Till recently my top London burger was from Jo Allens. It's a classic - perfectly sized, meat that tastes like meat, great bun and they keep it simple - some onion, lettuce, tomato. A beautiful pickle on the side. The proportions of the Jo Allens cheeseburger are damn near perfect.
I also like the burger at Bar Boulud but I'm not a fan of ostentatious douchebags or eastern European hookers so I avoid Knightsbridge most of the time - shame, as it's an excellent burger.
But my new favourite burger (isn't that a Seattle band name?) is from Hawksmoor. I love Hawksmoor. I always have a good time there because they do two of my favourite things - Pina Coladas and red meat - better than almost anywhere in London.
|Pina Colada - apparently made with coconut sorbet to keep it lighter and smoother.|
|Half demolished sampler de frites - the triple cooked were actually better in the end, thinner but still with great flavour.|
The blogosphere has been banging on about the Hawksmoor Kimchee burger since day one. I love kimchee but I love a cheeseburger more than almost anything, and I asked the other waiter (nickname unknown) if I should abandon something I love for the sake of an internet promise, a dream. Again with the great service - he brought the kimchee on the side, no charge.
My friend was a lightweight and didn't finish the whole burger - it is wonderfully large - so Shaky Pete brown-bagged (or enveloped) the leftovers, along with the kimchee. How happy would I be if the postman brought this to me tomorrow morning?