Just Burgers and Beers
- Telephone 0131 226 1214
- Opening times Daily: 11am–11pm.
- Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Website www.justburgersandbeers.co.uk
For something so seemingly straightforward, the beer and burger combo is a tricky beast; done well it's alluring, but it just as easily slips into paint-by-numbers. This prominent Royal Mile operation certainly boasts all the requisite constituents to hit the high notes: fresh-baked glazed buns, hefty patties and an array of intriguing toppings, with some exotic refreshments on hand, but the menu – a mish-mash of fonts, rhyming slang and last year's internet memes – is the first hint that it's reproduction rather than Rembrandt. The Mac Attack, complete with breadcrumbed mac 'n' cheese fritter promises much, but the fritter is chewy rather than crispy, the inside claggy, while the burger it sits atop is overdone, although a homemade beer mustard adds kick. In terms of beers, there's an ample selection of bottles and cans, with some interesting serves littered among the selection, although only two are offered on draft. There's a level of satisfaction here, but like a sitcom episode where they re-live moments from past series, it's an empty one. It's hard to shake the sense that this Royal Mile burger bar is just a repackaging of other people's best bits.
- Open since: 2014