|The Burger Breakout Whiskey Beast Burger|
Price:The OC Burger with smoked horseradish salted chips: £12
The Whiskey Beast Burger with smoked horseradish salted chips: £12
|Having some fun with the burger names...|
Burger Breakout burgers are presented on wooden boards, bun-topped, with a silver bucket of chips. I was pleasantly surprised that the construction was solid enough to avoid the need for a wooden spike through the centre (got me thinking about the way Fred Smith creations used to be delivered, back when he was at the Ad Cod). Simply put, the presentation was good.
|The O.C. Burger at Burger Breakout|
Toppings:The O.C. burger is topped with three cheese sauce, and underneath the patty are layers of onion jam, lettuce, tomato, 1000 island dressing and hot pickles. The outright topping winner is the hot pickle - infinitesimally thin and devilishly hot - they really stand out in the ensemble, that and the onion jam - mellow and understated. Sadly that is all that stands out. The thousand island dressing is notable by its absence, the roughly torn lettuce and watery tomato are there for roughage as much as anything else, and the three cheese sauce is bland, with a touch of cheese, and slightly floury. None of the sticky joy of american cheese, none of the bite of a sharp cheddar.
The Whiskey Beast burger is topped with treacle cured bacon, blue cheese, and whisky mustard riding the beef, and lettuce and tomato hiding underneath. Unfortunately the only thing that we tasted in this burger was mustard. Lots of mustard. But, to be fair, once we'd scraped off three-quarters of the mustard, the treacle-cured bacon was excellent. And once we'd scraped off three-quarters of the mustard, the blue cheese was lovely.
After the burgers were taken down, we were asked if everything was ok, and we flagged the fact that the
MeatThe mince in O.C. burger patty is tightly packed, over-worked, and slightly dry. Seasoning is good, but there is no juice in the burger, which made chewing the meat a bit of a chore. It is cooked medium-rare, but that doesn't save it. It isn't bad, per se, but I've been spoilt with much juicier, dirtier burgers across London - and for my tastes, this doesn't make the grade.
|The O.C. Burger cut-through...|
|The Whiskey Beast bite-through...|
BunUntoasted. Dry. Completely collapsed before either of us had reached the halfway point. As our waiter pointed out, these are the only part of the burger construction that's sourced from elsewhere - my advice (for what it's worth) is find another supplier. This is the first Bun Fail I've seen in a while.
Accessories:Chips: Smoked horseradish salted chips. Not bad at all, a great savoury flavour, but lacked crispness and were slightly soggy.
BBQ battered onion rings: I love these - the chef grinds his own BBQ flour (according to our waiter) and these are deep-fried spicy joy in ring form. Dipping sauce is the same whiskey mustard, so dip carefully...
|Burger Breakout BBQ Battered Onion Rings|
I don't like writing bad reviews. It's not fun. It means I've had a deeply average burger. This certainly wasn't an awful experience. I was dining with a long serving burger-fiend, the beer was good, the waiters/bar staff very friendly, the service polite and there were sparks of brilliance - the treacle-cured bacon, the bbq-battered onion rings - but in spite of the work and effort that has gone into the ingredients, sourcing, toppings, and construction, there's a lack of cohesion. Nothing worked in harmony. Every element was trying to lead. And in my humble opinion, this burger symphony needs a tune up.