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“A good burger, only!”
Review of Madero

Ranked #38 of 9,980 Restaurants in Curitiba
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed March 5, 2013

In a city used to sameness when the issue is food, any chicken foot is a pretext for a party. This is the case of Madero. Self-acclaimed as "the best burger in the world", the chain - whose restaurants are popping up at a pace that would make McDonald's blush - introduced the “gourmet burger” trend to Curitibans. Be cautious, though, not to be influenced by the appearance of the locals that dress up for the weekend evenings just to go out to eat at a nearby Madero. Yet somewhat pretentious and trendy, the restaurants are informal places. Therefore, do not hesitate to dress shorts and tee, if you so wish, do go out for lunch or dinner.

The several restaurants look somewhat alike, resembling the first property opened in the historic center of the city. Ambiance does not prioritize comfort and privacy, as there usually are more tables than what would be recommendable. Likewise, some restaurants lack a pro-made acoustic project, as they always sound over-noisy. The one in downtown Curitiba is the worst for both topics.

The burgers are just OK and are offered in just two versions (cheeseburger and cheesebacon), three sizes (one, two or three paties) and made out of three meats (beef, lamb and pork). The burgers’ presentation is absolutely conservative and lacks, in every sense, creativity and innovation, as the bread, dressing (mayo, lettuce and tomato slices) and side - just pale, mushy French fries - are the same for all them. Yet disappointing and frustrating, burgers are pricey (from US$ 11 up), though. Given all this, the moto "the best burger in the world", sounds not just over-pretentious, but untrue, as well. Therefore, self-acclaiming itself as "a good burger in town” would sound more appropriate and realistic.

Service is just OK, as well, yet always uncertain, given correctness and promptness change from place to place, in spite the fact the staff looks over-dimensioned in every property. Likely erratic is the burger cooking point - something customers are NEVER asked about when ordering - which may come pinky or well-done inside, depending only upon the cook's mood. Unforgivable for such a pretentious place like this is the fact that all the isolating sleeves the large beers are served in, are dirty, slimy and moldy inside. In spite my personal warnings in two different occasions, it seems the issue has been neglected given the problem persists. From the other plates on the menu, do not expect much, given they are just average, but pricey!

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I have been to several Madero restaurants in Curitiba. Owned by celebrated chef Junior Durski, these restaurants are springing up everywhere. While it is definitely not the best burger I ever had. it is carefully prepared with high quality meat and consistently delicious. The service is really good and the decor sophisticated.

Now the unique thing about their burger is that it is served in a crusty french bun. What always amazes me is how they managed to develop a crusty bread that is soft enough that the burger does not crumble when you bite into it. That is, in my opinion, the magic of Madero.

I have to agree with the other reviewer that said their fries are nothing to celebrate. They are well prepared, but they are the "fast food type." Good chunky home style fries would combine much better with this burger. Of course, we Brazilians are not "potato" people, so we are not familiar with the more sophisticated variations of the french fry.

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Thank NTBrazil
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I went to the one on the nice little square. Near the nice Rosario church.
It is a bit of trendy chique place, owned by the renowned Durski reataurant (ukrainean chef). It is pricey for what you get, but certainly an okay burger, not like Macdonalds for sure ;-)

1  Thank vikskio
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Good food in a great place for a reasonable price. The options of sandwiches are well served and delicious. The same cannot be said about the other dishes, which many times decepctionate in amount and taste. However, ask for some sandwich and it will be a great experience.

1  Thank gaedzen k
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

good location and nice restaurant, too expensive for the minor quality and quantity. Not many options for dinner in the historic center - or even more expensive.

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