Thursday, 26 July 2012

Oscar's of Cardiff - Searching for Cardiff's Best Burger

01/02/2014 - Update - Oscar's of Cardiff has closed down

Whilst chuckling to myself reading this brilliant burger self-help quiz yesterday, I had a moment of clarity. Even though I’ve had some pretty good burgers in Cardiff, nothing has been out of the ordinary. No brioche buns, no medium cooked patties made from blends of rib, chuck and bone marrow and no sordid sides of chilli cheese fries and deep fried jalapenos.

Today, the search for Cardiff's best burger continued at Oscar’s of Cardiff.

Located on the former site of Le Gallois, Oscar’s serves a diverse international menu in rather tasteful and airy surroundings. As well as the burger, there were some rather lovely sounding dishes on the lunch menu including khobez sandwiches filled with Moroccan roast chicken (£6.95) or sea salt chilli duck (£8.00).

However, I was only there to eat one thing…

The Burger – Classic Oscars Burger

1. How was the patty?  Well done but still moist (this is a bit of a recurring theme), well seasoned and well suited in size to the bun.

2. How was the bun? A warm homemade bun with a scattering of mixed seeds. Crisp and toasted in all the right places yet soft and yielding to bite. Very good.

3. How was the other stuff in the bun? A couple of crisp, thick rashers of bacon and a layer of melted cheese. A layer of tomato relish made an appearance below the patty. In spite of the relish being a fairly good example, I’m yet to be convinced that sweet, thick tomato relish has any right to usurp tomato ketchup’s rightful place. Whilst no lettuce or tomato featured in the bun, a mixed salad was served on the side. Welcome pots of mayo and ketchup were brought to the table.

 4. How were the fries? Crisp, medium-cut maris piper chips. They were good but I've had better.

5. What was the price? £9.25 on the lunch and evening menu. £7 on the 7B47 menu available Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm.

6. How was the other food? A chocolate brownie sundae (£6.95) comprised of excellent warm, gooey, nutty brownie pieces, smooth, creamy vanilla ice-cream and a scattering of hazelnut truffles and raspberries.  It was very good but a little bit steeply priced for its manageable size.

7. How was the service? Efficient and very friendly.

8. So what's the verdict? Oscar’s burger is the epitome of tasteful. From the uniformly cut chips and the mixed seeded bun to the healthy side salad, this is a burger for the refined individual. As you know, I’m not. Although it’s very good, I like my burgers just a little bit more filthy.

I was invited as a guest of Oscar's - the burger and drink were complimentary.  

The Details:
Address – Oscars of Cardiff, 6-10 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9NR

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