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..
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.