Burger

Burger

27th November 2017 6pm

www.burgeruk.co.uk

The lovely peeps at Burger have revamped their menu and invited us along to their branch in Fountainbridge to put it through its paces. Their restaurant is airy and bright (even at night) and we sat at a table by the window. The new menu has some interesting options on it, from classics to burgers with blue cheese, and veggie and vegan options too. The size of their burgers has also increased to 6 ounces. I settled on the chicken katsu burger and a New York cheesecake shake and my dining companion opted for the bacon cheese burger with a salted caramel shake (they also now serve cocktails on top of the beer and wine which was already available, which we may sample on another visit). We decided to try a couple of the sides too, choosing the onion rings and the salivation-inducing brisket cheese fries.

Shakes - Burger

Shakes – Burger

The shakes arrived first. These are made using four scoops of home-made ice cream and had lovely sauces poured over the top. They weren’t an over-facing size, which was nice to see. The food followed not that much longer after. Served on trays, the burgers did look generous in size. They were placed on top of greaseproof paper but if you intend to use a knife and fork like we did (as there is no way we could tackle them without), it does tear up and become soggy, which is a touch annoying. However, that was really the only grumble. My chicken katsu burger was delicious. The burger was encrusted with panko crumbs and the wasabi mayo and tonkatsu sauce made the whole dish dance in my mouth. The burger was juicy and not dry at all, which was also great for chicken. On the other side of the table, my friend was getting quite excited about her bacon cheese burger. The cheese was red Leicester and crispy maple bacon poked out the sides. The meat was juicy and full of flavour and their own burger sauce really made it come together. The sides were also of a great standard. The onion rings were juicy and crispy. The brisket cheese fries were on another level though. Skinny fries, covered in cheese, followed by a smothering of brisket. The meat was in a glossy gravy. The totality sounds so wrong but tastes so right. However, this tipped us over the edge and we couldn’t finish it. Well worth an attempt though!

The burger market is tough in Edinburgh but the options here make it worth a visit.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 31/40

Would I eat here again? Yes, I probably would.

Cost – this meal was complimentary but would cost around £40 for two burgers, two shakes and two sides

Whilst this meal was complimentary, all views are my own. Thank you to Hayley for organising.

Bubba Q

Bubba Q

5th April 2017 6pm

www.bubbaq.co.uk

Enticed by some photos on social media, we decided to give Bubba Q a try. Situated on the Royal Mile, down a small staircase, exposed wood is the theme of the day. The menu has a lot to admire, with burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, mains and even salads for the health conscious. We both ended up going for sandwiches, mine a Hot Links SW and my friend’s a Triple P. Both came with slaw, pickle and skin on fries. My dining companion also chose BBQ pit beans as an additional side.

The food came out incredibly quickly. Served on big metal trays, they were generous portions. There were a few home made sauces on the table to try, alongside the more standard condiments, which were very nice. There was no way I was going to be able to tackle mine using my hands so had to use a knife and fork. My friend was more adventurous (and also had a more compliant filling) so got her mitts on hers. My sandwich consisted of spicy smoked sausage, barbecue sauce, crispy onion and jalapeños. There were perhaps a few too many chilliest for my taste but that is probably personal preference. The sausage was nice but didn’t taste very smoky. The difficulty with having to eat with a knife and fork, alongside the barbecue sauce, meant that the paper lining the tray kept coming apart and attaching to the food, so I was continually having to pick paper off my food. However, the slaw was great and creamy without being too rich. The fries were ok. My friend commented that they lose their heat too quickly when spread out on a non-warmed plate (or baking tray as was the case here). That being said, she loved her Triple P sandwich, which consisted of pork shoulder, crispy onions and barbecue sauce. She thought it had great flavour and scoffed the lot. The BBQ pit beans had a lovely smoky taste and the meat chunks were plentiful.

Bubba Q is good enough but nothing spectacular. It’s location will keep it safe but needs to pick up its game to be on a par with other smokeries in the city.

