Marben is situated quietly on Wellington Street away from all the King Street hustle and bustle. It has been on my list of places to go for quite some time. The rustic, yet elegant front patio is what initially sparked my interest. Once I walked inside however, I knew it was a good choice. Ingredients are sourced locally and are incredibly fresh.
The drinks menu was quite impressive, with a wide selection of cocktails, and wine. I was in the mood for something light and fruity, so I opted for Sangria. Once that was downed, I decided to try the Watermelon Smash. I can’t stop thinking about that drink. Cold, fresh, juicy chunks of watermelon and it’s juice, combined with gin, citrus and cava really made for one of my favourite cocktails I have ever tried. I would go back just for this drink. Well, and the burger. But more on that in a few.
To start, we ordered oysters from Rodney’s Oysters, which were perfectly chilled, and of course, super fresh.They slid down so smooth, and even non-oyster lovers at the table went back for seconds. The cucumber mignonette and lemon on the side accompanied them perfectly. Our next appetizer was fried smelts. I was a liiiiiittle bit iffy on this choice, and the idea of eating these fat, juicy, strong tasting fish, but the tempura batter took down the flavour a little bit, which I was pleased about.
Marben is known to have one of the best burgers in the city, so I have been jonesing to try it. I also wanted to taste something else on the menu, so Jonty and I decided to share the burger along with the catch of the day, which was sea bass. The fish was cooked perfectly through, was very smooth and velvety, and served with a delicious basil gnocchi and potato-truffle emulsion. The dish was creamy, yet light and was a nice addition to the rich burger.
Now for the star of the show. My first bite into the medium-rare short rib burger topped with a Branston pickle and cheddar cheese was heavenly. Local Bradford beef, a housemade bun, and some sort of sweetness to the burger most certainly lived up to it’s hype. Crispy, salty fries and coleslaw were served on the side to complete this wonderful gastronomic experience.
I highly suggest you visit Marben and indulge in one of their fantastic cocktails, and of course the burger!