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

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

GORILLA – CHEESEBURGER w/ CHORIZO

54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW

As a beer filled bender enrolled in Manchester with one of my very close friends, we landed in his place of work; Gorilla. 
After many discounted cocktails & beers were washed away by Alex and I, he insisted on trying the Gorilla Cheeseburger, which beforehand was marked as the best burger in Manchester by a Gorilla employee (bias?). The burger arrived with thinly cut chips, an adequately portioned bowl of mayonnaise and a slice of grilled chorizo as an added extra, all laid upon a decorative slab of pine. 

The burger was to share with my Friend so it was evenly sliced in half, which is unusual to me but happily done. The ingredients were; pickles, burger sauce, aged cheddar, bondi lettuce & seasoned fries on the side. As the first bite was taken, a slight hint of pressure was felt as Alex was patiently anticipating my reaction and the first impressions were positive. The burger really didn’t taste like it was missing anything, as many others have done, in a way it was nice to have a well cooked, simple burger that takes you back to basics; again, unlike others. 

It was a thick, juicy, flavoursome piece of prime beef, lacking nothing, joined with an array of pleasing counterparts. If & when you visit Gorilla, order this burger and ask Alex to make you a sweet cocktail. Burger rating: 7 out of 10

Figrman 

GORILLA – CHEESEBURGER w/ CHORIZO

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

TURTLE BAY – STREET BURGER

ALMOST FAMOUS – TRIPLE NOM

– Manchester, Great Northern Warehouse 

Widely praised for their extravagant and immoderate burgers, the constant queue to dine in their establishment makes the name ‘Almost Famous’ a little contradictory. 

On each visit to Almost Famous, it’s always an extreme idie experience with candy filled table tops and a 20ft PVC gorilla, sitting comfortably in the centre of the restaurant. Almost Famous’s menu makes it near impossible to easily choose your meal, with a large range of burgers, hot dogs and fries. 

The new, prompt table service meant we had ordered and received our food in the space of 20 minutes, impressive. I had chosen the ‘Triple Nom’ which included – Cheese, Pulled Pork, Redneck BBQ & Famous Sauce. Doesn’t sound overly exciting but how that’s misleading. 

  
Already dripping with sauces and pulled pork falling out of the sides, eating it was quite a mission. The pulled pork gave a little heat to the burger but with the burger also including coleslaw, it wasn’t overwhelming. The bread was delicately soft, a tad greasy but your hands will inevitably gather grease as you tackle the burger. I guess that’s why there is a mandatory roll of handpaper on the table? 

Exactly what was expected, Almost Famous is something that stands alone for good reasons amongst many other burger establishments, the ‘Triple Nom’ gets an 8-10. 

-Figrman

ALMOST FAMOUS – TRIPLE NOM

FIVE GUYS – LITTLE BACON BURGER 

– The Trafford Centre, Manchester England 

I had my anticipation when thinking of collecting a burger from Five Guys as it has its negative connotations with it being an ‘another American burger take away’ but even with this resting at the back of my mind I was still intrigued.

  
Only available for the burger alone, I went for the ‘Little Bacon Burger’ with lettuce and mayonnaise to accompany. Something that was a new experience was picking what toppings you had on the burger, not sure I enjoyed it truthfully. The burger arrived after a quick 2 minutes and I was excited. 

 
It’s exterior was dreadful, with it looking squashed and not very appetising but I definitely wasn’t fooled. The first bite was the most satisfying, with the thin crispy bacon, beef, mayonnaise and lettuce already giving me reasons to return. The burger was so delicious and it wasn’t even one of their finest or extravagant burgers which excites me. The burger looked about a 3 but held flavours which were a 7.5. Five Guys – pricey but succulent. 

– Figrman

FIVE GUYS – LITTLE BACON BURGER 

The Font – BURGERNATOR

– 7-9 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP

Today’s choice of restaurant was The Font, a very popular bar favourite amongst students, primarily down to their wide and diverse range of cheap cocktails. But on this visit I would just be dining. 

Taking into account The Fonts quirky cocktails, their menu wasn’t much of a shock. Displaying a lot of interesting creations, not just with the burgers! But inadvertently my eyes drew to a burger named ‘Burgernator’ and the ingredients were, ‘6oz beef burger topped with smoked bacon, onion rings and our beer cheese sauce’. Sound delicious doesn’t it? 
  
The burger arrived in an American style red basket, which I do enjoy as not many restaurants present their burgers in such a way and the burger was just as unique. All of the primary ingredients worked well together, except for the beer cheese sauce, which seemed to be doused throughout each layer, which then killed a lot of the other flavours off. Lastly, the onion rings which topped the burger were considerably chewy, I put this down to them being undercooked but this didn’t necessarily ruin the burger for myself. 
  
Overall, a pleasurable burger but I’ll be deciding on another one of their creations on my next visit. I rate the ‘Burgernator’ at a 5 out of 10. 

– Figrman

The Font – BURGERNATOR