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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O Honorato, Lisbon – A must go

Finishing off a rather small Lisbon tour would need a visit to another very recommended burger restaurant, called Honorato, Hambuguers Artesanais.
Also a somewhat new restaurant, but a totally different vibe. It’s a mix of restaurant with a upscale bar, where they serve loads of Gin cocktails and coincidently, hamburgers (yay!).

There are a few locations, but the one I tried was in Rua de Santa Marta which is a very central location in Lisbon.

It’s a busy place. Some 35 minutes until it was possible to get a table.

First thing to mention, is that the service is a bit slow. 15 minutes until the drinks came it’s too much.
Good selection of natural juices.

I had a lemon and ginger juice, which was very tasty.

The only selection for starters I was made aware of ( The menu is much too spartan-like, with only burgers and nothing else), was the Coxinhas de Frango.

What a good starter. The chicken meat was well processed and it had a powerful cheese taste.

A good deal of time later, the burger came. The selection was a “X-Tudo”, a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on top (seems like a recurrent theme withing new burgers places in Lisbon)

The burger patty is smaller than the buns that will mean that the first bite does not pick anything else than bread and lettuce. Second bite, though, much different.
The bacon comes first, and it is crispy and intensely smoked. The meat comes second and fills all the space in the mouth with a top quality, well-seasoned meat. Fried eggs should come standard with a bacon cheeseburgers. Always.

Fries wise, they seem to be home-made, but nothing special about them. Tasteless and devoid of character. The mayo helped a lot.

The burger was so good, I craved another one.
They serve

And in my opinion, this one is better than the regular.

Summing all up, Honorato has one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately the experience is somewhat less powerful considering the awfully dull fries and the long wait for service when seated.
Focusing only on the hamburger, it is a must-taste.

If you ever go to Lisbon, try them out. Be prepared for the service, though.

Food – 4.65/5
Choice of drinks – 4/5
Service – 3/5
Location – 5/5