So I’m going to try again with the whole Monday-Thursday posting thing. I’ve missed blogging regularly and I’ve got so much content saved up right now that I’m just being hugely impatient and wanting to share it all with you immediately. Like right now. NOW. *ahem*
You know I like a restaurant when I go back more than once. I mean, I’m only just discovering that I actually like food and it’s no longer an inconvenience so the fact that I’ve been to Filthy Cow pretty much once a week since I’ve moved to Manchester says a lot.
I originally heard about it thanks to the lovely Georgina over at Fox on the Hunt who reviewed it soon after it opened. Just the photos she took of the burgers enticed me and as soon as my move to Manchester was confirmed I planned a visit.
Teamed up with my good friend Luke, we went on a little mission to find it having deliberately not eaten breakfast just so we could fit in as much meaty goodness as possible (probably not the wisest decision made, I mean you should always eat breakfast) and trust me, when you have an appetite as small as mine you need all the help you can get because these burgers mean business.
The decor was amazing! I loved the industrial, slightly grungey feel to it all, with the tongue in cheek bondage themed cow decor. It was cheeky and edgy and like nothing I’d seen before and you know what, I loved how daring it was. This is a place not afraid to shock, it’s not trying to be something it’s not and it’s not apologising for its humour either. And that is how it should be.
The menus were pretty damn perfect as well. I love a good burger, I’ve adored Almost Famous and GBK, but what I love SO much about Filthy Cow is that it’s not gimmicky. It’s not ‘lets see how many random ingredients we can pile into this burger to make it so new and different’. It sticks to the classics and it does them so bloody well.
You can choose from three meat options (regular burger, cheese burger or bacon and cheese burger – obviously with better names than that but I forgot to take a photo of the menu so I can’t remember them #bloggerfail) and a vegetarian option in the form of a halloumi burger – this is on my list to try next, I LOVE halloumi but so far I’ve just been so distracted by the meat. They also have a meat based special on the menu each day and some downright heavenly rosemary seasoned fries.
I went with the cheeseburger, Luke with the bacon and cheeseburger and holy wow were we impressed. The burger was cooked to absolute perfection, done medium with just enough pink in the middle and it was so flavoursome I honestly nearly drooled in public. The burgers sat in the most incredible brioche bun, along with a smattering of salad, melted cheese and the signature filthy sauce (just, I can’t even sum up words) and I can honestly say with my hands on my heart that they’re the best burgers I have ever eaten.
And the best thing? They do takeout. I know what I’m having for my Saturday night treat 😉
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