After reading the reviews, my wife and I wanted to see what all of the hype was about and decided to take some of our Colombian family out to enjoy some "American" burgers. Based on the line that extended out the door, we thought we were in for a great meal in a fun atmosphere.
The atmosphere was indeed fun with good music, nice outdoor space, flat screen TVs, and comfortable chairs but sadly, that's about where the good things ended.
We ordered the blue cheese burger and the avocado burger because both advertised things that we can't get here in Medellin: good bacon and quality cheese. We also ordered it medium rare (un cuarto) because here in Colombia, "medio" often means grey on the inside. When our burgers came, everything looked good with nice presentation and seemingly fresh, quality ingredients. But when we each took a bite, we looked at each other in disappointment. Not only were the burgers cold on the inside, the cheese that we had both been looking forward to turned out to be a gross imitation at best.
I even asked our waitress what cheese was on my burger and was told it was indeed cheddar. This wasn't cheddar; it was American cheese (which we all know pales in comparison to every other cheese). My wife's blue cheese was also an imitation because first, it was a cream instead of chunks or crumbles, and then when tasted separately, it turned out to be more of a blend of sour cream with perhaps a small amount of blue mixed in.
Overall, the burgers were adequate. The rest of the ingredients, including the "papas rusticas" were fine but none of it left me wanting more.
My main issue with Chef Burger is that it purports itself to be an "American Burger Bar" with English all over the restaurant and menu, American sports on TV and American memorabilia on the walls but it clearly cuts corners and ends up being just another imitation that over promises and under delivers. This felt a lot like false advertisement.
Compared to a normal Colombian burger, these are good but an American burger this certainly ain't.
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