Review of Chef & Brewer Cajun Chicken
What they say:
A flattened Cajun-spiced chicken breast topped with mango salsa and sliced avocado. Served in a toasted brioche bun with chips, crispy thick cut onion rings and Cajun mayo.
Calories: 1,097 kcal.
We went back to the Bell Tree in Dundee, one of the nationwide chain Chef & Brewer. They’ve recently launched a new menu, including the aforementioned Cajun Chicken and Avocado Burger. The Wagyu burger I had before, is still there on the menu.
Now, the visit actually began the evening before, looking at the menu online. Warspite and Valiant (who go to the Bell Tree quite often) commented that the so-called “new” menu involved moving around and re categorising dishes, and putting the prices up. I don’t know if that’s actually the case, but it looked comprehensive and reasonably enough priced.
Although, Commodore Jr commented that his favourite spaghetti bolognese from the children’s menu hadn’t made a return.
So, having had beef last time, I decided to have chicken. This one is supposedly Cajun spiced, which sounds rather nice, along with avocado, which I don’t think I’ve ever had on a burger. On the online menu anyway, with the exception of the gourmet burger and the veggie option, cheese seems to be rationed on the burger menu.
Anyway, my chosen burger has mango salsa, and I’ve had a mango-based sauce before, on the Love From The Streets jerk chicken burger, and it was marvellous. So, high hopes.
It’s served on a brioche bun, with onion rings, chips and honey & chipotle mayo, which sounds really rather nice.
|Cajun Chicken and Avocado Burger…|
Britain has a lot of large pub chains, but Chef and Brewer is at the top end. You can see that in the decor and the menu – it’s more than just your basic chain pub stuff in both respects. The Bell Tree also has a small bar area with a fireplace and comfortable armchairs which looks very inviting.
The meals took a little while to arrive, but when they did I was quite impressed with the presentation of mine. The burger itself was quite basic – a grilled piece of chicken on a bun with lettuce and tomato. The honey mayo, mango salsa and onion rings were all separate.
|Irrelevant avocado isn’t an issue…|
It’s called a chicken and avocado burger, but while the piece of grilled chicken was very generous, the avocado was not. Three meagre slices hidden inside the bun. For reasons that will soon become obvious, I think this should be called the chicken, honey and mango burger.
The limited avocado was instantly moot when I spread the two little pots of sauces over and bit in. These were really good. I even forgot that there was no cheese. The mango salsa was sweet of course, and the honey chipotle mayo had a delightful kick to it. I simply didn’t taste the avocado at all, but didn’t miss it. The salsa, and I’m sure glad they didn’t go for a more standard tomato one, gave a lovely exotic nudge to the burger, while the pairing of honey and chipotle was pretty inspired, adding both heat and a gooey stickiness.
|Good standard of chicken…|
I did take the tomato out, but if you like tomatoes, this one looked fresh and juicy. The grilled chicken was also good. I tend to prefer thigh to breast for taste, but this was pretty good, and had the typical black grill lines across it.
The bun wasn’t an award winner, but was good enough and big enough to hold everything in, and the lettuce was plentiful. The real winners here were the sauces though and elevated this from an ordinary chicken burger into one you’d definitely want to have again.
|Winning combination of sauces…|
And at £10.99 (plus £1 to upgrade from regular chips to either triple cooked chips or sweet potato fries), it’s pretty reasonable too. I had the sweet potato fries and really loved them. Warspite and Valiant both had the mashed potato which they were also happy with.
So, thanks to Chef and Brewer for inviting us back. It just goes to show that we all deserve second chances and that in places with extensive menus, there are going to be some hits and some misses, and this one was a hit.
|I’ll take a bite out of you…|