03 Apr Edinburger Quest: Braw
Relatively new to the Broughton/Bonnington landscape, Braw Burgers & Pizzas has occupied the space where the L’Antica takeaway used to be. Itself a take-out place, Braw specialises in pizzas, hotdogs and most popularly burgers and are very quickly making a name for themselves in the area.
As a combination of the patty, the toppings and the sauces, I doubt there is a better burger take-out in town that delivers more. Burgers are cooked as close to medium-rare as they can legally manage and seasoned well, the fat content seems enough to keep the burger juicy and the whole thing is edged off with a nice chargrilled smokiness.
The beef on its own is a fine combo of good locally-sourced produce with a hint of that guilty pleasure beefiness of any high street chain.
In a word: outstanding. Braw manages to combine the quality of your bespoke burger house with the lip-smacking awesomeness of a food truck. Patties are smashed but not to an uber-thin state, more somewhere around the medium mark, and are just glistening with juicy goodness. I’ve yet to double-up but what a moment that will be.
In three visits I am yet to double-up my burger. If that is not testament to how decent a portion a single-stacked patty is, I don’t know what else to say. Toppings are generous and evenly laid, making for a manageable, moreish, morsel that fits comfortably in two hands but doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard.
VARIETY / TOPPINGS
Beef, chicken, lamb, venison and veggie burgers all come in a wide variety of styles. I went for the Dangerous Burger, topped with smashed black pudding, thick-cut chorizo, unctuous cider onions (wow!) and slathered with homemade mustard. It was a thing of beauty, but if I had one quibble, the chorizo was a bit too thick and chewy and a thinner helping would have been better.
But one need only look at the ‘build-your-own’ section on their JustEat page to see the wide range of toppings and sauces on offer. Any first-timer must try the chipotle & lime mayo and every burger should be finished with those oh-so-tasty cider onions.
Massively thick cut chips, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and in three varieties: Cajun, peri peri and rosemary salt. Add to that cheese or chilli if you will, but simply on their own they are just delightful.
VALUE FOR MONEY
They don’t come much better. Braw averages £8 a burger, give or take a quid if you opt for lamb, venison, gluten free, etc. A massive portion of fries are anywhere between £3-5, and they even offer a meal deal of two burgers, two fries, slaw and two cans of juice for less than £20. Considering this place tops a lot of indie burger joints, where it costs anywhere upward of £12 for the burger alone, it’s an absolute bargain.
All in all, if you live in or around the Leith area, Braw needs to be on your radar. They need to do some work too, to ensure their survival in a most obscure of locations, but that could so easily be addressed by way of regular Twitter and Instagram updates, which I hope they become more proficient with.
There are plenty takeaways in Edinburgh for sure, but none that deliver burgers of this quality and consistency at such value. Pick the phone now!
Braw, 113 Broughton Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4EQ
0131 558 8908