ALMOST FAMOUS – DOUBLE WONDER BURGER

– Great Nothern, Peter St, Manchester

Manchester cradles an enormous range of restaurants and more importantly dedicated burger restaurants. While searching for the greatest burger, I’ve eaten in most of these restaurants and Almost Famous is quite simply the king of the bunch.

After a year of chipping away at the Almost Famous menu, unfortunately I’m only left with 3 burgers out of 10 yet to try. So, the Double Wonder Burger was under the spot light on this occasion.

((Cheddar, American Cheese, Bacon, Wonder Onions, Pickles, French’s Mustard, English Mustard, Bacon Ketchup, Pepper Mayo))

As you can read from the ingredients, there are 3 different types of sauces on this burger, which practically is a disaster but with flavour in my mind, maybe not. The flavour of the Double Wonder Burger surprisingly did work, but the sauces did overpower many of the other ingredients which was expected. Also, the amount of sauces did destroy the structural integrity, which is always disappointing.

The meat as always was soft and tender, something Almost are very capable at doing. The fries were outstanding and the generic Almost Famous surroundings are as prominent and unique as ever. Burger rating – 6.8 out of 10.

– Figrman

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ALMOST FAMOUS – DOUBLE WONDER BURGER

THE BOARDROOM CLIMBING LTD – 8oz STEAK BURGER

– Rectors Lane Industrial Estate, Rectors Ln, Pentre, Deeside CH5 2DH

The Boardroom Climbing, is a large indoor climbing centre dedicated to providing you with the best utilities, in each form of climbing. The ‘Boardroom‘ is where i usually find myself 2-3 times a week, struggling to climb, socialising and occasionally eating. They have a menu which usually consists of paninis, curry, pizza and cakes but no burgers. For a one off, The Boardroom decided to place on the menu an 8oz Steak Burger, which meant i had to make an immediate trip to feast on the said burger.

BOARDROOM BURGER((8oz steak burger, bacon, fried onions, cheese on a brioche bun))

As a whole the burger did what it stated, just 4 bold ingredients, standing together on a brioche bun, leaving you satisfied that it only cost £5. The steak burger was cooked well-done on a barbecue, which gave it a different taste than your usual burger, but still providing you with that homely feel. What i did find with this burger, is that it felt like a meal my Father would make me when he was let loose with the BBQ. Now that’s not a bad thing at all, its more of a comforting thing.

BOARDROOM BURGER1

I’d definitely have this burger again, for £5 how could you not? Burger rating of 5 out of 10.

Figrman

THE BOARDROOM CLIMBING LTD – 8oz STEAK BURGER

POP’S PLACE – SILVERTON BURGER

 – Cankarjevo nabrežje 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia, Ljubljana is as charming as a city can be. The surroundings, the people, the man made river that runs right through the heart of the city and the faultless weather, you can’t ask for anything more. 

With a few days of exciting activities ready to begin, It was lunch time on the first day and a burger sprung to mind. Pop’s Place was situated on the river on a busy side street with large awnings to save you from the hot weather. 

A quick scan over the menu and the Silverton Burger caught my attention. The Silverton Burger– 

((Custom beef blend, crispy onions, cheddar cheese, home-made BBQ sauce, signature brioche bun)) 

I am the first person to give recognition to a restaurant who has clearly crafted each individual burger to provide the best possible product to their customers. This is what I feel Pop’s Place has done here, or attempted at least. 

This burger sounded like it should of blown me away, but it didn’t quite get there. The bread was weak, the meat was undercooked (for me) and there was too much sauce. But, the bacon was shredded into small chunks which sunk into the melted cheese and not forgetting the onion ring, possibly the nicest I’ve had to date. 

I’ve come to the point in my blogging career that I feel it a necessity that I consider all aspects. Service, surroundings and effort in the production have been taken into consideration, giving this of burger a rating of 7.4 out of 10.

FigRman 

POP’S PLACE – SILVERTON BURGER

SUBMARINE BURGER – ORIGINAL

– Frankopanska 11, Croatia 

Croatia, another new country that I’m able to tick off my list and another new exciting burger. Eating burgers all around the world gives you the sense that they’re one of the few things that we all have in common. 

A very bold branded burger bar stood proud on one of the busy retail streets and with an enticing menu, we sat down anticipating good things. Welcome to Submarine Burger (Formerly; Yellow Submarine)

Original;

((Brioche bun, patty, submarine sauce, lettuce and onion)) 

As you can see from the above stated ingredients it’s a very simple burger. With calculated intentions, I chose this as I feel a burger restaurant is only as good as its simplest burger, so I was excited to see what can be done. 

