Foodie Friday XXVIII

Unless you’ve been living under a moss-covered rock in the Outer Hebrides with no 3G on your smartphone for the last week, you couldn’t have missed the news of the latest offering to the culinary table… the lab-grown burger, made from stem cells grown from a cow’s shoulder muscle. Yummy.

Is Frankenstein’s patty the answer to the global food shortage or a step too far? The opinions are divided but can this non-meaty meat product ever be a replacement for the real deal?

If you want to do some ‘scientific’ comparisons of your own, here’s our run-down of some unique burger joints in London… if you fancy getting your chops around real animal product that is…

Northern Soul Food @ The Three Compasses, Dalston

Menu created by Bingley boy Nathan Dunn whose personality is nearly as unusual as his dishes. He wants to bring Northern Soul to the Big Smoke one homemade burger patty at a time. Keeping to the theme, he brings us the ‘Wilson Piglett’, a zingy salsa-laden cheeseburger with smoked bacon (a disco inferno for the mouth) and the ‘Ewe Got Soul’, a fresh greek style lamb burger replete with feta and tzatiziki.  If you’ve never tried Dr Pepper Pulled Pork, then quite frankly you haven’t lived and you should consider reserving yourself a table down at the Three Compasses as a matter of urgency.

Ingredients are locally sourced, supporting everything from the butcher to the baker (and potentially even the candlestick maker). Meat comes courtesy of Butcher of the Year 2012 ‘Meat N16’, all in line with Dunn’s ‘Say no to supermarkets’ approach to food.

We hear from a reliable little birdie that a new dish will be added to this fledgling kitchen next week, a russian roulette game of burgers called ‘Sui-Sliders’ anyone?

At it’s heart this food is honest, down to Earth and full of soul… much like it’s creator.

Kitchen opening times:

Monday to Friday- 6-10pm

Saturday & Sunday- midday-10pm

99 Dalston Ln, London E8 1NH

020 7923 4752

Tommi’s Burger Joint, Marylebone

The atmosphere of Tommi’s makes it incredibly stylish indeed…. the burgers make it incredibly addictive. All handwritten signs, cages and wood, this recent import from Iceland boasts a a menu that is small in size, big in taste. Choosing between beef, cheese, veggie or steak, you can get your burger with fries and a soda for a mere £9.90… virtually unheard of in London’s gourmet burger epidemic.

The fries are salty, golden and moreish but the piece de resistance here is so obviously the burger. We love the steak, cooked medium rare. Disclaimer: you may end up with meat juices dripping down your chin but hey, it’s all part of the fun.

Who knew that the most American-style burgers in London would come from Iceland?

Kitchen opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 11.30am-11pm

Sunday- midday-10pm

30 Thayer Street, London , W1U 2QP
07823 557 945


Shake Shack, Covent Garden

We are delighted that Shake Shack has finally reached our shores a mere month ago and hasn’t had a quiet day since. Why you ask? Because their burgers are out of this world. Our pick of the menu would have to be the Shack Stack, a juicy cheese burger with extra added Shroom burger, salad and sauce.

One of our favourite things about Shake Shack is that they realise how much we love our dogs here in the UK… so much so, they’ve added a special canine friendly section to the menu. If Rover gets hungry, Shake Shack is the only place to be.

Kitchen opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday- 11am-10.30pm

24 Market Building, The Piazza, WC2E 8RD

0203 598 1360

Red Dog Saloon,  Hoxton

Red Dog Saloon at it’s heart is a BBQ restuarant on the corner of Hoxton Sq but deserves a mention here for a (not so) little thing they call ‘The Devastator Challenge’. In this Southern US themed and surprisingly cavernous establishment, you can pay £25.20 to gourge yourself on Britain’s biggest burger (three patties, six bacon rashers, six slices of cheese and pulled pork), fries, coleslaw and a fearfully thick icecream based milkshake. But this is not just any meal, this is a Red Dog meal and you have only ten minutes in which to do so.

Though Red Dog may not be top of our list for quality gourmet burgers, it’s certainly a contender for one of the most hands-on, sociable eating experiences in East London. It’s rowdy, it’s crowded, it’s hectic but it’s perfect just as it is.

Kitchen opening times:

Monday to Thursday: midday-11pm

Friday and Saturday: 10am-11pm

Sunday- midday-10.30pm

37 Hoxton Square  London N1 6NN
020 3551 8014