It’s not my fault, I promise, I’m new to the world of Scottish cuisine, and I’m sure most of you are too. Very, very excited to try Haggis and even more excited for what was promised to be a delicious burger, The Haven just didn’t do it for me. I’ve eaten a wide range of cuisine in my day (still plenty out there to try) but Haggis was a new one. I’m not sure what I should have expected when I tried the Lambs’ heart, liver, and lungs, but even in croquette form, it was just off-putting to me. I’m aware this is a burger blog, but it has to be noted, whatever flavor was present in the Haggis that I found so off-putting, seemed to be in the burger as well. Or maybe my palette was just thrown off and couldn’t recover. Could have been a combination of both, really, but I wasn’t the only one among the four diners who felt this way. The burger looks good on paper, a half-pound patty with decent juice and char, topped with a bacon and onion marmalade, and Huntsman cheese. (the Stilton element of the cheese was a bit too aggressive) All in all, it’s sized well, the bun plays a good complementary role, although the burger itself is much closer to medium-well than the requested medium-rare. But again, that flavor comes back to haunt me, something in that burger reminds me of something in that Haggis and I just can’t get past it. Hard to describe, it’s assertive, unfamiliar and mostly unpleasant. Trying it’s best to be a burger, it’s far too different for my seemingly delicate taste buds. Chips, or really thick pub fries if you will, are inconsistent. Some are fluffy and crispy, most are dry and soft, all are pretty under-seasoned, but a few splashes of salt and vinegar at the table quickly solves that problem.
It’s tough to be so hard on a place where the servers are a delight, there is passion up and down this quaint little spot in JP, and everyone seems so happy. But it’s just not for me. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it, food is so subjective, someone else may have a completely different experience and absolutely love the Scottish food served at The Haven, but in the world of Boston’s best burgers, this one doesn’t measure up.
Overall Score: 70