Review: Bunsen Burger, Wexford Street, Dublin 2

21 Jun

Bunsen burger

Bunsen burger

 

I have a love/hate relationship with burgers. I love good ones and hate the rest. Burgers should be eaten with your hands, not towers of inedible salad and toppings. From the photos I had been seeing on Twitter and Facebook, Bunsen seemed to fit the bill in this regard. I was putting it on the long-finger to visit, but then Donal Skehan tweeted a photo from Bunsen and I decided enough was enough. I dragged my friend Mike along for an early dinner.

We arrived very early so the restaurant was understandably quiet. It’s a pretty bare interior, exposed pipes and chairs that you would see in an assembly hall that click into each other side by side. Having complained about restaurants being far too bright before on these pages- my only quibble about the interior was that it was a  little dark. And this is coming from someone who does better in soft lighting…

Bunsen menu

Bunsen menu

 

The menu is short- something that always impresses me. I don’t want a million permutations for my burger. That is not a boast for any restaurant, or at least shouldn’t be.  Burger, cheeseburger, single or double is about the extent of the options you have here. You can opt out of the toppings listed. This was a plus, ordering efficiently is not a strong-point of Mike’s.

The food arrived quite quickly and I dove into the (small-ish) portion of skinny fries. They were good, and are really the only type of chip that should be eaten with a burger. The burger was very tasty, cooked as ordered. There was a bang of umami, savoury goodness, quickly contrasted by an astringent pickle. The patty is a little irregular in size and raggedy on the edges showing there are no frozen hockey pucks here. According to their website they are made with Angus beef daily. All of this was contained in a soft bun, which held its structural integrity throughout. Mike was a little perturbed that his milkshake was on the small side and came in a paper cup. He did say it was very tasty. Don’t mind him though. I’m only throwing that in for balance.

We had two waitresses throughout and both were really good. The service was attentive, and they were quick to offer extra condiments/water and were good fun. All of the above left us with a bill just under €27 euro. I liked Bunsen, good food done well. Also they aren’t afraid of having a simple offering, how many other restaurants in Dublin could fit their menu on a business card?

 

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