The best burger I've ever eaten?
Quite possibly. Now we all know Patty & Bun has my heart when it comes to burgers in London, however after reading about Meat and Shake in the London Evening Standard during one fine Thursday evening commute, I figured I'd give it a go. And, it just so happened Andy had moved pretty much next door to the Tooting branch - is that fate knocking I hear? The restaurant serves completely Halal burgers and milkshakes - not a drop of alcohol in sight. But did we care? Absolutely not. It isn't advertised as a Halal restaurant anywhere, so I only knew this from the article I'd read...and that the menu offers Turkey bacon instead of pork (which was pretty good, might I add). According to the article Mr. Ahmad the owner, says most of his customers are non-muslims and I can assure you, I'll probably be his best customer. He states, "we're all Muslim but beyond that we're all Londoners"*. Exactly. Londoners that love burgers.
Let's start with the milkshakes. There's about 15 different delicious options such as pistachio and marshmallow or fig and cinnamon. I decided to venture away from my usual Oreo order and try the toffee and butterscotch shake. So. Good. Pretty filling, so I'd recommend a small instead of a large. Andy tried the rhubarb and custard shake which surprisingly really did taste like those hard-boiled sweets. Sides-wise they do a couple variations on fries including 'stinky fries' which are topped with Stilton and hot sauce. We opted for some classic skin-on fries and onion rings. Not the best fries I've ever had, but tasty nonetheless.
Being somewhat skeptical that the burgers on offer would be average and pretty forgetful, I thought I'd order something unconventional. I chose the Truffle Shuffle (awesome name) and Andy chose the Smoking Bandit. Little did we realise it would quite literally, be smoking. The Truffle Shuffle consisted of truffle mayo, gruyère cheese and a honey and onion truffle glaze. Absolutely mind-blowing. The patty was juicy, served medium with that lovely charred smokey taste. The bun didn't flake or crumble. The cheese oozed down my hands and they didn't scrimp on the truffle. Andy's Smoking Bandit had heads turning to peak as the cloche revealed an intense smokey flavour of steam - see gif below. Such a novel idea and a great tasting burger too!
*London Evening Standard, 2015
There was a moment after our first bites when we both looked at each other and in unison said, "best burger ever?". Currently, maybe, possibly, quite definitely the best burger I've ever had.
Queue: I visited the Tooting Bec branch on a Saturday around 12:30pm for lunch and walked straight in. We tried to get in the previous Friday night but it was fully booked up until 9:30pm - quickly becoming a popular venue!
Price: For a burger, fries and a shake it was just about £20 a head, so slightly pricier than other venues I've blogged about.
Ambience: Small, chilled, super friendly staff. I'm going to visit again and again.
Currently winning in The Burger Adventure.
Have you been to any Halal restaurants you think I should try?
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.