A rat from my home country just moved to Japan?
Recently, a good friend of mine, Nasrul Ekram, moved to Japan from Singapore. He got himself a job in Japan and voila, we are reunited. I've known him for about 10 years or so. We used to work in the same insurance firm in Singapore, we made music together for Moochie Mac & Superfriends and now, we are hunting for food together in the Land of The Rising Sun. By the way, we've also started a podcast called, "Talk Cock Sessions." If you wanna find out more about our lives in Japan or listen to some Singlish, you'll love Talk Cock Sessions. I'm sure you'll be able to get a tip or two about traveling in Japan through that medium.
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A small, cozy burger joint in Omiya
We stumbled upon Beach Story by sheer luck. We were just done with our virgin recording podcast session in Omiya and needed some grub, so we turned on our highly trained ratty nostrils and crawled around. After about 10 minutes of crawling, we stumbled upon a burger joint in a tiny alley. Its hip atmosphere stood out in that area and the smell of burgers cooking on the grill pulled us in.
A little on the pricey side when it comes to dining in Omiya
With restaurants like Noroshi and Ootoya just around the corner, Beach Story can be seen as expensive. This might be why my ratty senses did not pick up on Beach Story before. I've lived here for 4 years and this is the first time I've stumbled upon this cozy little restaurant. These nostrils have a cap when it comes to price. After a certain price, they start getting cheap on me and shut down. Nevertheless, the aroma of the burgers and the atmosphere of the restaurant pulled me in. While looking at the menu, I had to keep telling myself, "It costs about the same as Kua Aina.", but the scrooge would come out and say, "You are in Omiya! You shouldn't be paying this much for a burger! You could get 2 bento boxes with this money and share that with your family!" Nasrul noticed my internal fight and like a boss, he looked me dead in the eye and said, "I've got this."
We ordered the Crazy Burger which is the spiciest burger they have on the menu, and a Bacon Cheese Burger. The burger patties in Beach Story were seasoned with pepper and salt to a T. The fries that came with both burger sets were thin and crispy, just the way I like it. The Crazy Burger came as a surprise because it was actually spicy. Most of the time, in Japan, the word spicy is being thrown around blindly, but the sauce in the Crazy Burger was not messing around. It had the perfect combination of hot sauce spice with jalapeno spice with pepper spice. The sour and spicy sauce complemented the burger brilliantly. The Bacon Cheese Burger was really really good too. There were huge chunks of bacon in it that combined with the flavor of the cheese and the patty really beautifully. The buns in Beach Story were lightly toasted to perfection. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They have that crackle when you bite into them which will definitely make you have one of those "eyes closed, smiley" moments.
I want all of you to shout out, "Thank you Nasrul!"
All this while, Kua Aina has been the king for me when it comes to burgers in Japan. Beach Story has kicked the king out of his throne. Everything about this meal in Beach Story beat the countless meals I've had at Kua Aina. The fries, better. The buns, better. The patty, better. The biggest stand-out point in this bout would be the patty. Beach Story's burger patties are moister and better seasoned than that of Kua Aina's. Ding ding ding! We have a winner. Thank you Nasrul for buying me this amazing meal. Next time, it'll be on me.
Honorable Rating: Lick That Plate (5/5)
Beach Story, 2-108 Daimoncho, Omiya-ku, Saitama