I know I’m a little late to the Bunsen party, but I just have to tell you all about it. It was a Friday after payday and I didn’t bring my usual healthy, home prepared salad. Neither did Wayne. So on our commute to work we decided to meet for lunch (working south side has its advantages). We arranged to meet at 12 to beat the lunch time rush. With being spoiled for really amazing eateries around Grafton St we chose Bunsen on South Anne Street.
These guys are very well known for their burgers. I’m actually really surprised we haven’t been to one of their restaurants before. I knew they were situated on Wexford St, opposite Against The Grain and in Temple Bar but never knew there was a third location.
So lunch time arrived and we walked the short distance from my workplace. With seating available outside and upstairs we chose a seat inside and decided what to eat. I love the simplicity of the menu being a business card and noticed they even cater for gluten free/paleo.
The beer snob in me glanced at the alcoholic beverages available. Nice to see some great offerings from some Irish craft beer breweries as well as a selection of wine. My choice would have been the IPA from Wicklow Wolf. Wishing I wasn’t working I ordered a strawberry milkshake while Wayne went for the chocolate flavoured one. These were amazing.
Next out came our food. My choice was the cheeseburger cooked medium well with all the toppings while Wayne chose the double cheesburger cooked medium. We ordered shoestring fries to share. After the obigatory picture taking we tucked in. There wasn’t a word uttered between us. The burgers are indeed delicious. Served on a gorgeous soft bun, the patty itself was so juicy. We devoured them.
There was a really lovely atmosphere and the staff, although very busy, were so friendly. The place filled up quite quickly and I was thrilled we decided to beat the lunch time rush. After paying our bill and rolling ourselves out I noticed a small queue for seats forming. I also realised some customers were collecting phone orders. Working so close to this place is going to be dangerous to my waistline.
Ok, i’m going to apologise in advance for no pictures. I was ravenous when I visited Bobo’s (www.bobos.ie / @bobosburgers) last Wednesday and taking photos of the food was the last thing on my mind. (edit 04/08 – However Mrs Irish Beersnob took a pic of her burger and its below)
Mrs Irishbeersnob won one of Bobo’s numerous twitter competitions, they give away on Facebook/Twitter 3 x Meal for 2 (Burger, Side and Beer or House Wine each) and also they give away lunches as well. They are certainly very active on Social Media, and the place was packed when we got there. Around 630 on a Wednesday evening. Good sign.
There are a number of Gourmet burger places around the city centre now, Bobo’s has two outlets, Dame St, and Wexford St.
Firstly, there is large bench areas, not unlike Wagamama, but there were also tables for couples and smaller groups. We were shown to a table and perused the menu.
So Beef is king as is to be expected, especially with all the pictures of cows on the wall, a huge array of choice. Though there are tempting options from the Pork and Lamb burgers, and also the Chicken. The beef is 100% Irish, and each patty 7oz.
I went for “The Sex on the Farm” Prime juicy beef burger with iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, Old Dubliner cheddar cheese, smothered with chilli beef mince, hot salsa, creme fraiche and jalapeño and roasted red pepper mayonnaise.
Mrs Irishbeersnob went for “The Cashel” Prime juicy beef burger with beef tomato, Cashel Blue cheese, cured smoked bacon, red onion, rocket, black pepper and tomato relish
|Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its a Bobo’s “The Cashel Burger!”
For sides, I went with the “Half n Half” half chunky chips with onion rings, and sweet chilli dip, and garlic mayo. “Skinny Fries” for Mrs Irishbeersnob.
Beers were standard fair, half of heineken and carlsberg.
The food came out and my god, they were more akin to skyscrapers than burgers. Held together with a skewer these behemoths looked delicious. There was no skimping with ingredients either. A nice thick layer of chilli mince, and Cashel Blue. Btw the Chilli was delicious. I can imagine the Chilli Cheese Fries as a result are fantastic.
So pondering the logistics of eating this thing we set about it. Visually very impressive. Taste wise it was nailed. The blend of the spicy with the burger was phenomenal. Really really enjoyed it. The sides were also really good. But the burgers were the stars of the show undoubtedly.
I would definitely go back. A good pre drink stomach liner, and noticed they stay open very late so could also satisfy those drunken munchies.
Bobos well done i must say. Keep up the good work.