You can’t deny that us students love a good burger. Whether you’re veggie, health conscious or a lover of spice, you’re guaranteed to find something that fits the bill sandwiched between two buns. You’ve probably encountered your fair share of drunken kebab shop burgers and ever shrinking Big Macs over the past few weeks, but these don’t always cut the mustard do they? So we, as the Food & Drink editors, thought we’d try out one of the city’s newest quality burger joints, so that the next time you need to fulfil that burger shaped hole in your stomach, you don’t need to turn to substandard fast food joints.
Walking into Got Beef on a Wednesday evening we were surprised to find the place was dead (never a great sign in my book) but with the mind set of two greedy girls, were excited by the idea that this meant food on our table quicker. Only opening in March this year, the Whitchurch Road venue had a cool and contemporary interior with creative wall art and a quirky brick bar complete with retro neon sign. We took a seat at a small side table, but if you’re visiting in a large group there’s a few big wooden benches for a spot of socialising.
Browsing through the menu, I knew this was going to be a thinker. Littered with original and intriguing flavour combinations, this wasn’t a menu which with one glance you settle for something you’ve kinda’ liked before. After much deliberations (and I’m talking about a good 10 minutes here) I went for the Soprano, a beef patty with bacon, chorizo, monterey jack cheese and jalapeno mayo and Emma opted for the Uni (pronounced oo-nay), another beef patty, this time with sriracha mayo, Chinese 5 spice calamari rings and Asian style ‘slaw, with a side of sweet potato fries. But of course, as indecisive as we both are we ended up halving! You’ve got to keep with tradition here too and compliment your burger with a beer; Got Beef offer a great choice of local and world craft beers, with the selection changing regularly on the blackboard.
After ordering at the bar, the burgers were in front of us within no time. Served on wooden boards and stacked up high with all the fillings, they looked a real treat. Starting with the Soprano, this was a bacon cheeseburger at another level. The thick beef patty was cooked medium, so was nicely pink in the middle and was complemented perfectly by the crispy bacon, zing of chorizo and gooey cheese. The sweetness of the soft brioche bun was heaven too, contrasting the rich and salty meat.
After the first half, I thought that the Uni burger couldn’t top what I’d just devoured in seconds, but boy was I wrong. At first I was unsure of the combination of seafood and beef, but with a love of calamari I had to try it. With the subtle hints of Asian spices, crisp fried squid and a slaw packed with cooling edamame beans, this was a burger like none other that I’d tasted before. The squid and the beef worked surprisingly well and the flavours were ingeniously unique. The bowl of sweet potato fries were pretty damn good too and I can honestly say I left feeling deliciously full.
This place may be a little pricier than your standard burger joint (most burgers are £7.95), however is well worth the visit for some serious quality burgers. Be sure to take advantage of the quietness of this undiscovered gem, as soon as word gets out about it I’m sure it’s going to be packed with hungry students.