Wednesday, 16 April 2014

[Review] Boom Burger, Notting Hill's Jamaican burger joint

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its burger time!

I promise that's my only reference to Cool Runnings in this post. But I had to, you see, as right on Portobello Road, and a short walk from Ladbroke Grove tube station is Jamaican burger joint Boom Burger.
The eponymous Boom Burger from the Jamaican burger joint on Portobello Road
The eponymous Boom Burger from the Jamaican burger joint on Portobello Road
I'd been invited down by Boom Burger to try out the menu, which I was pretty excited about. Walking from the tube, past Flyover, a bar pumping out Jamaican tunes with a clientele who were already leaping around at 6.15 on a Tuesday evening, I had a pang of nostalgia for the colourful, unconventional feel of an area I'd spent a fair bit of time in the early 2000s.

Then directly opposite me on Portobello Road is Boom Burger. It's pretty hard to miss with its red/green/yellow/black livery and a queue out the door.

So, onto the burger.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

London Burger Bash - The Final - #LBBFinal

It's been a long road for London's best burger slingers - 18 months of heats and then down to four finalists on 6 April 2014.

Take a look at my brief photo story from the day.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

[Infographic] Burgers are big business in the UK - but how big?

An infographic popped into my inbox the other day that gives a great overview of the burger boom experienced in the UK in 2013. It was created by Rangeland foods (purveyors of the terrifying sounding 'Flamed Steakburger') and in my view does a pretty good job of demonstrating how the humble burger has come to dominate menus across the country.

I've split out some of the more interesting sections here, but you can view the full infographic at the bottom of this post.

The Burger Boom:

Burgers are the number 1 menu item in the UK - outranking Pizza, Fish and Chips and Steak. They've always been my number 1, so thankfully others are starting to agree.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

[Review] Vigata Burgers, Kings Cross - A Burger of Two Halves

Vigata burgers is something of an anomaly. It's situated up the hill from Kings Cross towards Angel, on Pentonville Road and is ostensibly a pizza restaurant. Emblazoned with red livery and 'Ristorante Pizzeria', it's only when you get up close and personal with the menu that you notice there's a section dedicated to burgers.
Vigata Burger
Vigata Burger
It feels odd to have an Italian-style restaurant that also serves burgers - but then again, they serve pizza and burgers, what's not to love, right?

Thursday, 6 March 2014

[Review] Pizza Hut Cheeseburger Pizza. With Bacon.

Hello. You're going to enjoy this. A lot more than I did.

I'd like to introduce you to the Pizza Hut Cheeseburger Pizza.
Pizza Hut Cheeseburger Pizza
Pizza Hut Cheeseburger Pizza
An aberration that could only have been dreamed up on the back of a marathon crystal meth session, and a serious case of American junk food trend following.

I have to say, the minute the flyer dropped through the door I wanted one. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame, as ironically unaware as the moth is, that the result would be doom.

Still, I was able to add bacon FOR JUST 50p. How could anyone without a cast iron will resist that offer...

Build-a-Burger gummy sweets get the Hamburger Me! treatment

Let it not be said that I only give you unadulterated meaty burger porn on this blog. Although, granted there's a fair bit of that. I do sometimes look at burgery stuff that doesn't revolve around grilled meat, gooey cheese, and squishy buns...and this is just such an occasion.  
Only natural flavours and colours go into the burger components...that's a good start

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