When dining out in a group, it can be difficult to please everybody, especially if people have different dietry requirements. As somebody that doesn’t eat meat, I hate being the one in the group who has to narrow the options of places to eat – but I also hate having to pay for another miserable mushroom risotto in a restaurant that is pants for vegetarians. So here on Good Girl Gone Brum, every now and again I like to check out some of the well known ‘WE’RE ALL ABOUT MEAT’ places and find out if, actually, they are all about meat, or if, as a non-meat-eater, you can still have a great meal (read my reviews of Beefeater and Nando’s to hear my thoughts). So when I was invited down to Handmade Burger Company and saw that they had no less that SEVEN veggie or vegan burgers, I was very excited to give it a try.
The new Handmade Burger Co. in Grand Central, Birmingham, is tucked around the corner from the busy shopping area, and is far bigger inside than expected. The decor is in the currently very fashionable industrial style – possibly too much so, to the point where it didn’t feel a particularly comfortable place to eat. The servers on the evening were very friendly and happy to recommend certain dishes, and though the service was a little slow, it wasn’t to the point where it bothered us.
The drinks list isn’t extensive, so we went for a wine and a lager which both went down well. The menu is simply burgers and sides, which makes it nice and easy when deciding what to order. Jack went for the veg-mex burger (also vegan), which was a falafel patty, salsa, crushed avocado, jalapenos and salad. This huge burger was delicious and each component worked perfectly. The patty wasn’t too dry, which is often the case, and the avocado really made the meal.
I went for the goats’ cheese veggie stack, which was a tower of chargrilled peppers a flat mushroom, goats cheese and caramelised onion relish. As there wasn’t an actual burger component this was very difficult to eat, and I had to resort to a knife and fork. It tasted so good however that I didn’t mind the effort – there was a generous portion of goats cheese that was set off beautifully by the relish and the sweetness of the peppers.
For sides we ordered peri-peri chips, sweet potato fries and the jalapeno slaw. The peri-peri chips were gorgeous; the seasoning was suitably spicy and the thick cut chips were cooked to perfection. The sweet potato fries didn’t disappoint either, with a crispy outer shell and a soft centre. We were however a bit let down by the slaw, as there were hardly any jalapenos to be seen and we felt £3.25 was a bit steep for a bowl of raw onions and cabbage.
Both Jack and I have had many a crappy veggie burger in our time, so we were very much big fans of what is on offer at Handmade Burger Co.! We didn’t feel as if we were missing out on what the restaurant is really all about, as the recipes for the veggie options were creative and delicious. So the next time you’re in a group and looking for a high-street restaurant to suit everyone, I can really recommend Handmade Burger Co., which, far from being a one-trick-pony, caters for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Thank you to everyone at Handmade Burger Co. for having us – we’ll see you again soon!