The title of this review should probably be ‘not another burger and pizza restaurant’, but that’s far too harsh for Foundry 39, the laid back industrial venue on Queensferry Street. This was actually my third attempt to get a table here after a refurb and a slightly awkward un-invite from their launch party…and yes, a small part of me said don’t bother. But I’m glad I did; the burger was spot on.
I more or less live off of pizza, so I quite sensibly opted for a classic burger and chips with a cold Innis and Gunn. Our waiter was great, and as we were there just before seven we could still get free sides with our burgers. Can I take this moment to recommend the tomato and parmesan doughballs as a starter? Just do it.
I realised that this was the first time in a long time that I’d had a burger with a sesame seed bun – everywhere else likes to do brioche buns. We had fries and sweet potato chips as sides; and if I’m back it’ll be extra sweet potato – they’re so moreish.
Dessert was going to be a gamble. I don’t know about you but I find that a lot of casual restaurants lose marks with their sweet stuff, so it’s usually a good idea to just stop after the mains and then go find an ice-cream parlour. Foundry 39 is one of those places in my opinion, and Josh agreed. I tried the ricotta and nutella pizza bites which I left mostly unfinished. It didn’t taste like nutella, more like a generic chocolate sauce drizzled over slightly bland doughballs.
Nevermind, it’s a burger and beer kind of place.