I think I’ll make this one relatively brief, like my visit to Dirty Burger. I admire the ‘how cheap can the running costs of this place be to ensure we get maximum return on this venture?’ attitude. The place has tried hard to be cool, so cool you might want to strip it of the shed it inhabits, put a tent there, throw someone a burger and mug them. Ok, it’s not quite that bad.
A little shack around the back of the inviting ‘Pizza East’ (I wished I was going in there), it’s next to the car park, under the fire escape stairs.
There’s a good sized central table and a bar style area around the edges, it’s hard to take it seriously though as in the middle of the table there are several copies of The Sun and The Mirror, I’m presuming for the patrons’ enjoyment. There’s no loo. But, they do offer bottomless coffee and tap water at the side for you to help yourself to. Trying to hold back laughter as its very hard to take this place seriously.
Down to the food, I had the only thing on the menu, the cheeseburger. An unbelievably greasy bun with ‘Garfunkels’ style, dry, tough meat, tomato, gherkin, cheese (the best part) and a dash of mustard and ketchup. It was ok, but not great.
For the sides we had the crinkle cut fries and the onion fries. The former were, no joke, like ‘no frills’ oven chips and the onion fries were cooked in that cheap, fairground corn dog batter that tastes like cardboard.
I realise now I’m giving this place a bad review, but it just didn’t live up to the hype. It wasn’t horrifically bad, it just wasn’t great. My vote for best burger in town so far is definitely going to MeatMarket…it’s all about the dead hippy sauce. Do yourself a favour and try Chicken Shop around the corner…same owners…better idea and it even has a loo!
Rear 79 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TL
020 3310 2010