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BurgerSearch 4: Twisted Burger Co at Jake’s Bar

BurgerSearch posts document my search to find the best burger in Leeds, as part of my 30by30 goals. I’ve got plenty of places on my list, but I’m very open to suggestions, too! Where was your best ever Leeds burger from?

Venue: Twisted Burger Company, in residence at Jake’s Bar, Call Lane
Burger: Club Classics Vol. One, £6.95

Burger Patty 18/25

I either like my burger patties massive and meaty, or thin and tasty. Twisted burgers are of the latter variety, and in most of their burgers you get two thin, tender patties that fill a hole without being too overfacing. Delicious!

Bun, toppings and fries 20/25

The patties are nestled into a potato bap, which was light and fluffy whilst having some serious staying power. The burger is packed with iceberg lettuce, as I firmly believe all burgers should be, and the techno burger sauce adds some creamy zing. The cheese is a little nondescript flavourwise, but perfectly gooey. My plain fries were hot, crispy and served in a huge basket – sharer portions are absolutely not for the faint-hearted.

Service and atmosphere 15/25

It’s a little surreal going to Jake’s Bar during the day, sober. Truth be told, the place scrubs up quite nicely and comes across as an altogether respectable place. It was a bit quiet, but I imagine weeknights have a bit more buzz about them than a Saturday lunchtime. In fact, things were already starting to pick up when we left. The service was smiley, attentive and efficient, especially considering that they were battling with a missing delivery and a malfunctioning POS system. I’m also a big fan of Jake’s cocktails, so it was nice to sip on a Blighty Mojito (a gin based mojito with a cucumber twist) while I ate.

Value for Money 22/25

Now would be a good time to mention that I was invited down to try these burgers for free. Having said that, though, I actually thought that for the quality this was really good value for money. The price for the Club Classics and the Notorious PIG that Ant had, plus sharing fries and two Cokes, was £20.15. The cocktail did boost the bill a bit, which is obviously to be expected.

Total 75/100

This puts Twisted Burger Company into second place so far, which I think is fair. Although this isn’t a permanent residency, it is the second one they’ve done in the last year and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it extended or see it lead to a more permanent home in Leeds. I for one would welcome them with open arms!

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BurgerSearch 3: MEATliquor

BurgerSearch posts document my search to find the best burger in Leeds, as part of my 30by30 goals. I’ve got plenty of places on my list, but I’m very open to suggestions, too! Where was your best ever Leeds burger from?

I’ve fancied giving the Leeds MEATliquor a try since it first opened, and this review from Rich, who knows his food, only encouraged me.I headed down for a chilled weeknight burger and drink with a few friends last week.

Venue: MEATliquor, Trinity Centre, Bank Street
Burger: Bacon Cheeseburger, £8.50

Burger Patty 23/25

Huge. Juicy. Tender. Pink. Flavourful. This patty ticked every single box and then some.

Bun, toppings and fries 22/25

I need to talk about the bacon. It wasn’t rashers, it was some sort of reconstituted sheet (?) of bacon that absolutely blew my frickin’ mind. The cheese was plentiful and perfectly gooey, and the sauces oozed out of the bun and got everywhere – I made extensive use of the kitchen roll on the table. The cheese fries were perfect, loaded with generous handfuls of cheese and all hot and salty underneath. (Some might find them too salty; I thought they were perfect.) I gave an extra point because the bun wasn’t brioche, which was refreshing, but I took it back off again because the Dead Hippie sauce they rave about wasn’t all that.

Service and atmosphere 20/25

Service was pleasant and efficient, which is all I ask for. I found the atmosphere fairly chilled – it had a late night diner/pool hall feeling to it, and was quite unlike the dark, loud basement I was expecting.

Value for Money 18/25

It’s on the pricey side, but it’s amazing. Three of us had a burger, a side and a drink each and it came to £56.65, including a service charge and a £1 charity donation. I’d consider that to be quite a lot for a one course meal, but it was a) very filling and b) bloody good.

Total 83/100

I had high hopes for MEATliquor and it has delivered. This is the first time I’ve walked away from a burger and thought: yes, that could have been the best burger in Leeds. I’ve got plenty more places to visit, so anything could happen, but I can definitely see myself returning here pretty soon as well.

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BurgerSearch 2: Get Baked

BurgerSearch posts document my search to find the best burger in Leeds, as part of my 30by30 goals. I’ve got plenty of places on my list, but I’m very open to suggestions, too! Where was your best ever Leeds burger from?

