cake. It’s certainly one for the ’gram and you won’t be disappointed.
But with the vegan burger market so competitive right now, the Impossible doesn’t match up in terms of taste, or price.
The shake, however, is ace. It’s a shame the burger lets it down.
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By Time Out Dubai Staff | 12 Mar 2020
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