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No, I hadn’t drank half of my milkshake before realising I forgot to take a photo (that usually happens but not on this occasion). It arrived half full.

Peanut butter ice cream strawberry milkshake Bonfire restaurant review
Ahem. So will the rest of my milkshake be arriving soon or…?

Which is a shame because my PBJ (Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Strawberry) milkshake was delicious. I almost finished it before the burger arrived (although I guess there wasn’t that much…). It still had that strong taste of peanut butter, but a hint of sweetness from the strawberries. However, at £4.95 the price is comparable to other milkshakes like Gourmet Burger King yet they offer twice the quantity – what gives! Or at least serve it in a smaller cup!

Other milkshakes on the drinks menu sound equally delicious – Salted Caramel, Chocolate Fudge, Cookies and Cream (I wonder if it’s as good as Fatburger’s milkshake) and Vanilla.

Bonfire’s menu of burgers is a little less exciting compared to the milkshakes. They offer three fairly standard ‘classic’ options, a combination of tomato, lettuce, onions, cheese and mayo. While vegetarians have a choice of grilled halloumi or a veggie patty.

I was torn between the more interesting sounding Smokie Burger (6oz burger, smoked cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce, BBQ sauce) and the Spicy Pig burger (6oz burger, BBQ pulled pork, green chillies and sticky BBQ sauce) – both £7.95. The mention of BBQ pulled pork swung it for me in the end. For more pulled pork burger goodness check out my reviews for Dixie Union, Ed’s Diner, ATE Street Food and Caboose.

Spicy pig burger Bonfire restaurant review
Stylish surroundings (you wouldn’t expect anything else from the Barbican Centre would you?) yet Bonfire remains relaxed and casual

The Spicy Pig burger really isn’t that spicy at all. The green chilli (not plural) pinned to the top of the burger (assuming this is for the benefit of those who don’t want it too spicy (but then why order the Spicy Pig Burger?)) offers a hint of heat at best, but calling the burger spicy seems a little misleading. The patty (which is made from cows who lived a happy life in the Lake District (it’s alright for some cows)) oozed juices, the sign of a well cooked and quality burger I’ve found. The pulled pork was a little dry (there didn’t seem to be a lot (if any) of the sticky BBQ sauce).

Spicy pig burger Bonfire restaurant Barbican review
Nippy would be more appropriate for the Spicy Pig Burger

In the end, Bonfire Restaurant and Bar showed only hints of a spark. It’s a lot like the frustration of a match that just refuses to light. It would have only taken a full glass of milkshake and adding spice to the burger to light my fire too. Still, Bonfire is a good option if you’re at the Barbican Centre for the theatre, art exhibitions and cinema. But it has all the makings of a casual and relaxed restaurant you’d visit when you’re not planning an evening at the Barbican Centre.

To order food, pick a table (and number) where you’ll see a check box menu slip to fill in and select your food and drink. Then take it to the counter to place your order. The large restaurant also has an equally large balcony with plentiful outdoor seating.

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