Belted Burger – SADLY NOW CLOSED
It’s a strange feeling when you go into places that have memories from our early questing days that are so evocative you can almost taste them. Such was the case entering Belted Burger.
This memory was of thievery denied. When MJ and I came to Wok & Wine, which on reflection stands as one the best Chinese restaurants Edinburgh has had in recent times, we were enraptured by how good the soy sauce was. We enquired about it and were told it was brewed on the premises. It took all our resolve not to pocket the exquisite bottle on our table. I miss those days.
Belted Burger, which has taken over the premises, is an interesting new burger bar contender. It comes with the pedigree of a branch in Carlisle and farm of their own where their beef and chicken can derive direct traceability.
There’s a family connection with Cairngorm just up the road, so my attendance had been foretold but my blockbuster vizog not shared, so my visit didn’t attract any particular attention.
The requisite burger bar refit has been enacted, but it feels smart and somehow quite “proper”. I liked it.
Service was a stength throughout. Although the place was quiet – it opens until 12 and I was visiting just after 10 – there was none of the bad habits of quiet places, like over-attentiveness or gross chatting.
The menu is broad and took a while to consider. I eventually alighted upon the big cheese burger, where you had a choice of cheeses to top – I was recommended the smoked mozzarella – then added some deep fried pickles. The burger came with fries as standard.
Items soon arrived looking much as expected. I enjoyed the pickles. They had a good, crisp coating and retained strong crunch. The fries were a good bit better than that. Cut in odd shapes, they really were very good.
The burger was slightly harder to assess. The sourdough bun was a little too firm and the smoky cheese wasn’t particularly smoky. The burger itself was cooked exactly as pink as they said it would be. There was lots to like about, but it didn’t get me in the gut quite like Edinburgh’s best burgers do.
Given it was so quiet and that I slightly struggled to pin down the burger, I made a note to quickly revisit before reaching a verdict.
On the second trip, I opted for their BBQ burger, sweet potato fries and a side of mac n cheese.
Again, it was the side dishes that carried the day. The mac n cheese was excellent and the sweet potato fries were super good. The burger was cooked pink again, but I think their mix is too light on fat for my tastes.
So overall, I’d recommend you give Belted Burger a visit as it’s a smart new place that has good potential. Their burger offering isn’t quite there yet, but the fries and sides are spot on. Make sure to check it out and see what you make of it, soon.
Blythe scores Belted Burger
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: big cheese burger, fries, pickles; BBQ burger, sweet potato fries, mac n cheese
I drank: IPA, water; IPA, water, espresso
I wore: pinstripes; camel coat
Total bill: £14.35; £18.95
Address: 57a Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH