Salt Bae Burger

Pricey burger bar in DIFC from the salt-sprinkling chef
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Time Out Says

Yes, that guy from the internet with the salt-sprinkling, the tiny shades and the equally tiny white tee. Nusret Gökçe, the founder of pricey Turkish steakhouse Nusr-Et now has a second joint in Dubai, this time dedicated to the burgers that helped make the former’s name.

And where better to tout a menu starring a gold-dusted Dhs500 burger than in moneyed DIFC?

Inside, Salt Bae Burger leans towards stripped back, if only in the sense that food is served on metal trays and seating options include large, communal tables. An abundance of marble, meanwhile, shrieks of the opposite. Fortunately, there are staff on hand to remind you that your meal should be completed swiftly and your seats vacated – and never mind the fact you’re potentially handing over more than Dhs500 for a 40-minute lunch for two.

So let’s be radically honest. This is the kind of place most people on an average wage, with an average distaste for social media influencers, will really want to dislike.

But it’s pretty hard to hold much against the food. Yes, the pricing is pretty phenomenal, but looking around, Bae knows his audience.

The place is packed with suits, all bearing sleeves rolled up to the elbows, barrelling through trays piled with Dhs100-odd burgers and stacks of Parmesan truffle fries.

To put the place through its paces, go for the eponymous #Saltbae Burger, a riot of rich wagyu beef, smoked rib-eye, stringy caramelised onion and no small amount of molten cheddar cheese. Forego the black latex gloves offered – time to get your hands dirty. Meaty, salty, greasy, tangy – it ticks every burger box, and so it should at Dhs135 for a single and Dhs230 for a double. Slender Parmesan-dusted fries are another hit, as is the whole spectrum of sauces (try the ranch) available on the side.

Aside from the veggie courgette burger, which is free for ladies (make of that what you will), a wet burger, steamed in tomato sauce, is the cheapest pick at Dhs50. Its small size offers welcome diversity, but its surprise lack of seasoning, not so much.

Salt Bae Burger. All hat and no cattle? There’s no question it does a mighty fine burger – but we suspect this is the one area of town for which these prices aren’t beyond the pale.

This isn’t Gökçe’s first rodeo.

By Time Out staff  | 09 Jun 2020

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