After Vong Kitchen, Le Burger is the second venture here of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son Cédric. Handayani Tanuwijaya sampled their New York-style gourmet beef, lamb, shrimp and veggie burgers with potato bread buns!
When Prestige visits Le Burger, the latest chic dining venue to open its doors at Alila SCBD, it’s already past lunch time. But the customers standing in line don’t seem to mind. High-quality meat, fresh buns and irresistible toppings seem to have made the burgers at this 110-seat restaurant worth waiting for.
Le Burger is located next door to Vong Kitchen, a New York-style grill launched by the acclaimed French-American chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his son Cédric. But while Vong Kitchen is formal and conservative, its sister restaurant has a much more laid-back vibe.
Chef de Cuisine Luisa Caicedo is a Colombian. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and has been working with Cédric for 10 years. “I was 18 years old when I moved to America, and I worked as a nurse for a couple of years,” she tells us. “But one day I woke up and decided to pursue my long-time passion. I started my culinary journey at 22 and now here I am living in Southeast Asia for the first time.
“We’ve bought the New York-style burger to Jakarta. You can it see in the bun, which is made of potato bread. They’re the best buns for burgers – soft and a little bit sweet. Our most popular dish is the Truffle Burger (Rp 130,000). We also get many compliments on our Vegetarian Burger, so you can see that we have something to offer for everyone.
“In developing the menu, Chef Cédric looked back on his travels around the world for ideas. To take burgers to the next level, he likes to play with many different ingredients. We cook with US beef and Australian lamb. The rest of the ingredients we source are local.”
As well as the Truffle Burger, Chef Luisa prepares the house’s Cheese Burger (Rp 110,000), Grilled Lamb Burger (Rp 130,000) and Shrimp Burger (Rp 150,000) for our approval. American restaurant portions are notoriously huge, but Le Burger’s juicy patties are not too big at all.
They offer a delicious combination of truffle sauce and melted brie. The (Cheddar) Cheese Burger has a smokiness that’s hard to resist. The Grilled Lamb Burger is made with harissa (Tunisian hot chili pepper paste) and cilantro yoghurt. The Shrimp Burger should not be overlooked. If you think seafood and buns don’t match, then this burger proves otherwise.
The restaurant also takes pride in its sweet treats. Both the banana pudding (Rp 90,000) and (Colombian-style) assorted cookies (Rp 110,000) are worth a try. Cheesecake milkshake (Rp 100,000) is made with whipped cream, marshmallow, pretzels and strawberry jam. Add a shot of bourbon for an extra Rp 70,000.
Gin punch is on tap at Rp 150,000 and a New York Sour goes for Rp 160,000. Insomniacs and sleep walkers should know that the joint stays open until 5 a.m – how very New York!
Lot 11, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta
Tel: (+6221) 2932 6188