Honest Burgers opened their newest branch in Camden at the beginning of July. With their shops in Brixton and Soho attracting great praise, and hearing tell of their rosemary salted chips, I took myself down to the Lock and sampled their wares.
Fancy burger places have been popping up all over Britain with such frequency that Marina O’Loughlin helpfully did a nationwide survey of burgers to narrow down the best of the lot for more discerning punters. Whispers of discontent have been heard about the burger spread; I myself am neutral on the subject: while I’ve never really hungered for one, I do not in principle object to biting into succulent meat between two buns.
Honest Burgers is remarkably well crafted on such a small, tight scale. The location makes the best of what seems an unusual layout: it’s pretty open, there are stools lining a bar which circles round the tiny kitchen and a small dining area. There are also tables outside so you can sit in the sunshine. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and quick. Childishly, I enjoyed the colourful striped paper straw which came with my iced tea before I dived into my burger, cheerfully presented in an enamel tin.
…rosemary salt chips: chicken, beef, and a spiced vegetable fritter…
You get three choices of burger, all served in a glazed bun and accompanied by rosemary salt chips: chicken, beef, and a spiced vegetable fritter, with just a few variations on the beef burger and some side dishes. It is concisely delicious and carefully sourced.
I had the chicken burger. Usually chicken breast is my least favourite thing in the world, but Honest Burgers’ chicken sandwich was excellent: firm, succulent and flavourful, with just the right amount of salad and mustard mayonnaise to complement it. J was pleased with his vegetable fritter. It was probably ridiculous of us to not have had the beef burger, but the neighbouring tables did and were so moved by its deliciousness that they praised it to everyone in particular.
…Clatteringly crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle…
What J and I loved best, though, were the chips. Clatteringly crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle, perfectly paired with a generous sprinkling of rosemary salt whose herbiness added interest and underscored the potatoes’ natural umami.
Prices range from £6.50 – £11.50, comparable to most other fancy burgers out there, only this one is sure to please.