I was in Norwich over Christmas and had time to stop off at the Revolucion de Cuba bar and restaurant for lunch. Their Spicy Bean Burger is £10, and the description on the menu reads: “black beans, cannellini beans, sautéed peppers and onions mixed with Cajun spices, then breaded, deep fried, and topped with mango salsa.” It also came with chips in a mug, pickle, some beetroot slices, and paprika and rum flavour mayonnaise, all served on a wooden board.
The texture was actually really surprising, as there is a smooth creamy burger filling inside a strong crispy shell, so it completely changes from the first moment of your bite to the second. Out of what is mentioned on the menu, I could definitely make out the black beans, white beans, peppers onions, and Cajun spices, so top marks there for having flavours and ingredients which all come through. I actually really enjoyed the burger even though it was perhaps a little spicier than I would normally go for, particularly in the mango sauce. The mango flavour was very sweet however, which managed to pull it all back together. This colourful combination is accompanied by a fair amount of fresh lettuce, mayonnaise, and a soft glazed brioche bun. It’s fair to say that this burger definitely got the thumbs up from me.
I don’t usually eat beetroot, but the sweet beetroot slices were thin enough to be palatable and not too strong. I very much enjoyed the tasty paprika and rum mayonnaise, which was not something I had tried before and is definitely something I want again! The fries were skin on and were very nice too, just right with the mayonnaise. I will always rather have had sweet potato fries or curly fries, but that is not necessarily to say that there was anything wrong with these ones!
I did have a side serving of black beans, but this was not quite as good as the rest of the meal. The beans were very watery and they were left whole in the bowl, unlike the Mexican style that I am used to where they are all mushed up. It was served with tortillas, but as a consequence of them being dished up on top of the beans, by the time they reached me they were quite soggy. That was the only point I could criticise about the whole meal, so all in all it really was not bad at all.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 9/10
Price – 5/10
Rest of experience – 7/10