|The sloppy joe burger at the Wenlock and Essex|
Price:Sloppy Joe burger with 'skinny' fries - £12
Presentation:The Sloppy Joe is presented lid-on in the same fashion as the Wenlock's other burgers, together with a bowl of skinny fries and a pot of mustard-mayo, patty glistening under the weight of melted cheese and Sloppy Joe topping. I can't wait to get stuck in.
Toppings:Classically, the Sloppy Joe has a base of ground beef, but Chef James Morgan has whipped up his own take on the popular American recipe and come up with a topping that includes pulled pork, braised fore-rib, red wine, brasied carrot, celery, onion, garlic, and chopped tomato and is reduced so far that it virtually sits up on the spoon. It's has rich, savoury flavour that melts in the mouth and makes you want to shovel piles of it into your mouth at once. The Montgomery cheddar is melted over the Sloppy Joe topping, sealing it in, which itself is topped with oven-roasted tomato and sliced dill pickles. Underneath the patty, the bun is smothered with a wild garlic mayonnaise. There are some big flavours here and yet they all combine for a filthy, dirty, stunning climax.
The Wenlock burger patty is the same 100% chuck as on the braised fore-rib burger, cooked med-rare and it's as good as ever in this combination.