Extreme burgers are, by definition, OTT. The headlining cheeseburgers at Patty and Bun, a new burger joint and instant sensation in London’s Marylebone, are not so much over the top as all over. Open the wrapper and you can’t tell where the orange gooey cheesy stuff ends and the runny orange house sauce begins.
Patty and Bun’s charismatic Joe Grossman has named his radioactive burgers after famous people. The Ari Gold (£7) contains a deep-pink patty just shy of six ounces but not shy of fatty juices, cheese goo, more cheese goo, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, ketchup, smokey house mayo and more smokey house mayo on a browned brioche bun. The Smokey Robinson (£8) adds bacon and substitutes caramelised onions for the pickled onions. With every Ari or Smokey you polish off you’ll feel more and more like another celebrity, Oliver Hardy.
“Well,” you’ll be telling Grossman as you unwrap yet another Ari Gold, “here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!”
Patty & Bun, 54 James St, London W1U 1HE (map), closed Mondays