Patty & Bun – Liverpoool Street, London

WHERE: Patty & Bun, 22/23 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7PD
WHEN: 20/05/14
WHY: Long overdue catch-up with a travelling friend

I had the task of of taking an Aussie friend for dinner somewhere East, easy, fun and quick (as our evening was more about cheap wine & chatting then about the food)

I thought that the newly opened Patty & Bun in Liverpool Street would be a good shout as I hadn’t tried it yet – I have been James Street branch before and had an amazing time (would HIGHLY recommend)

The Liverpool Street P&B is more take-away focused; there are a small number of benches and high tables rather than tables, they don’t serve booze, the menu is slightly more condensed and the space is smaller. We were totally down with that though and didn’t actually have to wait long to nab a table! (Just under 10 mins I think…may have been because it was a Monday or even because people don’t like burger hype as much in Liverpool Street?! who knows..)

I went for the Smokey Robinson (naturally) and my co-diner chose the ARI GOLD Cheeseburger (I think he was a little scared of the unknown so went for the safe option).

I also chose the  Thunder Thighs as a I side which I instantly knew was a mistake. I had these before and vaguely remember disliking them for some reasons – unfortunately, to me, they taste like tea. Like actual PG tips tea and and I seriously hate tea. My co-diner was having a ball though and couldn’t get over the fact “the meat is just falling off the bone!” I do think they are good thighs – they are definitely saucy enough, but just not for me.

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Our burgers had arrived with the wings and we got stuck in – they came on nice little trays which I suppose is trendy and there emphasis the take-away focus.

The meat is so incredibly juicy, juicer then any other burger I have tried. So juicy I would actually advise making a small well with your wrapper to collect all of the said juice!
They get literally get everything right…the bun, the condiments (the burger sauce they use is DELICIOUS) how they cook the PATTY (all burgers come medium-rare unless specified I believe) and the caramelised onions that come in the Smokey Robinson are perfection.

I’d say this could be my favourite burger place in London, I just prefer the James Street (London) branch because you can sit down and make more of a meal out of it.

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Mid-range price for the burgers (£7.50-£8.50) and the meat sides are £5.50, slaw is £3 (stupid price for slaw) and chips are £2.50

My Aussie co-diner was actually in awe, he couldn’t believe how tasty a proper burger could be. He didn’t speak for a while why he processed what had just happened to him.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Check out the website here 

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HONEST Burgers, London

WHERE: Honest Burgers, 4 Meard Street, London, W1F 0EF (Soho Branch)
WHEN: 12/05/14
WHY: Long overdue catch-up with a good friend

I shamefully have never been to Honest Burgers, so when my friend suggested we go, naturally I was “proper buzzing”.
It feels far more humble than Meat & Liquor (whose burgers I don’t actually rate) and the door lady was very friendly…she doesn’t make you queue – she had an ingenious system of taking your name AND TELLING YOU WHEN TO COME BACK! Who’d of thought aye, an actual system that means you don’t have to stand outside in the rain like a pillock and queue for 2 hours (I’m still digging at M&L here if you haven’t guessed)
We  asked to sit outside in the rain (under an umbrella thing obviously – were not that crazy) to avoid waiting at all!

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I love love loved the menu, so simple and small (I have previously mentioned my love of small menus) and it’s on a beautiful wooden board. 

I ordered the Cheese Burger (wasn’t feeling bacon at the time) and my dinner date went for the Honest Burger. Both burgers came with rosemary salted chips (amazing!) and we got some red slaw on the side.

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The burger was absolutely incredible….I asked for medium rare, and yes, some bits were still mooing, but it was so SO tasty. Just the right amount of condiments were on it, it wasn’t too rich and the brioche bun was to die for. Sometimes ‘trendy’ burgers can be overloaded with bits and bobs and tastes and flavours, but not this baby. The rosemary chips were great too but a little too much rosemary for me.
The waitress was lovely and we had an amazing waiter come over and take our cash, he loved telling us that he had eaten 3 mistake burgers already that day!

 The bill came to….wait for it…£20.50! For two burgers with chips and a side of slaw.

We thought it was a joke, it wasn’t.

To conclude, I had a really great time at Honest burgers and thats me being honest 😉

Here’s the website – click here to check it out

SOME GREAT BURGERS at Greedy Cow, Mile End, London

Man I love burgers, like really, really love burgers. So when I found out there was a great burger place 3 MINUTES walk from my new flat I was overwhelmed with excitement.

WHEN: Monday 3rd March 2014
WHERE: Greedy Cow, 2 Grove Rd, London E3 5AX
WHY: Mr A wanted to treat me to a meal and I was HUNGRY

The décor is stylish and nice, nothing amazing but not bad so just nice really. The staff were great, very attentive as soon as we walked in – they were please we had booked, it got very busy when we were in there.

The menu is one big piece of trendy A3 paper. Lots to take in but clearly set out. It seems that all of the burgers come with only one or two toppings, extras are available but these are all priced at £1.65 (£1.65 for guacamole!?!) Annoyingly I think they need to re-visit that pricing structure.

We chose the Prawns & Sweet Chili Sauce and Olives to start. Both were nice, again nothing amazing – the prawns seemed a little out of place in hindsight and didn’t really suit the vibe/taste of the menu. Also the olives were supposed to come ‘with mushrooms’ but alas there were no mushrooms to be seen (MAYBE THERE WASN’T MUSH-ROOM IN THE POT? EH EH)

Olives and Menu

I ordered the Italian burger after about 5 minutes of discussing with the waiter if Beef and Parma Ham actually work together. Mr A was a little more adventurous and went for the Camel burger.

My burger arrived pretty well dressed but Mr A’s actually had nothing apart from some mayo – we were told any sauces would have “ruined the taste of the camel”. It looks like just a plain beef burger so I won’t be uploading a photo of that…but you can see my beautiful Italian burger below!
Italian Burger

We got some chips also that were…okay. I like it when they leave the skin on and they didn’t here which was a real shame (being rustic is trendy you know!)

For dessert we got some BANOFFEE PIE and it was so very tasty.

Dessert

I did really enjoy my meal here but it didn’t blow my socks off…it’s got a long way to go to be up there with Meat & Liquor and Patty & Bun but Greedy Cow is amazing for where it is and the value (the meal around £45 which is great for two people with booze!)

Check the website out HERE