If we had to describe Patty & Bun in one words it would be impeccable. When a casual dining menu reads "beef brisket nuggets, french fries coated with smoked chicken skin and rosemary and smoked confit chicken wings", you know you're in for a treat.
Patty & Bun isn't one of those places that has exceptional sides with disappointing mains; the playfully named burgers such as Ari Gold and Smokey Robinson which combine pickled red onions with smoked mayonnaise and sizeable Aberdeen patties, transcend the layman's conception of what a burger is.
Despite being a burger joint, the guys over at Patty & Bun have utilised sophisticated culinary techniques to elevate their burgers making them truly gourmet but in a tongue-and-cheek manner. The concept is devoid of gimmicks which are superfluous to requirement and its sheer simplicity, offering fantastic burgers and equally outstanding sides, is what we love about it.
Patty & Bun has been quietly expanding over the years and now have 9 locations (8 across London and 1 in Brighton) all of which are easily accessible. We visited their Goodge Street location for lunch.
We ordered the "Ari Gold", named after the outlandish and exuberant character played by Jeremy Piven in Emmy award winning tv-show Entourage, the vegan burger titled, "The Whoopi Goldberg" and a chicken burger called the "Hot Chick".
Ari Gold Burger
As aforementioned, the sides at Patty & Bun are too good to pass up. I always find it impossible to order just fries whenever I'm there because these guys understand the importance of creating unreal burgers paired with insane sides. We opted for the confit chicken wings which were slathered in a perfectly balanced barbecue sauce reminiscent of a smoky, sticky molasses-like Kansas City BBQ sauce garnished with julienne of spring onion which added a freshness and bite, cutting through the richness of the sauce.
Smoked confit wings (top left)
It's always a good sign whenever there is Wrey and Nephew on a drinks menu. We ordered one Wrey & Ting and one Patty Pills, their very own beer brewed by FourPure Brewery.
The Wrey & Ting was zesty, light and packed the classic Wrey & Nephew punch. It went especially well with the beef brisket nuggets!
The Patty Pills was crisp and slightly aromatic which complimented the burgers especially well and was served super cold which is always a good starting point. The only thing I'd say about the drinks menu is there isn't an option for vegan beer which is surprising but there is a great selection of homemade soft drinks like Grapefruit & Lime and Pink Lemonade.
Overall, Patty & Bun is a real winner. I commend their culinary valiance in elevating the humble burger and pairing it with sumptuous sides. Whilst burger joints are becoming increasingly popular, it's easy to see why Patty & Bun holds the crown as number one.
Value for Money: 8/10