Stansandrou 20, 22759300, LEFKOSIA (NICOSIA)
Mon-Sun 10:30-12:00
Food: ★★★★☆ 4/5
Service: ★★★★☆ 4/5
Ambiance: ★★★½☆ 3.5/5

Reviewing a new opening on the first week or month can be risky for the following reasons:
– the food and/or service might be excellent but deteriorate later on, or;
– food and/or service might be average but improve along the way
If, a year after the restaurant’s launch quality has remained impeccable, service has improved and the number of regular and loyal customers has increased it is surely not by chance, but proof that the restaurant that is here to stay.
Artisan’s Burgerbar is a prime example of this phenomenon: even though its service had some issues during its first few months, I didn’t hold it against them as the food quality, dish variety, attention to detail and value for money was and still is, of the highest standards. When one meets the father of Artisan’s Burgerbar and picks up on his level of perfectionism, one can easily understand what it takes to do this job well.
One of the things I like about the whole concept of Artisan’s Burgerbar is that it is specialized. This makes it possible to focus on making a product the best it can be, rather than trying to have many dishes that are “quite” good. If it weren’t specialized I am sure it would be difficult to maintain its quality by importing the Black Angus beef from USA chilled and not frozen as it does now, and by making the burgers every single morning rather than freezing them overnight. Even the potatoes are brought in every day, cut, fried, boiled or mashed twice a day!
Even though it is specialized in making burgers it doesn’t prevent it from having a large variety of them. When a year ago I complained about the lack of a simple cheese and bacon burger I was kindly told that, making your own combo is always possible, but the large list of more creative combinations is there to give incentive to people to try out different burgers. Apart from the “number two”, my favourite, with gruyere cheese, perfectly crispy pancetta and BBQ sauce which (I take on the side), I like the one with smoked cheese as well as the one with fried egg on top (a recent entry to satisfy demand). I particularly like the fact that the beef itself is full of herbs and spices giving it a strong aromatic tastes, and also that the minced meat is not ground completely but the minced meat is still “grainy”, something that it my opinion makes it more “real”. Together with the beefburgers there is a good choice of “alternative” burgers that include a fantastic shrimp burger made in house, a vegetable burger made daily with fresh vegetables, and a surprisingly good and flavorsome chicken burger which is not, a chicken fillet (even though that option exists as well), but minced chicken burger. What isn’t immediately obvious is that one side dish is included in the total burger price and one can choose out of crispy freshly fried potatoes, freshly prepared mash potatoes, salads and vegetables. The selection of starters is also appropriate with must-try (and all time best seller) fried “halloumi” and home made pomegranate sauce, as well as interestingly tasty stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
I must respond to whoever says that it is expensive. 12-14€ for a freshly prepared Black Angus burger in a freshly baked bun is not a lot if we look at it relative to its quality. Paying 12€ for a standard goats cheese salad or an average pesto pasta that other restaurants may charge is different than paying it for good quality beef.
All in all I can conclude that the Artisan’s Burgerbar experience is an all-rounded one. A lot can be learned from the way they work, including the benefits of specialization, the attention to detail and quality and how important it is to maintain your standards rather than lower them once you get comfortable.

http://www.artisansburgerbar.com/

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(27) Readers Comments

  1. Great place but where is the cheeseburger????? Also agree on the waiting time. Too long for a casual burger joint.

    • you can order if you want, they make it it is just not on the menu to motivate people to try other things. Even though I completly agree, why try souvlakia with mozarella if you want souvlakia?

      • Hi all! Thank you for visiting us and posting your comments! Indeed we experienced some delays for a couple of nights but this is due to being in our first month of operation and we are smoothing out our procedures!! Regarding the plain burgers/cheeseburgers, we have them available but not displayed on the menu so that we motivate people to try our combinations! Please feel free to request the burgers any way you like them and we will be happy to customize them for you!
        We are always happy to hear any comments and suggestions on how to improve!
        Hope to see you again soon!

  2. Went, ate, loved it! Will go again! Will give them the benefit of the doubt on the waiting time, as they’re a new restaurant!

  3. Need an online menu so I can order delivery !!!!

  4. Poor quality, high prices.

  5. Exceptional food! Place is very comfortable and relaxed, service was very friendly. I travel a lot and have visited a lot of burger places and I can say that its one of the best I have ever tried! Prices are very reasonable and especially considering the quality and freshness of the ingredients they use! Will definitely be back!

