Max Burgers

This Swedish fast food burger chain fails to live up to the hype
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Time Out Says

While Sweden may be more known for meatballs than burgers, since Nordic chain Max Burgers first opened in Dubai late last year, the brand has expanded rapidly, opening four branches, with the latest in Mirdif City Centre. Set just outside the mall’s northern food court, Max Burgers offers its own dedicated seating area decorated minimally with brassy coloured banquettes and posters declaring the brand’s Scandinavian (and eco-friendly) heritage.

Like many burger chains, Max Burgers offered counter service and a simple pictorial menu of burger combos on the wall. Aside from fish (pollock), vegetarian and lettuce- wrapped variations, the variety was fairly ordinary. My friend opted for the frisco burger combo meal (with fries and a fizzy drink), while I opted for the delifresh low-carb combo, which involved a burger wrapped in lettuce leaves rather than a bun. I could have chosen to eat this with baby carrots or apple slices instead of fries, but that struck me a little like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. If I was after a really healthy meal, I wouldn’t be in a burger joint, now would I. Still I can’t fault Max Burgers for providing the option. We also ordered a portion of onion rings and from the plethora of unusual sounding dips for chips (including teriyaki and melted cheese) we opted for the ‘green and garlic’.

The food was brought to our table and arrived fairly swiftly. Sadly, though, both burgers were a disappointment. The frisco burger was a fairly ordinary thin beef patty in a sweet and cheap- tasting bun, and the combination seemed to be no better than any of the more famous low-end fast-food burger companies available in Dubai. Despite the assumption that the delifresh lettuce-wrapped burger would be a lighter healthier option, strangely it seemed to be extremely heavy and greasy, a sensation, which was compounded by the double layer of unmelted aprocessed cheese inside it.

Both the onion rings and fries were piping hot and tasted as if they had been freshly cooked. The fries were also hand cut, with little corners of crispy skin still on them, and seasoned with sea salt, although a little too heavily. The onion rings were decent, with a dense batter coating. And although definitely green in colour, the dip had little flavour of the promised herbs since the ingredients were drowned out by garlic.

In terms of quality, taste and price, Max Burgers does not differ very much from most other fast-food burger brands.

Unless you are dead set against a side order of commercial imperialism with your burger and want to support a smaller company, I can’t recommend Max Burgers as a notable option for burgers in the city, or even this particular Mirdif food court.

By Time Out staff  | 23 Jul 2013

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