Josper Bar & Grill, 4a Bell Street, St Andrews
This fairly recent addition to the St Andrews restaurant scene offers the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a bite to eat.
Visiting the restaurant as a group of four we had no difficulty in finding a table on a Saturday night in late April, but it’s likely to be a different story as the tourist season begins to pick up in the coming weeks, so probably best to book ahead.
With a menu featuring steaks, burgers and lobster, this is right up a meat lover’s street.
Reading the options on the menu had our mouths watering and left a big decision to be made. But in the end we all opted for burgers of sorts.
Myself and a friend went for the homemade burger, which included a hearty burger on a bun with cheese, bacon and the usual garnish of lettuce, tomato, onion and gherkin, accompanied by a portion of fries and salad.
The burger was juicy and cooked just right - neither under or over done.
The chips were thin and tasty, while the salad on the side was refreshing.
While my other fellow diners tucked into one of several daily specials that could be found on the blackboard – a Guinness burger with cheese and a pepper sauce.
As soon as they both heard about the special they were decided and were very pleased with the food once it arrived. These burgers also arrived complete with a good-sized portion of chips and a bowl of salad.
Between the four of us we ordered two sides to share – a portion of onion rings and mac ‘n’ cheese. Both sides were lovely and plenty to be shared among us all alongside our burgers.
The onion rings were large and crispy, while the mac ‘n’ cheese was creamy and delicious.
Although none of us went for the lobster or the steak this time, it was clear from the food passing by us for other tables that whatever dish you chose from the menu in Josper you were guaranteed a decent-sized portion.
And I can’t ignore the range of cocktails that are available to help wash down the food. I’d definitely recommend the French 21 and I hear the Barbadous Yacht Club is worth a try too.
But it’s not just cocktails that are on the drinks menu, there’s a wide range of soft drinks, wine and beer, including local products from Eden Mill and St Andrews Brewing Company. Although slightly more expensive than a beer, the cocktails are still a reasonable price.
The restaurant’s atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming with modern decor and music.
It’s suitable for everyone, including families and a children’s menu is available.
Having finished our burgers, we looked at the dessert menus, but there were no takers as the main course had satisfied our stomachs.
The whole experience was something I’d definitely repeat and next time I think I may try a steak.
Homemade Soup of the Day
Bacon Wrapped Jalepeno Chicken Bites
Prawn & Lobster Cakes
Homemade Burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce,tomato, onion, pickle & house sauce
Haloumi Burger with grilled vegetables, lettuce & tomato
Add prawn or lobster surf ‘n’ turf
Lobster Roll - lobster tail bound with
creamed lemon and parsley mayo salad. Served on a toasted Brioche roll.
Sticky Toee Pudding
Ice Cream Sundae