Last night I had the opportunity to join my fabulous friend H out a quick bite to eat. We decided to try a relatively new place in town, which belongs to a local chain of restaurants.
I had been sent a lovely dress and cape by the amazing Dolly and Dotty, (which I will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks) and I decided to give it his debut.
The beautiful floral dress and little red cape was a perfect outfit for the night, so adding my matching accessories, off I went!
Franks Burgers is as the name suggests a Burger restaurant, and is the 5th in the chain, opened in our local theatre. We arrived around 730pm and were greeted warmly by the female staff member and shown to our table.
Franks is a smallish restaurant, but is very light and airy, with high ceilings and a lot of natural light. It is lovely, clean and fresh with a great decor including the company logo.
We ordered a couple of drinks and started perusing the menu. Their starter menu is relatively small, with a choice of 6 starters and 4 sharing options. The choice is great though, with mini sausages, baked camembert and chicken wings to name a few.
The main course has a lot more choice, with there being 13 burger options, and 9 “not” hamburgers. These include foot long hot dogs, falafel burgers and even halloumi and red pepper patties.
Both Helen and I went for the Mini sausage starter, hers with Barbecue sauce, and mine with honey and mustard. The was all cooked fresh, and presented very well, with a side garnish of tomato, sliced red onion and gherkin. The sausages however, were not very mini! They were full size chipolata’s, which for those with a big appetite would be great.
Now, even though I am a large lady, I don’t have a matching appetite. By the time I had eaten the 5 chipolatas, I was quite full! I was actually questioning whether I would be able to manage my main course. H however was ready for more.
Approximately 10 minutes later, our burgers arrived. I had opted for the “Guildhall Fundamental” which consisted of a red onion and coriander burger, served with lettuce, cheddar, a fried egg and a sweet onion and tomato relish. All the main courses are served with bottomless skin-on fries and a salad garnish.
H opted for the Swashbuckler – A burger with Monterey Jack cheese, onions, lettuce, gherkins, ketchup and mustard. A real tasty bite.
We had decided to share a portion of creamy coleslaw and some homemade onion rings. This was a fabulous idea as they were both amazing! The coleslaw was so creamy and rich, and the onion rings huge and very crispy.
My burger was fabulous, but I wasn’t a personal fan of the sweet onion and tomato relish. This is possible due to the fact that I don’t like tomatoey things. I can’t even bear ketchup! I don’t think this is a fault of the restaurant however, more my own personal taste.
The chips were absolutely fantastic and being bottomless, if you have a huge appetite they will be right up your street. However, I am useless when it comes to big meals and managed to eat 3/4 of my burger, and left half my fries. To be honest, I KNEW I shouldn’t have had that starter!
We spent a little while chatting and chilling out, as the restaurant is really relaxing and comfortable to be in. We had a refill of our drinks, and decided to give the dessert menu a go. There was a lovely choice on the menu, including several choices of ice cream flavours made locally.
We opted for the home made raspberry pavlova, and a vanilla cheesecake. To be honest, my eyes really were too big for my belly and I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat it. But I had to try. The pavlova looked amazing, circles of handmade pavlova with plump raspberries and cream. It really looked fabulous.
My cheesecake was a decent sized invidual portion, and was very creamy and really tasted of vanilla. I wasn’t so keen on the base as it was quite soft and I like my bases quite crunchy, but again it is all personal choice. The actual cheesecake layer was extremely tasty!
We managed to spend a lovely couple of hours at the restaurant, before it was finally time to say goodbye.
So, my overall impression of Frank’s was that it was pretty fabulous. Would I have a starter next time….. Probably not!
There are a few other choices on the menu that I quite fancy, so It won’t be too long before there is a return visit.
All in all, it was a perfect Tuesday night out with a fantastic friend, good food, and great conversation.