Last night I was invited to the launch of Ninja Burger at late night bar No28 in Newcastle City Centre to test out their menu. Good excuse for a date night for me and G, so with the sister at home babysitting, we headed over to find out what it was all about.
We’ve never been to No28 before but we both fell in love with the place as soon as we went inside. Armed with our complimentary glass of fizz we took a seat and admired the place whilst we waited for the food to be dished up. The atmosphere of the bar is so relaxed and the decor is really quirky- we were sat next to a tree!
It wasn’t long before the first batch of sliders were revealed and they looked amazing! The thing about Ninja Burger is that they use fantastic local ingredients- the beef is prepared by Charlotte’s Butchery in Gosforth and the butter enriched Brioche buns are from the Geordie Bakers in Kingston Park. The burgers are cooked ‘sous vide’ (under pressure) where they are placed in a water bath for 95 hours or more (crazy right?!) at a regulated temperature of 55.6 degrees and the chicken is brined for that extra succulence and marinated in buttermilk and fried in popcorn crust. I kid you not- actual popcorn crust!
Now as far as cooking methods go, they clearly have it down to a tee because what we tasted was absolute PERFECTION. Everytime we go out for food G is guaranteed to get a burger but after sampling the sliders, and a full size one once all the photo’s had been snapped by everyone, he declared that these were the best burgers he’d ever tasted. I have to agree. The beef was ridiculously tender and juicy and packed full of flavour and the sauces, especially the mustard, worked so well and complimented it perfectly. The Brioche buns were so fresh too, no microwaved rubbish like you get elsewhere!
The chicken was just as succulent as the beef which we were really surprised at because we both usually find chicken burgers to be quite dry. As you can see by the photo’s I wasn’t lying about the popcorn coating- it was so so good and again works ridiculously well, giving the burger just the right amount of crunch.
After our menu tasting and a few glasses of fizz we had a bit of entertainment in the form of eating challenges. The first one was a heat challenge made up of chicken goujons laced with Ghost Chilli’s but none of the lads seemed too bothered by it- not even the chilli shot they were given at the end! The second challenge was to see who could eat the most full size burgers within 3 minutes (ended up being 4 because everyone was too busy watching the lads struggle!). I have to give a shout to the bloke with the microphone though- he totally made the entertainment and had everyone laughing.
Ninja Burger will have a permanent home at No28 and also cater for events and local pop-ups. As you can see by the photo above there are also options on the menu to suit vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. It was a great night and we thoroughly enjoyed it- perfect date night for us! We will be back for Ninja Burgers and drinks at this fantastic venue- I can’t wait to try the Dirty Fries!
You can find Ninja Burger on Facebook here.
Mother Hermit xx