Just what is it with an Al Fresco’s salad? It rears its calories-r-us drenched head whatever dish you order from this popular joint’s voluminous menu. There’s always one soddin’ great slice of cucumber, a huge slice of raw onion, shredded carrot and lettuce. Doesn’t matter whether I’m eating in the haughty-Hanoi branch or in the newer sophisti-Saigon branch – los salad cometh. Kick it off the plate, and shed that coleslaw mulch sitting next to it while you’re at it. Grrr…. Nuff said… But I’m not here for the allotment harvest, furthering burgering knowledge of this fair ville is the drive behind this visit.
It looks hefty. It is hefty. This order is 80,000VD(ish) and comes medium done atop more woodland clippings. A few readers have talked up the burger at Al Fresco’s, and this is acceptable but it’s a bit tasteless, lacking any noticeable trace of seasoning. Mind you, it’s better than a Bangkok Burger King, it’s just not a burger stunna. It’s not an imaginative burger. It’s more a comfort burger. A burger that back home would sit firmly in the acceptable – but nothing to blog home about – pub lunch burger category. This dish also comes with standard issue Saigon frozen fries that look nothing like the ones in the the ad. Alors, the search for Saigon’s best burger continues. For my money – a farthing – you’d be well advised to check out the Juice Burger or Z’s – deffo the best doubleact I’ve found thus far. Although Juice could really do with losing that half hundredweight of onion. I’ve yet to hit Mogambo’s, Cafe Central or Chi. All of which are reader rated.