Best Burger in Barcelona: Bacoa

When we lived in London one of our favourite things to do was to go for a burger. We went to pretty much all of the places that made it onto any best burger in London list and generally our top 3 include MEATMission, Burger Bear and Dirty Burger. A few weeks ago we were in Barcelona and we found a burger that may just rival our London top three, The Bacoa Burger at Bacoa.

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Hotel Chocolat Valentine’s Day Sleekster Chocolate Box

Well, this is definitely an awesome thing to get through the post. This arrived this week in a slightly too large beautiful box and very well cushioned to protect its precious goods. Beautifully gift wrapped in a Hotel Chocolat paper tote bag with ribbon handles and a cute little note card is one of this year’s Valentine’s Day offerings from the luxury chocolatiers.

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Sunday Lunch at The Lion and Lobster, Silwood Street, Brighton

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On Sunday, me and Miz celebrated our first year together. How awesome is that? To celebrate we decided to try out a new Brighton pub for a Sunday Lunch. The internet told us that The Lion & Lobster on Silwood Street was a good bet and a very short distance from us so that is where we headed.

Awesome decor and vibe in there, decorated with so many picture frames of vintage photos and show posters, fairy lights and real flowers in glass bottles, gorgeous! Really loved it, just a mega shame that they decided to whack a couple of widescreen TVs in between the beautiful decor so that they can show the fecking football. What a shame. Anyway, back to the point!
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The Sunday Lunch roast dinner menu is awesome, they have a variety of meat options and a vegetarian option, if you can’t decide you can go half and half with your meat choice. Between us we tried beef, lamb and pork belly. As standard your dish comes with seasonal vegetables, but Yorkshire puddings cost extra alongside things like cauliflower cheese and pigs in blankets.

Our food came incredibly quick, like slightly creepily quick, as if they MUST have been psychic because it pretty much arrived hot and yummy as Miz got back to the table from ordering at the bar. Totally mental, but really impressive. Drinks menu is less impressive, they have all the bases covered but would be awesome to see more craft beers and unsual, small branded drinks as well as the famous ones, this seems to be something that a good chunk of Brighton pubs haven’t caught onto yet.

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The portion size is massive, presented in the apparently fashionable way of stacking it high and hiding everything underneath all the meat. Don’t know why they do this, guess it fits more on the plate, but personally I’d rather that it was presented all evenly spread on the plate instead, but it’s not a massive deal.

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We got about two good sized roast spuds, two roast parsnips, mashed sweet potato, brocolli and cabbage (yuck!). The Yorkshire Pudding was MASSIVE but very rustic and homemade. The meat was decent quality and cooked well, the beef slightly pink in the middle, my only problem with the meat was that it was sliced really thin, I’d prefer to have less sliced thicker personally. Miz had the pork belly, which I was very jealous of, it was probably the best pork I’ve ever tasted and I would definitely have that for myself next time, very juicy and tender.

Overall, awesome and very good value at £9.95 each with sides for about 75p each, so totally fair. I’d prefer thicker cuts of meat and I’d prefer if they didn’t play the football as this does kind of put a downer on an otherwise beautifully stunning and quirky venue. We’d definitely go back and hopefully have a pudding next time too as that menu looks mega. Also keen to check out their pub quiz!

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Riddle and Finns on the Seafront, Brighton

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At the end of November, me and Miz celebrated a year since our first date with a special lunch out. We left the house without much plan and ended up ticking off a Brighton Bucketlist Restaurant off the list in the form of famous Oyster and Champagne restaurant Riddle and Finns. They have two locations in Brighton, one tucked away in the Laines and one in the glorious seafront with a view of the old pier, if you get a seat up stairs and the weather is clear the view is incredible!
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First off, I’m very happy to say that despite the high brow, super classy look of this place it wasn’t at all intimidating to visit, the staff were super welcoming and chatty, we didn’t feel awkward like we did walking into some other possible eateries that day. The Riddle and Finns seafront restaurant is quite small, so I would imagine that at peak time you would be best to book, but on a weekday lunchtime it was easy to just walk in off the street and get seated right away. PLUS, they gave us fresh baked bread with dips and this always pleases me, I could eat endless bread and spread and this was particularly nomilicious.

