Where: Patty & Bun. 54 James St, London W1U 1EU
How Much: £12.50
The Food: The ‘ARI GOLD’ Cheeseburger, fries with roseymary salt and winger winger chicken dinner (bbq wings)
The Place: A very small diner with a very big atmosphere, can sit a maximum of no more than 24 people (we counted). As a result of the place being so small the queue was a 45 minute wait out on the pavement outside, but luckily I had some good company in the form of a housemate and some cheap beers from a nearby off licence
The Rant: I came back from the States about a month or so ago, where I had a burger which almost bordered on being some kind of religious experience; one of the most succulent, juiciest, sauciest most flavourful burgers I have ever had in my life from a no frills and no pretention diner. All in all, it made me realise just how overrated burger places are in London, even the so called good ones and how 9.9 times out of 10 I’m given a dry piece of flavourless meat on some bread and expected to dress this up myself with salad, sauce and pickles to hide the fact it tastes like cardboard without them.
The Review: By the time the burger came we’d been waiting so long in the queue and drank so much beer we were starving and I wondered whether this might result in over enjoyment of the burger. I ripped open the packet and wondered and it’s gold glowing cheesiness for all of about a second and then inhaled half of it before I took some time to sit back and enjoy it. All the ingredients melted and melded into one beautiful whole, gorgeous tomato, succulent beef, lots and lots of cheese. I’m not the biggest fan of brioche buns but even so it worked with this burger. It is the best burger I’ve had in the UK thus far, I can’t really give a better compliment than this.
The barbeque chicken wings were also an amazing experience, crispy, dry, sweet, smoky and covered in spring onions. Just as comparable to the burger in terms of quality. The fries were thoroughly disappointing, they were stale and tasted as though they’d been made in a Mcdonalds about 20 miles away.. in no way comparable to the amazing rosemary fries of ‘Honest Burger’.
Score & The Score : 8.5/10 (For the UK)
Quite simply the best burger I have had in the UK, a beautiful saucy experience, however the stale fries let it down considerably.