NANDO’S – BUTTERFLY BURGER 

– Bretton Road, Chester, Flintshire CH4 0DE

As hunger was drawing closer and closer upon my girlfriend and I, with three high chain restaurants sitting in the corner of our eyes, Nando’s was the majority vote. With the menu placed infront of me, my eyes obviously veered to the selection of burgers. 

Understandably there wasn’t a wide selection to choose from, what else are they meant to do with chicken? So deciding and paying was the painless part, waiting in anticipation was the difficulty, as usual. 

 

The burger arrived with two sides, chips with Peri Peri spice and coleslaw, which was planned to be shared between my girlfriend and I, also the presentation of the meal was not in anyway underwhelming, beautiful. The big double breast of chicken came packed in a Portuguese roll, which I wasn’t hugely fond of due to its rough & hard consistancy also it’s lack of capability to keep all of the counterparts together while eating it. 

 
All together the burger was delicious, very filling but they warn you of this on the menu, considering all of the above I’d give the butterfly burger a 6 out of 10. 

Not too shabby for a fast food restaurant in disguise. 

– Figrman

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NANDO’S – BUTTERFLY BURGER 

GOURMENT BURGER KITCHEN – THE TAXIDRIVER 

– Spinning Fields, Manchester, England 

– Trafford Centre, Manchester, England

Once again, my girlfriend and I found ourselves in The Trafford Centre, hungry with my girlfriend having the intentions to treat me to a meal of her choice.
There wasn’t much discussion on the decision to visit GBK for another round, and before we knew it we were seated and waiting for our burgers. 

I had chosen the ‘The Taxidriver’ which included a few intriguing ingredients, it consisted of American cheese, house onion ring, Cajun relish, smoked chilli mayo, dill pickle, salad and a brioche bun, all which sounded spectacular. My girlfriend on the other hand, ordered her usual being the ‘Cheese’, with very basic contents but perfect for her tastes as she does enjoy a wide range of exotic cheeses.

  
After a very anticipating wait, keeping a close and inpatient eye on the GBK employees juggling the masses of burger orders, they arrived.  

Aesthetically the burger was pleasing, no unnecessary sauces dripping out, or excessive salad, which gave a different impression to the taste. Once I had taken my first enormous bite, my honest first words were “Wow”, and that pretty much sums up the entire burger.

 
Everything worked unbelievably well within the burger, it was a first experience having an onion ring on a burger for myself, which made me question my decision but my god how I shouldn’t of. I tasted every ingredient, except for one, the ‘smoked chilli mayo’, I’m not entirely sure if it was forgotten in the burger preparation or it was just a mediocre, un-needed sauce. 

Overall the burger was wondrous, a creation that Gourmet Burger Kitchen should truly be proud of. This won’t be the last time I dine at GBK.

– Figrman

GOURMENT BURGER KITCHEN – THE TAXIDRIVER 

SOLITA BAR & GRILL – DOUBLE BACON CHEESE

– Turner St, Manchester M4 1DW

 
Hidden in one of the not so colourful corners of the Northern Quarter (NQ), is a bar&grill called ‘Solita’. This ‘gem’ of a burger restaurant came to light through a recommendation to myself & what a brilliant one it was aswell. 

The personal table service and quirky decor fell example to what was expected from the never ending menu with 15 mouthwatering burgers to choose from. So much so, I found it difficult to decipher which burger I wanted to experience this time. The obvious choice would have been their signature burger which includes a double steak patty, trifecta brioche bun, all the trimmings and a special sauce named ‘Big Manc Sauce’, derived from the burgers name being ‘The Big Manc’, unfortunately not this time.

  
Purely through timing and preference I decided on the ‘Bacon Double Cheese’, a common choice for myself but always a good one. Barely given the chance to enjoy awaiting the arrival of the ‘Bacon Double Cheese’ burger, it arrived. Presentation was to a minimum, but the taste went beyond its exterior. I then devoured the burger, the beef was extremely tender with the melted cheese hanging over the sides, all between a brioche bun, which was large but was easily made compact for easy eating. 

  
The thinly cut/unpeeled chips were the perfect side to accompany the burger, with a not so overwhelming piece of bacon, cooked in an unknown sweet-like substance, still puzzled to what it was or what they were trying to do. 

Overall, I walked out of ‘Solita’ satisfied with the intent to revisit to experience many more of their creations. 

– Figrman

SOLITA BAR & GRILL – DOUBLE BACON CHEESE

ALMOST FAMOUS

– Portable food van (Parklife Festival)

– Heaton Park, Manchester, England (6,7th June 2015)

Parklife’s food side of the festival was as you would expect, having lots of various types of meals, giving you the chance to spend a lot of money on minimal food. What else are you meant to do?

