|The Handmade Burger Co Nottingham|
With a very modern glass frontage and hard to miss signage Handmade Burger Co is clearly making the most of it's prominent point at the entrance to the Intu off Mansfield road.
|The Handmade Burger Co Nottingham,|
The interior is very slick with a modern decor. We described it as a little on the moody side but in a positive way that gives the Handmade Burger Co a really nice character inside. The dining area was also exceptionally spacious.
If you're looking for comfort make sure you ask for one of the comfy booths to the left side of the restaurant. They're not quite at the level of 'sink into and fall asleep' comfy but they will give you a nice chance to relax if you've had a hard days shopping.
|Aim to grab one of the comfy booths if available|
The Surprise- No Starters
On looking at the menu something hit us straight away- no starters. It's something we rarely don't see on a menu although the reality is pretty simple- If you're after a burger you're probably not so fussed on a starter anyway.
Our BurgersWith quite an extensive choice on the menu I opted for the full on protein option of the Macho Barbecue Beef, Chicken, Cheese and Bacon Burger with one beef patty, two thinly sliced pieces of chicken,
The Macho BBQ Beef and Chicken burger came with one half of the bun spread with barbecue sauce and the other coated with mayo. With a big beef patty and a couple of large pieces of sliced chicken breast it was certainly hitting my protein needs for the day. The burger was well cooked and juicy with the chicken being nice and succulent.
A lovely topping of cooked smokey bacon and grilled mature cheddar this was one hell of a burger that will definitely appeal to those of us with big big appetites. Served with some fresh tomato slices, red onion and a lettuce leaf and my personal choice of an extra flat mushroom.
The meat was all beautifully cooked, burger bun nice and soft yet it just felt the burger was a little lacking at first. Having tried numerous barbecue sauces the one on my Handmade Burger Co burger lacked any oomph or bite. The burger itself was great, just the barbecue relish lacking flavour and very mild which left me reaching for the sharper Fire Roasted Chilli Pepper sauce on the table for something to add to my meat.
|The Macho Barbecue Beef, Chicken, Cheese and Bacon Burger|
Jem opted for the Texas Chilli Cheese Extreme burger which is part of the Pit range. This is the 1st burger where she had to wrestle with not just its size but packed a mighty punch in the chilli department. As a bona fide chili fan she loves things with a kick and when things are advertised as the "hot one". To then find out could given it to her 5 year old niece. Seeing this burger was a quandary on how to eat it. With burgers getting bigger and more flamboyant it was too big to pick up and bite into the burger. Jem opted for the additional crushed avocado which was a saving grace to aid cooling the chilli kick. For good measure was even treated to some Jalapeno chillis inside too.
Alongside our burgers we'd opted for a portion of Sweet Potato Fries which were beautifully cooked- Fluffy in the middle with a lovely crispy outer. Just how we like them.
|The Handmade Burger Co Sweet Potato Fries|
|The amazing Denver Chips|
|Chilli Sauces to add some fire to your burger|
We opted for the sharing size of the Brownie and Waffle Sundae to cool us down. Jem certainly needed it after the heat from her Texas burger. Our sundae was filled with pieces of warm brownie and stodgy waffle surrounded by smooth vanilla ice cream mixed with chocolate and toffee sauce with a very generous servicing of cream on the top. It looked awesome.
Every mouthful was different with generous chunks of brownie and waffle adding a complexity to this dessert that made it a pleasure to devour. The vanilla ice cream works well to add a subtle contrast. It's supposed to be a sharer but I think I could easily tackle it on my own.
|Brown and Waffle Sundae- A sharer in most people's world.|
For someone who would usually go out for something exotic over a hearty burger I was impressed by the Handmade Burger Co. The food was hearty and well put together. Aside from the meek barbecue relish the burgers were fantastic. Nothing added and full of good quality ingredients. Definitely worth a visit and well worth a portion of Denver Chips again.
Handmade burger Co. Nottingham
Unit R1 (Clocktower entrance)
intu Victoria Centre
Tel: 0115 941 1078
If you're shopping in town and looking for lunch Handmade Burger Co would be a great option. We were invited to visit through their PR company and whilst we were more than happy to accept their food without paying we value our morals and the above is our own thoughts and impressions of the visit in the same manner as if we'd paid.