Monday, 16 March 2015

[Review] The Bountiful Cow burger, Eagle Street, London

Tucked away on an unassuming street, set back from the Holborn/Chancery Lane 'strip' sits one of the most tongue-in-cheek pub/restaurants I've been to in London. The Bountiful Cow.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

[Review] Jerkkies Caribbean Restaurant

Those kind people at JUST EAT contacted me the other day and asked if I'd be willing to try out their booking engine and support their Tried & Tasted campaign - so I had a rootle around on the site and found a Caribbean place just around the corner - Jerkkies - that had never hit my radar and gave it a whirl...

For one day only, I decided to exchange my usual beef patty for a caribbean beef patty (hunger and an 'all afternoon meeting' may have had a hand in this), so I went for a one of those, along with a goat curry, plantain, and rice and 'peas'.
The beef patty was full of a sweet and spicy caribbean flavoured steak with a thick sauce, surrounded by a thin, and quite short, pastry coloured with turmeric. It's about 5 mouthfuls of food, but the intense bright flavours of fruit and juicy spice merge with the savoury beef brilliantly. I could probably eat a few of these in one sitting.

The second part of my meal was a goat curry, complete with plantain and kidney bean rice (anyone know why they call it rice and peas?). The dark curried goat meat literally melted on my tongue - with none of the sinew that you can get when using leaner and more active quadroped meat - and the mild curry sauce is packed with turmeric. Tie that in with the sweet mellow plantain and you've got yourself a fantastic lunch.

So trading my usual burger for something a bit different paid off. Don't worry...I won't make a habit of it :)

About the Tried & Tasted Awards
JUST EAT annually run the Tried and Tasted Awards, this involves people from all around the UK voting for their favourite takeaways via JUST EAT website.  Their feedback on their experience by reviewing and rating their much-loved local takeaways is taken seriously as the Tried and Tasted awards focus on quality and consistency. JUST EAT stipulate that winning restaurants must have more than 100 online reviews with an average rating of 4.5 or above.

This year and for the first time, JUST EAT has introduced the new Consistency Award which recognises the Nation’s Top 20 from those establishments that have achieved Tried & Tasted for four years in a row.

For further details about the Tried and Tasted Awards, read what JUST EAT have to say here:

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

[Review] Big Fernand burgers, Percy Street, London

*Update* Big Fernand have now tweaked pricing so burgers are £7-£10, and Fernandines (chips) are £3.

The latest edition to London's burgeoning burger scene, Big Fernand, has just opened in its soft launch phase, which ends on 12 March.
Big Fernand is a VERY French hamburger concept. which makes sense as they hail from Paris where they're already operating five restaurants. In London, their gaff is staffed with a huge number of stereotypically moustachioed, stripey shirted servers and chefs, the majority of whom are actually French - there's a real feel that the whole place has been plucked out of a Paris arrondissement and dropped into Fitzrovia - except they're not taking themselves to seriously.

So, on Day 1, and having never visited the Big Fernand HQ, how do the burgers stack up?

Friday, 6 March 2015

[Competition] Burger Craft opens in Euston at The Exmouth Arms

Burger Craft, originally named Juicy Bastard, launched their forth pop-up kitchen in their brand new flagship Euston pub - The Exmouth Arms - at the start of February following a £150k refurbishment.

It's traditional Victorian pub, a short walk from Euston station on Starcross Street and seats 80. They're serving from their new ‘Burger Craft Does..’ menu which sees 12 classic British dishes reinvented and served in a demi brioche bun - as well as The Juicy Bastard burger which we all know and love.

As well as serving award-winning burgers, The Exmouth Arms will serve a London-focused product range including 15 brands of gin and 50% of their bottled and draught beer coming from London-based breweries.

To celebrate their new pub, they've given Hamburger Me! a meal for 4 to give away. To be in with a chance to win, simply Tweet "I want a #JuicyBastard @hamburgerme @Burger_Craft" or post on my Facebook wall.

Monday, 23 February 2015

[Burger News] Big Fernand soft launch 10 - 12 March 2015

As I reported back in January, French Burger chain Big Fernand are crossing the channel and setting up shop on Percy Street in Fitzrovia. 

Well now they've announced their soft launch dates 10-12 March and they'll be giving away 100 FREE BURGERS every day to those dressed up in striped shirts, and/or with a mustache (real or fake). 
Big Fernand was launched in 2012 and now has 8 restaurants in France. This is part of a roll out strategy that will see another 15 restaurants open in 2015, in London, Hong Kong, and elsewhere in France. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

[Burger News] Bleecker St. Burger launch permanent home in Old Spitalfields Market

Hey, burger lovers - here's comes THE burger news of the month.

On Thursday 26th February 2015 Bleecker St Burger will open their first permanent London home for their own brand of unfussy burgers.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

[Interview] Zan Kaufman, Bleecker St. Burger Boss

Zan loves the street. It's what's drawn her to serve her burgers from the now familiar black Bleecker St. Burger truck for so long. But things are changing...
I'm sitting opposite Zan in a newly opened restaurant and bar on the corner of Old Spitalfields Market, just around the corner from the brand new permanent home for Bleecker St. Burger in the city. which has been a long time coming...but more on that later. I'm talking to Zan in the latest in a series of interviews with the people behind the best burgers in London, so say hi to straight-talking New Yorker Zan Kaufman who talks to me about beginnings, burgers, beef and taking things back to basics.

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