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Where's the Beef: Delifonseca Double Down Dirty Daddy

We circle Liverpool's priciest burger to see if it stacks up

Published on January 9th 2013.

Where's the Beef: Delifonseca Double Down Dirty Daddy

Where IS the beef?
Delifonseca, 12 Stanley Street, Liverpool 2. 0151 255 0808.

What's your beef?
Introducing the Delifonseca Double Down Dirty Daddy.

How much?
Seventeen of your English pounds - or 5p short of anyway.

£16.95! Talk about Daddy's sauce.
Admittedly, it's not the cheapest burger in Liverpool.

Is there one more expensive?
It's a struggle to find one, even in London, but apparently that's not stopped people ordering it. And you do get some chips.

Remind me why is this termed filthy food? Isn't it just supersized junk food?
Please, it's gourmet junk food.

It became trendy in The Smoke a couple of years ago when Meat Liquor thrilled the upper middle classes who wanted to eat like common people. Some even have posh-filth ironic names like Gang Bang and Randy – the burgers that is.

Last year, Almost Famous Burgers led the way in Manchester and finally, filthy food, dirty food, or porn food, as it is dubbed, has hit the end of the branch line at Lime Street. Orgasmic gastro-cheer went up among the local chatterati last November when Liverpool Confidential announced that AFB would be opening up in Seel Street this spring.

Elsewhere, the backlash for the fashion is well under way with meeja London eyes tiring of their bit of rough. Here, howerer...

 ...We've only just begun
As Karen Carpenter might have said.

Oh come on, Karen Carpenter would never have eaten one of these.
Perhaps not, but there are plenty of queuing beardies making up the huge fanbase of dirty burgery.

A while back, Delifonseca took all its regular burgers off the menu because, apparently, people were sampling nowt else from its wonderful and varied repertoire. 

It replaced them all with this one Whopper Whopper Whopper Whopper Whopper: AKA the "5D Burger", saying that if an individual really wants a burger, then they'll be prepared put their money where their mouth is.

Delifonseca BurgerAnother approach to the Delifonseca 5D Burger

A bull market?
Apparently, when people see one coming out of the kitchen, the room stops in awe. Then it's like the Pamplona bull run, but in reverse, as those who think they're hard enough rush to order.

They've even had punters taking one home, for solo meat sweats later.

Ignoring the price tag, how does it stack up?
The 5D is made up of two succulent 5oz beef patties, cooked juicy medium rare here, and spiced up with cumin and coriander, among many other things. Holding together well, they snuggle up to two generous layers of tender pastrami, two more of well judged comte cheese, a slice of onion, two superfluous beef tomato slices, Marie Rose sauce and rocket.

It's Build A Better Burger on a wooden board and all teeters at close on 10 inches tall. If you can guess the actual size to the nearest mm, you might get it free.

10 inches? You're not coming near me with that
It's a bloke thing.

Delifonseca Burger 1 %281024X768%29The nitty gritty: Lots of pastrami, lots...

Quick, it's here. Open wide
You'd never get this all into your mouth in one go, so it's the old dilemma: do you cut into this leaning tower of burger daintily, with a knife and fork, or lunge at it, baring your teeth. In the end our operative divided it in two and tried picking up the separate halves, which proved extremely messy and lots of tissues came into play.

Neither slice of bun was up to the job and disintergrated under the weight of the components.

Nevertheless, if you like that kind of man v food thing, tuck in. 

On the side?
It has to be said, more delicious cheesy chips you will find nowhere, and some lightly dressed leaves offered respite as it all came crashing down. A bit like our bank balance.

Well burger me!
Once again, if you like that kind of thing...


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15 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2013.

So has my priest

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John BradleyJanuary 9th 2013.

What about you Rabbi, Granthi, Brahmin and Mullah? My Bank Manager also say no.

despot danJanuary 9th 2013.

If I want to eat cow with a knife and fork I will order steak and chips. A burger is a sandwich and it is meant to be picked up. Just sayin'

Paul GrantJanuary 9th 2013.

T'was also known as 'The leaning tower of Burger' when made by Kiwi Dave! A bit of decadent december fun, but, who knows ... it may return!

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AnonymousJanuary 10th 2013.

Maybe you should start calling it the BS

Bryo FrankJanuary 9th 2013.

If you want a decent burger, MAKE YOUR OWN.
You know what goes into it and it tastes Good.
Double Down Dirty Daddy is for Greedy Pigs.
No wonder there are 'Fat People' around.

Paul WardJanuary 9th 2013.

It'll never beat Iceland quarter pounders

AnonymousJanuary 11th 2013.

What happened to those burgers in the tins?

Bryo FrankJanuary 16th 2013.

They're Full Of Horse-Meat Like
The Quarter Pounders Paul Ward Eats!

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2013.

I went in and asked for one of these burgers and they're off

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AnonymousMay 8th 2013.

Nothing wrong with them

AnonymousJanuary 25th 2013.

I really can't see the fuss about Delfonisca, only been in a few lunch times and it was okay but nothing special and the portions were a bit small for the price. This just looks like it would make me nauseous by the time I got half way through. I see it's just a plain old bap too, the type you get frozen from Iceland or six for a quid (Kingsmill) I might be more impressed if they used some decent bread at that price.

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AnonymousJanuary 25th 2013.

Of course now I have looked at the picture again, I could be wrong, it may be the bigger type cheap bap.

Fast FreddyFebruary 14th 2013.

You say Delfonisca is okay but nothing special but youve been in there a few times though....... you must have money to burn.
What's a Bap?
You mean Barm ?

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