It’s not possible to have a conversation about London’s best burger joints without mentioning Patty & Bun. It’s a chain that’s only been growing in popularity on the burger scene, and for good reasons of course. You won’t find basic cheeseburgers here – the menu is inventive, innovative and creative; Patty & Bun did give us the famed Arigold burger, after all, and if you ever dine at one of their branches you’ll be in for a treat when it comes to deciding what to eat.
Food - 7.5/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value for Money - 7/10
Popular London based burger joint serving up unique takes on classic meals.
Price range: ££
Telephone: 0207 487 3188
Address: 54 James St, London W1U 1HE
Nearest Station: Goodge St Underground Station
There are number of P&B branches across London (and I believe the chain has started branching out of the capital as well) but the location you’ll usually find me at is in St James Street – near Goodge St station. Before lockdown this part of London was a hive of activity every evening and particularly on the weekends. Although the area has lost a lot of hustle and bustle since the lockdown, you’ll still find lots of choice when it comes to restaurants – and a highlight is P&B.
My favourite part of P&B – aside from the food – is the menu itself. I should tell you that each and every individual burger here is beastly, and very messy, but that’s by design. You’ll find chicken burgers, beef burgers, vegan burgers, each with interesting flavours and twists built into them (like pickled aubergines, or chilli sobrassada relish). And I do love the naming convention at P&B – I mean, who wouldn’t want to try the “Lambshank Redemption burger” or “Whoopi Goldburger”?! By the way, nearly all burgers are served in a brioche bun (which we also love – bonus points here :))
There is plenty of choice at P&B when it comes to choosing a burger, but the Arigold is probably what the brand is known for, and a solid reliable choice. It consists of a beef patty, pickled onions, cheese, P&Bs own smokey mayo, lettuce, tomato and ketchup nestled in a brioche. There is a vegan version with a plant based patty, which I have been meaning to try. On this occasion I opted for my usual Arigold, with a side of handcut rustic chips and a plate of ‘PFC’ which were boneless fried chicken thighs.
Mains / Sides
I would like to start at the end: the fried chicken thighs were one of the best; a very juicy and tender addition to the menu and more interesting than basic wings. They actually came out a lot more oily and greasy than I thought they would, but that’s not a problem for me. I felt that the accompanying chilli butter sauce was a nice subtle flavour on top but there wasn’t enough sauce for the amount of thighs. Handcut chips always go down well with me too, I prefer them over other types of chip and fry, except for sweet potato fries of course. The portion size was good and they are seasoned with a touch of pepper and rosemary. The burger itself is a treat – I had mine medium and it was perfectly cooked, hearty and flavourful. I do find P&B burgers get messy but I think that’s by design, you do feel like you’re supposed to ‘dig in’ into it. I think the Arigold is a solid choice – it’s what I usually go for and is a good balance hitting interesting flavours and maintaining a ‘classic’ cheeseburger setup. The other burgers on the menu are much more innovative.
See you next time!