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Review: Bobo’s Fish Burger All at Sea

bobos1Fish burgers are generally regarded as the embarrassing uncle of fast food outlets. They’re what losers, who have no business being in a burger joint in the first place, opt for. Meanwhile, the rest of the party shifts awkwardly and pretends not to notice.

I know, because I am that fish burger. In fact, I love them. I’ve even called into McDonalds to get their plasticine Fillet-o-Fish burger. There, I said it.

Eddie Rocket’s do a reasonable fish burger: the Moby Dick comes in at €6.95 but it’s quite insubstantial compared to their big hot chunks of cow.

Still, Eddie’s Moby Dick beats Bobo’s tragic offering hands-down. This “Gourmet Irish Burger” joint  – let the gourmet burger debate begin again – on Dublin’s Camden St. is generally as good as any other I’ve been to. Their chips are very nice indeed and I like the casual atmosphere of the place, while I think their meat burgers are great – very well assembled and with good quality cuts.

However! Recently, I very tentatively ordered their “Finn McCool” offering, described on their online menu as a “finger lickin’ good fish finger burger with tartare/ tomato sauce, beef tomato, red onion, and iceberg lettuce.” It was so appalling that I was offended. Coming in at €7.95, the fish fingers weren’t even fillets. They seemed to consist of batter with a microscopic amount of creepy minced, brown fish. Ugh. The bun also contained, completely inappropriately, some mushy peas: the gastronomic equivalent of a beef burger with roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings stuffed into the bun. And tartare sauce and tomato sauce have no business mixing together in polite company.

I reckon this is right up there with some of the most puzzling things I’ve ever seen on any menu. Some of you may say I deserve everything I get for ordering a fish burger in the first place. I note your point, but I counter that Bobo’s have no business serving a fish burger at all if they’re not willing to do it properly. They are, in fact, really easy to make. There’s no excuse for this.


  1. have to say I agree. i love fish burgers too but was really disappointed when I tried the Finn McCool. Tiny little cheap fish fingers and wasn’t mad about the toppings. It is a pity, because I love the rest of the food, and the interior is fab too.

  2. In fairness to Bobo’s- and I wouldn’t usually go to such lengths to qualify a review – I should emphasise that I’ve had a really nice beef burger (hamburger?) there. Loved the chips too. Although I’m still not totally sold on the whole Gourmet Burger idea, Bobo’s is well worth a visit.
    We’ll do a more comprehensive review of their burgers at some stage over the summer. Just avoid the miserable fish!

  3. Having never had the fish burger Bobo’s I can’t comment on it (though I do like the beef burgers and chips quite a lot). Having moved to Dublin from Austin, Texas, though, I can say that I really miss fish tacos. If you’ve never had a piece of grilled white fish with a squirt of lime juice and pico de gallo on a warm soft corn tortilla you haven’t lived. Or fried fish with cilantro-cabbage slaw on a soft corn tortilla. Heaven!

  4. Argh! Tacos and nachos, the second worst food in the world. What’s the matter with the world: why can no one else see how hideous these creations are?

  5. Peter, you’re such a mental. Tacos and nachos are extremely similar to crisps, which I’m sure I’ve seen you eat.

    And the gentleman above is taking about a soft corn tortilla, and he makes it sound DELICIOUS.

  6. I stand by my statement, even if my blind taco-based fury caused me to misread Bill’s statement. Crisps should not be mentioned in the same breath as nachos. Nachos are not lovely. Rather, they taste taste like a mixture of worm meal, blood, and the burning sulphurs of hell.

  7. Jo’Burgers rathmines & blackrock have savage fish burgers on daily with grilled fish fillets, yumm