Have I indulged with all the good burgers in the local vicinity already that I’m resorting to returning to places? Either way, this is a different burger this time, so let’s see if TGI can up their rating.
French Dip – French by name, British by nature, this burger compromises melted Swiss cheese, garlic mayo, and arrives with a rich beef sauce to pour or drip (that doesn’t sound very French does it). However, this burger was probably better than the normal cheeseburger option I opt for. Although the basics were similar (brioche bun, 7oz flame-grilled patty), the garlic mayo and beef sauce added to the flavour and succulence.
Shock. I got sweet potato fries. It’s always worth the upgrade. Last time I was here, I got the normal fries, and found them very lukewarm and average, so these were certainly better. They were slightly on the soggier side of things, which if you like sweet potato fries, you know what I mean.
Last time I came here, there was a substantial wait to sit and order, but this time, no problems. We swooped right in, with the restaurant itself fairly quiet. We had a very polite, friendly waitress, whose name has escaped me, but she was the epitome of TGI Friday staff. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.
No change to last time, except a few less guests, so I will echo my sentiments from last time. Retro and nostalgic music memorabilia scattered on the walls, with a hint of American sport memorabilia thrown in, what a great mix. There is often a relaxed feel inside TGI’s, with staff dressed in classic American dress and music on the radio, and the majority of people generally in a feel good mood.
They say you get what you pay for, but £12.49 for a meal is slightly above board for me. I don’t want to knock TGI’s as I love it, but I don’t see how a touch of garlic mayo and beef sauce justifies the extra few quid for the burger.
Fresh out of London, Amigos Burger and Shakes is a hip new start up by two chaps named ‘Kaz’ and ‘Wax’. Whether or not they are indeed their real names remains to be seen. But having passed this place on numerous occasions, I finally had the opportunity to give it a go on a cold, Christmas evening (the picture on the about me page was taking here, fact of the day for you).
The Amigo – Available as a 6oz, 12oz or 18oz, ‘The Amigo’ is perhaps their staple favourite. American cheese and burger sauce, with ‘the highest quality, halal meat’ you can find. And to be fair, it was pretty banging. Juicy, tender, and a glazed brioche bun. My only regret was going for a 6oz. It went down too easily.
If you’ve been following this blog, you will know by now I’m a sucker for the sweet potato fries, and will seek any given opportunity to upgrade. Today was no different. Being renowned for shakes too, I couldn’t not get one so went for a White Kinder Bueno shake. I’m pretty surprised they even offer these, but together, everything tasted oh so good.
It was a help yourself type setting, so you bowl in, grab the nearest free table and order at the bar. Almost like a fancy fast food setting, but the staff were all pleasant, with the food arriving pretty sharpish after ordering too (but not too quick to the point where you wonder if they’d banged it in the microwave).
You can tell this is a relatively new restaurant, with the décor and interior freshly presented. A brick effect wall holding a neon ‘burgers’ sign grabbed my attention. I sat there thinking how I want one for my own bedroom.
£4.99 for a 6oz burger. In London. The 12oz is only £7.99. This is a steal. This is cheaper than the McDonalds down the road, and of a far more superior quality. If you are planning a trip to Westfield, take a two minute walk down the road and go here. You won’t regret it.
I’ve only gone and done it, I’ve ventured north of the wall! It’s taken me 25 years, but I finally managed to get to Edinburgh. And there’s no way I could have not ventured to a burger joint whilst on my travels is there? Stumbled past Burger and Beer, and I was sold.
The Joe Pesci – 8oz of pure beef, stuffed with salami, smoked cheddar and garlic mayo. For me personally, anything above a 6oz, and you lose the juiciness that belongs in a good burger. This was no different, with 8oz being a tad on the dry side. It was still a good burger, but it just missed that oomph. The bun was different, it was a wholemeal-seeded type bun, but they do say baked by a local French bakery, so I understand the vibe they’re aiming for.
Upgrade to sweet potato fries? Yes please. It had to be done. Edinburgh, you have provided me with the nicest sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. I wish I was exaggerating. Perfect width, perfect length, perfect outer ‘tato, perfect inner ‘tato – they were lovely.
