(I've added other burger related posts here)
We've been passing BARS quite often as it's right on Duplication Rd though the address is 24 Deal Place. The ambience is promising with the option of outside dining, overlooking the splendor of Duplication Rd. The other thing in its favour is the music: cool, chill, soothing and groovy music that complements the upscale roadside vibe of the restaurant.
(BARS is apparently called BARS, not because the staff are ex-inmates or chorus girls but because it has a collection of bars - salad, pastry, hopper, etc. Get it? Get it? Neither did I. Why not call it FLOURS then? Everything has flour, right?)
Name aside, it is a decent cafe, much like any other anonymous coffee shop, but one with a beef burger. Most places now only have chicken burgers which are disgustingly bad. If you want a burger, why degrade the experience? It's like making biriyani with tumeric or sambol with paprika.
For me, a burger with good beef done medium rare is heaven. Osama would only have to promise me 72 burgers. As I have set myself a goal of trying all the burgers in SL, we dropped in there to try BARS' burger out. Prior to ordering, the wait staff reassured me that the burger is made with good beef that is ground at the restaurant, not preground.
When the burger arrived, it was well presented with the top bun lying on the plate exposing the generously proportioned burger patty (about twice the size of a patty at Dine mor or McDonalds) which had cheese and fried onions on top of it. So presentation wise I gave it an A. Only thing it lacked was bacon.
I bit into it. And there's where the burger lost a few points. First, the burger was a little overdone. A perfect burger is cooked so that it's slightly red in the middle so as not to lose the flavour and juiciness of the beef. Second, the spicing of the meat in the patty itself was pretty bland. And, of course, bacon would've added something immeasurable to the burger.
Overall, in comparison to the other burgers I've eaten, this is how BARS' burger ranks:
1) Hill Club Sri Lankan burger - the meat is thoroughly spiced with chilli, it's pinkish and juicy in the middle and there's bacon!
2) Sen Saal beef burger (no longer served although they said you can call a day in advance and order) - the meat is good and the patty is pinkish and juicy in the middle. No bacon.
3) Cricket Club burger - has bacon but otherwise similar to BARS.
4) BARS burger - the overcooking and lack of bacon really hits BARS' burger.
BARS was a good experience, bacon notwithstanding, and we will visit again when the cool jazz on Duplication Road feeling takes us. (The burger cost LKR350).
Restaurant Name: Bars Cafe
Address: 24 Deal Pl (off Duplication Rd)
Phone: (add 011 if calling from a mobile) 2575157