Review: Almost Famous, Leeds

TASTY TREAT: Almost Famous on Great George Street. PIC: Tony Johnson
TASTY TREAT: Almost Famous on Great George Street. PIC: Tony Johnson
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There are certain combinations of food you definitely would not want to mix up.

Take fish and chips and strawberries and cream - two classic combinations that are the staples of any British menu.

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Quite simply, it would be nothing short of an abomination if they were tampered with. But when it comes to pushing the envelope with unusual pairings and flavours Almost Famous seems to have it down to a fine art.

You wouldn’t automatically think of pairing together cereals and a pop tart into a breakfast burger and what exactly is a ‘Wonderdust hotdog melt’?

But the clever folk behind the unashamedly brash venue definitely don’t rest on their laurels.

The team recently celebrated the Great George Street restaurant’s first birthday – and to mark the occasion they decided to spice up their menu with a whole host of unusual flavours.

There’s the bizarre sounding Magic Waffle Fries that come complete with ‘Bacon Rain’, maple syrup and popping candy as well as the Phoenix Fries that come with a serving of ‘Frazzle Dust’ and ‘Bacon Bacon mayo’.

But it all comes down to their burgers and this is where the restaurant comes into its own.

Behind a small doorway and following a neon sign, Almost Famous opens out into a big dining area, with dim lighting, booths, metal chairs and comic book art adorning the walls.

If you’re lucky you can even sit at a table stuffed with sweets of all varieties.

After perusing the menu I decided to settle for the Buffalo Beach Club burger - priced at £9- which comes with two burgers, streaky bacon slices and two pieces of buffalo fried chicken.

My lunch companion was slightly more daring and decided to opt for the Good Morning America burger.

The concoction came with a sausage patty, streaky bacon, an unusual sounding JD Maple Dust, Cheerios and a strawberry Pop Tart.

When the giant burger arrived at our table I wondered whether my partner would be able to manage such a monstrous pile.

But true to his word he picked up his knife and fork and almost cleared his basket of food.

We ordered a side of winning fries to accompany our burgers but by the time we had waded through them they were merely an after thought.

Overall our lunch which came with two soft drinks cost £28.

And in a city where burger bars are popping up left, right and centre Almost Famous is certainly pushing the boat out to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Mark Ketteringham of Boss Burger in 2015. Picture by Tony Johnson

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