We return to London’s obsession with burgers. In the wake of the world’s first test tube burger arriving in London next week, Andrew looks at premium burger restaurants that have successfully migrated to London. Patty & Bun joins the ranks of Shake Shack and Five Guys recent entries to the capital’s All American burger bars
The Search is Over
It’s been five long years of searching…..and it’s over. Thank you Patty&Bun, where three American teenage boys and their parents FINALLY found a hamburger to rival the California temple of hamburger worship – In N Out - which we left behind in 2008 when moving to London.
We are a family that timed its trips to the airport in San Francisco and our sojourns to the Sierras around a stop at In N Out Burger, the quintessential burger. A simple thing - good meat (preferably two patties), grilled onions, cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato, a special sauce and a simple bun – hand cut fries with the skins on. They are so good that it doesn’t even matter if it’s 10:00 a.m. – we’ll stop at In N Out.
And now, we have Patty&Bun. Not the same ambiance as a chirpy, perky In N Out – dark and cool and buzzy instead – none of that matters when the Smokey Robinson arrives in front of me, dripping with meat juice and barbecue sauce, topped with caramelised onions and bacon (bacon that tastes like bacon and not that imitator – the rasher), tight and compact and beautiful and delicious, stopping only to lick the juices running down my fingers.
While I savor, I look at the boys and see crumpled papers that once wrapped tightly around their burgers are now splayed on the table spattered with burger remnants – burgers gone, devoured, French fries hoovered and calls for more wings. A triumphant night at burger heaven.
Thanks to Joe and the team. And now…about that long line outside….
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