Anyway, tucked away in the corner of the festival grounds, sitting comfortably next to a stage which housed artists like James Bay and Everything Everything, sat a huge colourful burger (with wings) sitting on a steel trailer – Almost Famous.

Now, the sight of this was very exciting for myself as I do enjoy Almost Famous’s masterpieces (their burgers) every so often. Before I knew it, I was in the very long queue to have my order taken, unfortunately I did not need this time awaiting my order to choose which burger I was going to delve in to, as the Almost Famous representatives were only advertising 3 different burgers.

My choice of burger was purely down to the environment I was in and the weather that was creeped across, it being the ‘Famous Burger’. No fancy trimmings or intriguing ingredients, that Almost Famous are ironically ‘famous’ for, just a good, plain, flavoursome burger.

One of the things that I love/hated about this situation was I was stood waiting for 35 minutes, now as you could imagine I was very hungry at this point but I literally watched them create my Almost Famous burger right in front of my eyes. So, quite an amazing 35 minutes.

After attending the weekend long festival with my girlfriend @letlooseinmanchester, I knew that her being as much as a food lover as myself, she would indefinitely want a bite or 3 of this Almost Famous prodigy.

Once we started digesting this burger, the sky’s unfortunately opened. As expected it did not look like it was going to stop anytime soon. So we used our initiative and took shelter in the entrance of the nearest stage, little did we know James Bay was about to preform.

Once I had established a comfortable position, keeping the burger firmly in my grasp and my elbows high. The burger did not stand a chance, it was mind blowing, the ‘famous’ sauce had seeped down past the fried onions, the brioche bun had soaked up all of the juices and it all just sort of melted in your mouth?

Forgetting the rain that was running off the edge of the tent directly down my spine, this was more than a burger for me, it was a memory. Due to the explained circumstances, I was unable to capture a picture but I’m not particularly fussed. The burger was simple yet the flavours were memorable, I now associate Almost Famous with very good memories, and I like that.

– Figrman

ALMOST FAMOUS

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – GBK Cheese & Bacon

– Spinningfields, Manchester, England 

– Trafford Centre, Manchester, England 

The ‘GBK Cheese & Bacon’ was mouth watering. It being the restaurants special, I expected them to have had the combination pined down to perfection, even to the last strip of bacon.

And how I was right, to accompany the burger, I had chosen sweet potato chips along with baconnaise sauce (with bits of course). This made the meal even better. Flavours galore.

  
It left such a lasting impression on myself, I had exactly the same meal in a different location, a few weeks later on, beautiful.

Figrman

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – GBK Cheese & Bacon

LOETJE CENTRAAL

– Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Given the circumstances & hunger, ‘Loetje’ was more of a last resort than a first resort. 

The restaurant sitting on a picturesque canal, with outside seating gave off a pleasant vibe, but being directly below the central station in the centre of Amsterdam gave off a more touristy feel. Don’t let this fool you. 

The very fast service meant we were seated quickly, and before I knew I had a beer in my grasp, (Heineken to be specific). I like this. 

The burger I had chosen had minimal description on the menu (Loetje’s Hamburger), from past experience this could mean anything, and I’m not sure what my expectations were either. 

Anyway, the burger. It was outstanding. Fried onions, gherkins, various pieces of grated salad, a mysterious sauce that was layered throughout, a very suculent piece of beef and a soft, fresh, powdered bun.

  

Do I need to say more? It was deceivingly good. 

Figrman 

LOETJE CENTRAAL

THE ALCHEMIST 

– 1, New York Street, Manchester, England

I recently had the pleasure of dining at a restaurant called ‘The Alchemist’, yes pleasure, for a special occasion.

We were seated on a large, leather, aged Chesterfield sofa, which was fitting for the modern/old fashioned theme that ‘The Alchemist’ is.

My choice from the menu wasn’t out of character for myself, it being one of the ‘House Burgers’ a ‘100% Prime Aged Beef – served with Salsa’. Far from my girlfriends. Her choice being a ‘Duck, Hoisin and Cucmber’ Wrap, which was very delicious, if I do say so myself.


The burger was, quite disappointing. Not that it was terrible but just because I was expecting more from an extravagant restaurant, I guess I got what it said on the menu, but that was it. Altogether the burger was quite dry, actually very dry but the salsa that accompanied, helped. Maybe that’s why it’s a compulsory side? The bread, basic salad and meat were all good, clean ingredients but nothing special.

Considering the above, my experience altogether at The Alchemist, was extremely pleasant. I’ll definitely be dining there in the near future.. Lovely drinks, service and atmosphere.

– Figrman 

THE ALCHEMIST