Burgers are having a serious moment. Their trendiness levels are pretty much off the chart, and restaurant chains that specialise in just perfecting the art of the burger are now in gluttonous abundance, much to our meat-loving delight. This is even more true in our wonderful capital city, where brilliant restaurants seem to crowd on every patch of pavement, all vying for your undivided attention.
The great thing about burgers is their exclusivity. Not a fan of beef? Have chicken. Hate cheese? It can be taken out. On a diet? Go without the roll and swap the fries for salad. With something suitable for everyone, the Soho branch of the popular Honest Burgers restaurant chain seemed the ideal spot for a team lunch out to celebrate a work win.
The menu is uncluttered and easy to read, in a very usually flow chart style presentation, where you start off by selecting what meat you want, whether you go for chicken, beef or a veggie option. Beef undoubtedly has the most options available, with only one chicken and one vegetarian burger offered, however let’s face it – if you’re going to a burger joint, you’re there for the beef! I actually went off menu when ordering my meal, going instead for the weekly special, presented on a separate piece of card. Although the special cost a little more going just over the £10 mark, to me, it was very simply ticking my boxes. The brioche bun had a wonderful domed top, complete with that appetising sheen that makes you want to sink your teeth into it. Crispy strips of bacon sunk into the oozy cheese slice, that had wrapped itself in a delightfully clingy mess around the bulky beef burger, served slightly pink. The beef was succulent and thick, the quality of the meat apparent in the flavour and texture. The salad leaves and spicy sauce gave it a slightly Mexican style twist and helped to combine and lift the flavours.
As for the rosemary salted chips that come with all burgers, wowsers. Addictive is one word for them. Left with the skin on and cut on the slim side, the herb adds a vague hint of flavour to the saltiness of the chips that is in no way overpowering, just a muted background yum. Dunked in lashings of my trademark ketchup, my basket style platter of burger and chips was soon polished, the food dampened paper at the bottom looking like a war zone with obliterated chip crumbs, a smear of leftover sauce and a crumpled up napkin.
Cheap and cheerful food that tastes the bees knees is always great and Honest Burgers for me falls into this category. Most of the meals are just under that £10 mark so it is about average for a burger meal, yet it tastes so good! Certainly worth a visit although you might want to book a table if you plan on going to the same busy Soho branch; the old school rustic kitchen feel venue gets filled up quickly and larger tables are a rarity.