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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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Twisted Burger Company at Aire Bar

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you’re probably aware of the Twisted Burger Company residency that’s just started at Aire Bar. TBC hail from Sheffield, where they’ve been churning out burgers at The Harley for over three years. It’s great to see a Yorkshire brand doing well, and as far as I can tell these guys deserve their success.

Although I couldn’t make the official launch, I decided to pop in on opening night to check things out the old-fashioned way. The sun was shining, we nabbed a seat on the deck, the burgers were half price – it seemed like everything was in our favour.

I’ve never been to Aire Bar, and although I knew where it was it’s not a place I’ve ever even thought about going. It’s a bit out of the way of my usual haunts and I’ve never really heard anyone say much about it. I’m glad I had a reason to go now! It’s got a great atmosphere and was full of professionals grabbing a post-work beverage. The deck was perfect for a sunny day, and even though the Leeds river bank isn’t always the prettiest place, it wasn’t a bad view at all and I enjoyed having five peaceful minutes before my date arrived.

I was a bit sceptical about how the service would be, after some recent poor experiences at hipster pop-ups, but these guys knew what they were doing. Despite the opening night crowds, there were no nerves and we got our grub in about fifteen minutes.

There’s plenty of choice in the menu, including a patty made from bacon, a fearsome looking triple burger, and some tempting sides such as jalapeno poppers, mac ‘n’ cheese or loaded fries.

I plumped for the Smokin’ Joe Frazier, boasting two chicken patties, bacon, cheese, homemade ranch dressing and relish. I asked for sauces on the side, as I’m picky about ranch and I thought the relish might be a bit too hot for me. I should have been more trusting of the chef, because I would do pretty much anything to get my hands on that ranch recipe. It was garlicky and tangy, with quite a thin consistency – not too oily or creamy. I seriously could not get enough of the stuff and whatever I ordered in the future, I’d have that on the side. I will not forget that ranch dressing!

The chicken patties – apparently made from 90% thigh meat and 10% chicken livers – were a bit new to me! They weren’t quite as nice as a really good chicken breast can be, but it made a nice change from the dry, overcooked chicken breasts that inferior places seem to think are worth charging a tenner for.

Overall it was a good burger, moist but not too sloppy, really filling, and served with wickedly moreish crispy French fries. The offbeat, casual vibe makes Twisted perfect for a post-work bite with friends and beers and sunshine.

If you’re following Twisted Burger on any of their social media (such as their twitter, which is here), your burger is half price until 20th April, so why not give it a try?

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In other news…

Here’s my other half’s review of the same meal over at The Indie Chef

This blog on The Culture Vulture about having fun with our city is a thought-provoking read

Some of these mini desserts look better than others, but on the whole the list makes me want to throw a dessert tapas party

DO NOT MISS Amazing Graze this weekend. See my review of the last Amazing Graze event here

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