When I heard that BurgerFuel was heading to the shores of Kuwait (making that a total of 23 outlets in the MENA region) I admit to getting a tad excited. Okay, that’s an understatement. I was literally bouncing off the walls with joy! Having tasted it on numerous occasions both in the UAE as well as in its origin country of New Zealand, it helped that I was already addicted. Brought to Kuwait for the first time with the help of Al Khayyat Investments (AKI) who operate 11 BurgerFuel outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Kuwait outlet is located on the vibrant Al Bida’a strip of restaurants, and is well placed and easy to get to off of the Al Taawon Street.
My first impression of BurgerFuel was that the branding is something special. They pride themselves on using 100 percent recycled biodegradable packaging for all of their products, and your burger will come complete with what they call a ‘doofer’, a kiwi (that’s New Zealander for all of you Non-Kiwi folks) invention which helps you hold your burger without getting oily fingers or having a fear of losing any of the delicious ingredients out of the bottom. Genius. The eco-consciousness even makes it to the interiors in Kuwait, where the chairs are made of recycled material. But don’t let that fool you – it remains modern, classy, comfortable and clean, with a cool vibe (the atmosphere is helped with the streaming of BurgerFuel radio from NZ) so you feel like you have been zapped into the BurgerFuel world with full force.
We had to prevent ourselves from each ordering every one of their amazing appetizers/sides for fear of leaving no room. Firstly we have to stop for a second to talk about their fries…the spud fries are a must-have! Not only due to their perfect crunchy outside and soft center inside, but also the fresh aioli dip that accompanies them…it’s addictive! For those who are not a fan of the fry, there are options of Motobites, made of crumbed pumpkin, carrot, chickpea and ginger with a lemon aioli or yoghurt relish dip, or fresh Chicken Fenders, made of only pure skinless juicy chicken, sea salt, garlic and rosemary, in its basic healthy but delicious form, and a great way to add in more protein to any meal.
Now, to the main event: the burgers. Using quality healthy ingredients such as prime New Zealand beef (100% pure grass-fed beef) imported directly from NZ and salted on premise to retain the juicy goodness, chicken which is locally sourced and grilled to perfection, crispy fresh lettuce and beetroot, and generous dollops of their famous creamy aioli, even with the multitude of burger options in Kuwait, the quality and uniqueness of these ingredients will bring you back every time. For a classic experience we recommend you try the CN Cheese, the most popular of their burgers in the MENA region with 100% pure NZ grass-fed beef, delicious melted cheese and grated parmesan, or the BF Monster, a signature beef burger, with melted cheese, premium beef bacon, beetroot, mango and avocado, relish and aioli, on a soft delicious bun, the biggest of their gourmet burgers. They also do a limited edition burger flavor every month – watch out for their spicy Rehabanero this month – so there is always something new for your tastebuds!
It doesn’t stop there. They have plenty of options for the kids and those with small appetites (with smaller burgers and kids meals), for vegetarians (V-Twin vege is highly recommended), vegans (V-Dub Vege, incidentally BurgerFuel appears to be the only restaurant in Kuwait with a certified 100% vegan burger) and even those health conscious, low-carb dieters with the option of any burger wrapped in a delicious double whammy of salad greens, better known as “Low-Carborator” Why should these people miss out on the mighty burger? There really is something for everyone here!
For the ultimate in liquid goodness, you must accompany your meal with one of their shakes. Coming in the classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, the thick yet smooth texture is a perfect Thelma to your Burger Louise, and you must end your experience by tempting yourself with the soft, creamy natural Hokey Pokey ice cream for dessert, a unique hometown favorite.
BurgerFuel plan to expand throughout Kuwait in the future, and to also offer a delivery service straight to your door. But, for now, make sure you take a leap into the Southern Hemisphere at Al Bida’a and try some of the gourmet burgers at BurgerFuel, you won’t be disappointed! But, for now, make sure you take a leap into the Southern Hemisphere at Al Bida’a and try some of the gourmet burgers at BurgerFuel, you won’t be disappointed!
BurgerFuel is located in the Al Bida’a strip of restaurants, next to the Movenpick Hotel in Al Bida’a. For more information visit kuwait.burgerfuel.com; contact them by email: [email protected], phone 2225 3140, or follow them on Facebook: BurgerFuel Kuwait.