There is no reason for Londoners not to be exceptionally picky about their burgers now that there’s a pop-up gourmet patty in so many pubs that drunken barflies are using them for beer mats. That statement is a caveat, for I am about to do the food-blog-unthinkable and criticise Honest Burgers. Only a bit! Their food is excellent. I just don’t think it’s quite as good as everyone goes on about.
After Franco Manca proved that people would travel to the end of the Victoria line for good food, Brixton was suddenly worth a punt, and Honest Burgers was almost immediately rammed all the time. Because their burgers are really good. Firm, flavoursome patties topped with proper cheese, crisp bacon and rich red onion relish. A bit small, mind, but the generous portion of rosemary salted chips will help you get over that. Service is cheery and swift despite the silly length of the waiting list, and at less than £10 for burger, toppings and chips, your meal is a total bargain.
I doubt anybody dislikes Honest Burgers, and I thought it was great. Definitely go. I just wouldn’t give it top spot. There’s something underwhelming about those little burgers, and something a bit processed about the rosemary chips (though they’re not processed, I know, please don’t sue me). But all this is good. I would go back, and have been to the Soho version and felt the same way about it, and this gives me free rein to continue my search for burger perfection.
Unit 12, Brixton Village, SW9 8PR, 0207 733 7963