It’s very odd, since Beardy Fiance and I weren’t dating back when we both lived in Dublin (we attended the same university, albeit at different times) – London is very much “our” city, the place we discovered together. So it was a bit different to try out some restaurants together while in Dublin together. Some I knew about, some he knew about – but it’s fun to share the places we each enjoyed in college. As I’m a recovering fast food addict, his are certainly nicer than mine – but in my defence, I lived in the city as a university student, while he was an adult.
So when we were looking for a convenient location to meet up with a friend, he was eager to suggest we meet at The Counter in Dundrum Town Centre, a place he really enjoys. After assuring me that I could get my cheeseburger with American cheese (a weakness – to me, it’s not a real cheeseburger without American cheese), we met Beardy Best Man Pete on a chilly, windy New Year’s Day.
I wasn’t familiar with The Counter, despite it being an American burger chain, but apparently, it is popular in California. I liked the idea behind it – you’re able to design your own burger from a range of options, including meat size, type of meat, toppings, sauce and type of bun.
Beardy Fiance and Beardy Best Man Pete started off by sharing a plate of wings – I’m not a wing fan, but Beardy Fiance, who does not really like spice, expressed his appreciation for the non-too spiciness of them.
Beardy Fiance had a cheddar cheese burger, with fried onions, croutons, lettuce and red relish. Weird? Yes, but the thing about the Counter is that all the weird combinations you may have envisioned can come true.
So out of the three of us, Beardy Best Man Pete decided to take full advantage of the crazy menu – including red onions, beetroot (like in red velvet cake?), lettuce, tomato, pineapple and bacon. That is definitely a unique burger.
I was not asked to review my meal at The Counter and all opinions are my own (or that of Beardy Fiance and his Best Man.)