A Tale of Two Burgers

On Monday, after working half a day, I took Julia to lunch at Harvester. That’s the sort of man I am – tight, unromantic and practical. You get free salad at Harvester, which appeals to my frugal side, and allows me to pretend I’m being healthy.

Julia had the Spicy Sea Bass with Prawns, which looked as good as it sounded. Unfortunately it’s fish and as such it’s just nicely presented cotton wool with overtones of slime and bones. As you may guess, I’m not a fish fan, unless it’s in a nice crispy batter or neatly sliced into finger-sized pieces.

Despite my views, she enjoyed it and tells me it was delicious, well-cooked and full of flavour.

I had the classic burger. They refer to it as a “craft” burger. I’m not sure why, because it’s just a burger. It looks like “craft” has migrated from craftsmen, to craft beers to relatively ordinary food. What next, craft sandwiches? To add to the weight of marketing verbiage, the “craft” burger is served in a toasted brioche bun.

I’m not greatly in favour of toasted brioche buns. I don’t really like the shiny brown look of them and though they are better than the normal flaccid “burger bun” with quick release sesame seeds I don’t think they’re much to brag about.

Add a dryish burger and though it was good it wasn’t quite as good as the hype and I was reminded of my old school reports – “could do better”.

Part 2 follows later.

(And yes, it would be good to have a photo, but I forgot. Sorry.)

29 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Burgers

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  3. Helen

    You braved Harvester! I’m not a fan as everything they cooked seems burned. Now, I know the term is β€˜char-grilled’ but I’d just rather not.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Just thought of a phrase my Yankee husband often says: “Could be worse.” In a way, it’s related to “could do better.” But guess whom the Yankees are descended from?

      2. Laurie Graves

        Oh, you made me laugh. Yankees are not known for being enthusiastic, that’s for sure.

  4. jfwknifton

    Forgetting the photo sounds like an excuse to go back for another meal to me. Best fish and chips around here is the Bestwood Fish Bar although parking can be difficult sometimes.

  5. beatingthebounds

    Anyone who manages to photograph their food before tucking into it has my admiration for two reasons; firstly, due to their remarkable restraint and b because of their chutzpah (I think that might be the word I need?) my British manners generally mean that the idea of taking out a phone to photograph a meal in a public place seems far too embarrassing to contemplate.

  6. higgledypiggledymom

    Well, to be truthful….Tom Colicchio (chef and judge on Top Chef ) has made sandwiches into a craft: ” ‘witchcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal and a meal into a sandwich” It’s a recipe book for all that fun stuff…


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