Wow burger: How to cure a hangover
On a Sunday, after a good late night out, there are not a million things I feel like eating. When I lived in Paris, it was a delivery from Sushi Shop. Here in Dublin, it is usually a big fat cheeseburger. Although Bunsen still has my favours, we took advantage of a post-Coppers hangover to try a new place in Ranelagh. Wow Burger already has two locations in Dublin, both in Dublin 2, and the Dublin 6 spot opened just a few weeks ago in lieu of Itsa.
The place looks like an American diner but doesn't go all out à la Eddie Rocket', with old photos on the walls, welcoming booths and large windows that make the eating area nicely bright. Behind the counter, the waiters and waitresses - all young and friendly - wear Wow basketball-style caps to take your order, while the burgers are cooked before your eyes, on demand.
The menu has very limited choice, burger, cheeseburger or bacon cheeseburger, all also available in mini.
I got the cheeseburger, which comes with unlimited free toppings such as grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato or pickles - I picked all the above, asking for mushrooms on the side.
I also ordered the garlic butter fries, a generous portion of rustic looking chips with the skin still on.
Going straight to the point, this cheeseburger didn't beat Bunsen's. But for 11.95€ including a soft drink, it definitely satisfied my craving for a good burger.
The bun is a slightly sweet and soft brioche-type bread, while the meat comes in two thin patties - unlike Bunsen where it is a thick juicy one - that are nicely charred, almost crispy. I enjoyed the toppings but they were cold and made the whole burger warmish.
The chips are tasty and the garlic butter does give them extra character and rich flavours. A real winner but which doesn't come close to Bunsen's crispy sweet potato fries. That said, we all did enjoy our meal and would happily come back for more - without waiting for another hangover to cure.