In the burger war that is taking place at the moment on London’s culinary battlefields there are many winners and losers. Some already have been coveted with glowing reviews and achieved a cult-like status (think Patty & Bun’s infamous Ari Gold burger, Goodman’s juicy and succulent burger or Pizarro’s lovely Iberico Pork Burger). However, from the flanks we have the likes of the Honest Burgers‘ cavalry charging in on their horses …oh no, cows…and making serious headway in swaying the minds of London’s fickle but burger-craving food public.
Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration of what’s going on in terms of London’s burger-mania, but it’s undeniable that London has gone a bit burger-cuckoo of late (official diagnosis, look it up). While burgers are not as much in vogue as they were last year (nowadays foodies are going mad over French brasseries and bistro’s popping up all across London; think Brasserie Chavot, Balthazar, Bouchon Fourchette, Chabrot Smithfield, etc, etc), burgers still draw in many many crowds. Honest Burgers is one of main restaurants vying for London’s taste buds and they’ve received a lot of positive reviews in doing so.
We decided to visit the Soho branch of Honest Burgers which is situated on one of the cobbled side alleys (Meard str.) not too far from the likes of Burger & Lobster. The restaurant itself is very small and compact. The menu is limited (choice of 4 to 5 fixed menu burgers, a special burger that changes daily and a few side dishes), but what’s on offer is very tasty stuff.
During our visit to Honest Burgers we tried the following dishes:
- Special Beef & Black Pudding burger (8.5/10)
- Coleslaw (7/10)
- Honest Burger (8/10)
On a burger-0-meter, the burgers at Honest Burgers register high in flavour. The burgers are not too messy (unlike for instance MEATmarket or Patty & Bun) and therefore relatively easy to handle. Particularly the special Beef & Black Pudding burger was a true delight and gobbled up in record time. We can certainly see what all the fuzz around Honest Burgers is about.
The total bill at Honest Burgers came to £40 (including optional service charge and three home made lemonades). Honest Burgers doesn’t take reservations and is very popular among Soho’s visitors. So best to come early to ensure a table relatively quickly or otherwise risk being put on the waiting list.
Food rating for Honest Burgers: 8/10
Service rating for Honest Burgers: 8/10
Overall rating for Honest Burgers: 8/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of ambiance and price)