Next on the Burger hunt was Honest Burgers this weekend. New to the Old Street area and next door to Ceviche, it was time to check out this slowly growing group. Hidden on a side street off City Road, you could miss it if you blink, but then it makes for a relaxed setting as it was not pumping and busy when we went.
The interior is compact and cosy. I love the little two-seaters right next to the window, as people watching is a favourite thing of mine. It is also good for solo dining. There are not enough places where one can feel comfortable grabbing a bite to eat solo, but this is definitely one for your list.
The menu was brought to us by a bubbly waitress who talked us through the regular items and the special of the week. The menu is simple, split between chicken, meat and veg. I like that it does not go on forever and just breaks it down to a few staple items.
Jackie, my dining buddy, went for the special, a Beef patty with chorizo, smoked cheddar, jalapenos and lettuce. She enjoyed it and was happy with there being just enough kick, without eyes watering and stinging tongues. I had the Cheese burger with red onion relish, lettuce and Stilton (you could also choose cheddar or red Leicester). Could have done with a little bit more Stilton as I love blue cheese.
All burgers are served with rosemary salted chips which makes Honest Burgers really good value for money. The patty was cooked medium rare and was actually a nice piece of meat with not too much fat. It tasted good to me and had been properly seasoned. The rosemary salted fries were a little too salty for me, but an interesting take on what could be just normal boring fries as a side.
The whole experience was nifty, having quick service, food arriving promptly and us being out the door before you could say Burger Tour. I like this little hidden gem, its close by and certainly an option to fill your belly after a drinking sesh at The 3 Crowns pub across the road.
Bravo Honest Burgers, but please don’t go the route of so many other chains (cough Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Byron) and lose the individuality, attention to detail and more importantly, a good patty in your bun. Which smoothly brings me to my parting words of wisdom, Patty & Bun is still my favourite burger place of all time, but Honest Burgers is currently the second favourite.
6 Baldwin Street
London EC1V 9NU
T. 020 8069 6990