REVIEW: Patty & Bun, Shoreditch
WHAT: “No nonsense, fresh, honest, damn tasty burgers… with some cracking side kicks”. Having visited, we can’t argue with them there.
Founder Joe Grossman developed Patty & Bun while touring the USA, and brought it home in a food truck that roamed the capital. His food proved so popular, he’s been able to open five restaurants within bricks and mortar.
WHERE: We stopped off at Patty & Bun’s newest opening on Redchurch Street, bang in the middle of buzzy Shoreditch. Tiny in size, big on character, this place has an upstairs ‘for thinking’ and a downstairs ‘for drinking’. Sink a few ‘Patty & Bullshit’s (Bourbon, Aperol, maraschino, lemon, sugar and Pechauds Bitters) and get down to the basement for a boogie.
WHY GO? Simply put, it’s superb junk food. A small selection of warm comfort dishes (the Roast Chicken Dinner Hash is like home on a plate and they’ve got the best ham and cheese toastie you’ll ever try) do more than line the stomach, and the burgers are expertly put together. Every element is handmade and home cooked, down to the three-day caramelised onions and delicious sauces made in-house.
The fried balls of Ogleshield will satisfy any cheese obsessive and the seasonal greens are drenched in garlic, just the way we love them. Burger-wise, it’s got to be the ‘Smokey Robinson’ – an aged beef patty with cheese, mounds of caramelised onion, bacon, smokey P&B mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato and that obligatory brioche bun. Seriously naughty, but worth every extra step on that treadmill.
HOW MUCH: Small plates start at £4.50 (cheese balls) and go up to £6.50. Burgers from £7.30, chips are £3.25 on top.
ADDRESS: 36 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP