A.M.P Saloon – Hua Mak, Bangkok

A.M.P. Saloon - Hua Mak, Bangkok
What I Ordered
  • A.M.P Hot Wings
  • A.M.P Signature Burger
  • Pork Neck Burger
  • Potato Wedges
  • Onion Rings

In Short: Without a doubt, the best burger I’ve tried in Bangkok so far. Between the huge size, the awesome presentation, and the great price (plus all of the other delicious-looking burgers they have on their menu), this place is a winner in my book and somewhere that I’ll definitely be back to.

When we decided that we’d be moving to the Hua Mak neighborhood in Bangkok (which we describe as the Brooklyn or Queens of Bangkok – an awesome neighborhood with a very distinct personality, located just outside of the city), a teacher friend of ours told us about a local burger spot that he claimed had not only the best burgers in the area, but the best burgers in all of Bangkok. Wow, what a statement! Of course, after hearing this, Dave and I had to give it a shot.

Even though it’s located right off of Ramkamhaeng, the main street in Hua Mak, A.M.P is still a little bit out of the way and doesn’t seem to have much of anything right near it. The first thing I noticed when we got out of our taxi though was the huge outdoor grill and outdoor seating area – both of which are definitely nice touches.

We walked inside to take a peek at their very interesting and fun decor, and then grabbed a table outside on the patio. After taking a quick look through the menu, I already could tell that it was going to be a struggle deciding what to get. There were so many things that looked great! We ordered a couple of big beers to hold us over while we deliberated over the menu. Finally, we started to make some decisions.

For an appetizer, we went with the A.M.P hot wings. They came out piping hot and were some of the biggest wings I’ve ever seen. They were perfectly cooked, very crispy, and the sauce they came smothered in was amazing. It was a thicker sauce – it was tangy and spicy and I couldn’t get enough. I even requested that our waiter leave the empty plate with the extra sauce in it on the table once we were finished so that I could use it for dipping later on. That’s how good it was.

For our main course, we ordered the A.M.P Signature Burger, the Pork Neck Burger, potato wedges, and onion rings. The burgers at A.M.P don’t come with fries or onion rings, which I find a little annoying, but I guess for around 150 Baht ($5) per burger, I can’t really complain (especially because most of the other burgers we’ve seen around Bangkok are almost double the price).

First, I went in for the Pork Neck Burger. Since moving to Bangkok, Dave and I have become huge fans of pork neck. Usually we order it grilled and it comes sliced into pieces on top of rice. It’s always fantastic (as long as it’s not too fatty). The Pork Neck Burger at A.M.P comes out as one big piece of pork neck on a bun. It’s pretty basic, served with just lettuce, tomato, and BBQ sauce. I found it to be a little chewy and this burger was probably my least favorite pork neck dish that I’ve had in Bangkok. It wasn’t bad by any means, but since we usually love pork neck so much, I was a bit disappointed.

Next, I tried the wedges and the onion rings. Both were awesome – very crispy, perfectly cooked, and perfectly seasoned. The onion rings were definitely the star though. Next time, I’ll get two orders of those and skip the wedges. They are light, there’s not too much breading, and I wish I had an order of them in front of me right now!

Last, the A.M.P Signature Burger. I figured that the burger with the restaurant’s name was the one to go with (that’s a rule I always go by with any dish. If they name it after the restaurant then they must be really proud of it/it must be good, right?). It comes with lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, and here’s the kicker… fried prawns. I was a little skeptical about this last ingredient, but once I took my first bite, I was a believer. I always love onion rings on my burgers. This had the same crispy/fried taste as the onion rings, but I thought that the texture and flavor of the prawns added something very nice to the burger.

After my first experience at A.M.P, I would probably have to agree with my friend Matt about it being the best burger I’ve tried in Bangkok. But, the only caveat is that pretty much every burger I’ve tried here so far has this strange and a little off taste to it. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but it doesn’t taste like the beef I’m used to eating (which is probably because it’s not the beef I’m used to eating – it’s Thai beef). But, that being said, between the size, the presentation (all the burgers come out on wooden cutting boards with huge knives stuck in the top of them), the great price, and the awesome combos of the burgers at A.M.P Saloon (plus all of the other amazing-looking things they have on their menu), this place is a winner in my book and somewhere that I’ll likely be back to.