12 August 2013

Honest Burgers

Last Saturday feeling pretty exhausted after a very early start at work, an evening out of the house unwinding with drinks & good food was much needed. 

Honest Burgers in Brixton Village has long been on my list of restaurants to visit. I've tried to go a few times before but have always been put off by the huge lunchtime queues. As it was still well before the evening rush I thought we might get lucky & squeeze in before the hordes of burger lovers descended.

I've never actually been to Brixton Village in the evening & it has a completely different atmosphere to that of during the day. Bohemian & bustling with energy it could almost be mistaken for a buzzy plaza in Barcelona.

When we arrived we were told that there was a 40 minute wait for a table, the lovely waitress popped our names & phone number into a tablet & told us they'd send us a text when our table was ready.
I wish all restaurants with a no reservations policy would adopt this system! I have no problem waiting for a table if I'm allowed to wander around, find a nearby bar & have a have a lovely pre-dinner cocktail.

Brixton Village is a great place to take advantage of this, if you haven't been before I seriously recommend having a walk round the vibrant market taking in the multitude to foodie spots & stalls selling a mis-match of Caribbean fruit & veg, fresh fish, paintings by local artists & vintage clothes.

Seeing as most of the bars & restaurants were boasting happy hour menus in swirly writing on their windows we decided to sit down outside, get a couple of drinks and watch the world go by.

What's better than an ice cold Coke (with real sugar) in a glass bottle? A cocktail. This was the best mojito I've had in ages full of fresh lime & not too sweet it certainly hit the spot. Senzala incidentally do the best crepes as well as a great mojito, a perfect spot for leisurely brunch. 

As we finished our drinks a well timed message from Honest arrived telling us our table was ready. Revitalised with rum & sugar we crossed over the market to the cosy restaurant.

We ordered huge jam jars filled with homemade lemonade, lots of ice & old fashioned stripey straws.

After a quick look at the menu we both went for the 'Honest' Burger. Beef, red onion relish, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, pickled cucumber & lettuce.

So perfect & maybe the best burger I've had in London, really good quality beef patty (sourced from  the premium butcher Ginger Pig) perfectly cooked with just the right amount of toppings. The rosemary chips really stole the show. Look how crispy they are! It ties with my other No.1 burger favourite Patty & Bun, it doesn't feel quite as naughty as P&B's oozing burgers- a good or bad thing depending what you look for in a burger (personally I think I might prefer it)!

Harriet x

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