Burger Bar Grill review
New eatery Burger Bar Grill is in a sensational location right in the heart of old Rome, next to Chiesa Nuova, just steps from the river Tiber and Castel Sant Angelo.
Strangely enough, it’s in a restaurant space which hasn’t always hosted long-lived concepts, almost wholly due to the fact that its street isn’t a natural thoroughfare.
However, positioned ten minutes walk from Piazza Navona, Campo de’Fiori and the Pantheon and standing just seconds from iconic shopping street Via del Governo Vecchio must count for something, while word of mouth should do the rest.
The restaurant venue is extremely handsome, boasting well-sized rooms on different levels, including an underground hall where pepper-studded hams are strung up to twirl invitingly above tables.
Burger Bar Grill’s USP is given away wholly by its name. Here, expect not just an impressive selection of grilled meats, but also the opportunity to grill them yourselves. Hotplates set in the table are lit for the second stage of dinner, allowing diners to truly take control of the cooking. More on that later.
Canadian and Italian ownership produces a pleasing mix of North American flavours and Italian flair, evinced by the ample menu.
Burger Bar Grill review – menu and prices
I defy you to try something from every page in this carb and meat-led fest, but if you’re up for it, here’s where to start: spicy chicken wings (€4) and skewers dipped in barbeque or spicy sauces (€4), plus chips laden with gravy – the Quebec dish Poutine – and deep-fried onion rings (€4).
Appetite permitting, you’ll probably want to go one of three ways next: order a handsome charcuterie selection, dive into the impressive burger menu or order from a serious selection of meats.
The burgers start at €4 for a 50g burger, ranging to €19 for a 500g helping of meat. Choose the bread, meat, cheese, salad, vegetables and dressings to make it truly unique.
If you’re ready to dive into the meat course, the DIY options are served in small strips – to grill yourself at the table. Otherwise, order it cooked in the kitchens, to have good-sized steaks or a range of grilled fish served at the table. These dishes are priced by the gramme, so ask your waiter.
The DIY grill option is a bit of fun, but I would personally order the meat cooked directly in the kitchens. The strips of meat were quite small, yet still took some time to prepare, leaving me a little impatient for the food. Some smoke and cooking smells at the table also put me off.
The desserts menu maintains the international vibe with rich caramel sauces and a range of options, although they are produced by cult Italian patisserie Sal De Riso.
I had a completely ingenious volcano cake, fashioned from a cone of chocolate sponge and hazelnut spread with a hefty dollop of pistachio cream at its heart like molten lava, and a grid of caramel sauce on the plate. The flavours were intense and the quality excellent, although it was a little too sweet for my taste.
A word about the drinks – while a full range of wines, beers and soft drinks are on offer, look out for the flavoured waters, which add a deliciously healthy touch to the table.
Similar to the water infusions that you find in posh spas or hotel wellness areas, here jars of water infused with fresh slices of lemon, ginger or cucumber, to name a few, contribute a wonderfully refreshing way to hydrate.
Members of your party who take the healthy high road can also make the most of a decent salad menu and choice of vegetable side dishes to ensure you are eating a balanced diet.
Overall, the impression was good, and I would recommend it for family eating as the relationship between quality and price on the ample menu was excellent.
Via dei Filippini, 4 | Rome | Tel +39 06 6880 8051
Testaccina was a guest of Burger Bar Grill