And my favourite place in London for burgers has got to be Honest Burgers. It is exactly what the name suggests – good, tasty, uncomplicated, honest burgers. The sign really says it all…
They have five branches in London at the moment (and are expanding rapidly) – Brixton, Camden, Soho, Notting Hill and Kings Cross. I was meeting a friend and we decided Kings Cross was the easiest location, so we popped down there. I’ve previously only been to Camden and Soho and the seating areas are small so you have to queue for a while, but not in Kings Cross! Granted it was a Wednesday but it was nice to be able to grab a table straight away.
Similarly to many of the other restaurants I seem to be reviewing at the moment, the menu is fairly short, but it is presented in a pretty cool way.
You basically pick chicken, beef or the veggie option. Obviously we went for beef and the next choice is what cheese and bacon you want. The menu changes every so often but is usually a combination of the above. We both opted for the ‘Honest’, which is a beef patty, cheddar cheese, bacon, gherkins and red onion relish in a brioche bun. Brioche is pretty trendy at the moment but they can often be soggy, however that is most definitely not the case here. I went for the normal ‘Honest’.
Whilst my friend chose to double up with the aptly named ‘Double Honest’ (it’s not on the menu but they’ll double up any of the burgers if you ask).
I find so often that burgers come overcooked but the beauty here is that they all come medium, unless you ask otherwise. Look at the juicy meat (I could only take one photo as I ate it fairly rapidly…)
Every burger comes with these perfectly cooked rosemary chips, fluffy on the inside with a crispy outer layer. We got some chipotle mayo but it was a little too spicy for me (I am a bit of a wuss after all).
And obviously no burger would be complete without a side of crispy onion rings.
In case you couldn’t tell, I absolutely love the food at Honest Burger and the staff are all lovely. I asked the chefs if they minded me taking a photo and they said that it was fine and then were all too shy to pose and quickly rushed to find a task to do!!
The only negative is that they don’t offer pudding, although to be honest (see what I did there?!) by the end we couldn’t have got much more in! So we settled for a glass of wine. One good thing is that if you want more than a glass each but not quite a whole bottle you can go for a carafe (50cl) which is perfect on a school night.
It’s the kind of place which can be as cheap as you want it to be – a plain burger with fries is £7.50. The ‘Honest’ is £9.50, and a double is £14.50. Supper for two (one ‘Honest’, one ‘Double Honest’, one onion rings and a carafe of wine) cost £42 which isn’t bad, and as I said if you wanted a plain burger and soft drink you could do it for £10 each.
They’re about to open, or have just opened, a branch in Tooting too, and you can read more on their website here http://www.honestburgers.co.uk
I cannot recommend Honest Burgers enough, I just hope they don’t open one in Southfields or my trousers won’t fit anymore!