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London, United Kingdom
September 10, 2005
The fries are excellent and huge, and the milk shakes are a meal in themselves (be warned), although you can have still mineral water, soft drinks, or even a well-chosen wine list if you're not in a hurry. There's sometimes a wait when the place is full, but the cafe atmosphere more than makes up for the short wait you may face, and as the photos should make clear, if you think upstarts like Hamburger Union have it all sown up, you're dead wrong. "Run, don't walk" is my advice.
From journal Restaurants of London and Southeast England
October 26, 2004
My brother and I ordered a burger each from the extensive listings, a milkshake each (we were optimistic about our stomachs' capabilities), and one side of fries to share. One chili burger (from the website: made with "100% Aberdeen-Angus Scotch beef, fresh chili sauce, salad, and relish") and one chorizo burger (spicy Spanish sausage, sweet potato, rocket, tomato, and relish). As you can see, not only beef burgers are available. Apart from the chorizo, there are chicken, lamb, venison, and a number of vegetarian burgers on the menu.
The burgers were humongous. At least 6 inches tall, they were held upright and together by a long skewer. Using the skewer as a guide, we cut our burgers in half (we were sharing) and this also made them slightly more manageable. The chili burger was delicious, with copious amounts of a sweetish chili sauce threatening to run down your arms. The beef burger itself was, by our estimates, at least a third of a pound. No mystery meat here! And there were plenty of salad toppings to make you feel less guilty about not ordering a salad (also on the menu). The chorizo burger was made up of about three chorizo sausages cut in half lengthwise and grilled. The sweet potato and rocket were amazing with the salty, slightly spicy chorizo.
The fries that accompanied the burgers were some of the best fries that I had ever had-thick cut but crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, a product of double frying perhaps? Each milkshake was too large for one person-we were almost dying trying to drink them. The vanilla one seemed to taste better than the chocolate one though...the latter just was not chocolaty enough for me!
Prices are reasonable. Burgers are anywhere from £5 to £8, depending on the topping combination that you choose and the type of burger. Milkshakes were £2.50 each and fries were about £2 for a portion. Next time I will give the milkshake a miss and try to cram in more fries!
We went to the branch on Westbourne Grove, but there are five other branches scattered across London. If you are eating in, you are first shown to your table where you can peruse the menu. When you are ready to order, you make your way to the counter, place your order, and then pay upfront. Your meal is brought to you at your table. Takeaway is also available.
They also have a website.
From journal Eat London!