Sarova Panafric asked Jacquie and I to come try their special burger menu which is on offer this week.This menu offers a variety of gourmet burgers for all palettes and most diets. Although Sarova Panafric asked me to write this blog post, all opinions are my own.
It was a sunny Sunday when Jacquie and I headed to the Flame Tree Restaurant at Sarvoa Panafric. I haven’t seen Jacquie in what feels like forever so we were excited to catch up, hang out, and do what we do best — EAT. As we got to talking, we agreed the weather was too good to pass up an impromptu pool side photoshoot. So, we headed to the pool to get some shots of my Sunday outfit.
Fork Ring: Local craftsman who makes cutlery into jewelry of Ngong Road (can’t remember the name of the shop, sorry!)
Jean Jacket: True Religion
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Flip Flops: Old Navy
When we finally returned to our table, our burgers were ready. We got to try the GM’s Burger (double beef patty, caramelized onions, double cheese, grilled pineapple, avocado and barbecue sauce) and the Faux-Lafel (fried chick pea patty, arugula, cucumber, red onion jam pickled beets, red pepper, and feta spread).
The GM’s Burger is massive. I mean, unless you have a detachable jaw, I’m not sure how you’d take a full bite out of this monstrous sandwich.
Served with a side of fresh, hot, french fries and a salad, this burger could only be bettered by one other thing — beer. I ordered a Tusker and salivated as we shot photos of the meal before digging in.
Burgers (like pizza) are meant to be eaten with your hands. So I picked up the double-patty burger and tried to take a bite of the entire sandwich, just to show you guys how big it actually is. Enjoy:
Some of you may be feeling a little discouraged. Perhaps you were beginning to plan a trip to try the burger offer but didn’t want to have to tackle that burger on a first date, or while trying to impress a significant other, or maybe you’re just not into big, messy meals. Rest assured, there are other burgers on the menu which aren’t as big and are a bit daintier to eat (although I still suggest you still use your hands, this is a no cutlery zone).
The Faux-Lafel burger is exactly as the ‘punny’ title implies, a faux falafel burger. It has a fried chickpea patty, arugula, cucumber, red onion jam, pickled beets, red pepper, and a feta cheese spread. It’s the only vegetarian burger option on the menu and a bit easier to eat (less messy). With the Faux-Lafel, Jacquie and I ordered another classic beverage accompaniment — a banana and strawberry smoothie. This is a lighter, equally indulgent gourmet burger option.
Overall, the two burgers were well seasoned and I was happy to see the amount of interesting toppings on both burgers. I preferred the GM’s burger to the Faux-Lafel burger only because I found the chickpea patty to be a bit dry. If I got a bite of the chickpea patty with some pickled beets or red onion jam it moistened the burger a bit but I still wish the patty had retained more moisture.
The GM’s Burger was as indulgent as it looks. Both burger patties were cooked to medium and it showcased some of my favorite burger toppings: caramelized onions, avocado, cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce. The only change I made was pushing the caramelized pineapple aside. I don’t really enjoy pineapple in savory dishes like Hawaiian Pizzas or Sweet and Sour Chicken and this burger was no exception. I thought the pineapple tasted almost like it came from a can, the caramelization made it taste extra sweet. But, when I removed the pineapple from the burger, it was delicious and I’d definitely get it again.
The best accompaniment were the fries. They’re nicely cut to a medium size and are crisp and crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside. They’re also presented to you pre-salted which I love. The kitchen take the fries straight out of the frier and tosses them in salt so each fry is evenly coated. I appreciate that the salad which accompanied the GM’s Burger was different from the Faux-Lafel salad; the Faux-Lafel salad had more Mediterranean ingredients i.e. olives. Nonetheless, I enjoy salads with leafy greens as opposed to mixed peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions and a little bit of greens so the side salads didn’t appeal to me much. Although I didn’t enjoy the salad, I came for the burger and after eating the burger(s) and fries, I didn’t really have room for salad… No love lost.
Honorable mention: the banana and strawberry smoothie was really good! I don’t have much else to say about it besides letting you know that if you like fruit smoothies you should definitely give it a try. I liked the smoothie with the burger because it reminded me of the classic combo of a burger and a milkshake, minus the guilt.
There are five other burgers on offer at the Flame Tree Restaurant for this week. They are: Butchers Cut, Surf ‘n’ Turf, Mediterranean Burger, Chicken Tikka, and the CK Boyger. The burgers range in price from ksh 1,300 to ksh 1,800 and are all served with french fries and a side salad. You can view the menu and ingredients in each burger here.
If you do decide to try out the burger offer at the Flame Tree Restaurant, let me know what you think! Leave your comment or review in the comments section below. 🙂
All photos taken by J. Mwai Photography