Today is a different sort of post from me, one I’m surprised it has taken so long for me to pen. Some of you may already know if you follow me on social media I do tend to eat out quite a lot. I’m always asking people for recommendations, reading TripAdvisor reviews, looking through blog posts to find the next best place to eat. This isn’t easy for me, as we have to factor in the fact that if I’m going to eat meat it has to be halal. I’m not too fussed if I go down the veggie/fish route but halal meat is always a bonus. So today I’ve decided I’m going to start doing food reviews, and add a little flavour to my post. The first restaurant I’ve chosen to review is a raved about halal burger joint – Red Iron Burgers.
I’m always looking for new places to eat so when at work a colleague recommended Red Iron Burgers, and I saw the menu, I knew it was a place I needed to visit. The travelling time from my area to Uxbridge where Red Iron Burgers is located is about a 45 minute – 1 hour drive which I was more than happy to take to experience this restaurant that everyone seemed to rave about. I was dining with my friend so after some ridiculous traffic we finally arrived and we couldn’t wait to get stuck into a juicy big burger. Even though there was steak on the menu, I decided we had to sample the burgers first – we could leave the rest of the menu for another visit. Now neither of us have what I would call huge appetite so we decided to share a starter. I love chicken wings, spicy wings in particular so I decided to order one portion of Buffalo Chicken Wings. It came beautifully coated in a hot tangy sauce that makes you dribble a little once it hits your taste buds. The chicken was so well cooked, not over done and so tender. I would definitely say the wings were up there with some of the best wings I’ve ever had, if you do visit the restaurant, you must try these!
Now onto the star attraction – the burgers. I decided to opt for the signature Red Iron Burger which was said to be ‘oozing layers of mixed cheeses, house Red Iron Burger sauce, garlic mayo, caramelised red onions, jalapenos, fresh red onion, lettuce and tomato‘. My friend decided to play it safe and went for a traditional cheese burger with cheddar cheese and extra gherkins. I love how you have the option of choosing your cheeses, an option no other burger place I have visited has ever given me. All the burger meals come with chips, and it isn’t just any ordinary chips instead it is rustic french fries style chips which just tasted so good. Let’s talk about the burger, we both liked our burgers initially, the buns were just right and not too hard, the fillings and the sauces were perfect. However there was one issue, we had both requested medium cooked to play it safe.. we usually opt for well done however we didn’t want to risk it being too tough as we had never visited this place before so didn’t know what their version of well done was. BUT the medium cook was too much on the rare side for us, it was too pink throughout and too soft to the point the burger meat just seemed to be falling apart rather than sticking together. It did slightly ruin the experience for us are we were looking forward to the burgers the most! Honestly everything else was perfect, but that did let us down. I didn’t want to complain, I hate sending food back but I was tempted just to give it a few more minutes on the grill!
We were however completely won over by the onion rings which were hands down the best onion rings we both had ever tried. The batter is so light, the rings had a perfect crunch and the onion inside was cooked to perfect. We started neglecting our chips and just concentrating on the onion rings. We were left fighting over the last ring which I obviously won! I know I was disappointed by the burgers, it didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded it but I may go back once more and ask for it to be cooked well done. I will let you know if I do, and write another review on here. As we both didn’t finish our main course completely, for once we had space left in our tummies for dessert. Red Iron only do two desserts, a Chocolate Brownie Sundae or a Toffee Fudge Brownie. I of course went for the chocolate option to share.
This was delicious. The chocolate sauce was what done it for me, it was real good chocolate sauce and none of that syrupy chocolate sauce that you can pick up at the supermarket. The brownie crumble pieces were just right and there was a lot of ice cream to get through. Considering this was under £5 I thought that it was quite a generous sized portion. Oh talking about pricing I do think the menu is priced really well. Altogether I believe the meal came to around £30, maybe just over, which I think is pretty decent. You’d be looking at paying around £15 each for a filling meal which is reasonable.
Overall I had a mixed experience at Red Iron Burgers, everything was going perfectly till we bit into our burgers but that was something that can we easily rectify the next time we go there as then we can specify that we do need it to be cooked quite well done rather than rare. Everything else was really good, the staff were very nice and lovely and I would visit again. I would’ve gone back already if I lived closer just to test my theory that if I ask for well done it would be cooked perfectly. It is a shame that it wasn’t up to our expectations this time round but unfortunately these things do happen every now and again. Hopefully next time we will be able to finish our burgers fully! I hope you liked this blog posts guys, I know it is different to the norm but I thought I’d test the waters and see how it goes down. I apologise if I wasn’t descriptive enough but it is my first attempt at food blogging, so bear with me. Until next time, have a good day :)
Red Iron Burgers is located at : 280 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 ILQ. You can read their menu here.