  6. Great burgers, the best I’ve had in Cyprus. I would recommend a cheese burger selection (with a selection between cheeses) and a Cajun option (maybe Cajun chicken with mayo?)

    PLUS a list of all available ingredients so people can make their own 🙂

    I’m hungry again now…

  7. Visited a few times so far and loved it each time! Burgers are amazing , the selection is impressive and they seem to add new burgers often. Tried the new chicken burgers , by far the best I have tried so far! Also tried the blue cheese with fig and brioche bread ! What a great combo! The staff is very friendly and attentive and the place is simple but elegant! Well done, keep it up !

  8. Amazingly delicious burgers! Waiting time is not all that bad, it is really decent, especially for the quality that you are getting. Very nice service too! Good job 🙂

  9. Went there on a Sunday for a late lunch (around 3:30) without so many people left in the restaurant and the service was way below 2,5 stars! It took them forever to bring menus and come back for our drink orders and even more time to get our food… The taste was amazing, but i’m still thinking if it’s worth the wait…. You also need around 18 euro for a burger and a drink, without starters, but i guess the Angus beef is to blame!

  10. Someone wrote “Poor quality?” Where did this person go because it wasn’t here?
    This place is a little gem. The food is excellent and the flavour combinations are wonderful.
    I have been a few times and each time the food hasn’t taken long, even when we were a table of 10 in a packed restaurant.

  11. Good quality meat, inovative and attention to detail with great side dishes.
    Best burgers in Cyprus!

  12. Just wondering why the use of SWEET bun for the burger that reminded me tsoureki.. never seen this elsewhere.

    Also prices are a bit high from my opinion.. 12-14 euros for a burger and a side dish.. excl your drink.

    Great atmosphere with excellent service..

    • remember it’s for a Black Angus beef burger, imported chilled from USA and home made potatoes 🙂

    • I thought the tsoureki-like bread (also known as brioche) was an amazing combination, even though i haven’t seen it anywhere else either. From a simple google search though, i get the impression that it is a pretty common bun for burgers…

  13. It is common, in fact, brioche is also used at Limoncello.

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  16. Went there for lunch a couple of days ago. Loved it. My burger was perfect and even though the fries weren’t particularly crispy they were delicious too. Service was quick and our server was polite and helpful but in all honesty the place wasn’t even a third full at the time.

    The only thing we did not like was the shrimp burger my friend had, the patty was over-cooked i think. The shrimp pieces were mushy as a result and you couldn’t even tell the shrimp’s taste between the rest of the patty ingredients. My friend commented on this and when i tried it as well it was very apparent.

    Apart from that it was a very pleasant experience. I’d also like to thank Cypriot And Proud because being out-of-towners we wouldn’t have known about this place if it weren’t for you guys.

    • Glad you liked it!! I never had their shrimp burger even though I think it’s quite popular but I absolutely love their burgers!

  17. I’m glad to see the place improving on all aspects (food AND service). Really hope they keep it up!

  18. Είναι από τους λίγους τόπους που αξίζει να πας για φαγητό. Ειλικρινά. Σε όσους αρέσουν τα burgers “με στυλ” έχουν σίγουρα λόγο να επισκεφθούν αυτό το ωραίο και προσεγμένο εστιατόριο. Δοκιμάσαμε όλη η παρέα από διαφορετικό χάμπουργκερ και όλοι μας φύγαμε κατενθουσιασμένοι. Πολύ καλή εξυπηρέτηση και ευχάριστο περιβάλλον. Δοκιμάστε και τα side dishes, αξίζουν.

  19. Από την στιγμή που έχω δοκιμάσει το Artisan’s burgerbar μπορώ να πω με απόλυτη σιγουριά ότι για μένα που είμαι μεγάλος fan τον burgers είναι το καλύτερο εστιατόριο που φτιάχνει τα καλύτερα burgers και θα το συνιστούσα σε όσους δεν το έχουν δοκιμάσει να δοκιμάσουν αξίζει για το λόγο ότι απολαμβάνεις αυτό που παραγγέλνεις και σε ποσότητα αλλά και σε ποιότητα

    • Συμφωνώ απόλυτα!

  20. I worked there and I can attest to the quality of ingredients being used and the freshness… It’s a brilliant place, fresh burger’s, fresh sides, fresh sauces and fresh bread daily.
    Also the owner treats his staff with respect and that respect is given back to him…you get what you pay for here, that is very likely the best burger in Cyprus

    • I could not agree more!

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