For a while now I have been on a mission to find London’s best burger. On my quest I have found many a good burger, and some surprisingly disappointing examples too.
What constitutes as a good burger in my eyes?
A good bun – preferably brioche – not so soft that it falls apart as you eat the burger, but not too dry either.
A medium rare-patty. Any more cooking is sacrilege.
Good, tasty fillings.
Which burger joint came out victorious? For me the aptly and rather simply named Patty & Bun (P&B) was the winner. It was a close call though. Located just around the corner from Bond Street station, it often has a large queue spilling out of the door and down the street too.
What makes it so special? As a mayo addict I loved their Smokey Robinson burger – topped with caramelised onions, and their special smokey mayonnaise, there was no going back: I was a goner.
Wine wise what is the best match for this beastly dish? Malbec, in my opinion, has enough gusto to work with the meat, but enough fruitiness to balance everything else out. Anything from the New World comes a close second place… anything Old World with a burger just seems plain wrong.
What are your best burger joints & wine pairings?
Patty and Bun, 54 James St, London W1U 1EU
P.S. If you’re someone who likes plates, and reservations then this is not the joint for you.