The Commander, Notting Hill – Not for burgers

On a sunny Sunday, most likely one of the last ones this year, we went to “the Commander” in Hereford Road, Notting Hill. A beautiful pub with some 20s/30s influences.

There’s also a nice dinner room and outside area


Well, I guess this will be the last time I’m praising this pub.

Let’s go to the burger directly

Looks appealing, it’s a bacon cheeseburger, you know, the standard.

Fries look nice.

Onto the first bite, first thing I noticed was… the patty flavour isn’t there! Second bite, this tastes even worse than Quorn!
We are talking about a 17pound burger here, not exactly a cheap “sandwich”. It went downright revolting after a few bits. The patty developed a nauseating palate without having any defining characteristics in it’s taste. It was the first time for me to have something like this in a burger. “The silence was deafening”.

The toppings weren’t exactly stellar, and this is where sometimes other burgers might be “saved” from being completely horrible.

The fries were definitely very good. Well fried, nice yellow, good seasoning. The only part on the burger that was enjoyable.

We have also had a couple of starters. The prawns were really, really good. So go there for the all the seafood.

A meal always deserves a good drink

And this perry is thirst quencher.

Summing up, the Commander is a nice pub. Not for burgers. Deffo for drinks and shellfish (the steak was OK, too). Also worth mentioning the chocolate mousse. And the slow service.

Avoid for burgers.

Food – 1.5/5
Choice of drinks – 4.5/5
Service – 2.5/5
Location – 5/5

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Mo Shroom – Byron @ Westfield Shepard’s Bush

Byron is a well known Burger Restaurant chain in the United Kingdom.
As a restaurant, they offer a up-market look reminiscent of 1950’s diners, but center themselves heavily on Hamburgers.

This particular restaurant was my first contact with more “gourmet” hamburgers in the UK (read, non-fast-food). The staff is always polite and professional.
This month, particularly, they are supporting Movember, and like in previous years, there is a burger done to support it.

Enter the Mo shroom.

At first a bit unimpressive.

It is basically a Emmenthal cheese, cheeseburger with sliced Portobello mushrooms.

Like all Byron’s burgers, the buns have no sesame or seeds and are grilled for few moments. My top bun had to much char on the bread, leaving the distinctive burnt taste on it.

The cross-section shows that for a medium-rare burger patty, as I requested, it had no pink whatsoever. Even though the meat is very high-quality, it was too cooked, leaving the meat dry.
A shame.

The burger itself was well-thought. The portobello mushroom makes a good combination with the meat and sauce, having a warmer presence when eating it.

Maybe the best Movember burger they made up to this day, in my opinion.

Fries-wise…
Nothing fancy about them. Well fried and well-salted. Too “yellow” for my taste.

As a restaurant, Byron offers a small choice of beers and other alcoholic beverages.
They used to have Tatcher’s ciders, but have changed it to Pipsqueak (why the hell would you do that!?)

So, from the choice I had, this was the one

Brew Dog Punk IPA

First things first.
The can.
If I ever passed by one of these on a supermarket, I would think this is some kind of Asian beverage/soda.
The can is dramatic and different. Very nice appeal.

As an IPA, it’s a regular one. Persistent Lemongrass taste. Zesty. Good initial carbonation, but the head doesn’t last a bit.
3.5/5

A meal will set you back, typically 15 pounds per person. That includes a burger, fries and drinks.
This particular burger was 10 pounds.

The scores are

Food – 4.25/5
Choice of drinks – 3.5/5
Service – 4.25/5
Location – 5/5

I would rate more on the meat, but the medium-rares I ask, are *never* medium-rare.
A shame, as the meat is really good, but there is no moisture left to give it the taste I like about beef.I will come back to this place, and someone said the one from Clapham Junction is better.
Who knows?