Merica Charungvat and Yuliana Arifin wanted to put a fresh spin on one of their favourite food groups (burgers) while paying homage to the cuisine they know and love: Thai.
Highlights are the Pou-nim (soft-shell crab) Black Burger, which uses a bamboo charcoal bun that comes with a generous slice of Granny Smith apple, Asian slaw and a tangy dressing, and Thaiger’s most popular order, Crying Thaiger – a grilled, medium-rare steak with mixed leaves and a Thai dressing.
Thaiger isn’t easy to find, though. This hole-in-the-wall eatery is hidden away in an inconspicuous laneway off the bustle of Bourke Street, parallel to the Walk Arcade. The burger shop seats three people at most, so take-away is the most practical option. With a sleek, modern aesthetic of clean lines and bright pops of colour that follows through to its practical packaging, Thaiger proves that delicious things come in small, portable packages.