When only a burger or two will do, intu Eldon Square's new joint smashes flavour out of the park with their super delicious patties...

Hang out

The new burger kid on the block in the all-singing-all-dancing foodie Grey’s Quarter in intu Eldon Square.

Decked out

Wooden tables, brick walls, oversized lamps and a touch of retro diner-chic in here. It’s the stuff of teen weekend dreams; a place to hang out, drink shakes and eat big patties. City-central means it’s a good place to take five when the shopping bags get heavy and you need sustenance. 


Your shakes are a cut above – made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream – choose from chocolate, strawberry, Oreo and chocolate Oreo. Indulge in a more grown up wine or prosecco if that’s your thing, or play with Coca Cola Freestyle touch-screen soda fountains, offering over 100 different fizzy combos. 

Food matters

The ‘smash’ in these burgers comes from the starting point of what’s essentially a meatball being ‘smashed’ onto a griddle to cook – so your burger is more misshaped rather than a pre-made, perfectly round burger. They’re thinner, but still juicy. You’ll find some nice combos such as juicy, grilled and crispy chicken breast sandwiches, a garlic-grilled portobello cap mushroom vegetarian burger and interesting sides like garlic and rosemary smash fries and crunchy veggie frites.

We ate

We sipped on a fruity and flavoursome strawberry shake (£4.50) as we waited for the main attraction. First up was the Avocado Club burger (£6.75/£8.25). This looked the business; the splayed burger on an open bun with fresh greens, crispy bacon and just-right avocado that made for a nice combination which didn’t go all mushy as you ate. The sweet potato fries (£3/£3.50) were also lovely – nicely seasoned and crisp and a nice alternative to regular fries with the vague notion of being healthy. Our chum close the classic Cobb salad (£8.85) – a mighty bowl filled with fresh greens, blue cheese, sharp cheddar, fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes and onion, topped with an extra of crispy chicken. A well-made gathering of fresh and filing flavours. Fair to say, Smashburger smashed it in the burger stakes. It’s an easy-breezy kind of place, cheery staff, relaxed atmosphere and good value for what felt like quality ingredients – and a handy spot should you be overcome by family shopping fatigue.

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