Address: Unit 10, Market Row, Brixton Market, SW9 8JX, London
Telephone: 020 7733 4646
We are hoping that this will be the last burger bar we review for a while, after about six. Although we do know there are others coming to join the list. This is a return visit, due to pressure from one of group and our previous review is here. Despite the elapse of four years it hasn’t changed its décor, so we won’t spend any time on that. Seats though are for parties of four, unless you book when they put them together for larger numbers. This is the last (or maybe just the latest) of a small chain with other locations being in Shoreditch and Soho. It is in the heart of Market Row, which now has almost 50% restaurants. Lighting is dim and music loudish, even at 7.00pm on a Thursday.
The short menu is burger heavy with cheese, bacon, spicy or purist but there are also pork, chicken and vegetarian options. We chose a purist simple Hereford beef patty (well at least they didn’t give us the name of the cow) – which comes with tomatoes, lettuce and mayo. But with three others to fill we went a bit wild with a Fat Gringo (Monterey Jack cheese, candied bacon, jalapeno mustard, red onions, tomato, lettuce and a smoked pickled gherkin), a Veggie burger (kidney beans, roast butternut squash, fresh herbs and spices. served with; tomato, lettuce, red onion chutney and mayo in a toasted brioche) and a Red and Blue (stilton, red onion chutney with lettuce and mayo). But we also wanted skinny fries and coleslaw, which was probably a step too far – my mother would say our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and she would be completely right.
LLast time we complained about the disintegrating bread but we are pleased to say that wasn’t much of a problem this time. Perhaps it was the particularly shiny glaze. They do provide knives and forks – necessary only for the coleslaw. Everything was great, although you may wish to steer clear of anything with Gringo in the title as that is code for very, very spicy.
We washed it down with sparkling water, ginger beer and a couple of large bottles of beer.
Food is sourced ethically and the meat is from rare breeds in the UK, the cheese from Glastonbury and the beer from microbreweries in Kent and Brixton. So not many food miles, except for the tomato sauce (homemade from Italian tomatoes). Our waitress had to be reminded about the Veggie Burger – probably no-one ever asks for it – but we forgave her as it was her first day on the job.
The bill came to £53.15 for four which was reasonable value for both food and drink and we were definitely full when we left.