HIDE & SEED Burger – Putney

Thank you Zomato for inviting me to try Hide and Seed

Was kinda dragged into this. The person who got the voucher wasn’t me.

Hide and Seed is inside a Hotel, therefore a bit secluded and easy to miss.
The presentation is fantastic, tastefully decorated with two different areas.

Menu is Spartan and limited and very pub-like.

Got a Hide burger. Pretty good. Tasty, big patty, handformed, but it broke in half (as in horizontal half) ,making eating it by hand impossible.
In general a tasty burger.

The dessert is fantastic, and the coffee pretty good.

Very good service.

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It’s a chicken’s business

Even though I love burgers (oh yeah I do, burgers! (Insert texas accent here berrrrguerrrrr)), I love chicken as well and as they say:

“Life is too short for bad chicken”

If you say something like: “Let’s go for some chicken”, 99% of the people in UK will think of Nando’s. Well, being portuguese I picture something a lot tastier and juicier

Frango da guia – Real Portuguese Grilled Chicken

Another one! See how juicy it is

Repeat my words: Nando’s is not Portuguese! It’s dry chicken! The only reason why people love it, it’s because they have nice sauces. We have Piri-Piri (Yes, not Peri peri)

Killer machine! muahahahhahahha

Now that you get the differences let’s talk about Clockjack. It felt like fresh air.

Clockjack 5
It’s pretty unassuming and it’s a rotisserie chicken place. (And it’s better than Nando’s.)

It’s tastefully decorated, and the staff is really friendly.

Clockjack 3 Clockjack 4

And food is pretty good!Β The chicken is well seasoned, tasty, cooked through and disappears very quickly :/

Clockjack 1

Clockjack 2

There was still space for dessert:

If the chicken went fast, the cake went even faster!

 

It’s an affordable place but the bill can very easily go to Β£20pp, so keep the sides in check.

On the plus side, I didn’t left smelling like grilled chicken πŸ˜€ It’s a good place to go, and with such a convenient location I’m sure I’ll be back more often. They even have burgers as well!

Thanks Zomato for inviting me.

The Botanist – Cheeseburger + Pulled pork = awesome

Hi all,

Please excuse the long hiatus. Have been busy these couple of months and beleive it or not, I didn’t have any worthwhile hamburgers. It ended up going to ‘The Botanist’ again to discover a new recipe to their old hamburger.

Pulled pork. It changes everything.
In bacon or pulled pork form, this is essentially the truth.


(copyright not mine)

So this was the meal

Pulled pork on the burger is an extra Β£2.5. Well worth it.

At first glance, it’s kind of indecent with all the juices flowing. Picking it up, the bread is a bit mushy.
First bite: mind blown. Firstly, the beef is much better seasoned than before and juicier. It was medium done, but still all the necessary fluids were there. And they mixed with the pulled pork and the BBQ sauce and wow. Great, great, great.
The pulled pork and BBQ sauce gave the experience another level of pleasure. As if it was like that popular book, ’50 shades of pork’ (?). Pun intended.

The fries helped to solidify the meal. A bit on the salty side. Great crunch.

The drink was a Veltins Pilsner which is a very lagery pilsner lager. If you had a lager before, think of what it tasted like. Yes, this was it.

Overall, now I can consider as the best pub burger up until now.

Food – 4.75/5
Choice of drinks – 4/5
Service – 4/5
Location – 4/5

Shake shack – hum…

For a few year now, a myriad of new Burger places have been popping around in the UK. From pub/gourmet to a more fast-food experience, it seems that the main brands from the United States are n, that are not MacDonalds or Burger King, are now here.

I was informed that shake shack has opened in the Convent Garden Market, very near to the other main competitor.

Had to go there to see what the fuss was all about.

It operates in a very peculiar fashion.
You get into the queue from on side of the restaurant, a very nice chap is singing at the door and handing out menus, you get inside the restaurant, order and get out at the other side with a remote alarm which will vibrate when it’s ready.

