Girl in Bristol tries out Burger Joint’s branch on North Street …
Do you find there are some days when you just want meat? No frills. No beef patty that’s barely thicker than a sheet of paper. Just pure, unadulterated, protein-packed meat. Well thankfully, there are a vast selection of restaurants in Bristol which serve just that. The Burger Joint, being one of the most notorious.
Owned by Bristol University graduate, Dan Bekhradnia, The Burger Joint, following its emergence in 2009, now has two residencies situated on North Street in Bedminster and Whiteladies Road in Clifton. We dropped by the branch on North Street this week.
North Street’s Burger Joint is smaller than the Clifton alternative but maintains its simplistic décor. Cream and burgundy coloured walls line the perimeter of the establishment, complimenting the Burger Joint logo colours, with the exception of an exposed-brick feature wall which adds a little more character to the place. The tables and chairs line up towards the back of the building where the kitchen is based, all laden with the usual condiments and menus. And outside, there is a small decking area where you can eat al-fresco when the weather is pleasant.
Everything you’d expect from a burger bar really. Well, except for the menus maybe. For in their place, the Burger Joint provide each customer with a more easy-going tick-sheet where you can select your burger, two toppings and one side as part of their £7.95 deal before handing it back to the waitress. Certainly, a more efficient system of ordering, though there are additional menus which list drinks, puds and burger recommendations for those of you who are a little overwhelmed by all the options available. Phew!
Although if you’re not really up for a burger, have no fear for there are a range of specialty salads on offer too. The burger salad, striking a great middle ground between the two, sounded particularly good. There are also a range of delicious milkshakes (including a mint aero flavoured one!) available too if you fancy ending your meal on a sweeter note.
After perusing through the 10 burger options, I eventually settled on a lamb and mint burger with a tzatziki and salsa topping and a side of sweet potato chips. My friend on the other hand, chose a grilled chicken burger with BBQ sauce, extra cheese and a side of sweet potato chips. There was the option of doubling up any burger for an additional £2.75 – but we didn’t think we could quite handle it! You can also opt for a more premium burger at a slightly higher price, if you’re feeling fanciful.
When our meals arrived, we were happy to see a heavily laden plate which matched up to its price tag. My lamb was a perfect pink inside and served in a gluten-free bun (at my request) with my chosen toppings served on the side so I could lather as much or as little on my burger as I liked. The sweet potato chips were the best surprise though. Thick wedges of sweet potato with crispy skins and a soft, fluffy inside raised the bar high. Although, I must admit, the meat sadly was a little dry for my liking despite its promising colour.
That said, the Burger Joint do deliver when it comes to their promise of high quality, local ingredients. The meat, is sourced from Whiteladies Road butcher, Ruby and White. The veggies are delivered daily from Ashton Farms and even the buns and brioche rolls the Burger Joint use come from Bristol baker – Proper Bread. So, you can rest assured that the extra expense you pay for your meal at the Burger Joint is justified.
In all, The Burger Joint does everything it says on the can. Quality food, decent prices and quick service – it is the perfect place to visit for a hearty burger or a delicious milkshake.