Burgers, Beers, Beats.
The winning formula from The Burgerstop- The new, one stop Burger shop situated on Newcastle’s bustling Quayside, have added their contribution towards the writing of the book on how dining should be an event and not a chore.
Whilst following in the footsteps of the evening party pilgrimage to Newcastle’s Quayside scene, my attention was grabbed by The Burgerstop shop front – with its large yellow neon sign which had a definite resemblance to Pac-Man. Not that I have a problem with Pac-Man; I mean, who doesn’t think that Pac-Man is cool? On closer inspection, I realised that Pac Man was in fact, a burger logo, a simple and clever bit of branding. ‘Level Up!’
The interior of Burgerstop has a sleek and understated feel to it. A simple industrial, urban outfit with battleship grey walls and clever modern lighting offers an insight as to what cosmopolitan Newcastle city dining should and will be.
The ‘Beats’ provided were an eclectic mix of chilled out tunes including R&B, Reggae, Funk etc creating a laid back, funkadelic vibe.
Even the menu at this independent eatery is simple, slick and seductive.
For the main – a choice of six showcase sandwiches including; three bold ‘Burgers,’ a plentiful portion of pulled pork, a veggie version and a cheeky chicken number. For the sides-the usual suspects including wings and sweet potato fries. For desert- a choice of award winning Beckleberry ice cream flavours.
Then there’s the drinks menu- a selection of mainstream soft drinks, a selection of world ‘Beers’ including Red Stripe, Vedett Blond, Brooklyn plus an offering from local brewers Wylam. The bar also stock a good selection of wines, spirits and even shots if you’re up for a bit of carnage.
I decided on the quirky ‘Chilli Chilli Bang Bang.’ (£8:00) This fiery little Diablo consists of 100% locally sourced gourmet British beef smothered in chipotle mayo mixed with chilli and jalapenos all served in a fresh, glazed brioche bun.
For the side I opted for the sweet potato fries (£2:50) and as for drinks; a Red Stripe lager (£3:60) to help wash it all down. My partner opted for the ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ (£7:50) and the fries with house salt. (£2:50)
Even the menu at this Independent eatery is simple, slick and seductive
The sandwiches were served, wrapped in branded paper which gave the food identity (a nice touch!). Once unwrapped, it was evident that the burger was huge and tackling this monster wasn’t going to be pretty. Luckily for me, there were plenty of serviettes on standby.
The burger was an excellent quality chuck beef with a perfect fat content, seasoned superbly with a clean taste and a coarse feel to it. It was served Medium/Medium rare as standard and was pleasantly juicy. The fresh, locally baked, glazed brioche bun was excellent. It was almost, and I mean almost, the consistency of a fresh doughnut, so soft, with a bit of chew to it. The sauce topping added a creaminess to the sandwich along with that all important chilli kick.
Complimented by the small bucket of perfectly cooked sweet potato fries and the cold beer to wash it all down with, this signature burger was indeed a triumph! The aptly named ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ did not disappoint either. The chicken was crispy on the outside and beautifully tender on the inside. The garnish with the garlic and tarragon mayo rounded off the sandwich perfectly.
I believe The Burgerstop Restaurant just needs a little more time to establish itself. Once the ‘word’ has spread, I have no doubt that this uber trendy diner will soon be packed to the rafters with Newcastle’s Movers and Shakers.
‘Keep on Keeping on Burgerstop!’
35 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3JE
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 12 midnight. Sunday: 12 noon – 11pm
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