Another day, another cow. The word “handmade” drew me here with a preset expectation of high quality. Though I should know from my experiences as a dental student and the majority of the work that I have produced so far, that not everything handmade is actually any good. But on with the review.
Note: Halal beef and halal chicken are available, but must be requested when ordering at the till. Alcohol is served on the premises.
I’ve only visited on one occasion, where I ordered an American cheese beef burger with an extra beef patty. One patty just doesn’t sound like a burger to me anymore. I’m on a slippery slope to obesity, and last I remembered, obese people don’t do too well on slippery slopes. I also ordered a portion of their homemade peri peri chips, and an oreo milkshake.
Unfortunately, I had forgotten to ask for my patties to be cooked to medium-rare, and thus, spent the rest of my meal kicking myself over the well-done beef that stood before me. The juices had unfortunately been cooked out of the meat, and whilst the cheese and American mustard added a little flavour and moisture, the burger was ultimately dry. However I half-salvaged the situation by asking for extra mustard, and they actually came back with a pot of good old English mustard. The strong mustard. The real mustard. The mustard that kicks a crater-sized hole into your sinuses and puts the pitifully weak American mustard to shame. (No offence to any American citizens reading this).
The patties were of a fairly high quality, enough so to do justice to the “Homemade” monicker. However, a more moist and tender set of patties with a little more sauce would’ve really perfected it. Perhaps it was my fault though – for not specifying the level of cook that I wanted. Either way, it wasn’t a particularly exciting burger.
What really impressed me here were the peri peri chips. Not so much the peri peri seasoning, but the actual chips were of an extremely high quality. Thick potato that turns to a lovely creamy mash in your mouth.
Unfortunately, the Oreo milkshake didn’t quite cut the mustard. The shake was far too thin in consistency and lacked substance. You’d take a sip and then wonder where it disappeared to, before scouting the restaurant for some sort of mischievous magician playing pranks.
Value for Money: 2.5/5
Whilst the quality of the food here is good, I don’t feel it was special enough for what I paid. My burger alone was £12.90, the fries £3.95 and the milkshake £4.25. If I’m honest, the only item that was of an exceptional quality was the bowl of chips, and you can certainly find more exciting burgers of a higher quality for the same price, or cheaper.
Staff here are friendly and welcoming, and are more than happy to tend to your requests. Extra brownie points for being telepathic and bringing me English mustard.
The restaurant is covered in glass and hosts a range of simple, wooden furniture, making it a nice enough place to visit for a casual lunch or catch-up.
The atmosphere is fairly relaxed here, nothing special nor mind-numbing.
Overall, it was an average meal that could have been something special were it not for its flaws. As a burger restaurant, it’s probably worth checking out if you’re in the area, but there’s certainly no need to strain yourself to get there.
Handmade Burger Co.
Address: London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0FD
Telephone: 0208 902 7857