I don’t know how to feel about the “gourmet” burger shops that have been popping up these few years. While some of them are delicious (Triple-O’s is worth the money, in my opinion), some just seems to me as poor excuses for tripling the price of your meal. Unfortunately, my experience at Brat puts my impression of the shop in the latter category.
As you can see on the menu here (the prices are in Hong Kong dollars), the hotdogs don’t come cheap. And did I mention that the shop is just a shopfront and has no seats? So it’s takeaway only. For me, I ate my meal on the seats of the shopping centre. Not the most comfy experience, and of course, no service to speak of.
First up, the fries. It is worth mentioning that even though they claim the fries are freshly made, that they leave the potato skins on for flavour and texture, etc. etc., they taste almost exactly the same as those at McDonald’s. They are not fat or wrinkly ones, they are extremely skinny and bland. I added extra money for the Japanese condiments (which makes them taste like octopus balls-flavoured fries), but it’s simply teriyaki sauce and mayo and a spinkle of seaweed. Not worth it.
Here comes the hotdog. As you can see, the hotdog fits comfortably in my hand, and my hand is not that big. I have chosen a spicy garlic sausage (too salty and not enough of other flavours), jalapenos and parmesan cheese as condiments. But the biggest problem lies in the hotdog bun. It looks, feels and tastes really cheap, like the cheapest ones you can buy in bulk from the supermarket. And it’s small. That was definitely unexpected, looking at the price.
My menu also comes with a can of soft drink, of which I picked Coke. I wanted lemon tea instead but was informed I need to add more money for it, so I gave up. Overall, I think the place is do-able if it’s at least half of its current price, but for this price, I can think of so many other places to dine. And that concludes my one, and probably only, experiece at Brat.