4th August 2016 1pm
Newly opened on Queensferry St, Foundry 39 is all warehouse chic but is the food up to much? Their main offerings are sharing plates, burgers and pizzas. I had seen some photos from their opening and knew that if I ate nothing else I had to try the tomato and parmesan dough balls. I then went for a cheese burger and a side of house fries. My dining companion went for the buffalo blue cheese chicken burger also with a side of house fries.
When the tomato and parmesan dough balls came out they looked just as beautiful as I had hoped. Five largish balls smothered in a delicious tomato sauce and a smattering of cheese. They had a fluffy texture to them and were far superior to the dough balls you may come across in a national pizza chain. They came in a pan which was very hot (and we were warned about). However, we didn’t get plates to actually put the balls on and eating out of the pan either with fingers or a knife and fork wasn’t really ideal. Not a big problem though as they were so good.
The burgers followed. They came on a metal tray wrapped in paper and then a side bowl of the fries. I am not sure I am keen on that type of presentation. It also seems a bit wasteful in the paper as this isn’t like some of the other burger joints where much of the clientele are ordering take away. Regardless, the burgers were top notch. My burger was juicy and pink, albeit a bit too pink for some people but grand for me. Lettuce and tomato was then smothered with and American mustard mayo and a bacon ketchup. Both sauces were divine. The bacon ketchup in particular brought a smokiness and depth to proceedings. The bun was also toasted, so held together relatively well. On the other side of the table, the chicken burger was also being devoured. The chicken burger was fried in buttermilk and this kept the meat very tender and moist. The blue cheese came in the form of a mayonnaise, which my friend commented stopped everything from becoming too dry. Some hot sauce also sat on the lettuce in the burger. My dining partner added that they got brownie points for not putting a tomato in her burger.
We were too stuffed for desserts but we definitely plan on heading back to try some.
Food – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 34/40
Would I eat here again? Yup and looking forward to it.
Cost – around £30 for a starter, two mains and two soft drinks