Wild Burger: Juicy Burgers in Heliopolis
Fast food restaurants in Cairo continue to grow in number and burger places in particular are still very much en vogue. Heliopolis’ Wild Burger is no exception, and you’ll often see queues of hungry customers eagerly awaiting a table.
Situated on Ankara Street, Wild Burger is small and slightly shabby with the majority of seating spilling out onto the pavement. The yellow and green colour scheme is inconspicuous, whilst the navy blue, rubbery tablecloths are practical but a little dull; however, their burger reputation precedes them.
The menu offers up a range of fried appetisers (17LE-60LE) and wraps (42LE) as well as chicken burgers (38LE-49LE) and beef burgers with an assortment of scrumptious sounding filling options. The size of the meat patty is optional, starting at a 1/3 pound (39LE) to a whopping 2.5 pound (61LE) – they’ll even double it up if you think you can handle it! The drinks are a predictable list of sodas, juices and a couple of hot drink options. We went for a DIY refillable soda (15LE) which was both chilled and fizzy, and an orange juice (18LE) which could have done with some ice.
To eat, we started with a combo appetiser (60LE), complete with crispy, tasty onion rings, cheesy wedges generously smothered in melted cheese, horrendously spicy chicken wings, and some vile, inexplicably fishy mozzarella sticks. For our mains, we opted for two super saver meals; one 1/3 pound signature Wild Burger (43LE), a two and a half pound Mega Burger (48LE), and an extra portion of chilli cheese fries (23LE).
With these choices, our pick from the salad bar was free of charge and our burgers came served with a side of soft, chunky fried wedges, well seasoned with a sprinkling of paprika. The salad bar was disappointingly thin on options and although the lettuce was crispy and the tomatoes were fresh, the potato salad tasted suspiciously fishy and the salsa was deceptively spicy. There were also no salad dressings to speak of.
On the plus side, both burgers were deliciously juicy, meaty and thick, albeit a tad greasy. The cheddar cheese on the Wild Burger was melted and subtle, whilst the small amount of beef bacon rashers were dry and a bit difficult to chomp through. The Swiss cheese and the peppers on the larger, Mega Burger made it the more flavourful of the two and the crispy fried onion rings were a delicious addition. Our chilli fries were also delectable, hidden under a generous mound of meaty, spicy, tomato mince.
For desert, from their range of cakes and tarts, we chose a large slice of cheesecake, served with lashings of warm chocolate sauce (27LE). The biscuit base was a little thin, but the cake as a whole was refreshingly thick, sweet and creamy.