A: The London Burger Bash (#LBB) at Camden Brewery. Great burgers, great beer, and great company.
|London Burger Bash - The Menu.|
Comptoir Gascon - Pascal Aussignac:
The first burger of the night was a 3oz mini burger from french gastronomic powerhouse Comptoir Gascon. A massively juicy duck patty topped with marmite-sauced geranium petals and fennel, resting on a bed of Camden Ink braised onions inside a cheddar-baked and glazed mini-bun. The burger gave up huge hits of umami and left me wanting a handful of these mini bundles of joy.
|Duck and Brioche...hold on, there's a foodie concept in there somewhere...|
|Comptoir Gascon - mini duck burger with marmite and cheddar|
Byron's MO burger is a preview of their latest special in support of men's cancer charity Movember. Take one standard Byron patty, top it with cheddar and mustard/dill mayo and then lay it on a bed of pickled red onion, salted cucumber and shredded lettuce. Just add teeth. It's like a quarter pounder with cheese, on steroids. Seriously great flavours and ticked every single comfort food box there is. I'm going to be eating a few of these in November!
|Byron chefs working their magic on the MO burger|
|The Byron hospitality was the best of the evening - burgers, burgerettes, and shots of bourbon!|
|Byron MO burger|
Racine - Henry Harris:Racine's Steak Au Poivre burger is a take on a classic pepper steak. 45 day-aged longhorn chuck patty seasoned with crushed black peppercorns and griddled before being placed inside a toasted brioche bun, spread with pepper sauce and blue cheese mayo, sliced red onion and lettuce...c'était magnifique!
|Racine's 45-day aged longhorn chuck patties|
|Racine patties and buns getting a damn good grilling|
|Just finishing off...|
|Racine - Burger Au Poivre|
Street Kitchen - Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka:Street Kitchen's supreme effort is a halloween-themed Truffy the Vampire Slayer burger. The beef was sandwiched between many layers - a medium cheddar cheese, a truffle infused mustard mayonnaise, Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar marinaded mushrooms, pickled onions, lettuce and ketchup. This was my surprise burger of the evening, not that Street Kitchen were doing a great burger (that goes without saying!) but that all the many ingredients that come together to make this burger work in perfect harmony.
|Street Kitchen Truffy the Vampire Slayer burger|
|I slayed the truffle burger|
Fred's - Fred Smith:London burger legend Fred Smith was present and correct with his ox cheek chilli burger. A 5oz aged O'Shea's angus patty (a blend of cheek, rib cap, and sirloin), topped with his homemade american cheese, braised chilli ox cheek (chilli collected from Mexico the week before), on a bed of chopped chilli, iceburg lettuce, and pickled onion rings, all wrapped in a Miller's brioche bun. The melt of the patty, ox cheek, and brioche bun contrasted nicely with the crunch and heat of the chilli and iceburg.
|Fred, enjoying himself and his eponymous...well everything!|
|Some aged longhorn patties getting a good grilling|
|Topping off Fred's Chilli Cheeseburger|
|Chilli cheeseburger, baby!|
Elliott's - Brett RedmanElliot's offering, the Elliot's Burger, was an expectedly satisfying show of burger greatness. The house-baked linseed bun, spread with acidulated dill butter encases a 48-day aged longhorn patty, topped with compte cheese, braised onions and freshly pickled cucumber. It's the same burger that blew my socks off at the RAW wine fair, and it's bloody great.
|The Elliot's burger 'money shot'...|
|Mmm...acidulated dill butter...|
|Topping off the Elliot's burger|
|Elliot's burger cut-through - the Traffic Light effect|
So many great chefs, so many great burgers, great beer, and fantastic company. If Daniel wants to supersize a BurgerMonday again, I will definitely be there.
Did you make it to London Burger Bash? What was your favourite burger?