Hiding out in the first floor of Liberty Browns in Sunderland, Saucy Burger has slipped under a lot of peoples radars and arrived on the NE dining scene without too much fuss.
Conveniently located off Wessington Way on the outskirts of the city, we fought through the Saturday crowds to try out the burgers.
Arriving slightly early for our booked table, we got the last parking spot in the car park and seemingly the last table at Saucy Burger too! Unless you are passing, I’d recommend booking as they were quoting a 45 minute wait for walk-ins during our visit.
With a raw, industrial retro vibe, the small dining room has been styled to the max on their theme. Complete with pig sty shelters over the booths in the back, we settled in to a table for 2 to browse the menu. Burgers are most definitely the order of the day here at Saucy Burger.
Having seen the size of the burgers coming out, we decided to split a starter to see how they faired. The Nachos (£4.95) came as a surprise as the portion was ginormous. I’d applaud anyone who can tackle them on their own and then down a burger! Pretty standard affair for the topped nachos for the price but I was disappointed to see the guacamole was from a squirty tube. Very disappointed…. Especially as you could see the marks from the nozzle! Boo! Someone in the kitchen could have given it a swirl with a fork to break it up a bit.
The Mac Daddy (£9.95) was packed to the gills with tasty goodness. The juicy burger patty was perfectly pink and topped with a breaded helping of macaroni cheese. The crumb on the mac patty was made up from bacon Frazzle crisps. Who wouldn’t be in to that? Without a side salad, it looked a little lost on the tray but the burger made up for it. Certainly filling and certainly enjoyed. The meat isn’t the focus by a long shot but the complete package is double thumbs up.
Splitting people’s opinions on what is acceptable for a burger…. I chose the Pretty Waffle (£11.95) burger. The burger was topped with smoked bacon, salad and a sticky maple glaze. The peanut butter that was meant to be served on the patty was missing and was brought out to me in a side pot. Probably a more generous amount than it should have been, I was more than happy to slather it all over the burger. If you haven’t tried peanut butter on a burger – you need to. Seriously! The tempura bananas added an unusual twist to the top of the burger, to be complimented by the maple syrup and peanut butter.
With no space for a pudding, we didn’t get a chance to sample one of the outlandishly tempting Freakshakes.
We took advantage of the £12.95 special deal of Starter, dirty burger, fries and drink. As only 1 of the burgers we had were on the list and having split the starter, it worked out reasonably well priced with the meal deal saving factored in.
There’s a HELL of a lot of comparisons to be made to other similar burger ventures in the area with Saucy Burger, intentional or not, but the choice certainly tops them… especially as they have a marmite themed burger called Love Hate…. Just like the one Helen and I created for Fat Hippo!
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