Пр-кт Красного Знамени, д. 59
9 am – 11 pm Daily
Meals from $4.50
Vladivostok has been going through a bit of an “April showers” period. As I dislike this type of weather immensely, it has necessitated that I stay close to home (i.e., within about a ½ mile radius), and, in doing so, I stumbled upon Vladivostok’s newest entrant to the fast food game – Bite Burger.
Bite Burger is a sleek, modern place, whose attention to design I truly applaud. Unlike American fast food outlets, which, with the exception of a few meager and often unclean tables, are designed to get you in and out, Bite Burger projects a welcoming ambiance that invites you just as warmly to dine in as to carry out. Also, in comparison with American places of the same sort, Bite Burger is extremely clean. The counter service staff is by far more cultured, polite, and efficient than the average group at your local McDonald’s, as well. Thus, having had a pleasant ordering and waiting experience, I was excited to run back home during a pause in the downpour to see if the food matched up to the promise of the restaurant’s first impression.
Honestly, though, after really thinking hard about the question, I still cannot say. I ordered a bacon burger (95 ru), potato cakes (драники/draniki; 60 ru), a forest berry milk cocktail (110 ru) and a side of ketchup (10 rub; yes, in Russia you must pay for condiments!). Unfortunately, the food was lukewarm when I began eating, but I can’t necessarily fault Bite Burger for that as it may have cooled on the walk home. The potato cakes, slathered in delicious, fatty sour cream were ridiculously greasy, but also ridiculously decadent and great-tasting. The forest berry milk cocktail had a light and airy taste, which slid pleasantly along the tongue, and was closer to the American concept of the milkshake than most fast food places here ever get. Where I am left utterly unsure, however, is the bacon burger. First of all, it was not really a burger, but what I can only describe as a Russian reinvention of one: a deep-fried cutlet (pork, I believe) topped with what was actually Canadian bacon, cheese, mayo and lettuce (one leaf!). Having bitten into it, the number and unfamiliarity of the taste combinations overwhelmed me. I took another bite, and still could not decide if I loved this crazy burger or hated it. Thus, the jury’s still out on Bite Burger’s burger-crafting ability. However, even though I didn’t finish the meal, I’d certainly give the place another try!
For groups and faculty-led tours, there is certainly enough space in Bite Burger although the tables are pretty self-contained, and meant to be so.