Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth plays host to a number of unassuming and quirky bars and restaurants, and the Burger Shop is one of the latest additions to this parade of tasteful treats.
Following its initial opening in December 2013, I heard rave reviews from friends. Therefore, I decided it was necessary to check out this gourmet diner on the outskirts of Lansdowne for myself. I can safely say, I was not disappointed.
From the moment you step through the door, you are greeted warmly and tended to by the waiters. The décor resembles a makeshift shack, with metal panelling, random furnishings and wooden benches and tables, tying in closely with the innovative and creative menu. The place exudes with energy from both employees and customers, making it an incredibly enjoyable dining experience.
My friend and I opted for the brilliant value for money £6.95 lunch menu, available between 12pm and 5pm every day. The Burger Shop attracts students and O.A.P.’s alike; even families are catered for with the option of a £5 children’s deal.
The House Burger seemed like a natural choice, and the chefs aim to cater for all dietary needs, providing my friend with a healthier wrap option instead of the smooth brioche bun. For our free sides, we chose fries and a soft drink of our choice. There is also a selection of spirits behind the counter which would be perfect for an evening meal out with friends, as well as a variety of milkshake flavours if it is a flying visit.
The atmosphere whilst waiting was chilled with a mix of R’n’B artists playing in the background, along with new chart hits and older soft rock.
Our food arrived shortly after placing our order and was piping hot. The rosemary salted fries were stacked high in their own cup, whilst the burger was served in a takeaway style, wrapped tightly in greaseproof paper.
As niche and as exciting as this presentation was, I could not help but think to myself how messy it was going to be when I attacked the three-storey high burger with every inch of my mouth and no plate to catch the crumbs. Nevertheless, I pressed on with my mission.
The essence of herb on the thrice-cooked fries made for a tasty difference that I am yet to find in any fast-food outlet. The burger itself was accurate to the business’ slogan; it was ‘proper’. The garnish complemented the succulence of the pink meat, especially the sweet heritage tomato. The unique Smokey Burger Shop sauce provided a tangy but appetising flavouring, enhancing the taste of the caramelised onions.
As desperate as I was to try their Homemade Milk Chocolate Brownie dessert, I really did have to ‘go with my gut’ on this occasion and pass on the chocolatey goodness staring at me off of the menu. I was full.
Other customer favourites include the Swizz cheese ‘Lethal Swizzle’ burger as well as the Chicken Poppers and Sweet Chilli sauce. All burgers, hot dogs and salad baskets are priced under £10 and worth every penny.
I dread to think how many calories I consumed that lunch time, but I do know I will be returning very soon thanks to the efficient, hardworking staff and delicious food. This time however, I’ll ask for a plate to save any embarrassment…
274 Old Christchurch Road
Call: 01202 290306
Eat in or Takeaway
Monday - Saturday: 12:00-23:00
Delivery service Monday - Friday 12:00-15:00