You may not know it yet, but I am on a quest to find London’s best burger.
Having already ventured to the city’s newest transatlantic imports, Five Guys and Shake Shack with Emily and Rachel who have been my two faithful companions in this taxing but necessary mission, it was time for us to try something a little more homegrown.
Behold Patty & Bun!
The legend that is P&B began as a pop-up restaurant, with locations in Soho and Battersea helping them gain a cult-like following. After giving it’s loyal followers the run around, P&B finally put it’s roots down on James Street, just behind Selfridges making it the perfect destination for a mid-day shopping break.
This foodie destination is no well kept secret on the artisan burger scene – yes, there is such a scene – so it was no surprise to me to see a queue of eager patrons waiting to be ushered inside the little red door when I arrived. After a quick half hour wait, we were beckoned inside. The decor in Patty & Bun is eclectic with recycled tables, classroom style chairs and kooky cardboard canvas art hanging on whitewash walls. We were lucky enough to be protected by the one and only BURGERMAN while we ate! To food coma and beyond!
After marvelling at the Dr Marten wearing Burgerman, we all took to the serious business of deciding what we were going to eat. I like a menu which is compact, there are two reasons for this. First of all, I am one of those annoying people who can never decide what she wants and I always end up going round the table and asking everyone else what they’re going to have before finally making a snap decision when the server arrives; so the smaller the menu, the less I worry. And secondly, whenever I see a huge 20 page list of the food on offer I can’t help but think back to Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and question how can they cook all these meals from fresh so quick?! So when I saw that Patty & Bun’s menu only fit on one page and remembered their dedication to finding the best of British, I was ready to dive straight in to a meatalicious taste experience.
I went for the classic Ari Gold burger, while Emily, Rachel and James (Emily’s boyfriend who had joined us on our journey) decided on the Smokey Robinson burger. Of course, a burger is nothing without a few sides, so we all decided to share two portions of Winger Winger Chicken Dinner wings and Rosemary Salt Chips. Now that is what I call a meat feast.
Unwrapping this package was like Christmas day all over again…
Emily’s Smokey Robinson
All the burgers are cooked to medium rare perfection so they arrive deliciously pink in the middle and so tasty that each one is the definition of that ever popular Instagram tag #foodporn. Infact, the burgers are so tasty that I committed the food bloggers cardinal sin and forgot to take a photo, don’t hate me.
I was a little skeptical of the rosemary salt chips at first and although they’re not as good as Five Guys’ Cajun Salt version in my opinion, these babies are still worth a taste. The wings however, are an absolute triumph. The meat comes straight off the bone and the sauce makes them literally finger lickin’ good – order a portion, you will not regret it.
I’m going to go out on a whim here and say that Patty & Bun has just edged infront of Five Guys in the burger stakes – which are obviously quite high – because of the deliciousness of the pattie, the price of the food and of course, the heavenly chicken wings.
When it comes to Patty & Bun, you better believe the hype.
Have you been before? What did you think?