We eat out a lot. Sometimes for fun, other times as part of our work (which is also fun). The reason I mention is that there can be consequences… weight consequences. We also walk a lot which helps. But in August when it’s too hot to do as much walking as we’d like, the balance slips. This is where the 5:2 diet comes in.
Eat normally for five days and fast for the other two. It’s not a real fast, more eat a quarter of the average calories recommended for daily intake. We lump it all together in the one meal, dinner. But even then 500 calories doesn’t go far. It takes a lot of self discipline, but it works.
This week that self discipline was shredded by one thought which I voiced out loud late in the afternoon: ‘I fancy dumping the 5:2 tonight and going out to Blanco Burger Bar instead.’
Andy needed no further prompting.
An hour and a half later we were in the newest and funkiest burger joint in Puerto de la Cruz.
The Look – Blanco Burger Bar
Blanco Burger Bar opened only recently. The second we spotted it, just before it was due to open, we were keen to try it as the Blanco brand promises quality. Blanco Bar has been one of our favourite bars since it opened thanks to its stylish good looks and great live music. We haven’t tried Blanco Restaurant yet, but it’s on the list.
First impressions were that Blanco Burger was certainly attractive with quality decor – all primary colours with a clean and pleasing-on-the-eye design that succeeded at being both simple and creative. It felt like a comfortable space, helped by good music and staff that seemed happy, almost ecstatic in their work – singing along to the sounds.
Then came the innovative ordering process.
You get your ‘menu’ – a list which you tick, tick and tick to create your dream burger. It starts with whether you want it rare, medium or well done.
There’s a choice of beef, pork, salmon, chicken or vegetarian.
The basic €6.95 package covers burger with lettuce, relish (your choice), tomato and cheddar; a beer or water, and a handful of chips. You also choose what type of bun you want (ranging from classic to integral to bread suitable for people with celiac disease).
After that you can go crazy – fried eggs, avocado sauce, crispy onions, blue cheese, goat cheese, bacon etc. (these cost extra) – to end up with your customised, designer burger.
The salad menu works the same way.
It might sound complicated but it isn’t. You tick your boxes, give the slip to your waiter and wait.
Burgers and Food at Blanco Burger Bar
Designing your own burger is fun, but what about the finished product?
We’d both ticked ‘medium’ and that’s what we got, a beefy burger that was charred on the outside and pink in the middle. That in itself was impressive.
As for the burger, what can I say? It was simply a sensational burger – a chunky, quality pattie full of beefy flavour. It was seriously good, prompting a few embarrassing noises from our table with each bite. Thankfully most other diners were outside and, as it was too early for Canarios, the place wasn’t full.
Even though you get a handful of chips with the burger, we’d figured if you’re going to sin, do it properly and had added on a portion of papas gajo – thick, seasoned chips with a sweet curry sauce. They rounded things off just perfectly.
We had gone to Blanco Burger Bar with high expectations. The style and ambience, the presentation of the food and the burgers themselves all exceeded those expectations.
It’s funky and fun and has been added to the list of ‘where to take friends’ when we fancy some cool and casual dining.
Blanco Burger Bar, Calle Blanco 1, Plaza del Charco, Puerto de la Cruz; (0034) 922 380 698; open daily 9.30am to Midnight (2am Fri and Sat); burgers €6.95.
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