One of the earliest entrants to the London super burger scene, Honest Burgers’ first outlet was also helpfully located in the foodie mecca that is Brixton Village (and a short walk from my house). A 4* and a 5* review from trusted burger detective Burgerac seemed to suggest there was more worth investigating than just the hype.
I’ve been twice now, and equally impressed both times. The first time I had the special, which involved lots of chimichurri and jalapenos and was really good but there was a lot going on. However I have to say that my second experience of the pure cheeseburger, with cheddar (you can also opt for red leicester or stilton) was the winner and is definitely one of the best burgers I’ve eaten in London. My date had the bacon burger– also very tasty. You can definitely tell that the meat has come from The Ginger Pig – no McShortcuts here. The chips are rosemary salted and skinny, and served with the skin on which won’t be everyone’s bag but they are perfectly good as a support act. Worthy of particular mention however is the really excellent beetroot and apple slaw – refreshing and yummy.
Even my burger-sceptic mum was wowed by the cauliflower, sweetcorn and shallot fritter with cucumber yoghurt, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best vegetarian options available on the London burger market today.
There’s a decent selection of beer, cider, wine and even bloody marys which makes this quite a good hungover brunch option. All the drinks, even the wine, are served in basic tumblers reflecting the stripped back styling of the rest of the experience.
I love the current back to basics trend and food is served in those old school white and blue camping style dishes so this is right up my street. It’s a tiny shop, with a small amount of seating both inside and outside (although, outside isn’t really outside, as it’s in Brixton Village…) so you should expect a little wait for a table and be OK with sharing it with strangers. They have a new system where you put your name down and you can go away and grab a drink and watch your queue progress on an app – so as burger queuing in London goes it’s relatively painless.
Excellent burgers, friendly staff, cosy restaurant, cool location and a queue that you don’t have to endure the British weather for three hours to stand in. What more could you ask for?
GO THERE IF…
You’re taking a veggie friend for dinner but you fancy a burger…
DON’T GO THERE IF…
It’s a first date and sharing a table with a manic burger blogger wielding an SLR will kill the romance.
They do gluten free buns – a burger rarity and great news if you have a coeliac friend that’s been missing out on the burger-fest.
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