The Grazing Shed (Burgers) – Cardiff, Wales
THIS RESTAURANT HAS SINCE CLOSED DOWNHALAL STATUS Fully Halal (Clear Water Way branch only) • Other branches Halal chicken only (prepped & cooked separately)
While this pop-up branch in Cardiff has closed down since our visit, we wanted to share this review on account of the effort the brand has expended in sourcing “only the finest quality locally sourced ingredients”.
Despite this being the only venue which offered a fully Halal menu, The Grazing Shed does cater for Halal chicken (prepped and cooked separately) at its four other locations across the Welsh capital. The menu across all branches are the same. The one we visited on Clear Water Way opened in March 2018 near Cardiff City Stadium.
More uniquely, The Grazing Shed isn’t just built on burgers alone but “Super Tidy Burgers”, which are said to be made “in a fraction of the time” to similar such burgers, thanks to “pioneering production methods” that promise a “rapid dining experience”.
As such, while there’s only a few starters to choose from at this 50-cover venue, there’s nothing more, not even a dessert menu, to speak of.
These refill fizzy drinks are all exclusive to The Grazing Shed branch. Although less fizzy than expected, with most of the flavours being quite novel, Cherry Blackwell (also available in diet version) was for us the best one.
And while the rest, such as Strawberry & Elderflower and Orange Passionfruit & Jasmine, were all decent enough, there are far more satisfying drinks on the market.
As perfect as the sauces generously coating these rustic fries were, with plenty of gooey cheese covering a layer of sour cream and cajun mayo, these will certainly prove a heavy starter.
And though this’ll probably fulfil your daily calorie intake, we did enjoy the smoky aftertaste delivered by the Halal crispy bacon bits crumbled over the top. Quite delicious!
We’re guessing this is the lighter alternative to the above; and certainly the right choice if you don’t enjoy smoky Halal Turkey bacon.
Whatever you do choose though, you won’t be disappointed with either one.
The Grazing Shed offers two types of burgers. The first are those unique to their respective category: Beef, Chicken, Veggie, and Vegan; and the second are those consistent across each category where, aside from the patty, all condiments utilised are the same. Of course, we tried at least one from each section.
Add to this the freshness of the other condiments, including a sweet and mildly spicy inhouse mango sauce, which married really well with the smokiness imparted by the crisped-up bacon, and we had a burger that hit the high notes.
If there was a word of criticsim, however, it’s that the beef patty was somewhat lost in translation, perhaps owing to the fact that it was well done and, thus, not as juicy as it should have been.
Let’s face it, how many burger joints do you know of that offer such a Far Eastern combo?
And this Yokozuna! Chicken was wonderfully cooked, being soft and succulent, with a beautiful dark glaze that offered a touch of heat and some sweetness courtesy of the teriyaki sauce.
A simple enough burger done very well, which allowed the flavours to do the talking.
Always good to see any venture showing philanthropic support of charities while doing what they do best.
In the case of this Vegan burger, it’s actually named after Welsh celebrity chef and professional skateboarder, Matthew Pritchard. Not only is this Pritchard’s Dirty Vegan endorsed by him, but a percentage of the profits from this purchase go to charity. Happy days!
As for the burger itself, then it houses a big, thick curry-infused patty, which, while offering good flavour, was sandwiched in between a generous amount of sweet mango and chilli sauces, some garlic mayo, and topped by red onions that didn’t quite achieve that textural contrast this soft burger required. Nevertheless, one of the better vegan burgers we’ve thus far had this year.
This quirkly named Veggie Bunga was arguably the barest of the burgers, visually speaking; and, we have to say, a tad dear too given its simplicity.
The blue cheese fondue was judged perfectly, being powerful enough to properly counter both the tangy heat of the so-called Boom Boom and Cajun mayos, as well as the sweetness of the caramelised red onion confit, while all the while adding a piquant edge to this burger’s flavour-profile.
As for the chunky patty, then this had a nice, delicate crispy exterior, which kept things interesting.
The superslaw was neither exciting nor super, if we’re being honest. While one Lion enjoyed its freshness, another would have preferred this with a little more sauce.
Perhaps the addition of apple slices might elevate this above the ordinary to match the innovative streak aimed for by the restaurant.
Can’t deny the quality of The Grazing Shed’s fantastic homemade sauces though. These were so good that we honestly couldn’t pick a winner. If we had too though, then the avocado mash was quite unique, and one we enjoyed with the fries.
- NO/ NO
- DISABLED FACILITIES
- CHILD SEATING
In any case, what makes The Grazing Shed worth reviewing is the thought and consideration put into both their burgers and their "eat fast" concept, which aims at delivering a "rapid dining experience".
But, while the idea is good in principle, we did feel that in order to maintain this fast turn over, some of the burgers were adversely impacted. Our most obvious criticism was with the precooked beef and chicken patties, which, when recooked, culminated in them turning out quite dry for us. Otherwise, there's no doubting the effort expended in sourcing quality local ingredients, the making of inhouse condiments, and the creation of what are, overall, innovative burgers.
While the drinks were decent enough, the menu is short and sweet, with a few options for starters, though no desserts to speak of. All in all, these are some of the better burgers on the Halal market and, unless someone begs to differ (let us know in the comments below), the best in Cardiff.
The Grazing Shed offers local delivery between the hours of 17:00 and 23:00, with a 10% discount for students.
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The Grazing Shed
25 Clear Water Way, Cardiff, CF23 6DL
T: +44 (0)7599 882 363 | W: thegrazingshed.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00