W35 Burger Bar

W35 is a small burger joint on the far end of Budapest's party district. The place breaks down the hamburger-making process into meticulous, scientific steps: a patty forming machine shapes the Angus into uniform sizes, a timer achieves consistent char, and a meat thermometer ensures that all patties are cooked to a juicy, medium-rare doneness. The result is a compact patty with good beefiness framed by two crisped sesame buns. I only wish they wouldn't use a truffle oil which doesn't do any favors here.

At €9, the burgers aren't cheap and not particularly sizeable either: you might have some stomach space left after downing the 130 gram / 4.6 oz patties. Get the regular cheeseburger because the soggy, undersized bacon strips are only a distraction. The other thing you might also notice in W35 is that while the owner unabashedly flaunts his Michelin-starred work experience and blankets the interior walls with photos of himself, the employees get little of the limelight.

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