Bristol’s Asado however really does feel unique. And the things that make their burgers distinctive are bang-on rather than gimmicky.
You’d expect nothing less really from a chef-owner who's an alumnus of London’s revered Patty & Bun.
Firstly, Asdao grill their burgers over a wood-fired asado grill.
Secondly, South American inspired flavour combinations are littered across the menu.
My Asado burger (£8) was a beautiful mess. A medium pink dry-aged organic beef patty was topped with a tang of melted west country cheddar cheese, herby green chimichurri, confit garlic mayo, ketchup, sweet and slightly acidic pickled red onions, lettuce and tomato.
Cooking the burger over oak gave it a compelling lick of smoke whilst the brilliant homemade challa bun was robust yet squidgy and slightly sweet.
This was a top notch burger with my only criticisms stemming from the fact the patty could have been a touch juicier and it was also a seriously messy eat. I worked my way through around 15 napkins.
My friend enjoyed his Pollo Libre (£8.50) which saw two big bits of buttermilk fried chicken thigh topped with a chunky guacamole, chipotle mayo and lettuce. I had a taste and it was great - the meat tender and the crumb crisp. But, he thought the spice mix in the crumb could have been more assertive.
Rosemary and salt fries (£3) were golden, crisp in parts, beautifully soft and well seasoned with rosemary.
Courgette fritters (£5) were hyper-crisp thanks to their panko crumb and had an enjoyably tender interior. A spicy lime mayo started mild but had a serious chilli build.
I had a lovely burger at Asado and it's great value for the quality. I know the bar is high in Bristol for burgers but if you’re ever visiting Colston Hall for a gig then I recommend the five minute walk down the street to Asado.
Address - Asado, 90 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BB
Telephone - 01179279276