Last week I went to the launch of Ninja Burger at No. 28 – an award-winning bar above Newcastle’s Grainger Market. I’ve been to No. 28 a few times before, but mostly just for drinks and I had never thought of them as somewhere to grab food. That is all about to change with the launch of Ninja Burger, who want to create “the most delicious burger the city has ever seen”. There is certainly a lot of competition in Newcastle, as new burger restaurants are popping up left, right and centre. So how did Ninja Burger compare?
First up, we were served simple beef burgers, with the beef prepared by Charlotte’s Butchery in Gosforth and the brioche bun provided by The Geordie Bakers from Kingston Park. It’s great to see a local company using local suppliers and the meat and bread were both delicious.
The beef burgers were topped with lettuce and some delicious mustardy relish that tasted homemade and were cooked pink in the middle. Apparently the meat is the same concoction as Heston Blumenthal’s patties – about 50% shortrib, 25% chuck and 25% brisket. Now I might be a burger fan, but I have no idea what type of beef normally goes into the burgers I eat. All I can tell you is that it was tasty, tender and beautifully succulent.
After the beef burgers came the chicken option – and these were the real star of the show. The chicken is marinated in buttermilk and fried in popcorn, giving it an excellent combination of a juicy inner and a crispy outer. They were absolutely delicious.
The burgers are served in the same brioche bun as the beef burgers, with lettuce, mayonnaise and a sweet chilli sauce that was a great mix of sweet and spicy. I couldn’t tell whether it was homemade or not but it was very tasty.
If you fancy trying one of the Ninja Burgers then you can find them at their new home – No. 28 – you can thank me later. They are also planning on catering events and doing pop ups every now and then. Like their Facebook page to find out more!