It seems apt to write up a recent lunchtime visit to the Soho branch of Honest Burgers on the eve of National Burger Day. Just thinking about the burger now makes me wish I could have one for supper. Having read glowing reviews from the London blogging brigade I had to check it out for myself. The Soho branch is based on Meard Street and is one of three, the others in Brixton and Camden. We visited at 2pm and were seated within a few minutes.
The menu is simple with three variations of burgers, from a simple burger, cheese and the Honest burger with smoked bacon, red onion relish, mature cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce. Naturally, we all settled for the Honest burger, priced very reasonably at £9 especially as it included the rosemary salted house chips.
Starving in anticipation our orders arrived within five minutes. The portion of chips was very generous and I was happy to see a thick juicy patty. The first bite of the burger confirmed the reason for the positive reviews. I had wondered what was special about the ginger pig dry aged beef as detailed on the menu. The patty was cooked wonderfully, moist and perfectly pink in the middle with a satisfying beefiness which was the star of the show. The relish and smoked bacon added the saltiness and different layers of flavour. In contrast I felt the Byron burger from a recent visit was dry and lacking in sauce and flavour. This is how it should be done.
The rosemary salted chips were served in a generous portion and were addictive. Thicker than fries and superbly seasoned and flavoured by the rosemary. All this was washed down with the home made lemonade. The simple yet satisfying lunch certainly lived up to its billing with no fancy surroundings or complicated menu required, just a good Honest burger.