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Burgers and beyond - what has been going on

The essential back to work update on what you missed (not a lot)

Written by . Published on September 17th 2012.


Okay, okay, okay, back to work.

A little rummage about what has been happening (not much) in the long shadow of the McDonalds Olympiad where much enterprise has been afforded in terms of outdoing old Ronald’s with a newer, hipper, greasier, spacier, cholesterolific  hamburger...

The style is sweetbreads and treacle...

Lobster and Burger is rolling itself out as some chain with new outlets in Canary wharf, north and south soho, at £20 it is a cheap lobster but an expensive bap, and the scandi version or strictly speaking Icelandic Tommis  has also popped up in a an unlikely site off Marylebone Lane – a bit too straight and nice say my sources -  which is round the corner from MeatLiquor  that has a new sibling in Covent Garden market MeatMarket.

Draft House has a new branch on Goodge Street is another new contender while for its Monday poke burger while one of the originals from Shoreditch Lucky Chip (well ok not absolutely the Original but I am not writing the history of the groovy hamburger here, just an update) has been gigging downstairs at the Player Bar in Broadwick Street. Fay Maschler in the Evening Standard said it still had the loosest morals of any burger in town...

Meanwhile Kentish Town has finally got some gastronomic action with Soho House opening Dirty Burger by way of a shack behind Highgate Studios and Brixton’s Honest Burger has made a break for Meard Street, Soho...

If you really need to keep up with all this burgerology then refer yourself to the uber nerds at Burgerac...personally it is all a bit high school for me, albeit a quick hats off to the staff at Hoxton Byrons who bring some joie de vie to the chain experience.

Also in north Soho is the much heralded arrival of Bubbledogs – hot dogs with champagne (no, they don’t really go together but who cares?) – it is a clever financial combo and you can sign up for supper at the chef’s table now for later in the year where the reputed James Knappett will be cooking some other things...

And of gastro-note too is that the 10 Bells pop up in Spitalfields is now full time operation under Isaac McHale – there is a video of what to expect here on their facebook page – but the style includes sweetbreads with treacle...cutting edge, and no bun!

You can also get a Herdwick mutton slider with harrisa at Duck and Waffle on top of the Heron Tower, well not quite on top of Sushisamba which is the floor above where all the city suits have been hanging out...

Also of note is the arrival of Massimiliano Blasone at Cassis opposite Brompton Oratory who seems intent on shoving this former French restaurant over the border to Italy, in the best possible sense

But the best restaurant of the summer is probably here – if you can get a table, grab it for the absolutely best in sushi...tokyo style

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