Smashburger - Bath

 

The launch of Smashburger in Bath, on Thursday 25th May, coincided with National Burger Month. What better time to roll up those sleeves and get stuck in to some flippin' fine burgers and fries then? Well, follow me this way towards those bright red balloons swaying gently in the evening breeze on Southgate Street...

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

... as I have a burger-licious treat in store for you!

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

First up, I am going to mention that it was something of a smashing revelation to discover that this American born restaurant chain have one simple notion in mind. That is, to deliver each of their handcrafted burgers "smashed, seared and seasoned to order, using fresh, never frozen 100% British beef." Ensuring they work with quality ingredients from start to finish means you certainly won't find any frozen patties sandwiched between your buns! That certainly gets a big thumbs up from Scott and I.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Arriving last Wednesday evening, just a few weeks after their opening, we were delighted to receive such a warm welcome from their friendly, attentive staff. We took our seats in one of the booths in the bright, airy downstairs quarters that oozed a real trendy vibe, thanks to its industrial-inspired interiors. 

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

From exposed brick walls and overhead steel pipes, to filament bulbs and neon lights...

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath
Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

 ... with all those funky fixtures and fittings, it's safe to say, Smashburger has got it all going on!

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath
Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Now it was time to get down to business...

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Excited to test out their smashed-to-order burgers and artisan buns, those tempting signature sides, a Häagen–Dazs handspun shake (we can think about a HIIT workout tomorrow!) and some drinks to wash it all down with, we scanned the menus.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath
Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Scott opted for a 'Create Your Own'. Ticking off all of his favourite ingredients so he could enjoy a winning combination.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Once we had placed our orders at the counter and received our buzzer, we returned to our table, eagerly awaiting for our timer to spring into action. (It flashes red when your food is on its way).

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

It wasn't long before we spied our food up at the pass.  

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Then we happily spent the rest of our evening consuming more calories and carbs than you could shake a stick at! But in my mind, it's definitely okay to spoil yourself to a really tasty banquet like this, as long as you do so in moderation, and, not every day of the week!

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

So here we have the ultra luxurious 'Truffle Mushroom Swiss' (£6.75). A deliciously caramelised, perfectly cooked beef patty wrapped in molten aged Swiss cheese, truffle mayo and sautéed chestnut mushrooms, encased in a pillowy Smash bun. 

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Anything with truffle gets my seal of approval!

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Up next, the ultimate showstopper; Scott's 'Create Your Own'. A large burger stacked to the brim with a beef patty, aged Swiss cheese, a fried egg, haystack onions and grilled mushrooms. This totalled to £12.45. Feeling hungry?

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath
Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Stay with me a few moments longer as we haven't finished yet! Here we have the hearty 'Harvest Salad' (£8.75) that comes with mixed lettuce leaves, blue cheese, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and tomatoes, all coated in a balsamic dressing.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath
Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Alongside a side portion of 'Haystack Onions' (£3.25) that were perfectly crispy and thin.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

There wasn't a soggy onion ring in sight. These were cooked to perfection and even more moreish when dunked into the side of BBQ sauce. Each deep-fried onion is peeled by hand, not a job I'd be putting my hands up for!

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

The 'Smashfries' (£3.25) are tossed in rosemary, garlic and olive oil. Good news too; they are trans-fat free.  

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

All this fine food was thirsty work! So we selected the 'Unlimited Coca-Cola Freestyle' (£2.95) which meant returning to the self-service, touch-screen fountain as frequently as we pleased.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Pretty handy given there are hundreds of flavours to choose from. You could even go wild and try mixing combos too. How about Dr Pepper and Fanta? Would that work? Who know's! Let me know how you get on.

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

To conclude our meal, we couldn't resist sampling one of their 'hand-Spun Shakes' for that ultimate sweet fix. Did you know that Häagen–Dazs started manufacturing larger tubs of their ice-creams for the UK market, just so Smashburger could bring over their hand-spun shakes. Scott chose the 'Oreo' shake (£5.25). Here's a sneak peek...

Smashburger Restaurant Review Bath

Bath's newest burger joint is the perfect place to pitch-up with a hungry crowd. For more details, check out their website here.

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So many thanks to Kara at Roche Communications and the team at Smashburger Bath for kindly inviting me in to review their great menu!