Black Acorn. Iberian Pork. Southbank Food Market

Where: Black Acorn, Iberian Pig Products. Real Food Market, Southbank centre

How Much: £5.50

The Food: Grilled Chorizo sandwich

The Place: A simple food stall set in a food market that’s held every weekend on the Southbank centre, the kind of place where you’d go grab something tasty and get out of there to find a nice spot to sit down by the Thames.

The Rant: I’d been brutally ill for the last fortnight, feeling like I’d been punched in the face by a flu version of Mike Tyson. For a moment Id forgotten who I was, forgotten what sandwiches were and even lost interest in them, largely because I felt like I was going to throw up most of the time. So I needed to get back on track with my sandwich addiction and what I needed what a hearty, hot, chorizo bad ass mother of a sandwich.

The Review: Being primarily a food stall for home grown chorizo, they placed a lot of emphasis on it’s quality and this is what drew me in and wow, the sandwich did not disappoint. Grilled, succulent, sweet and salty chorizo sat beside rocket and piri piri sauce and the star of the show which brought everything beautifully together was the sweet roasted red pepper. The sweet softness of the red pepper worked so perfectly with the chorizo, a combination I hadn’t even ever considered.

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Score & The Score: 9/10. The only downside and this is no fault of this amazing sandwich vendor, it was 30 degrees outside, I was literally sweating as I ate the hot, spicy chorizo sandwich and for this reason only it get’s a 9. If it’d been ten degrees cooler who knows!

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Patty & Bun. The Ari Gold Cheeseburger

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.

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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.

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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.

To soup and sandwich where no man has souped and sandwiched before..

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After having been inspired by a close friend of mine this afternoon who had sent through to me a really great blog about delicious sandwiches I found myself starved deliriously hunting through photos of sandwiches and I thought.. I could probably do better… and hang on this just gives me the absolutely perfect excuse for spending my weekend mornings and lunches running across London searching for impossibly greats sandwiches and soups…

In short just showing my credentials here, this is a tasty pork, ginger and chilli soup I knocked up for myself a few months ago, a Gok Wan recipe and surprisingly the guy knows how to cook up a storm as well as grab women’s butts. I will see how this blog progresses and evolves over the next few weeks and I will also be interested to see what I deem to be acceptable with regards to my boundaries of what counts as a soup or sandwich…. I’m already thinking burgers, so what If I am not a purist! My blog my rules 🙂