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Asado offers an alternative dining experience to the Bristol burger scene, writes Sammy Milton

Asado has caused quite a stir since arriving on the Bristol food scene recently. Meaning barbeque in Spanish, their influences are drawn from South America and they offer a very different burger experience.

They’ve set up shop on Colston Avenue, in the place of the previous Rosemarino branch, and have given it a complete makeover. There’s plenty of comfy seating, excellent Spotify playlists and cocktails aplenty – this is a great place to come for a Friday night catch-up with friends. 

Seated on a handy corner table where we could watch all the action happen, we settled down to peruse the menu. Short and sweet, it features four burgers and a list of sides that includes fries, courgette fritters, slaw, salad and chicken wings. The burgers all looked great, especially the vegetarian burger which is saying something coming from me, and we decided to go for a mix; the Asado burger (£7.50), with a beef patty, cheddar cheese, chimichurri, garlic mayonnaise and salad, and the limited edition Shots Fired burger (£11.00), the same but with the evocative additions of bone marrow, shoestring onions, pickles and blue cheese. 

The burgers arrived and we took a moment to take them in. Presentation wise, they were impressive; stacked high with oozing strings of cheese and fantastic sesame seed buns. The Asado burger was great – the meat was cooked medium rare (my personal preference), whilst the accompanying sauces offered a very different experience. Although there was a little too much chimichurri for my taste, the one thing that stood out was the quality of the beef. The guys here get their meat from Higher Hacknell, an award-winning farm in South Devon, and I can honestly say it was the best cooked burger I have ever eaten. The quality was outstanding. Hats off to them. 

The Shots Fired burger really stole the show, however. More of that fantastic beef, but dripping in rich bone marrow and the richness of the blue cheese really came through. The crispy onions added bite, and it was overall a winner. 

On the side we tried the fries (£2.50) and the spicy Colombian chicken wings with a coriander, mint and yogurt dressing (£5.00). The fries were salted with rosemary, and one portion alone is enough for three people. Cooked well, they had a delicate flavour, and were excellent for mopping up excess sauces and dips from the burgers.
The chicken wings were good, but didn’t stand out for me; however, I am not the biggest fan of coriander, so this was for personal reasons more than anything. 

Unfortunately they had run out of desserts – a supplier had left them in the lurch – but they had a peanut butter brownie and a banoffee pie glass on the menu that both looked exciting and delicious – no problem, we’ll just have to come back to try these.  

The overall experience of Asado was a positive one – the place is constantly buzzing with an excellent atmosphere, the food portions are generous and reasonably priced and their meat is top quality. They offer a thrilling twist on Bristol’s burger obsession, so come along and see for yourself. 

Asado, 90 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BB 

0117 927 9276

www.asadobristol.com 

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