There’s no denying that the best thing about Christmas is the food. Pigs in blankets, roast dinners, Terry’s Chocolate Oranges… need I say more? I know plenty of you will be rolling your eyes at the thought of starting the festive eating already, but there’s only around five weeks left until Christmas. Five weeks! That’s a relatively short period of time when you have to fit in family dinners, work nights out, festive catch ups with friends and celebrations with your other-half, not to to mention actual Christmas itself.
Last week I headed along to Belted Burgers with Lauren and Louise to kick off the festive dining season. A burger restaurant might not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Christmas, so I was intrigued to see how they would work some of our favourite festive elements into their seasonal menu.
About Belted Burgers
Belted Burgers opened in Edinburgh a few months ago, following on from their successful restaurant in Carlisle where they perfected the Belted menu. Located on Frederick Street, it’s in the perfect location to stop for lunch whilst you’re Christmas shopping or for catching up with friends over dinner after work.
As it’s a basement restaurant, it feels nice and cosy and there’s plenty of wood, exposed brick and rustic touches. The whole restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of tables for dining and a nice bar area too. Edinburgh has seen a big increase in burger restaurants over the last couple of years, and Belted Burgers seems to be one of those places with the most personality. Something in particular which makes them stand out is the fact they use 100% prime Scottish beef in all their burgers, from their own herd of Belted Galloway cows (hence the name!) in Dumfries and Galloway.
Festive Dining at Belted Burgers
At the event, we sampled a few mini versions of some of the dishes on this year’s festive menu at Belted Burgers. To start, there were some deliciously crispy brie and cranberry wontons. I’m not a huge fan of brie in general, but when it comes with cranberry sauce and pastry I am ALL about that. These were the perfect little bites to get us in the festive spirit before moving on to the main event.
Next up we tried slider sized versions of two of the burgers from the Christmas menu. The beef burger was topped with pulled turkey (a surprisingly tasty combination!) and a mini pig in blanket, and the salmon burger was like a delicious cross between a burger and a fishcake with a wee bit of tangy tartare sauce. Both were really tasty and I’m trying to plan a return visit so I can try the full-sized versions! Also, the chips were incredible. They were so good that I failed to take a photo of them, they disappeared very quickly! They were sort of like thick cut crisps cooked like chips – trust me, you need to try them.
As well as the food, we were also treated to some festive cocktails. There were lots of different cocktails on offer (which I have managed to forget the names of… oops!), including a creamy eggnog concoction, a spiced pear cocktail and – my personal favourite – a Chambord hot chocolate. This one was a revelation. Seriously, so good – tasted just like a pink Quality Street!
Worth a Visit?
I was really impressed by Belted Burgers and I’m looking forward to going back again to try out more of the menu. The staff were really friendly and it was great to hear a bit more about the background of the business from the owner, plus the food and drinks were delicious. Next time you’re looking for somewhere to grab a burger in Edinburgh, I’d definitely recommend checking out Belted Burgers.
Have you been to Belted Burgers before?