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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Salmon Burger @ Prego na Peixaria – Lisbon

Hard to believe he managed to leave Lisbon without trying this burger. But he did! Fortunately I didn’t, because this was quite an orgasmic burger. But enough talking, let’s step back a bit.

Lisbon
One of the trendiest places in Europe right now, and so easy to understand why! (for more burgers in Lisbon check my previous posts: Honorato, Hamburgaria do Bairro and H3) There’s lots of new places to visit, really good restaurants and views to die for.

Ahh and did I mentioned it’s quite cheap? If you live in London like I do, you’re probably used to pay more than £40 for 2 burgers right? In Portugal you will pay £20 for 2 gourmet burgers.

Portuguese people love food. Nothing is better than a good wine and good food, either fish or meat, but it needs to be good, so it’s no wonder that new generations take a step ahead and come with really good ideas, such as the burger I’m going to talk about.

O Prego da Peixaria is a stall in the Mercado da Ribeira, which is a very trendy place right now. Always really busy, like M25 in rush hour.

 

Yap! But even M25 can be ok like middle of the night, or early morning. The trick to visit this place is the same, avoid rush hour. Or then don’t, and then expect to queue up for a bit. Regardless of when you go, it will be worth it!

I went for lunch at 15h, which is a good time to go.

The menu is as you see on top, so not many choices, but who needs loads of choices and all you need is the perfect one! Service is quite quick, I think I’ve waited 10m for my food.

So, you want to see some sexy fluffy burger?

Look closer… hummmmmm leviosahh

As soon as I’ve touched the bread I couldn’t believe how soft it was. You just want to keep on touching it again and again. Then the first bite and you’re in heaven! All the flavours from the cuttlefish ink, mixed with a creamy salmon and you don’t know why did you waiting so long to try it. Every bit feels like orgasmic. Oh yes it does!

I didn’t had anything else with my burger, and I didn’t cared about anything else but him… this yummy burger. Honestly the choice of sides and drinks is very limited, but who cares! Have 2 burgers instead of one!

Food – 5/5
Choice of drinks – 3/5
Service – 3.5/5
Location – 5/5

And… he didn’t tried it! I did! Muhahahahahaha

Best regards

She