You might get some idea from reading about their designs for winning the one burger everyone wants most, the one burger you can’t eat: The Golden Patty Award version 2.0 is an original work by artist Lewis Stringer, creator of the Burger Bell Jar.
The half dozen burgers to be served at both the Sunday afternoon and Monday night sessions of the #LondonBurgerBash half marathon are below, in no particular order. The list is followed by beer matches proposed for each burger by Camden Town Brewery’s Head Brewer James Garstang. [Read more...]
Judging six big-league burgers in a single go is no job to be taken lightly. The London Overground may stop at Kentish Town West station, directly over the railway arches of Camden Town Brewery, the competition venue, but it’s up to you to get your mind and body in the right place.
To motivate you for the next @BurgerMonday #LondonBurgerBush 7/8 April I’ve released this video of the inaugural bash held 29 October 2012.
The competitors may not be the same this time as they were in October but the demands on you the voter will be just as great. Promise.
The six new chefs at the April bash are competing in the second of four burger-offs in the group stage. The top vote-getter of this heat books a place in the #LondonBurgerBash finals, to be held in 2014.
If you know and love Yianni burgers from The Meatwagon, MEATLiquor or MEATMarket you tolerate his heavy hand with the ground black pepper shaker. You accept that with long queues and thousands to serve not every patty can be cooked to a pink ideal.
But nothing in your experience fully prepares you for a dense patty with so little colour, juice and crumble. [Read more...]
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
The George Osborne arithmetic is a Christmas gift to London from Brendan Sodikoff, chef/owner of Chicago’s Au Cheval diner. (Au cheval is French for “on horseback” or, in food parlance, “with an egg on top”.)
The Soho House group of restaurants and hotels took inspiration from – and then a partnership with – Sodikoff when it transformed the Electric Brasserie, beside the historic Electric Cinema in London’s Notting Hill, into the ElectricDiner, which opened on Monday. [Read more...]