Three Brothers Burgers
On a sunny summer evening, Three Brothers Burgers, just across from leafy Queen Square and right by the waterside, was the perfect destination for a laid-back meal.
We were somewhat in awe of the beer menu, and manager Ruth kindly brought us some tasters: a low-alcohol table beer from Wiper & True with a remarkably hoppy taste, a pale ale from the Wild Beer Company, and a full-bodied American-style brown ale from Arbor Ales. My partner opted for the latter while I chose a 6.5 per cent IPA, not for the alcohol content but for the great name: Left Handed Giant. It tasted surprisingly light and went down very well indeed.
We enjoyed a selection of olives as we deliberated over the burgers, finally opting for Smokey Bro, topped with Applewood Cheddar and cured bacon, and Blue Brothers, named after its topping of Blue Monday cheese, made by Alex James of Blur. The cheese was strong and creamy but didn’t mask the flavour of the meat, which was cooked to perfection.
If, like me, you’re a chilli sauce addict, you’ll love the range of spicy condiments. On previous visits I’ve lavished the Three Brothers spice on the skin-on fries and used smoked chipotle Tabasco to jazz up a classic burger in the amazing £5 lunchtime deal. This time we succumbed to a side order of chilli cheese fries, which could have been a whole meal: not only were they topped with Monterey Jack and jalapeños, but they were also loaded with slow-cooked beef brisket chilli and finished with a massive scoop of soured cream.
At this point we were forced to admit defeat and asked for a doggy bag to take our fries home. If our appetites had been up to it, we would have shared a chocolate brownie sundae, with chunks of handmade brownie and blondie, homemade ice cream and lashings of caramel sauce; from past experience I know it’s divine. I was also sorely tempted by a Black Forest hard shake, a chocolate and cherry milkshake with Baileys Chocolate Lux liqueur, but I knew it would be wiser to save it for a future visit.