I found out about Patty & Bun thanks to Time Out which glorified it in a recent article. I usually don’t trust endorsements from commercial magazines but I’m always curious and eager to try new restaurants, especially when one endorsement if followed by many others done by food bloggers. Some of them wrote about Patty & Bun as one of the top 10 burger places in London.
I started to deduce that Patty & Bun was a special food place when I arrived to the venue. There was a queue outside formed by at least 50 people waiting to have a seat. My friends and I almost desisted but at the end we thought that the long wait could have been rewarded well. Really? How can an hamburger be so attractive? Don’t get me wrong, I love hamburgers, but we are always talking about an hamburger, not a famous dish from Gordon Ramsay. This at least was my opinion before trying their hamburgers, after queuing for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Lets start from the menu: 6 different type of burgers, 3 sides including the delicious rosemary salted chips and 1 dessert option (different flavours of ice creams). No frills, very simple, very effective!
I had a “Smokey Robinson” burger: a beef patty with cheese, tomato, lettuce, caramelised onions, ketchup, smokey Patty & Bun mayo and the Brioche bun. I accompanied that with the rosemary salted chips and a Lager (Samuel Adams, from Boston).
The burger was incredible! Without doubt in my top 3 in London until now. Succulent beef perfectly cooked (I asked for a medium cooked burger), amazing depth of flavours thanks to the caramelised onions and their “special secret recipe” mayo with a hint of sweetness and mild robustness from the cheese. The bun brioche was great as well, with the perfect amount of fluff and firmness that you usually expect from a perfect burger bun.
The rosemary chips were delicious as well. Not as good as the ones from Honest Burgers, but still in my top 3 so far.
I appreciated the refined selection of beers. My Lager from Boston was very good and new to me. It’s always good to try new beers from around the world.
The service, despite the crowd, was perfect. Fast and very efficient.
My burger was £8.50. The chips £2.50. In total I paid around £15 including the beer and service.
54 James St London W1U 1HE
Tel: 0207 487 3188
Just a few minutes walk from Bond st tube station.
Opening times are:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 12 – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 12 – 11pm
Sunday – 12 – 10pm
In conclusion, I must say that I would re-queue another hour and fifteen minutes to have another incredible burger without doubting a second. Now I’m 100% sure it’s worthwhile. The reward is an incredible food experience and perhaps one of the best burgers in London!
My Rating: 5 / 5
Impartial and Clear Review Disclosure
Invited by PR company? NO
Guest of the Chef or Restaurant Owner? NO
Restaurant knew I was a Blogger ahead of ordering? NO
Was the meal comped by the restaurant? NO
Any complimentary items provided by the restaurant? NO