**THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED DOWN**
Following my disastrous visit in May 10 which you can read below, I REVISITED Fine Burger Co. on 4th and 9th December 2010 - for the updated review of this Burger joint, please go here.
Fine Burger Co.
There is little to say about the burgers at this popular chain – the only “fine” thing about them is in the restaurant’s name.
Dr G and I visited our local Upper Street branch one evening before going to watch a movie at the nearby Screen on the Green.
The menu read well and I was tempted to “supersize” by paying an extra £2 for a 12 ounce patty. Luckily I didn’t and ordered a single “Sizzler Burger” @ £7.80 (6oz beef patty, smoked bacon, aged cheddar, tomato relish and mayo).
Despite asking for my burger to be medium rare, my patty was so overcooked and dry I could hardly swallow it. But hang on – wasn’t this supposed to be made from “traditionally reared, free range Aberdeen Angus beef cattle?” – so how could it be so utterly tasteless?
Dr G ordered a “Catalan Burger” @ £7.65 (beef patty, grilled Spanish chorizo, piquillo peppers and aioli). Similarly, the burger was overcooked, dried-out and tasted industrially processed. The chorizo was also dry and very hard. A completely forgettable burger in Dr G’s opinion.
We ordered a portion of “onion rings” @ £2.95. The batter was thick and drenched in oil, and the rings tasted like they had just come out of a frozen packet despite the price.
Little does farmer "Stuart" know what FBC will do to his quality beef. I wish the Fine Burger Co. would concern themselves with making good quality burgers rather than trying to save the planet.
The “chunky chips” also @ £2.95 were crisp and, surprisingly, tasted quite good.
We ordered a bottle of their house red wine, a 2008 Fleur de Vigne, a blend of Grenache and Merlot grapes from the Languedoc @ £13.50. The wine was very easy drinking, soft and mellow, and at that price we felt it was also very good value.
Likes: good but expensive chips, reasonably priced wine list.
Dislikes: the food, a large patch of mould on the wall in the passageway to the lavatories half an inch thick, use of every marketing cliché available to advertise their burgers.
Verdict: Completely forgettable dining experience - avoid at all costs.