Burgers at KerbEdge, Sheffield
The New York style burger joint, KerbEdge recently opened it’s Sheffield restaurant and as I found myself in town on a Saturday, I decided to take my Dad for lunch to escape the wet weather.
The restaurant is located at West One (at what used to be the Anchorage Bar), the interior is similar to what I remember, dimly lit with dangling light bulbs, comfy booths upstairs and wooden tables and floors.
KerbEdge started life selling handcrafted burgers from their retro HY Citroen van at markets and festivals, then went on to run the kitchen at the Head of Steam in Hull. Late last year they opened their first restaurant on Princes Avenue, Hull, and this was followed swiftly by their second venue in Sheffield in February 2018.
We were warmly welcomed, although we were the only customers, it is early days though and they had only opened the day before. As we took our seats, we were told it was a limited menu until the next week when the full one would be available.
There were a handful of burgers to choose from, I went for the classic KerbEdge (£8) – beef patty, rocket, Monterey Jack cheese and smoked bacon. My Dad chose the Firebird (£8) – marinated chicken with hash brown, hot sauce and Pepper Jack cheese – both served sandwiched in a toasted brioche bun. We decided to go for the indulgent option and had the ‘fat’ chips to share (£5!!!), scattered with their legendary chip spice.
The service was slick and we didn’t have to wait long for our food, the burgers were simply presented wrapped up in branded paper and the chips were served on a tray. Our server explained that this was to save on plastic and that even the cutlery was made of biodegradable cornstarch. This is all commendable, although when I asked for sauces, we got sachets of BBQ sauce. Is this the most environmental option? Then we were told they didn’t have any vinegar, again it is early days…so this may have been a temporary glitch.
The KerbEdge was a decent burger served in a soft brioche bun, the beef patty was juicy and well-seasoned, topped with bacon, rocket and oozing Monterey Jack cheese. What can I say, it is a classic combination which works. Napkins were required as I chose to get hands on with my burger and it did get messy.
My Dad said his Firebird chicken was one of the best burgers he has had, there was a generous portion of chicken, which he said was succulent and full on flavour from the marination. I am still not sure about a hash brown in a burger though.
The skin on chips (always a winner) were cut so they had deep grooves which gave you crispy corners and plenty of surface area for the coating of the famous Hull chip spice. I think we could have gone for a smaller portion between us for £3, as it was an epic pile of chips.
The vibe was relaxing at KerbEdge, service attentive (we were the only customers though…), the burgers ticked the boxes on flavour and hit the spot for some winter comfort food. Is £8 a bit pricey for a burger in Sheffield? Let’s see how things progress. I feel that I need to return to see the full menu and go when there are more folks in, so I can get a proper feel of the place. For now, I wish KerbEdge well and i’ll be watching this burger shaped space.