Evans Burger (Taipei)
So there’s like about a zillion burger joints in Taiwan, and one of the more popular chains is Evans Burger, which was opened in Taichung in 2003 by Taiwanese people with American aspirations. The burgers here are American-style but with a Taiwanese influence, creating a kind of hybrid burger that locals love.
There are three stores at the moment, and the one we visited to is the popular Shida store, which is fitted out like an old school American cafe. The menus are in English and Chinese and offer not just burgers but also stuff you’d find at places like TGI Fridays and Chili’s, such as quesadillas, buffalo wings, salads, soups, sandwiches, brunch food, steak, ribs and fajitas. But of course, people go there for the burgers, of which they have nearly 20 different types. Examples include the Tornado Beef Burger, which include fried onion rings and sauteed mushrooms, the Protein Style Burger, which features a 50oz slab of beef, the Blue Cheese Burger (self explanatory), the Uncle Sam Peanut Butter Burger (self explanatory) and the Philly Steak Cheese Burger. Sandwich options (which are really just chicken burgers) include the Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, the Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich and the Tartar Crispy Fish Sandwich.
Price-wise the burgers range between NT$250 to NT$360, which is not super cheap but reasonable because there are plenty of toppings and it comes with an unlimited refill soft drink.
First, we went with their so-called exclusive Philly Steak Cheese Burger (NT$350), which comes with roast beef instead of a beef patty, Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and a special steak sauce. I don’t know why there was a fried egg.
The second option we ordered was the Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich. The little tub of sauce was unfortunately not in the photo below.
Looking at the photos now, the burgers don’t look that great, to be honest. A little plastic, a little processed, perhaps a little dry. But from memory, the burgers were pretty good, and arguably better than a lot of the other burger establishments we’ve sampled in Taipei. The buns were nicely toasted and actually seemed pretty fresh, as did the salad, and the cheese was melted to the right degree. The fries were thin and crispy and the sauces were excellent. The chicken was on the dry side, but the roasted beef used in the Philly steak was solid.
Taiwanese burger joints often go a little overboard with the toppings and sauces, turning the burgers into monstrous creations with way too many heavy ingredients and flavours. Evans Burger does not do that and actually does the right thing by keeping their burgers relatively simple, and allowing the customer to choose how much sauce they want to dump on the burger by keeping it separate. It’s not as delicate as some of the other burger restaurants but it’s not a bad place for a quick burger fix.
Shida Store address: 1F., NO.1, Lane86, Shida Rd., Da-an District, Taipei City
Shida Store phone: (02) 2365-5022
Shide store hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30~23:00 Fri-Sun 09:30~23:00