When Alexis Gauthier accepted my challenge to create a one-off burger for the January 27th BurgerMonday at Andrew’s Gray’s Inn greasy spoon I assumed he would reinvent, deconstruct, Frenchify or otherwise gastronomise the American classic. But the chef at Gauthier Soho, one of London’s highest rated restaurants, chose to preserve the simplicity and integrity of a good burger-joint burger made with bun, patty, melted cheese, lettuce, onion and pink sauce.
Alexis did, however, seek an extra dimension, a special effect to distinguish his BurgerMonday cheeseburger. [Read more...]
Mayfields may be a window box of a storefront East London restaurant treasured for deftly crafted small plates of boutique produce, meat and fish. Yet there was nothing dainty about the steakburger chef Matthew Young created for the January 13th BurgerMonday, was there (see below)?
The Pavilion Cafe in East London’s glorious Victoria Park is run by the team behind Elliot’s Cafe. The familial resemblance is apparent in the careful construction of the Pavilion’s new breakfast burger, which sits up as securely in its house-baked seeded bun as does the Elliot’s lunch burger, one of the top 10 beef burgers in London. Both share the same fondness for sweet onions. [Read more...]
The opening round of the championship will begin in May, with the first of four Monday night quarter-final clashes. Match-ups will be determined by a random draw. The winners will meet in two semi-final burger-offs in June, setting the stage for the final in July. [Read more...]
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When you hear the meat has been cooked in its own fat your first association may be duck confit. But a beef burger may be cooked in its own fat, too, beautifully so and in much shorter order, if there’s enough white marbling running through the red meat, a good cooking surface with enough intense heat underneath it for searing and a border wall to keepeth the rendered fat. The grease shall not runneth over. [Read more...]
News that the new Ace Hotel in London’s Shoreditch would be setting up its resident coffee shop in collaboration with Square Mile Coffee Roasters brought expectations of groundbreaking brewing techniques, cutting-edge gadgetry and barista performance art.