My latest burger venture came about after a long day of blogging in my pyjamas and not going out to fetch any food. I thought I might as well make it a full day of luxury and order in, because why the hell not?

Venue: Get Baked, Stainbeck Avenue, Meanwood
Burger: the Nice, £6.95

Burger Patty 15/25

Juicy, slightly pink and really tender. It seemed slightly peppery, not in an unpleasant way but it was a bit weird. It smelled amazing! My cats thought so too – you might be able to spot them in the pictures trying to get a piece of the action…

Bun, toppings and fries 18/25

The brioche bun was good and sturdy and the toppings were generous. You choose your own sauces and salad, which is always a bonus – picking out bits of onion is never fun. The fries, on the other hand, didn’t seem to travel well and were quite cold and chewy by the time they reached me. They were quite bland, too.

Service and atmosphere 19/25

I’m a homegirl at heart, so the atmosphere of ‘on my couch watching crap nineties box sets’ gets full marks from me. The food took absolutely ages to arrive – well over ninety minutes – but they’re very upfront about this on their website, saying they get very busy and cook everything to order. Plus, just as I was starting to wonder where my food might be, I got a call letting me know it was on the grill. Not bad.

Value for Money 20/25

At £6.95, I thought the burger was great value, but if I was ordering again I wouldn’t bother paying for the chips. The huge range of dessert options was a bit too much for me to resist, so the Kinder Bueno cheesecake (amazing) and delivery charge brought the bill up to £13.45.

Total 72/100

As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the better delivery options around. (I’m a big fan of The Sunshine Takeaway, who I’m sure will make an appearance here soon, but they don’t deliver.) I won’t bother with fries again, and it’s worth ordering a good hour before you start to even think about feeling hungry, but it’s a great burger for the price, especially considering you barely have to leave your couch.

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Spot my little helpers…

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Whoops! How did that get in there? (Delicious)

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BurgerSearch begins: Byron Burger

It’s been a great week for my 30by30 challenge! As well as collecting Christmas craft ideas, I’ve made a start on one of my other goals: find the best burger in Leeds. Most of the delay in this has been down to fine tuning the scoring system, trying to decide whether toppings are worth as many points as the bun, or how much the service should count for. Obviously, it doesn’t really matter, but tasks like this with numbers and neatness are right up my street- they appeal to my perfectionist side!

I’d also been wondering where to try first. I didn’t want to set the bar too high or have a disappointing first burger, so in the end it was a good thing the decision was taken out of my hands. We were in town at a loose end, and Ant picked Byron Burger for dinner. We had a lot of fun critiquing the burgers and tweaking the scoring system even more – sadly, I think we enjoyed this bit more than we enjoyed eating the burgers!

Venue: Byron Burger, Lands Lane, Leeds
Burger: The Byron, £9.50

Burger Patty 15/25

The burger was cooked medium and was perfectly pink in the middle. It was obviously good quality meat and was a really nice texture. However, I thought it could have had a bit more taste to it, honestly. I’d have liked it to be a bit more seasoned and a bit juicier. It was good, but not amazing.

Bun, toppings and fries 20/25

We opted for thick cut chips rather than fries, and they really were good. Hot, with fluffy insides, and with the crispy skin still on. The cheese was a really good mature Cheddar, and the bacon was salty and not too crispy. I know a lot of people like really crispy bacon, but I like it quite chewy and this was just right. There was also tons of iceberg lettuce which added a nice cool crunch. The bun (brioche OF COURSE) held together nicely, but because the burger wasn’t that juicy, it wasn’t much of a challenge.

Service and atmosphere 16/25

The atmosphere at Byron Burger was quite nice. It’s got a distinctive industrial, exposed brick sort of style, and the warm lighting and low level music was a refreshing change from some of the dark, noisy, nightclub style eateries that festoon the city centre. Service was fine, not especially friendly but efficient, which for me is more important.

Value for Money 10/25

Two burgers, the chips, aioli and two soft drinks came to £29.05. This is probably quite standard pricing for this style of burger joint – a sit down place that positions itself as a quality burger provider that’s all about the taste. Unfortunately, I just didn’t think the burgers were amazing and shelling out £15 each (bearing in mind we’d shared a side) felt a bit much.

Total 61/100

Not a bad score, but not great, and I think it reflects quite well on the experience. Not bad burgers, but with room for improvement, and not, I felt, at quite the right price point. If I’m paying £9.50 for a burger, and extra for a side, I want to feel really positive about it, instead of just okay. Not, for my money, the best burger in Leeds.

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