You might consider the humble burger to offer little scope for creativity; a slice of meat between bread with maybe a topping and some sauce.
Almost Famous isn't the first to study the burger and open up the boundaries of what's possible. But, with the introduction of an outrageous new menu – to celebrate its first anniversary since arriving in Leeds – it has taken the concept to a whole new level.
Sure, what Almost Famous has done to palates and waistlines is also worth discussing, but the results of its new selection will leave you in equal parts contented and bemused.
There’s a maverick spirit to Almost Famous which results in experimentation bordering on recklessness.
Towering burgers with endless toppings dominate the menu: the ‘Good Morning America’ burger, for example, introduces the idea of mixing a cheese burger with Cheerios, streaky bacon and a strawberry Pop Tart. No, really.
The seven types of fries on offer are equally adventurous. Joining the likes of the 'LoveHate' (fries covered in Marmite butter) are the new 'Magic Waffle Fries': chips liberally sprinkled with popping candy. And why the hell not?
Vegetarians are also better catered for now, thanks to new addition of the 'Anna Nicole'. This is a three cheese toasted melt, topped with sun-dried tomatoes, jalapeno relish, drizzled with Million Island and Redneck BBQ sauces.
Elsewhere, new cocktails such as the ‘Famous Frickin' Swizzle’ (El Dorado rum, Velvet Felernum, mango jam, bitters, orange, lime, mint, club soda) show that the guys are interested in making the whole dining experience a taste extravaganza.
Almost Famous demonstrates that the taste possibilities are endless and what we thought was relatively simple is actually a blank canvas for opportunity. But has its revolutionary approach to burger making opened your eyes to something you didn’t realise you needed? Or has it simply taken things a step too far? That's for you to decide.
Almost Famous, 23-25 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3AL.
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