The BurgerMonday Championship is the Wimbledon of burgers, a single-elimination tournament pitting 8 burgers greats – Almost Famous, Bleecker St Bleecker, Burger Bear, Disco Bistro, Dip & Flip, Elliot’s Cafe, Hawksmoor, Honest Burgers – against one another in a series of Monday-night match-ups.
The final is August 4th at Climpson’s Arch.
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…]