SunKat’s is one of Hanoi’s foremost restaurants for getting a good burger — the menu is straight to the point, and full of originality, and the venue has a spot-on elevated view of West Lake. In short, if you like putting things in buns, then this is for you.

The original concept is based on Danang’s Burger Bro’s — the creation of a Japanese sushi master turned burger flipper. SunKat’s have taken this idea and made it their own. Their menu is all burger and salad, with a bit of added flair thrown in for good measure.

 

Prepared by hand in an open kitchen, each burger is then presented on a slate plate, wrapped in origami, and garnished with herbs grown on site.

 

The attention to detail is what sets them apart. The burgers and salads are all meticulously designed, the chips are fresh cut from the potato, with the skin on, and are topped with Himalayan salt. The buns are sourced from O’Douceurs bakery, and the fruit juices are freshly squeezed before your eyes.

 

Burgers That Won’t Break The Bank

 

The menu is bite-size, and while that might not thrill some, it certainly gets to the point; nine burgers plus one monthly special. All the beef used in the burgers is sourced from Australian and New Zealand grass-fed cows.

 

The classic beef burger with onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles is a wallet-friendly VND90,000, and can be upgraded for a little extra to include cheddar, mozzarella or blue cheese. The burgers are cooked medium rare, and it’s worth noting that the paper it’s served in isn’t just for presentation, but stops the meat juices from dripping all over you.

 

A more original recipe is the salmon burger for VND200,000. A thick cut of battered salmon with salad and dill, it’s cooked to perfection, and is a generous enough serving to feel more than satisfied. We don’t know who first thought to put salmon in a burger, but we’re glad they did.

 

Other options include teriyaki chicken for VND80,000, BBQ pork for VND90,000, and the vegan burger, a tofu and bean patty topped with avocado, salad and seasonal mushrooms, for VND80,000. The vegan burger shows that management is willing to cater to a mix of customers.

 

Tastes Just Like Home

 

It’s not all just burgers at SunKat’s; their salads are a meal in themselves, and go down perfectly with a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice. Here they have a choice of pineapple, guava, lemon, passion fruit or water melon, with each costing VND50,000 for a large glass.

 

The stand out candidate for the sides is the bruschetta. For VND60,000 you get 12 pieces of bread topped with diced tomatoes, olive oil, pepper, oregano and garlic. As our French photo editor says, it tastes like Provence!

 

Also worth a try is the primavera salad for VND55,000. It can be upgraded with tuna or feta cheese, and is enough of a portion to share between four people.

 

For dessert, try some gelato cheese cake flavoured ice cream at VND100,000 for three scoops.

 

SunKat’s really have got their food prep skills down to a tee, and these are some mouth-watering burgers. One noticeable area for improvement is service time. It took us a long time to get our food, and this is something that they’ll need to address to keep up with demand.

 

SunKat’s is at 172 Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Opening hours are 11am to 10pm daily. Go to facebook.com/SunKatsBurgers for more info


Photos by Julie Vola

Billy Gray

Billy arrived in Hanoi in November 2015 with the intention of staying for just six months. He didn’t expect that flights to leave would be so expensive, so decided instead to stay and write for the Word.

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