Food – 7.5/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere- 7.5/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 30/40

Would I eat here again? Maybe

Cost £25 for two sandwiches, one side and two soft drinks

Byron

15th June 2016 6pm

www.byronhamburgers.com

Byron stormed on to the burgeoning burger scene in Edinburgh recently. Not only have they opened a branch on North Bridge, they have recently just opened a second branch on Lothian Road. On this visit we were heading to the North Bridge restaurant. I was a little wary on arrival based on previous reviews I had read that we were going to be embraced by an over enthusiastic set of staff. However, this wasn’t the case and it was simply a friendly welcome. This restaurant is tardis-like. From the outside it looks average in size but inside it is actually spread over two floors, mezzanine-style and has tons of seating, many of it in booths.

Byron

Byron

I spotted on the menu that if you buy a special burger, it forms one of the ‘one feeds two’ scheme where a school meal is bought for a child living in an area of poverty for every special burger you buy. Unfortunately the burger in the special wasn’t my cup of tea for me but I will definitely keep an eye out for the special next time. So I decided to go for a cheeseburger and pimped it up with Byron’s special Freddar cheese, which was the only cheese that came at an extra cost. My friend went for the smoky burger and we both got fries and shared a portion of onion rings.


We seem to wait a little while for our food which seemed a touch odd for fast food. Hhowever it was worth the wait. I admit that these burgers didn’t have the visual wow factor of some of the burger joints in Edinburgh but the taste more than made up for this. My burger was hefty, meaty and packed with flavour. The Freddar cheese was nice but I am not sure it was worth paying extra over American cheese. My friend enjoyed her burger too. Whilst she continued to protest that she preferred a toasted bun, she had to admit that the bun did hold together well. I was also impressed that I could eat my burger without having to cut it in half. The fries were excellent- some of the best I’ve had in Edinburgh. The onion rings were light and had a tasty batter. I would just like to make my usual request to get ketchup in squeezy bottles as it’s a pain getting it out of a glass bottle, no matter how nice it looks.

Milkshake - Byron

Milkshake – Byron

We were feeling greedy and topped dinner off with milkshakes. These are humongous and probably had my calorie intake for the week in it (neither of us managed to finish them). You can opt for booze in them too. I had a Reece’s peanut butter cup one and my friend went for banana. They were fab and I’d definitely have one again.

We had a long wait for anyone to come to our table to take these away and eventually just called for someone so we could get the bill. Not ideal but we were chatting away so it was not a big problem. Service was very pleasant though.

We enjoyed it here and would happily visit again.

Food – 9/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 32/40

Would I eat here again? Yup

Cost £47 for two burgers and fries, one onion rings, two milkshakes, two soft drinks and a beer

Foundry 39

Foundry 39

4th August 2016 1pm

http://foundryproject.com/

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.

Tomato and parmesan dough balls - Foundry 39

Tomato and parmesan dough balls – Foundry 39

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.

Cheeseburger and fries - Foundry 39

Cheeseburger and fries – Foundry 39

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

Ed’s Easy Diner

NOW CLOSED

19th June 2016 12noon

www.edseasydiner.com        www.fortkinnaird.com

I was very aware of Ed’s Easy Diner in Soho, London as I’d always wanted to try there but never had. Luckily for me, I was asked to try out the one at Fort Kinnaird. I’ll admit, I haven’t come out to the Fort that often as I live in the centre of the city. So since I last visited there is now a cinema, a Primark and a whole host of other new places. Ed’s sits centrally on the site so if you get a window seat as I did, you can sit and watch the world go by.

