I am always on the quest to find the best burger. In fact, I have a lot of strong opinions on burgers. Enter Patty & Bun as my latest joint to judge. After a very long day of work, I headed to the Liverpool Street location to self-soothe with meat and cheese and carbs.
The menu is brief and straight to the point: 5 different types of burgers and a few different sides. I had the “Smokey Robinson” burger: a thick beef patty with lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon, ketchup, Smokey P&B mayo, with (most importantly) mounds of caramelised onions on a brioche bun. It was delicious. I could have eaten a plateful of those onions by themselves! My comrade in arms for the evening had the “Ari Gold”: a similar burger but with pickled onions instead of caramelised ones. We both had portions of chips- that rosemary salt is divine. If it was sold separately, I’d buy a box for my house! And we split the special Hazelnut milkshake. It tasted more nutty and less Nutella than I expected, but I heartily enjoyed it, especially the huge chunks of hazelnut towards the end.
My only criticism is that the burgers and sauces are SO JUICY (not a bad thing in and of itself), but since the brioche is untoasted and so soft it just soaks up all the juices and turns out to be hard to eat with your hands, defeating the point of a bun. I ended up eating my burger with a knife and fork. The Liverpool Street branch is either eat-in or takeaway but unless you lived or worked within a 5 minute walk from the restaurant, I think your burger would have ravaged the brioche by the time you got to eat it. And there are very few seats to eat-in. I’d actually recommend going on a weekend, when the city/office district clears out. During the week it’s packed with workers.
Next time I go (and I would return) I’d like to try the “Hot Chic,” the buttermilk fried chicken on brioche with a spicy slaw and garlic mayo. That has my name all over it. I whole-heartedly enjoyed my dinner, but my quest for the perfect London burger continues.
Just look at that cheesy goodness!
Have you been to Patty & Bun? What were your thoughts?