Man have I missed reviewing food places. It’s honestly one of my favourite things to write up as lt’s something I’m really passionate about. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not often you’ll find a person not passionate about food. The last place I reviewed was a healthy little brunch hub called Beets N Roots. Todays review is probably quite the opposite, introducing the fabulous establishment, The Burger Joint.
The Burger Joint as a business has now been around for almost 10 years in Bristol. The concept began with the founder, Dan Bekhradnia, wanting to create a restaurant where customers could completely customise their own burger. From the type of bread, to the patty and not forgetting the crucial toppings and sauces to fully enhance the flavour. They now have two stores open, one in Clifton and one in Bedminster. Both with service, quality and simplistic retro decor as brilliant as the other.
They’re also all about sourcing local ingredients with the Clifton branch being quite literally opposite the butchers that provide their meat. Aswell as offering some fabulous deals for students, an external catering service for events and also providing a burger on the house on your actual birthday if you go in with some ID.
The Burger Joint have just launched a brand new menu featuring some extra veggie and vegan options, an option of a granary roll and some new toppings, too! Their ever-growing menu now has 15 burger options, 24 sauces, 12 sides and an incredible 28 toppings to choose from. They have an individual and really quite cute way of ordering by having all of their options laid out as a check list. You then simply tick the boxes you would like and hand it in to be made for you. I absolutely love this little novelty and think it’d be such a fun and exciting thing for children, too!
Jake and I were provided this meal complimentary but as always, all opinions are 100% honest! Whilst waiting for our meals, we decided to treat ourselves and order milkshakes as an essential starter. It’s been such a long time since I’ve had a milkshake and boy did I forget how amazing they were. I went for the Oreo flavour and Jake the salted caramel. They were super creamy, cold and with just the right amount of flavouring in. Mine came with a little half an Oreo balanced on top too which I made sure disappeared quite rapidly, along with the rest of the milkshake. I accidentally ended up drinking the entire thing before my meal came (as did Jake) as it was just too nice and easy to consume.
Then came the burgers and funnily enough, we visited on National Burger Day, too! I went for the grilled chicken in an Italian herb bun with lettuce, gherkins, tomato, red onion, cheddar, grilled back bacon and guacamole. Served with french fries, baconnaise and garlic mayonnaise. A mouthful to say and more like 100 mouthfuls to try and eat. The portion of french fries was more like a bucket full and I’m not even exaggerating. I’m usually one of those people who has the side first and waits to eat the main part of the meal until last as I have a ‘save the best until last’ mindset. However with this meal, if I had done that, there would’ve been no room left at all for the burger.
I dove right in and the combination of flavours was incredible. The guacamole provided such a nice and soft texture alongside the chicken and bacon and I personally don’t know why anyone would even want to eat any kind of burger without cheese. The bun was soft, the meat juicy and I didn’t feel like it was missing anything at all. I didn’t even apply any ketchup to it, and that’s a HUGE thing for me, ask anyone. My food is usually doused in it 90% of the time.
Jake went for the venison patty in a brioche bun with lettuce, gherkins, tomato, red onion, brie, chopped olives and smoked rasher bacon. Served with french fries, tzatziki and basil mayonnaise. It’s safe to say he completely devoured his meal. He said he felt there were some lovely sweet and sour elements that worked really well together on top of the slight bitterness of the olives and salty smoke from the bacon. He’s really glad he pushed the boat out and tried the venison as it was nice to experience different flavouring in a burger. A very lovely meal, indeed!
So what do you think about a completely customisable burger? You can even have it without a bun or on top of a salad instead for those who aren’t huge bread fans! Did you visit anywhere for National Burger Day?