TURTLE BAY – STREET BURGER

–  33-35 Oxford Street, Manchester, England

I was lucky enough for the second year running to spend Valentines with a very special, beautiful woman and as a small celebration we decided to visit our favorite restaurant, Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay really does provide an infectious atmosphere but to give it just a little bit of justice it has to be experienced.

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Once you’re in, you’re surrounded by all things Jamaican, not something I would normally be keen on but it just feels right. Turtle Bay provides a huge range of delicious cocktails, very reasonably priced; high end food and a lot of Red Stripe, a lot.

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I went with something familiar, the ‘Street Burger’ which included; seasoned beef burger, spicy pulled jerk pork, brioche bun, sweet onion chutney, herb mayo, Caribbean slaw & fries. And my girlfriend went with the ‘Jerk Chicken Flat-bread’. The flat-bread was surprisingly nice; jerk chicken, lettuce, tomato & and a spicy sauce which was spread across the base of the flat-bread. I can’t fault Turtle Bay’s table service, fast, efficient and polite, with our food on our table within 5 minutes of our order!

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The ‘Street Burger’, the bun was lovely and soft, I feel it did over power the rest of the burger but still pleasant. The two meats were enjoyable a-little dry but very flavorsome; the sweet onion chutney which topped the burger went well with the pork also. If I was in Jamaica, I could definitely see this being served on the ‘street’ but with a little presentation and sophistication ‘Turtle Bay’ have turned it into a lovely meal. Well done Turtle Bay, the ‘Street Burger’ gets a 7 out of 10.

– Figrman

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TURTLE BAY – STREET BURGER

BAR MCR – CHEESEBURGER

– Manchester Airport, Terminal 1  

Unbeknownst to me, my girlfriend (@letlooseinmanchester) had planned a trip away to Copenhagen, Denmark over the Christmas holidays to join in with the Danish festivities. 

Feeling peckish and needing the obligatory first sip of alcohol in the airport before a holiday, we found Bar MCR which could offer a wide range of food and drink at airport prices. Picking our food came quite easy due to our hunger, I had chosen the classic ‘CHEESEBURGER’ it’s ingredients were as you could presume; a beef burger topped with mature cheddar. 

 

After the first gulp of the Spanish brewed beer San Miguel, with 30 minutes left until the Copenhagen gate closed, our food gloriously arrived. At first glance i noticed the bun had a hard outer shell which was actually very delicious, this wasn’t the only pleasing thing. I’m not sure if my reaction of being shocked while I took the first bite was down to myself not having high expectations for this establishment due to its location but I think the burger was very very nice.

The beef was juicy, cooked just right. A little too much lettuce, let’s just say the chef was feeling generous and all the right sauces. An all round great burger. I give the Bar MCR cheeseburger an 8 out of 10. 

– Figrman

BAR MCR – CHEESEBURGER

CHIQUITO – The MEXICAN FAJITA 

– Coliseum Way, Chester 

Mexican cuisine – not something I frequently eat but I do enjoy a little variety when dining out. Even if I am still eating a burger.  

My Girlfriend (@letlooseinmanchester) and I had chosen Chiquito, a new experience for me but my girlfriend had eaten here prior to our visit. The decision was primarily down to our shared love of the Mexican favourite, Nachos.

 

As ever, my eyes drew to the selection of burgers on menu, with a snappy, uncontemplated decision I had chosen the The Mexican Fajita burger. It included – Prime beef burger topped with fajita vegetables, salsa, cooling sour cream, chipotle mayo and guacamole. Sounds enticing, right?

It wasn’t as pleasing as it sounds, the meat was cooked beautifully but, the fajita vegetables were cold, unfortunately, this did let the burger down. It was also a little dry; I had to add mayonnaise that was a condiment on the table, which defeats the object really. The cold fajita vegetables may have been a one time mistake, but what if it wasn’t? 

 

In a whole, I did enjoy the burger. There was a little too much meat but it was delicious, there was the right amount of spice and the coleslaw was chopped finely with a sweet taste. I give the The Mexican Fajita burger a 6 out of 10. 

-Figrman

CHIQUITO – The MEXICAN FAJITA 

ALMOST FAMOUS – JOHNNY MAC 

– Manchester, Great Northern Warehouse

Even on a Sunday Almost Famous finds itself rammed with burger thirsty humans queuing out the door, including myself.

Visiting Almost Famous for the third time was for celebratory reasons which made the experience all that sweet. The burger of choice was the ‘Johnny Mac’, a lot of ingredients and highly recommended by a peer of mine. The Johnny Mac included ‘Applewood & Cheedar Cheese, Streaky Bacon, Trailer Trash onions, Cool Doritos, Million Island sauce, Winning ketchup, Mac & Cheese ball’, sounds extensive doesn’t it?

When the burger arrived, it was topped with the so called ‘Mac & Cheese ball’. Very unnecessary in my opinion but what isn’t in Almost Famous? Unknowingly there were two burger pattys hidden amongst the burger counterparts, which was a lot to handle but again, I am in Almost Famous.

The mix of ingredients were appreciated, especially the cool Doritos.. But there wasn’t enough. There is never enough crisps. Overall, the burger was pretty good. Not the best ‘Almost’ can provide, down to the sheer amount of meat, the heat and the lack of imperative ingredients but not shabby at all.

I wouldn’t choose this burger again but this doesn’t stop me from delving into another of Almost Famous’ creations. The Johnny Mac gets a 6 out of 10.

– Figrman

ALMOST FAMOUS – JOHNNY MAC