Apparently the retail units on Barrack Lane around the back of St David’s 2 have been there for the last couple of years. Who would have guessed?
This really boring revelation adds to my list of recent others:
- Tim Vine is Jeremy Vine’s brother.
- Myriad can be used as an adjective and a noun.
- A baby puffin is called a puffling.
Anyway, I digress.
The Grazing Shed opened on Barrack Lane last week.
Pitched as a gourmet fast food joint, Grazing Shed fulfils its gourmet billing through its list of quality suppliers, uber-tasteful décor, stylish branding and restaurant-level pricing. It’s also most certainly a fast food joint - orders are placed at the counter, seating is bench style, drinks are self-service, you’ll be in and out in 20 minutes and the menu is dedicated to the mighty burger.
The Burgers – The John Wayne & The Bunga Bunga
1. How was the patty? A really well flavoured, juicy, 100% Welsh beef patty served medium-well done.
2. How was the bun? A light and fluffy yet vitally sturdy seeded Penarth Bakery bun
The John Wayne comprised of mild oozy mild cheddar fondue, streaks of thickly sliced smoky bacon, caramelised red onion confit, smoky BBQ sauce, spicy Cajun mayo & a couple of leaves of richness-balancing lettuce.
The Bunga Bunga was similar to the John Wayne except it swapped cheddar for an intensely savoury blue cheese fondue and BBQ sauce for ketchup.
Both flavour combinations were pretty much on the nail. However, I’d swap the John Wayne's BBQ sauce for a squirt of ketchup next time.
4. How were the fries? Super crisp, super fluffy skin-on chips. Excellent.
5. What was the price? £7.95 for just the sandwich, £10.95 for a meal with chips & a bottomless soda. (We visited during the first week when it was buy one get one free)
6. How was the service? Fast & friendly
7. How was the other stuff? Bottomless sodas are provided by six times Great Taste Gold winning Lovely Soft Drinks. Whilst the absence of Coke might perturb some, the deliciously floral elderflower presse and fiery ginger beer both did the job.
8. So what's the verdict? Grazing Shed are serving up some ace burgers. It’s great to see an independent in Cardiff finally successfully embracing the gourmet burger trend. Whilst it’s not exactly cheap for a fast food joint, the quality of Grazing Shed’s ingredients and the fine finished product mean it’s now my Cardiff burger joint of choice.
Address - The Grazing Shed, 1 Barrack Lane, Cardiff
Web - http://grazingshed.co.uk/
Twitter - @TheGrazingShed
Twitter - @TheGrazingShed