To celebrate the launch of its inaugural food fest, the Bullring in Birmingham invited us along to Handmade Burger Co to try out their Dirty Burgers. For those not in the know, the Bullring Food Festival is a two-day bonanza dedicated to the best food and drink Bullring has to offer. Taking place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August, Summer Food Fest will see 7 of Bullring’s restaurants join forces to offer an array of delicious discounts, dishes and demos. There will be a specially created pop-up Menu Bar will also be positioned in the centre’s main atrium where participating restaurants will showcase a dish every hour, presented by The One Show’s guest presenter, Chris Clarkson.
Michaela Moore, GM of Bullring, said: “We are delighted to announce our first Food Festival, giving our customers the opportunity to try out some of the nations favourite dishes and hopefully a chance to be more adventurous and try something new. “Our food offering has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we are excited about showcasing its breadth and depth to our customers in this fun and engaging format.” From 25% off at Chi Kitchen to 20% off at Bill’s, this is one festival that guarantees you won’t be left hungry for more. View and download all the exclusive Summer Food Fest offers via the Bullring PLUS App, available here: www.bullring.co.uk
I took my budding food critic H along to get his considered opinion and set to work. The idea behind Handmade Burger Co’s Dirty Burgers is that they are juicy, messy and full of flavour. In fact, they even come with a handwipe for after your meal. I am very much of the ‘pick your burger up’ school of burger eating, rather than being one of those that likes to cut up a burger with a knife and fork. Having the fact that burger eating is messy acknowledged was very liberating too, and I didn’t feel the need to cut the burger in half just to make it more manageable.
For my meal I picked out the Dirty Burger Cheese which is made from a beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, onion, ketchup, HBC (Handmade Burger Co) sauce, which came served on a fresh buttermilk bun with jalapeño slaw and a gherkin. I loved the buttermilk bun it has just the right taste and texture to set off a burger and I’ll be picking that again next time I dine here (you can have them with other burgers on the menu too). The beef was very moist and the meat was very tender. I found the cheese was the perfect combination for my burger.
H isn’t a big fan of American cheese so he picked out the Dirty Burger Fried Onion (but asked for the cheese to be held) for his lunch. His burger comprised a beef patty, American cheese (H chose not to have this), lettuce, onion, ketchup, fried onion, HBC sauce, served on a fresh buttermilk bun with jalapeño slaw and a gherkin. Fried onion is a great burger ingredient and H found they provided an extra sweetness and moistness to his burger.
For sides H stuck with the classic: Fresh Cut Chips and I went for Rosemary Salt Seasoned Chips. I loved the herby, salty taste of my chips, but H preferred his plainer ones.
H was full after his adult sized meal, but I found a little room for a Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae. This one is concocted from vanilla ice cream, strawberry coulis, biscuit, topped with whipped cream. It was lovely: the biscuit provided some crunch and was a contrast to the strawberry and vanilla flavours. I’d certainly choose this one again. Yum!