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As many of you will know, I used to be such a fussy eater, so to finally be at a stage where I can go somewhere like this and actually choose something and actually eat and enjoy it is quite amazing. Anyway, because we were on a budget and wanted to try a couple of things we opted to get a couple of sides and appetizers instead of a main, this is a great option too as the portions are really decent and for lunch this works great. Here’s the pan fried scallops with chilli and chorizo, isn’t it pretty? Also delicious, really enjoyed this and can 100% confirm that I now like scallops, I think this was the second time ever that I had tried them.

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Next up, was Miz’s seasonal choice of Razorclams cooked in white wine. These ones looked less appetising to me, but Miz really enjoyed them, I only tried one and they weren’t for me, I think this is part due to them being cooked with onions (which I hate) and in white wine which I’m also not a fan of. Either way, awesome to find out what these tasted like after picking up the empty shells on the beach so often as a kid.

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Half a pint of prawns didn’t sound too challenging, FYI it’s more than you think it’s going to be. Here’s another first for me, I’ve had prawns before but have never had them cold or with their shells intact. They look so freaking weird and I’m pretty sure I would not have ever tried these before, I’m proud to say that I nommed up more than half of these. Even with their weird little beady eyes, totally delicious.

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The bill came to around £40, which considering the amazing service, beautiful setting and incredible quality of food seems completely fair. If you had more of a budget though you could easily spend around £100 for a meal for two, that might happen one day, but right now I’m totally happy with this for a fancy lunch option and will definitely visit again for another special occasion.

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Lucky Beach Burger, Brighton

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So as you know since we’ve moved to Brighton we’ve been on the hunt for a burger that can beat some of our favourite places in London (namely MEATmission, Lucky Chip and Burger Bear), so far it seems that the Brighton trend is much more about local ingredients and having a British take on things, but we hadn’t found a good, juicy, dirty burger like we were used to in London until now.

This weekend, after continued research into the Best Burger in Brighton we were prompted to visit Lucky Beach, which is on the beach, believe it or not! A first glance it doesn’t look like much, you wouldn’t think it was much of a restaurant as it looks much like many of the bars that are in the arches along the main straight of Brighton beach.

However, we were pretty darn happy with the food discovery! Not only did we get to sit on the flipping beach to eat, we were greeted with just the sort of burger we’ve been looking for: juicy, messy to eat and crammed full of flavour and toppings.

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I went for the El Diablo, because I just can’t resist a chilli burger. On this beauty you get two patties with their extra hot chilli butter, which was delicious. Not as spicy as the MEATmission Green Chilli Burger, but very tasty. Plenty of cheese and veg too, but the tastiest thing in this creation was the demi-brioche bun dotted with poppy seeds, it’s super soft but not soggy, just the right amount of sweet and just perfect. My only complaint is that my burgers weren’t big enough to fill the whole bun which meant I ended up with lots of spare bread. I think this was just testament to the fact that it’s all hand made though, as Miz’s burger didn’t have the same problem.

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Oh man! The chips were just perfect, skin on fries with smoked aoioli, and a really decent portion for your money. Everything was tasty and the beach side location is a mega bonus. Everything came in good time, with excellent and friendly service and you can each for about £10 each, which is awesome. Drinks wise there isn’t the best selection of beer (we like craft beer and apparently this hasn’t caught on in a big way in Brighton just yet) but they do have a lovely selection of classic and original cocktails which are always a good alternative. Overall, I think we have another contender for the Best Burger in Brighton.

What’s your favourite burger place? 

Where’s the best burger in Brighton?

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