I love a good burger, who doesn’t? That’s why I’m always on the lookout for great burger joints. Some prefer to keep it classic – bun, patty, lettuce, tomato and onion. Not me. I love my burger topped with much more – and then some (and maybe even stuffed with extra things). The more creative and over-the-top it is, the better. Prozdor do not disappoint when it comes to surprising and wacky creations.
Their menu is designed as a pin board, and as such looks very cluttered, with a few sections. The ‘Not Burgers’ features mostly side dishes such as salads, fries and onion rings. The ‘Also Not Burgers’ section includes four American desserts: chocolate brownie, banana split, apple pie milkshake and strawberries & cream. Another unnamed section features two dishes (salad and fried chicken) that are not burgers but apparently not-enough burgers to be included in the ‘Not Burgers’ section… I guess the taxonomy is a work in progress.
The burger selection is split between 3 notes: ‘Burgers’, ‘Cheese-less Burgers’ and ‘Doubles’ in case you’re extra hungry. There’s no custom order here, each item on the menu includes its specific toppings, saving you the hassle of picking your own an paying outrageously for each. The prices ranges from (49₪ \ $14) to (58₪ \ $16.5) and (72₪ \ $20.5) to (76₪ \ $21.5) for the doubles.
The menu states all burgers are cooked to medium-well, which got me a bit worried, since I usually eat my burgers medium-rare to medium. When we expressed our concerns to the waiter he reassured us that the 150gr patties won’t get dry. We were skeptical at first but the patties indeed remained juicy and did not let us down.
Let me tell you, the choice is not easy. We ordered “Tony Montana” (54₪ \ $15.5), a patty served with Gouda cheese, Cuban garlic sauce and pickled onion. As if it wasn’t enough, it’s also topped with potato chips! The taste of the pickled onion is very dominant here. I liked it very much, but Opher was less of a fan. The potato chips added a nice crunchiness texture to each bite. The bun was able to hold everything and didn’t get soggy or disintegrate.
We chose the second burger from the Doubles section: “Moses, you completely lost your mind” (76₪ \ $21.5). This burger is capped off with caramelized onion, roasted mushrooms, an onion ring, sunny side up and BBQ sauce. Sounds over the top? It is. But we enjoyed eating it and the toppings went along great. The bun had a bit harder time here with all the juices.
Since we felt our table can get a cholesterol upgrade, we got the Onion Rings (26₪ \ $7.5) and due to a service mix-up we also got the French Fries (12₪ \ $3.5). Unfortunately the same creativity expressed in the burgers is lacking in the sides section.
The onion rings were unanimously chosen as our favorites. They are home made, delicious and perfectly crispy. They weren’t too greasy, not too thick and had the right amount of batter. The fries, on the other hand, were nothing to write home about enough so that we didn’t feel like nibbling on it.
Another point won by serving Blue Moon beer (21-29₪ \ $6-8) on tap, which we love very much.
For dessert I got the S’more (18₪ \ $5) from the specials menu. It was a simple rocky road bar and a drizzle of caramel sauce on the side. Unfortunately this snack is not very common around here, and that’s a shame since it’s a really great treat.
Prozdor is not one of those places that poured cash on decor, branding and “concept”. It’s a very simple looking joint, and the care and love for food is expressed via the food itself and not by external stimulation. This is very uncommon in the TLV scene. It speaks for itself and the place was fully packed when we were there. I’ll also note the service was very friendly and attentive during the entire time.
I won’t run and tell my cardiologist about this meal, but I will to everyone who’s looking for decadent burgers. Prozdor provides a great option and I would most definitely return to taste some of the other wacky creations.
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