And… we are back! After a short, unavoidable hiatus I am back eating burgers with enthusiasm levels that would rival Eddie McGuire at the zoo.
Babu barburger with balls is an establishment on Chapel Street that I had been to once many months ago, before the days of this blog.
So I felt as though I needed to revisit it and pay close attention to the food before writing about it.
The process of ordering a burger here is very much step-by-step, like building your own sandwich at Subway. You pick the size patty you want (as it was lunchtime I went for the smallest, 150g beef patty, which was plenty) and choose the way it is cooked. There are also chicken and veggie patty options for those who prefer it that way.
The patty was quite bizarre. It was pink and juicy and quite thick. There was no gristle or fat as far as I could see. Yet, it had a very strange texture- almost like gelatine. While the flavour was fine, I found the consistency quite unpleasant.
The list of extra ingredients and sauces you could include in your burger was exhaustive! Bacon, avocado, caramelised onion, cheeses you get the idea… however, as all the burgers come with salad, I chose to stay basic and only add tasty cheese so that I could really taste the patty.
The bun was a good thickness and had a nice colour on top, but the bottom of it was charcoal black… not sure that was meant to happen. All was forgiven though because the waitress was so friendly and attentive.
The chips were very average, pale and slightly soggy with minimal salt. The Babu ‘balls’ are an alternative side- a variety of different flavoured meatballs with a choice of sauces, however there was enough meat in the burger without ordering a side of meat. Babu market themselves as “burgers with balls,” but I must admit, while they get points for individuality the concept is somewhat lost on me.
With plenty of local beers, ciders and more you will not be left thirsty so jump on a tram rather than drive.