Waterfront Stack – A fat stack of 8oz beef patty, smoked bacon, onion rings, mac and cheese, all served with baby gem lettuce, beef tomato & dill gherkins stacked high in a brioche bun and accompanied with fries
Price of burger: £13.00
The more time I dedicate to the Burger Journal, the more I find myself looking for new locations to go for a meal. And when I do find somewhere new, it’s great. One prime example of this is The Waterfront.
I’ve been here numerous times on nights out and for post-work drinks, but never for food. So when a friend of my wife’s came to Shrewsbury for the weekend and we were hunting for somewhere to eat after a cold pint on a hot day, The Waterfront seemed like the perfect place.
The Waterfront (as the name suggests) looks out over the River Severn with areas to eat outside. But on a hot Saturday – like the one we went on – you’re lucky to get a seat so, instead, we meandered inside; which wasn’t all bad as it was nice and cool.
The Waterfront is just down the road from the Armoury and has a similar interior; the walls are covered in books and there are numerous leather armchairs to have a relaxing pint in. Although I must admit, it is a little strange visiting a place with pictures of pheasants on the walls, only for it to transform into a night club in the evening. It’s almost like two people got together; one called Geoff who wanted an old style rustic pub theme, and the other called Wayne who wanted an all-out night club. In the end, they couldn’t agree so they just thought “We’ll do both”. That being said – and credit where credit’s due – it does do a good job of being both.
Looking at the menu, it didn’t take long for me to locate the burger section and, although is wasn’t vast, I had no problem in finding one that looked like it was right up my street. The ‘Waterfront Stack Burger’ is a fat 8oz beef patty, smoked bacon, onion rings, mac and cheese, all stacked high in a toasted brioche bun – bloody smashing!
Now, as I have professed before (and this is still the main reason why The Alb tops my ‘Burger Hall of Fame’), I love a burger that is better than the sum of its parts. By this, I mean that everything comes together and is complemented in such a way that sets it apart from other burgers. That being said, I also like a burger that’s a bit “different”. So when I saw that, instead of cheese (which is a staple on 90% of burgers these days), there was mac and cheese instead, I couldn’t resist!
The wait was agonising but not overly long and, when the burger arrived, I was chuffed to bits – I mean, look at it for goodness sake! Served on a slate, the burger was indeed stacked high and stabbed with a knife as though to prevent it from darting off the plate. The chips also looked impressive; I have become partial to a skin-on fry of late – as my waistline will attest!
I had to start by dismantling the burger. As I was with my two companions, I thought it best not to bury my face into it, at the risk of seeing disapproving faces looking back at me in horror. I began with the ma-hoo-sive onion ring which merely whet my appetite until there was nothing else for it; I was going in!
As I had hoped, the mac and cheese did not disappoint. Tasty and creamy, the cheese portion was not stingy and I managed to get a taste in every mouthful. The burger patty itself was thick, juicy and succulent (not greasy whatsoever). The brioche bun was also delicious! Sometimes I find that toasted buns can become a little dry but I’m happy to report that was not the case here.
When coupled with the large portion of chips, this meal was a hell of a bargain at £13. Yes, I know, £13 is a lot. But for what you get compared to other places with similar price tags (*ahem* looking at you Boathouse), it really was great value for money.
I still maintain that The Waterfront has something of a split personality and, as a result, it’s not likely to be everyone’s cup of tea. But in this case, the burger was of such a calibre that it truly does deserve it’s top 3 position in my ‘Burger Hall of Fame’ – nice work, guys!
Entire meal 9.3