A few months ago, we were invited as a family to review Handmade Burger Co in Grand Central, Birmingham. I have been to the Handmade Burger Co branch at the Bullring before but it was long time ago and I was interested to see if anything had changed and how well children were catered for. On the day we went there was dragon boat racing in Brindleyplace so we saw that first and then headed over to Grand Central for an early dinner. Despite booking our table for when my children usually eat their dinner (4pm), when we arrived they were very hungry and a bit unsettled. We were promptly seated at our table by the staff in the industrial looking restaurant and left to peruse over their vast menu.
Having only been to Handmade Burger Co once before, I assumed that it was waitress service so I was a little surprised when I found out that I had to go to the till to order our meal. This slowed the process down more than I was expecting as there was a queue (it was Saturday afternoon) and the till staff were serving drinks to people as well. Once I ordered the food, I returned to the table with the drinks and did the best we could to keep Thomas and Daniel calm until the food the arrived.
I decided to go for the Peppered Beef Burger which had onion rings, flat mushroom, caramelised red onion relish, peppercorn sauce, mayonnaise, rocket, tomato & red onion. Stuart had the Jimmy’s Farm Beef Cheese & Bacon which had mature cheddar, smoked bacon, caramelised red onion relish, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato & red onion. My dad Mick had the Beef Cheese & Bacon which had mature cheddar, smoked bacon, our original HBC burger relish, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato & red onion. We all enjoyed our burgers but Stuart and I both felt that the bottom bun was very soggy and after a while, it was hard to pick the burger up as it fell apart in our hands. However, the burgers themselves were excellent. They were juicy and delicious! The onion rings on my burger were some of the best I have ever had.
For sides, we had a normal coleslaw and a Jalapeño slaw, three portions of chips and some onion rings. When it arrived it was a lot of food and unless we starved for a week we were never going to eat that much food. My advice is only order one side each and stop at that however tempted you maybe! I loved my Jalapeño slaw. It was crunchy, fresh and full of zing from the chilli. I would definitely order it again! Stuart enjoyed his coleslaw as well.
Thomas and Daniel both had the Junior Fish Finger Classic which was a large fish finger on a bun with mayonnaise and lettuce, served with a portion of chips. They both enjoyed their meals and gave it a good go to clear their plates. They are not used to eating that much bread so some of the bun was left for each of them but they did well. The fish finger was fresh, crisp and they liked eating the biggest fish finger they had ever seen!
Only Thomas, Daniel and I were brave enough to try the desserts after our already massive feast. The boy’s had the children’s ice cream with chocolate sauce and I had the Brownie & Waffle sundae which was delicious but was strangely served in a mason jar which is normally reserved for drinks, as far as I am concerned. It was ok but I think I prefer a normal sundae glass. We left feeling very happy, full and tired after a busy day in Birmingham. We enjoyed our meal and hope to visit any of the Handmade Burger Co branches in Birmingham again soon.
We dined as guests of Handmade Burger Co. We were not required to give a positive review. All opinions are our own