Ed’s is an American style diner, with booths, chequered flooring and a 50s Americana soundtrack (more about that in a moment). I was shown to a window booth and I got stuck into looking at the menu. Ed’s have launched a new additional menu with a Tabasco theme. I wasn’t brave enough to go whole hog on this but got the service bottles on the table to try later. The diner serves mainly burgers and hot dogs and you can order sides on top or to save a few pennies, order an Ed’s plate which consists of a burger, fries, onion rings and coleslaw, which is exactly what I did. I chose the Cheese or Cheese burger, with American cheese. You can upgrade your fries in a multitude of ways but I opted for the standard version. I also ordered a large Diet Coke which was good value as it’s refillable. There are shakes, including boozy and ‘skinny’ versions, on offer but I decided to try to leave room for dessert instead.

Jukebox - Ed's Easy Diner

Jukebox – Ed’s Easy Diner

Whilst I was waiting for the food to arrive (which really wasn’t too long at all), I spotted a mini jukebox on the table. For 20p you can pick a song from the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Beach Boys, Bill Haley etc. Also the money goes to Action Against Hunger. What a fun idea! I also noticed a squeezy ketchup bottle rather than a glass one – bonus points!

So, the burger arrived and looked great. I was a little apprehensive about choosing the plate option as I thought it might be an over facing size but it wasn’t. The burger was meaty and generous. The salad on the burger seemed fresh and of good quality. The fries were somewhere between a string fry and a chip, so would probably please both camps. The onion rings were large and the batter was not too heavy. The coleslaw was quite creamy but served in a relatively small size which seemed just right. I tried some of the Tabasco chipotle version and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.

Apple Pie - Ed's Easy Diner

Apple Pie – Ed’s Easy Diner

I left a few of the fries in order to try to squeeze in a dessert. I toyed with the idea of one of the waffle s’mores but ended up going for apple pie with an additional scoop of ice cream. The pie slice was very generous and deep. It did include sultanas, which I loved but wasn’t on the description of the pie on the menu. There was a nice cinnamon tone through the pie and the pastry wasn’t dry. The ice cream tasted a bit like a Mr Whippy but in scoop form rather than soft serve.

Overall, Ed’s Easy Diner was a pleasant experience. The staff were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was fun. The food left me happily full.

 

Food – 8.5/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8.5/10

Overall – 34/40 

Would I eat here again? Very much so.  

Cost – complimentary but the true cost of meal approximately £17.

Please note that whilst this was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Vanessa from Hummingbird Communications for arranging this visit. 

Reekie’s Smokehouse

NOW CLOSED

18th May 2016 12.30pm

www.reekiessmokehouse.co.uk

Reekie's Smokehouse - Menu

Reekie’s Smokehouse – Menu

I was invited by Craig and Felicity at Reekie’s Smokehouse to see what they were all about. I had no hesitation saying yes as this place had been on my ‘must try’ list for a while. Situated on Holyrood Road, a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile, this place is easy to get to from the centre and has been open for about 18 months. Craig and Felicity were welcoming but you could see that wasn’t just for my benefit. It was clear they had an enthusiasm both with regulars and tourist alike.

Reekie's Smokehouse

Reekie’s Smokehouse

Firstly, I should say they offer more than just meat (but meat is the star and smoked on the premises). Reekie’s also offers milkshakes; booze; boozy milkshakes! Felicity also makes cakes (including many gluten free options – which also can be catered for across the menu). As I love most food, they kindly provided me with mini portions of a variety of options – therefore please note that the photos do not show full portions. You pay at the counter and get a buzzer which will let you know when the food is ready for you to collect. The venue itself is unassuming and on sunny days can have seating outside. Anyway, I digress. Let’s get to the good stuff – the food.

Reekie's Smokehouse

Reekie’s Smokehouse

The menu has options of meat tubs and sides in multiple combos. Sandwiches are also available. There is one veggie sandwich option of veggie haggis, so non-meat eaters are not left out entirely. I first tucked into the BBQ beans which were phenomenal. This ended up being my favourite of the lot. There was a sweetness to the barbecue sauce and the little pieces of meat scattered through made it a heftier option than just beans on their own. The burnt ends of beef brisket were so juicy and had a nice warmth emanating from the sauce.