We were greeted and treated all evening by a Scottish lady. I didn’t catch her name, but this young blonde lass was a delight and she gives the Scots a good name. She was very friendly and happy to help out, even lending our group phone chargers. It does state on the menu they allow free mobile charging, but to hand out three chargers – I’m impressed.
The front of this restaurant resembles a bank entrance, with its grand brick work architecture, but enter inside and the modern, wooden décor works very well. Decked out with Christmas decorations too, it felt like an upmarket burger joint, and the type of place you wouldn’t be ashamed to take a date. Oh and the music was superb too (indie vibe).
At £11.95 just for the burger, this was quite steep in price. You could tell they were going for the upmarket vibe, but when you get sides and drinks, you end up paying £20 roughly. It’s quite a lot for a burger meal. Here was me thinking Scotland would be on the cheap side – Although I suppose this was Edinburgh..
After the last few reviews, you’re probably sat there thinking ‘where all ya good burgers gone?!’. Well, safe to say 7 Bone in Camberley has been an absolute treat. I’ve heard remarkable things about their branch in Southampton, so when this one opened up near me (on my birthday), I just had to go. This was definitely the perfect burger joint to resurrect the disappointment that has been the last few burgers.
Robert Johnston – A juice 6oz patty, stuffed with cheese, truffled garlic shrooms and truffle mayo, this might just be the nicest burger I’ve ever encountered. The flavours combined superbly, and this was a very appetizing, juicy, sublime burger, which oozed with delight in your mouth. The brioche style bun was top notch too. What. A. Burger. I found my 10/10..
The basket was loaded with chips, or seasoned fries as they are listed on the menu. There’s a touch of paprika on them, but they were good. There were perhaps too many, so I struggled to finish them off (I was disappointed with myself) but they went well with the burger. The menu had mac ‘n’ cheese balls and wings, so I know what I will be trying next time.
Attending on opening day, I was unsure as to what to expect, but I was mightily impressed by the staff. However, can they keep this up as time goes on? Friendly, chatty and knowledgeable, they certainly made you feel welcome. The food arrived in good time and when more drinks were needed, there wasn’t a 7 boner far away.
With neon lighting and retro cinema style lettering out front, I just knew this place would look good inside too. It was the first day, so everything was new, fresh and clean so it’s hard to fault the place. There was an industrial look inside with wood and metal furnishings mixed with a dark ambience. It was apt for a burger joint.
There was a special deal on, where you got the burger, chips and a drink for roughly £10 so it was a steal. Not just because of the price, but the quality of food also - it definitely doesn’t reflect in the price, and they could probably justify charging slightly higher (please don’t).
Another pub affair, this time a hungry horse going by the name of ‘The Trooper Potts’. Situated near to Reading FC’s Madejski stadium, I’ve found myself walking past, admiring the modern, open window layout. With Christmas approaching, the decorations were up, and I couldn’t resist going inside this time.
Cheese Beef Burger – I’ll be honest with you, this burger was very dry. I was pretty disappointed at just how dry it was. It’s almost like the burger was (over) cooked, then hung out to dry on a washing line in the basking sun. The bun was no better, crumbling in my hands and the sauce (even after I added extra) just did not save this poor burger from getting a very mediocre score.
I upgraded to sweet potato fries, and this did save my meal as a whole. I actually preferred them to the burger. They were lovely. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, just how a sweet ‘tato chip should be. I also treated myself to a pretty cheap cider, but again, usual pub affair, you can’t go too wrong here.
It was fairly busy, and having been greeted on the door by a very friendly man, we were shown to our table. Maybe the introduction of allocated seating was designed to take this pub upmarket? Either way, the staff on the whole were very pleasant. Similar to my last post, you had to order at the bar, and it took no time at all getting our order in. The food arrived pretty quick (15-20 minutes) so that was top.
The Trooper Potts was a very modern, clean pub, with a bright interior (the building half covered in windows) so it was very comfortable to sit back and relax in. Their Christmas decorations had already been put up, so it looked a pretty sight with fairy lights lining the place. I imagine if you came here on Saturday, you might be in the midst of a pre-football game piss up, so choose your timing wisely.
It was pretty cheap, with my meal coming in at under £7, but I’m not even sure my burger was worth that. I’ve had burgers from a fast food van oozing more taste than this. Never the less, it’s a very affordable pub and I would definitely come back here – just for a pint me thinks.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.