If you’ve missed pictures of Black Tap’s drool-worthy burgers and CrazyShakes killing it on Instagram where have you been hiding?!
The famous NYC Burger Joint from the brainchild of Michelin star chef, Joe Isidori, opened its first branch outside of the US in Dubai’s Jumeirah Al Naseem last year and is now rapidly expanding in the Middle East. With a recent opening in the Rixos JBR, a new branch in Kuwait this week and an Abu Dhabi venue opening its doors early July it’s safe to say that this super ‘grammable brand is taking the region by storm.
A few of us visited the new JBR venue this week for their “Tap Out Tuesday” night, where you can feed your face to the old school vinyl tunes being belted out by the uber cool DJ on the decks. Similar to the Al Naseem branch, it’s a huge space, with an edgy warehouse vibe, think graffiti on the walls and neon signs, and a large bar taking up the entire back wall. It’s casual, cool and buzzing already when we arrive.
Wasting no time we tucked straight into some of the craft brews on offer. They have over 20 on the menu, which change on a regular basis to keep it interesting. The Sam Adams Boston Lager is well worth checking out and was probably my fave of the evening, with the Brooklyn East IPA coming a close second.
To get the juices flowing we couldn’t resist starting the evening with an order of onion rings and Korean BBQ wings. From my previous visit to the Al Naseem branch I remember these being borderline life changing and hope that my memory hasn’t built them up too much. Good news… I was not disappointed in the slightest! The wings were perfectly crispy and the Korean BBQ sauce just the right amount of spicy. They’re moreish and messy. The onion rings are huge and divine, and the chipotle mayo we ordered on the side is the perfect accompaniment.
Now onto the main event, the burgers. As you would expect Black Tap have a lot on offer, including chicken, turkey, bison and falafel, with weekly changing specials. The beef served is all Greater Omaha USA Beef. I opted for the special, The Carolina Burger, which comprised of a big juicy beef burger (ordered and cooked a perfect medium rare) topped with the most flavoursome pulled beef and fresh, crunchy coleslaw. It was a sight to behold and quite a mouthful too! There were murmurs of satisfaction all round the table as my dining partners tucked into their mix bag of burgers and all got a thumbs up, with the most popular seeming to be The Texan (which I’ve had previously and can personally vouch for) along with The Mexico City. But it’s not all burgers here, Black Tap offer other American-style dishes like tacos and a HUGE range of salads for those looking to keep the calories on the lower end of the scale.
And last but by no means least… it was time for dessert. And by dessert I mean a shake. And by shake I mean a CrazyShake. Yep, being the glutton that I am I couldn’t leave Black Tap without indulging in one of their famous shakes and after much deliberation and discussion the Sweet N’ Salty (peanut butter shake) gets my vote. It comes out easily twice the size of my head, overflowing with M&M’s, whipped cream, PB cups, a lollipop and pretzel sticks and is everything I hoped it would be. There is nothing worse than wasted calories. It’s so huge I do actually share it around with the group and everyone else seems equally impressed.
So I leave you with this final thought… is your cheat day even a cheat day if you don’t go to Black Tap?
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