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Giza, Cairo, Egypt.
The BRGR Truck: Keep on Truckin'
Mobile restaurants are the new trend in Egypt and the idea of 'clean' street food is still trying very hard to a relevant gimmick; and one of the first trucks to introduce this concept was The BRGR Truck. With no fixed location, The BRGR Truck has been everywhere from Hacienda Bay and El Gouna, to Downtown Mall and Gezira Sporting Club – you must've seen it somewhere, even in Dubai…oh wait that's Salt truck.
Anyways, The BRGR Truck is a small silver truck that changes its location with. The wooden high chairs and high tables that they bring along is a little bit uncomfortable, plus the table had dust on it at the time of our visit Capital Business Park in Sheikh Zayed.
Keeping it simple, The BRGR Truck's menu basically consists of two sandwiches, the Original Burger and the J Bomb, and two kinds of fries, Cheese Fries and BRGR Fries, so deciding what to eat won't take time.
We ordered all four items on the menu, so let's start with the Cheese Fries (15LE). Thin, crispy, and far from oily, the fries are topped with a fair amount of cheese and really good on their own and very similar to Mcdonald's fries. The cheese sauce, though, was a bit lumpy and didn't have a strong cheese flavour or any kind of notable seasoning.
Unlike the cheese fries, the BRGR Fries (20LE) had more flavours. With pretty much the same ingredients except with the addition of their special sauce – which had a tangy thousand Island-like flavour - the it has that satisfying artificial flavour we all enjoy in fast food.
Moving to the burgers, we started with the Double patties Original Burger (45LE). Two beef patties covered with perfectly melted cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato and their special sauce, the original burger was bursting with flavours. Even though the patty was thin, it was still juicy and well seasoned, and we loved the reserved use of sauce which complimented the beef flavours without overpowering it. As for the Double Patties J Bomb (50LE), it was the same as the original burger but with extra jalapeno which added a great spicy kick.
All in all, The BRGR Truck is definitely a great concept on the food scene in Egypt. The portions might seem small and the prices are a little bit steep, but it pays off in the quality of the ingredients. We just wished there was more variety on the menu.
The concept of a ‘secret menu’ comes with several questions; what’s a secret menu? Do you get to pick you order? How did you find out about it? Even though it’s an old trend in the west, it’s totally understandable to be confused, because the concept is very new to Egypt.
A secret menu is simply when a restaurant offers flavour combinations and hidden items like Burger King’s Frings – obviously not in Egypt - which consists of a mix of onion rings and fries, or the four-patty Suicide Burger. Usually you’ll find out about these items through word of mouth and social media; so basically you have to be a true fanatic of the restaurant. Just think of it like a hidden character in a video game.
Salt’s secret menu offers Duck Confit and Chicken Waffle with two secret sauces, Honey Sriracha, and Spiced Maple.
We kicked things off with a Honey Sriracha Chicken Waffle Combo (52LE). Two pieces of soft Belgian waffles act like a bun and are filled with a piece of fried chicken, a slice of American cheese, dill pickles, shredded lettuce, onion and spicy honey sriracha sauce – yes, this one item you can’t eat without making a mess. Despite the waffles being slightly too thick for the filling and sauce being a bit too spicy, the overall flavours were on point and the chicken was very juicy and had a fantastic crispy crust.
As for the rest of the combo, we opted for the thin and crispy cheese fries, which are smothered with a generous amount of tasty cheese sauce and fulfilled its purpose as a delicious sidekick to the chicken waffles.
We also tried the Duck Confit sandwich (40LE). For those that might not be familiar with French cuisine, duck confit involves cooking duck in its own rendered fat. Served in their burger bun, Salt’s sandwich version is filled with super tasty shredded duck confit, sautéed onion, the restaurant’s Big Mac-like special sauce and melted American cheese. It was close to being flawless, but for the bones we found in it.
We couldn’t leave without checking up on the not-secret dry-aged beef burgers and noticed a new addition to the menu – the Mushroom Burger (38LE). Just like our previous visit, the perfectly-seasoned beef patty had a crust bursting with flavours, the ingredients were very fresh, the soft potato bun was exquisite and the Big Mac-like sauce added sharpness to every bite, while the generous amount of fresh sautéed mushrooms added a great earthy flavour.
While the idea of a secret menu might seem strange, it’s actually a great way to build and maintain a relationship with their loyal customers. But the best thing about our latest visit to Salt is that, not only has it maintained its quality, but it’s actually improving it, too.