The burgers you get at Blas Burgerworks are a world away from the sad excuse for a beef patty that you get from fast food joints such as McDonalds or (the self proclaimed) Burger King.
Based on a small side street just up from the harbour area in St Ives, it'd be easy to miss or walk past with barely a second glance. It's a tiny place with three large tables which you share with other diners giving it the same sort of communal feel you get in a German bierkeller or restaurant. You're going to struggle to have a romantic meal where you can whisper sweet nothings into your partners ear here, mainly because you'll be doing the same thing to the people either side of you! It's also lacking a toilet so I'd recommend going before you arrive.
The food, as previously mentioned and as you can probably discern by the name, focuses on burgers that should make fast food joints and the late night post bevvie rat vans ashamed to use the same name for the foodstuffs they purvey. As well as a number of beef based burgers they also have chicken burgers, a variety of vegetarian burger options and local fish on the menu. I opted for the Bacon Cheeseburger which came with the option of Cornish Blue or Davidstow Cheddar (I chose the Cheddar) whilst my partner had the Cheeseburger which again had the two cheeses on offer and which in this instance came with the Cornish Blue (Cheese of the Year a few years ago apparently...) Fries were ordered separately and were presented in the same type of white tin mug that I remember from childhood... mainly because I'm sure my Grandparents used to leave their false teeth to soak overnight in them...
The taste difference between a Blas burger and a more run of the mill burger is phenomenal. This is a serious burger, well seasoned and cooked slightly on the pink side which I prefer but I know some people get squeamish about. It's reasonably thick but also quite wide meaning that it sits nicely in the bun rather than trying to hide in the middle. This is topped with mayonnaise, fresh salad and any additional ingredients that make up your particular burger. Other toppings (in our case some fresh chilli) can also be ordered. This means that you receive a pretty substantial burger when it arrives but it's easy enough to squash down so you can fit it in your mouth of if you can always eat it with a knife and fork is you wished. The fries/chips were also really nice as well. My partner travels to London a lot and often sings the praises of Byron Burger as being the best burger she's ever eaten... until last night, with the blue cheese (which I'd avoided as I was worried it would be overpowering) being one of the stars of the show due to it's subtlety.
The drinks menu is limited compared to some places but that's not always a bad think as it means you can't be overwhelmed. Personally I would've liked more choice in beers as there was only Cornwall Lager, Betty Stoggs Ale and a Cornish Cider (which is cider... not beer).
The staff are chilled and laid back whilst still providing a quick and efficient service. The kitchens small and the food is, of course, cooked to order so I'd imagine there would be a bit of a wait if they got a large party arriving at the same time but it shouldn't be too long - it's 'only' a burger! The convivial atmosphere was helped by the soul that was playing, helping enhance the places chilled vibe.
And finally the price. Even taking into account the quality of the food, the cost is bordering on being on the steep side but at the same time is comparable to Gourmet Burger Kitchen or Byrons with the added advantage of the fact you know it's local, can see them cooking it and it has it personality due to the character of the place itself. Whilst they have a set offer of a standard or bean burger, fries and either a lager or glass of wine for a tenner; if you're looking at one of of the more inspired offerings you're going to be paying £8+. Cheap for a main dish but expensive for a burger! Whilst those more used to 99p for a McDonalds Cheeseburger may gasp in shock, I have to say that it is worth the money and I'd definitely recommend a visit.
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