A suspiciously quick turn around time, from ordering and receiving our food meant we were stunned before anything was even eaten. 

The burgers golden exterior was aesthetically pleasing but it’s internal structure did present a few issues. The amount of submarine sauce did overwhelm other important ingredients and made the burger quite slippery. Considering the deliciousness of the submarine sauce this wasn’t such a terrible thing. 

The bread and meat were beautiful, and knowing everything is 100% organic, you feel that little bit better about indulging on such a guilty pleasure. 

Coming to a comprehensive rating of this burger, I considered the service and also the wholesome attributes that submarine burger promote. A solid burger rating of 8 out of 10. 

– figrman 

SUBMARINE BURGER – ORIGINAL

ALMOST FAMOUS – BLAME IT ON THE VODKA

 – 23-25 Great George St, Leeds, LS1 3AL

A long weekend away in the popular Yorkshire city of Leeds started off with a burger, and in a very familiar place. 

Visiting Almost Famous is an extremely unique experience which ever restaurant you find yourself visiting, with an endless menu of gargantuan burgers with extraordinary fillings. Blame it on the vodka was my next experience, full of everything that even exceeds your imagination. 

((Cheese, double pepperoni, bacon bacon fries, wonder onions, jalapeño, red onion, pickle, bacon ketchup, dynamite)) 

This burger in particular was bulging from all angles, which unfortunately left many fillings falling out but importantly, the majority stayed intact. I refuse to dismantle a burger before consuming it, which did become somewhat of a challenge, but nothing I couldn’t take care of. 

When so many ingredients are piled on to two pieces of bread, some of the ingredients struggle to make themselves known, this was the problem with Blame it on the vodka.

As a collective the burger was extremely flavoursome, full of juices & textures with a lot of mass. 

Possibly the heaviest burger I’ve eaten. Burger rating: 8.5 out of 10. 

-FigRMan  

ALMOST FAMOUS – BLAME IT ON THE VODKA

TURTLE BAY – TWO WAY CHICKEN BURGER

– 33-35 Oxford St, Manchester M1 4WB

While holstering a sensitive palate, spicy foods can be quite daunting, so dining in the Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay can be an exciting yet a nerve racking experience. 

Only set for a light luncheon i fixed my eyes firmly on the burgers. Being overly cautious I picked out the least spicy and left everything else ignored, which left me with the Two Way Chicken Burger – 

((Spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pull jerk chicken, crisp gem lettuce, fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in a sweet bun))

This looks and sounds like only something Turtle Bay could manifest, with a prominent Caribbean twist to what can normally be a mundane chicken burger.  

With flavours that felt endless and textures that caressed your lips and mouth, this burger carry’s a lot in-comparison to its size. The two different types of cooked chicken was the game changer, each chicken had a very unique flavour which i believe could stand for the reason this burger was so brilliant for its size. 

Lastly, the fresh pineapple chow was extremely spicy and in opinion unnecessary, the burger would cope very easily without it. 

An applaudable effort by Turtle Bay, this will stand in my top 5 chicken burgers eaten to date. Burger rating: 7.7 out of 10.

figrman 

TURTLE BAY – TWO WAY CHICKEN BURGER

FIVE GUYS – BACON BURGER w/ pickles & grilled onions

– 5 Coliseum Way, Chester 

I could write line after line about how Britain perceive Five Guys as a higher class fast food restaurant, with the idea they are experiencing a slice of America. But with all respect, it doesn’t fill expectations. 

Five Guys hold a unique & creative experience where you can add as many selected ingredients to any burger you choose at no extra cost. This part of Five Guys can either be a success or a failure. 

((regular two-patty burger, layered with four pieces of crispy, sweet apple-wood smoked bacon extra: pickles, grilled onions, mayonnaise)) 

Five Guys don’t help themselves from the offset with moist and greasy bread. The bread is an imperative part of a burger, its the backbone, its the glue that figuratively and literally holds the burger together. So i suggest getting it perfected. 

Considering everything, the bacon/beef/pickles and onions weren’t all that bad, it’s just hard to justify £11.50 for a burger and a drink and that’s without chips too. Quite simply overpriced. Burger rating: 4 out of 10.

figrman 

FIVE GUYS – BACON BURGER w/ pickles & grilled onions