I was worried that the pulled pork might be dry but it was not at all. You can still add a variety of sauces (all made by the Smokehouse themselves and hopefully able to buy to use at home soon). I tried both the whiskey jerk sauce and the Irn Bru BBQ sauce. Both were great although I would recommend the jerk if you like a bit of heat as this hits a sweet spot that made it quite moreish. The slices of beef brisket were succulent and easy to eat without much use of a knife.

Rosemary Chips - Reekie's Smokehouse

Rosemary Chips – Reekie’s Smokehouse

The non-meat sides I tried includes a coleslaw which crunchy and refreshing. It wasn’t too creamy which can be the downfall of supermarket bought stuff. Pickled cucumber surprisingly works for my usual cucumber hating palate. The rosemary chips were full of flavour but a word of advice, share a bag between two if you are having a few meat tubs as the portion is very generous.

Reekie’s encourage no waste. When I asked if I could take my leftovers away I was pleasantly surprised to see they were already set up for this. Lids for tubs are already provided at the side. It is also a self-clear place, tidying up after yourself but with clear recycling bins this is a doddle.

Reekie’s slowly started to fill up as I had sat eating. The crowd was mixed, with workers, tourists and families all sitting side by side chowing down on some BBQ goodness. Before I left, I got two pieces of cake to take away to try later (I was too stuffed to eat them there and then!). I chose a malteaser blondie and a gluten free coconut chocolate brownie. Both were a gooey  triumph!

I really should have come to Reekie’s sooner. This stuff is delicious. Now get me some BBQ beans and a boozy milkshake.

Food – 10/10
Service – 10/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 36/40

Would I eat here again? Without hesitationCost – complimentary but a meat tub and a side is around the £9.50 mark

Please note that whilst this was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Craig and Felicity.

Reekie's Smokehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bread Meats Bread

8th February 2016 6pm

http://breadmeatsbread.com/

Bread Meats Bread is yet another in a long line of burger joints opening up in Scotland’s capital. This burger place has already been doing a good trade over in Glasgow. I had seen plenty of photos and positive things on social media but would it live up to the hype?  You cannot reserve a table in advance but we got a table easily. However, within 20 mins the place was pretty much full, so be prepared to wait but they have crammed in as many tables as possible and the service is quick so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

Cheeseburger - Bread Meats Bread

Cheeseburger – Bread Meats Bread

The menu offers a good array of burgers along with some sandwiches and grilled cheese options. I went for my standard choice when trying a burger in a new restaurant; the cheeseburger. My dining companion for the evening opted for the Black ‘N’ Blue, which included blue cheese, crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms and blue cheese mayo. We spotted that you can add extra patties to your burger but not knowing what to expect, we decided to hold off. I topped mine up with bacon chips and my friend went with standard chips that came with the skin on. We didn’t go for poutine but I have heard it is good here. Our drinks order arrived and whilst it was just a diet Coke and a Sprite, they were draft and not very well mixed at that, which was a bit of a shame.

Bacon chips - Bread Meats Bread

Bacon chips – Bread Meats Bread

The food, however, came in quick time and we got stuck right in. The burger was beautifully juicy and the cheese was delicious (I like American cheese but it can be upgraded to Monterrey if preferred). The slow cooked onions were a sensation and the sweetest and tastiest I think I’ve ever had. The bacon chips were good but the portion was perhaps on the large side, at least for me. The spicy beef mayo and bacon on top of the chips was a nice change. I still would have preferred skinny fries but that is personal preference. On the other side of the table the blue cheese was not too subtle or over powering the burger. The bacon was nice and crispy and a smile was beaming across the table. Again the chips were good but she, like I, struggled to finish them.

Overall Bread Meats Bread offers a good experience and I’m looking forward to trying other burgers on the menu.

Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 32/40

Would I go here again? Yes!

Cost £26 for two burgers, sides and soft drinks

Bread Meats Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato