The Bard’s Burger at Tempus

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Last night I headed along to Tempus along with Laura, Lynne and Kirsty for a wee pre-Burns Night treat. We were invited to go along and sample the special “Bard’s Burger” which is being served until Sunday in honour of everyone’s favourite poet and ladies man, Rabbie Burns.

We started off with a drink from the cocktail menu; I went for a Schnapp Happy (always fun to say) which was a blend of vodka, peach schnapps, peaches, strawberries and ginger ale. Delish. Whilst we sipped our cocktails, our waitress brought a lovely selection of bread for us to get stuck into. In hindsight, filling up on loads of bread before eating a massive burger probably wasn’t the wisest plan, but it certainly was a tasty plan. It wasn’t long before our main course was served, and all our eyes lit up at the sight of the burgers.

The Bard’s Burger is made from haggis and venison and is served inside a toasted bun with melted cheese, gherkins, tomato and fresh salad. This was seriously the biggest burger I think I’ve ever eaten, so meaty! I love both haggis and venison, but they’re both quite strong flavours so I wasn’t sure how they would go together in a burger; turns out, they work really well together and produced a really tasty, juicy burger. I really liked the way the burger was served, with the top part of the bun flipped upside down and the salad leaves on top – no soggy salad here! Alongside the burger was a turnip and redcurrant chutney which tasted amazing. It was nice and tangy and was great smothered on the burger. There were also “jenga” chips (took me an embarrassingly long time to work out why they were called jenga chips… I think it’s fairly obvious now seeing these photos!) drizzled in balsamic glaze and sprinkled with sea salt. I’m usually not a fan of chunky chips, but these were so so good. The outside was nice and crispy and the inside perfectly fluffy. The burger costs £15 and I think you definitely get your money’s worth – soooo much food, we weren’t even able for dessert!

The Bard’s Burger is available until Sunday 26th January, but if you don’t have time to make it along for this special haggis and venison concoction, the usual Crombie’s beef burger is available on the Tempus menu all year round. I’ve been to Tempus a couple of times now and the food is always great, I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in the city centre.

I’ll leave you with a bit of Burns wisdom in time for Burns Night tomorrow:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

Gillian x

Gillian

Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

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