New restaurant becomes first in Ireland to serve burgers pink
Son of a Bun burger restaurant opened on Tuesday in Cork, and the hottest item on the menu? The pink burger.
Amanda and Niall O'Regan, the husband and wife team behind the restaurant, were inspired to bring the trend to Ireland after noticing that pink meat was becoming increasingly popular in the London and New York dining scenes.
Son of a Bun is the first restaurant in Ireland to serve burgers cooked pink.
This is because the restaurant adheres to a strict code of practice, Amanda says.
"You can't choose any old mincemeat. We get the meat from our local butcher in Bandon; he has his own abattoir. We use 100% Aberdeen Angus Irish beef. We have our own mincer on site. We mince our meat daily. The HSE carries out weekly inspections. Every box is ticked."
And so far, the London-born restaurateur said the reaction to the pink burgers has been "fantastic."
"We want to convince people to try the pink burgers but you can, of course, have your burger any way you want to," she said to Independent.ie.
The busy couple also run Niall's in Bandon, the Coffee Pod on Lapps Quay in Cork City centre and the Coffee Pod on the city's Winthrop Street. But after just two days in the game, Son of a Bun, on the site of former Crowley’s music store in Cork, is proving to be a popular spot.
"The restaurant is absolutely hopping. We're so busy," said Amanda.
"Pink burgers taste so much nicer than a well-done burger"
"The great thing about the people in Cork is that the minute somewhere new opens up, they want to try it. They really get behind you. There's such a great community spirit here."