Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bleecker St. Burger: Summer Sessions on the Southbank

Aside for some pretty British weather, summer MUST be on its way. I know this because Bleecker St. Burger (one of my top picks for the best burgers in London) have just kicked off their summer sessions under Hungerford Bridge on the Southbank.

This new, upgraded, and frankly brilliant, space consists of two containers framing a benched seating area. One of the containers is the burger slinger which serves their burgers, fries, shakes, canned beer and for the first time WINE! The other container serves Sierra Nevada in tap with four other rotating beers (currently Pale Ale, Torpedo, Tropical IPA, and Summerfest) as well as a selection of cans.

They are now officially open (Wednesday 25 May) from 11:30 with 50% off food all day today! Opening hours daily are 11:30-23:00.

Find them here.

Friday, 6 May 2016

[Review] Lucky Chip Burgers and Wine, Ridley Road

Pretty much five years on from my first visit to Lucky Chip - when the tunes were being blasted out from Ben's truck in Netil Market, and we sat around, BYOB in hand, eating great burgers and soaking up the vibes - I'm heading back to its latest East London incarnation in the heart of Ridley Road market.
If Netil Market was Lucky Chip's infancy, then The Seabright Arms was its adolescence - a high energy period of burger slinging fuelled by bourbon, beer, and live bands.

Suffice to say Lucky Chip Burgers and Wine has grown up. It's a more mature offering, with seats and a bar and everything. It has menus. Actual menus on tables. And a short but well curated wine list. It's graduated through university, moved out of the flat-share and, like a young professional, moved to it's own pad, and has made it its own.

There's still an edge, of course, and you'd expect nothing less from this cult burger icon with it's roots deeply laid down in the E postcodes. Looking out through the wall of glass that separates diners from Ridley Road market you can't miss the in-your-face neon strip lit butcher stalls where pigs trotters, ox tongue and goats neck vie for space.

Back inside the tables are waiter/ress served giving a far more american diner feel than to any of the previous (or indeed existing at the Old Queens Head) incarnations. The menu remains broadly the same, except there's a 40-day aged Galacian steak on the menu, and a selection of starters, including some rather good padron peppers.

You'll recognise some classic burgers from times gone by, The Royale wit Cheese, The Kevin Bacon etc. - this trip my dining partners in crime and I went for the Kevin Bacon and El Chappo.

The Kevin Bacon has long held top spot in my Top 10 London Burgers list - and there is absolutely no changing that. This burger, for me, is the perfect balance of everything a truly great burger should be.

Soft but toasted bun, bit hit of salty smoked bacon, the stickiness and rounded flavours of American cheese melted over a truly great piece of flat-top grilled caramelised beef. All sitting on a crunchy bed of chopped iceberg lettuce and rounded off with ketchup, mustard and sharp pickles. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and a big grin on mine.
Kevin Bacon cheeseburger at Lucky Chip
Kevin Bacon cheeseburger at Lucky Chip
El Chappo is a real treat. For those who aren't sure about blue cheese in their burger (or a polarised against it) this will restore your faith. It's light and creamy, but with a hint of the classic blue 'bite' - but brilliantly offset by the chillies and bacon. It contains the same beef patty as the Kevin Bacon but with a glazed, sesame-seeded bun.

Lucky Chip has always put a smile on my face, and the venture in Ridley Road is no exception. It's just one of those unbeatable burger joints delivering a set of timeless classics in an utterly non-pretentious way. I love it. And so should you.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

[Recipe] The Byron from the Byron Hamburgers cook book

As anyone who's a regular reader of this blog knows, I'm a long time fan of the burgers created by Fred Smith, Byron's Head of Food Development and hold a deep respect for the attention to detail and central philosophy that has helped him steer Byron from it's first restaurant in 2007 to the nationwide chain with more than 50 restaurants it's become today.

So when I was approached to get a sneak peek of the new Byron: The Cookbook and have a go at recreating their Byron burger (their classic bacon cheeseburger), I couldn't resist.

Bun, beef, bacon, cheese, salad, gherkins and sauce are all you need to recreate the Byron burger.

Prepped and ready to go.

Slather that bun with Byron sauce.

Beef, cheese, bacon - the dream combination.

All that hard work calls for a beer.

The recipe is simple, but effective - check out all the juicy details on Intu's Inspire Me Blog.

Bon Appetit.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

[Review] Eat the Farm streetfood burgers

Relatively new on the street food scene, Eat the Farm are showing their pedigree by popping up alongside Street Kitchen in Broadgate Circle next to Liverpool street station. Selling out of a converted VW van, with a bun toaster in the cab and surfboards for menus, these guys can be found every Thursday in Broadgate Circle (next to Liverpool Street station).

Monday, 7 March 2016

Big Fernand in London - it was just à bientôt

Cripes, tempus fugit.

It seems like only yesterday (when in reality it was around about this time twelve months ago) when Big Fernand made its first foray into the London burger scene. Since then they've revised their pricing (on the back of this review and a pile of social feedback), got into the swing of things with their service, and are now able to serve their burgers blue - more about that later.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

[Review] Honest Burgers vs The Rib Man

Q: What do you get when refined British burger slingers Honest go head to head with Brick Lane's infamous rib meat and fruitily-named Holy F*ck hot sauce purveyor?

A: The Ribman special.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

[Meat Free January] Grilled Cheese from Grill My Cheese

To round off almost 30 days of no meat and no booze, what better news to hear than street food cheese porn purveyors Grill My Cheese are back on Leather Lane after a well deserved winter break.
It's a tough gig, eating all this grilled cheese, but I am a man who takes his art seriously. Let's see how these toasties stack up against the others in my meat free toasted cheese marathon.

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