Three of my closest friends and I have always been on a quest to find the best burgers in London. Of late, we have been side-tracked as this blog has made me want to seek out all sorts of dining experiences out and about in London.
Myself and Jacki (fellow burgster) and two colleagues recently hung out in Hoxton so it was only right that we check out a burger place. We headed to Red Dog Saloon in Hoxton Square to seek out their burger offering.
Red Dog prides itself on offering authentic southern US fare with an emphasis on bbq meat. They talk about award-winning smokers imported from the US and techniques that include using hickory and mesquite for specific smoked flavours. I don’t know how much the hungry diner takes notice of this, but we were drawn to it because of the buzz of people and I had previously made a late night stop there for drinks.
Now I have had a couple of good burgers, Patty & Bun and Dirty Burger to name a couple so I know what I like. There is an importance in the consistency of the meat (i.e. no fatty pieces or gristle), the ability to cook it as you order (mine is always medium rare) and how the bun/bread stands up to the filling (i.e. not so soggy that it falls apart). Side orders are more often than not the chorus line to the main star, so can be forgiven for being mediocre. In this case, let me first take you to the side order of mac and cheese. Not good. It was congealed yellow stuff that lacked taste.
Moving onto the burgers; they were okay. Maybe we caught them on a particularly busy night and off day, but it really did not pack the punch that the decor, buzz and perky staff built it up to deliver. We had the Californian burger (guacamole, applewood smoked bacon and mozzarella), Texan burger (hickory smoked brisket, kansas city sauce and american cheese) and blue cheese burger (blue cheese and bacon). We all agreed that whilst they were ok, the meat seemed a little dry.
With Honest Burgers putting in an appearance just off Shoreditch High Street in the near future, burgers are flooding the Hoxton/Shoreditch area. One needs to step up. I am not giving up on this one though, I know they can do better and I look forward to going there again and being blown away.
Red Dog Saloon
37 Hoxton Square
Tel. 020 3551 8014