The order was for a double bacon cheese burger which name I can’t recall, some cheddar fries and a drink called 50/50, which is tea and lemonade. Cost is roughly Β£15

Firstly, the burger.
Have you ever had one of those Burger King Angus?
It’s exactly the same, but the kicker on this case, is that it costs twice as much and doesn’t taste any different.
The meat is OK, nothing fancy, the bun is all right and cheese is fine. The fries are pretty much McCain crinkles.

And that’s about it. Really.
It’s an expensive version Burger King and that’s all there is to say about the meal.

The staff , however, is outstanding.
The waiter on front was very happy about doing his job, the staff in the restaurant is nice and polite, the service is fast”ish”, and they will even find you in the middle of the Market to bring an unfinished order.

I’ll have to come back someday to try the shakes.

Food – 3/5
Choice of drinks – 4.5/5
Service – 5/5
Location – 5/5

Five Guys Burgers and Fries’ cheeseburger – Covent Garden

Five guys was always an unicorn to me.
Only available on another continent. Always told it is a hamburger with no match. Always told to try it.

The first time I have heard from it was on youtube through the user Daym Drops on this video.

Well, fortunetely, it was an unicorn.
I was informed that Five guys have opened a few restaurants in the UK, including one in Central London, Covent Garden.
Isn’t that just lucky?

After some 30 minutes commuting, I got to their place, which has a rather bland look.

The interior is also basic. Red and white.

But once inside, there is a vibe in the air that tells that the burger is good.
Everywhere on the walls there are reviews from Journals, magazines, blogs saying that their burger is exceptional.

Right away, I can say, that the kitchen is exceptional.
The kitchen is in front of every one to see. It is an open style kitchen that always to see what the guys are doing.

Since the bacon cheese burger over there always receives high praise, I had to know what it is all about.

The meal chosen was:
Bacon Cheese burger (the large one) with grilled mushrooms. I’m pretty sure I could have chosen more toppings.
Cajun Fries (was recommended)
Bottomless Coke.

Receipt says: 14 pounds.

So, after a few minutes waiting on the line, this is what they give you.

I’m pretty sure the last time I saw a brown bag it was hiding booze. Or drugs. Or both. But matter not, let’s look inside.

Are you seriously going to serve me a burger that cost me just shy of 9 pounds on tin foil???

Setting that aside, and unrapping the foil

That is a good looking burger. It is oozing cheese and has a heavenly smell.

But the taste…
I had a reaction similar to this.

(Copyright by Pixar)

The first bite left me speechless.
It seemed that the way the burger is presented was some kind of clever plot to lower the expectations and then having hammer falling on the head.

The bun is moist. The meat is succulent and fills the all the space in the mouth. The cheese is there to round up the taste and the grilled mushrooms were done just right.

I take it all back with my tin-foil comments and brown bags. Keep them. Please, keep them!

This burger is, without a shadow of a doubt, crack cocaine on a sandwich format.
If I had a golden burger award picture, I would have posted it already.

But it doesn’t end here, oh no.
There is more and it is just as good.

The fries

A huge portion of it.

These are some sexy fries over here.
So sexy, they deserved a zoom

These are not only sexy, but they also have character.
Spicy. Well fried with skin-on. A bite will land a haymaker on the face. They are the best fries out there.
Full-stop.

I don’t usually go for seconds.
This meal didn’t need seconds… but this is crack-cocaine.

So, since Five guys also offer “mini” hamburgers, a mini cheeseburger was the choice.

First impression was “that isn’t a mini hamburger. That is a space-sta… almost the size of a big mac!”.
And it tastes the same as the bacon cheeseburger!

Same quality meat, left me speechless yet again.

To wrap things up.

This restaurant won’t win any prizes with appeal, looks, marketing and presentation but who cares?

The greased brown bag and the tin-foiled hamburger is part of the experience and despite this shady look it wins on all relevant departments: Taste, attention to detail and customer satisfaction
Five guys, as far as I’m aware, have their marketing done by word of mouth. The burger is *that good*. And they deserve every bit of praise.

If this isn’t a perfect burger, it is very close.

Food – 4.75/5
Choice of drinks – 2.5/5
Service – 4.25/5
Location – 5/5

Try this.You won’t regret it!

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?