بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ
TBS, or The Burger Shack, is the latest rave among the burger aficionados of Karachi since a few months.
The Burger Shack is located in the Seher commercial area, near the Defence Authority Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed College (DASKBZ).
A mosque called Masjid Khadija-tul-Kubra is the prominent landmark that you should be searching for when you go looking for TBS for the very first time.
Note, reportedly, the staff at TBS takes timeouts for namaz breaks to go and pray here. A big positive in my book! :)
I actually took this screen shot myself from Google Maps, and highlighted the masjid in order to make future TBS customers' search for its location easier.
Just visit http://maps.google.com yourself, and type "Burger Shack, Karachi" in the search box. Very simple.
|Visit their website for more details about menu and prices.|
It is a takeaway-only business right now, and queues are never short because of the high customer demand. From the time you reach TBS till the time you receive your order, expect to wait any time between 20-40 minutes.
And the queue comprises mostly of boys and men.
Burgers and men seem to go together like bread and butter. ;)
Anyhow, don't be demoralized because of the long queues, because they have a very efficient, computerized token system in place to process orders. And patrons always wait patiently in line.
|The prices are the same as KFC or McDonalds|
A burger deal/combo at The Burger Shack won't cut you back any more than the ones sold at international franchises, such as KFC or McDonald's.
But the food-quality difference is worlds apart! Which is great.
Shack Loaded Fries - Rs 140
For the complete menu, click here.
They sure serve some awesome fries!
These fries came very hot, fuzzy-edged and topped with a yummy sauce that seemed to be a combination of garlic-flavored mayo and melted cheddar.
Portion size is pretty good for the price, because of the high food quality.
Classic Crunch Chicken Burger - Rs 230
This bun that you see above, it was extremely soft and fresh. It didn't flake apart even a little.
I saw large unbranded packets of buns inside their outlet when I took my order from their window, so it definitely seems that their buns are made for them in bulk privately.
Hence the quality, eh?
A fillet of crisp, fried boneless chicken topped with a slice of cheddar cheese, sitting on some lettuce and dressing/sauce, made up the contents of the sandwich.
|The succulent, crisp and juicy chicken patty inside the burger|
Excellent quality of food (again)!
It was extremely fresh and juicy.
Chocolate Shake - Rs 150
This is a cross between a milkshake and one of the "chillers" you can have at Gloria Jeans or Cinnabon.
Rich in chocolate content, thick in texture, but low on milk quantity, it was topped with froth and had a layer of crushed ice at the bottom, the way other chillers have.
All in all, a nice shake to have with your burger.
Verdict: TBS is a must try for burger fans. I think we all should try to endorse, support, and promote local business enterprises that are striving to provide us with good-quality burgers that are more than passingly comparable to those offered by international food chains. Other examples of these are Gourmet Burger Company, Big Thick Burgerz, and The Burger Factory (a recent addition).
The only down side is having to eat the fresh, hot and great-tasting TBS food right after you receive it, sitting in your car, if you truly want to enjoy it.
Otherwise, by the time you reach home, it might be somewhat cold and soggy, but still enjoyable.
They give you the food in paper bags, so don't expect any waiters serving you on trays. Plus you'll have to stand in a line and then grab a paper bag of food once your order is ready.
Finally, I must remind you that burgers and fries are not considered healthy food that we can allow ourselves to eat on a regular basis as a habit. :)
So it is wise to save the jaunts to TBS and other burger businesses as rare, once-in-a-while treats.
Either that, or go for a long walk or sprint right afterwards! :P