Review of the American BBQ Burger at Marcos, Oxford

Marcos in Oxford is the latest in the Italian/New York-themed restaurant chain owned by British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

With such a well-known food personality behind it, I was fully expecting an expensive, perhaps slightly pretentious menu and ambience in the restaurant, located on the busy High Street in Oxford. However, when we dropped in for an early Saturday lunchtime treat I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the selection of reasonably-priced meat and pasta classics, and of course – a couple of burgers!

I placed an order for the American BBQ Burger (priced at just £12.50), but before this arrived I had a fantastic starter which is well-worth giving a mention to. The Pork Ribs in a spicy BBQ sauce, pictured below, offered a huge amount of succulent, fall-off-the-bone pork meat to enjoy. Already coated in a tasty BBQ sauce, an extra portion came in a jug on the plate, just in case you couldn’t get enough of it!


When the burger arrived shortly afterwards, I was impressed with the size of the beef patty, which had a nice layer of melted cheese and BBQ sauce on top of it.


In fact, there was so much filling inside the burger that it was served split into top and bottom sections, with the fresh salad items of lettuce, tomato, red onion and gherkin sitting on the top half of the bun. Other accompaniments included chips (named ‘Lazy Fries’ by Marcos), as well as coleslaw.


Stacked together, the burger was an absolute tower – really impressive when you consider the price (cheaper than the disappointing Crown and Thistle burger for example), the setting, as well as the great service delivered by Marcos.

Bread-wise, the burger came in a well-toasted glazed brioche bun, with the almost-burnt inside giving an extra edge to the flavour.


Overall I would say that the burger was incredibly ‘beefy’ and was obviously made with good quality meat, which you would expect from a renowned chef such as Marco Pierre White, who I am sure is keen to maintain his reputation. The fresh and tasty salad accompaniments were also a good surprise, especially as it wasn’t mentioned on the menu that they would be included.


If there was one downside from the dish it would unfortunately be the fries, which were a tad soft and undercooked. But as we’re here to talk about burgers, we won’t dwell on that too much!

With Marcos appearing across the length and breadth of the country, there won’t be one too far from you – so give them a visit.

Review information

Marcos Oxford can be found at 71-73 High St, Oxford OX1 4BE. This review took place on 06/06/15. The cost of the meal was subsidised by Marco’s Oxford and Ed James. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Sean Butcher

Sean is a lover of all things man-food. He especially like his burgers cooked medium, placed within a tasty brioche bun.

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