FOOD MONSTER: Burgers to die for at Craft
Some days are just made for eating. You wake up, the birds are singing and the sun is shining. Sure your head might be a little fuzzy thanks to one too many glasses of vino the night before but all the better, it means devoting the entire day to grazing is more than justified.
One such day presented itself to me recently and it seemed just the time to try out the high street's newest addition. So, with sun glasses donned and thoughts of savoury and sweet treats dancing around my head, my dining companion and I went on our lazy way to Craft Bar and Kitchen.
Taking up prime position where cocktail bar Dogma used to be, Craft is unlike any other venue in the city when it comes to its appearance. Every must-have, in-vogue interior decor design idea can be found in situ, making it a very welcoming place to walk into. You immediately feel like one of the cool kids.
Arriving at just before 1pm we were greeted by one of the cheery waitresses and found just a couple of tables tucking into food and more than a couple enjoying a drink.
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We made camp in one of the comfy booths, ordered a couple of drinks and began to plot our assault on the menu. A huge selection of food greeted our hungry eyes, this was a very good start. Classic starters such as pates and soup sat next to sharing boards catering to all tastes; meat, fish, mezze, even whole baked Camembert. We decided on starting with Craft's ploughman's sharer. A board piled high with various wedges of cheese, a pot of chicken liver pate, pickles, chutney and warm bread soon arrived.
It was all delicious and just what we were hankering for. A couple of mouthfuls in though and we soon realised we had made a fatal error with our order. We were already getting full.
For our mains, despite having the choice of various hot dogs, burritos, pizzas, salads and both hot and cold sandwiches, we both migrated towards the selection of gourmet burgers and both, rather unimaginatively, chose the same one. But with the rumblings of a hangover drawing in like a dark cloud, the 7oz beef burger, BBQ sauce, melted Monterey jack cheese and grilled bacon, served with chips of course, proved too much to resist.
We smelt the burgers before we saw them. That undeniably mouth-watering scent of flame-grilling tickled our noses as the Craft burgers came out of the kitchen. Beautifully presented they still managed to taste better than they looked, and exactly as they had smelt. The sweet and smokey flavour that only comes from flame -grilling was just what the doctor ordered. The beef pattie itself was perfectly cooked, the bacon just crispy enough and the cheese just on the verge of melting. The chips too were gorgeous, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and delivered in a quirky metal camping mug. Even the bun, topped with sesame seeds and lightly toasted inside added to the meal.
As we were ploughing through our lunch, the restaurant began to fill, a fact which didn't alter the level of service. The waitresses were nothing but friendly and helpful, the Craft burgers in fact were ordered upon their recommendation so it's safe to say they know their stuff.
My only issue with the meal? I couldn't finish it.