Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I went to Hawksmoor for all the wrong reasons; they had £5 BYOB on a Monday and, from what I've heard, amazing burgers. Being one of the best steak houses in London my reasons for going may seem farcical. But they are what they are. And I do not regret it.
I had a birthday and I wanted nothing more than a great, juicy burger and a giant wine with legs that slowly drip their way down the glass like molasses. A trip en-route to Fortnum and Mason for a very special Douro wine and we were on our way to the great American steak house in Seven Dials that is Hawksmoor.
Going down into the subterranean restaurant one can't help but feel nostalgic. Hawksmoor looks like an old speakeasy. In fact, it looks like it might of been a tube stop in the 1920's before it was a restaurant. The ceiling it slightly sloped and it has large iron pillars supporting it. Decked out in brick, the walls ooze a rich history. There is nothing but glass and ceramic tile separating the diner from the kitchen, which whisks out stacked plates of steaks, burgers and hotdogs along with triple cooked chips.
When looking at the menu online the Kimchi Burger captured my attention. Kimchi, which is a traditional fermented Korean dish made with vegetables and seasoning is lovingly placed on a cheeseburger and brioche bun and served with your choice of either triple cooked or beef dripping fries. If you love burgers and fries as much as me and think of them as gastronomic delights served in a bun, you can stop here and make a reservation at Hawksmoor, but it gets much better. The Kimchi Burger is absolutely gorgeous! The meat is succulent and falls apart before you even take a bite. The Kimchi has a beautiful blast of tang and slight heat with a delicate crunch that just has to be tried to be believed. I loved it!
And I loved the other two burgers tried on this meal; the Hawksmoor Burger made with Longhorn Beef and served with just a tad of Bone Marrow and Gubeen Cheese, although on this occasion they were out of Gubeen and replaced it with Cheddar, and the Third Burger, which changes often, but on this occasion it was Pulled Pork on top of a Pork Patty. Both were nothing short of awesome! All of their burgers are served on a Brioche bun like any proper burger joint would do and all were perfectly constructed. They were not sloppy like some burger joints in London... ahem, Meat Market anyone? And they were not ultra conservative, can you say GBK? They were simply perfect.
The fries were also a testament to what great fries should be. The Triple Cooked Fries were crispy on the outside and moist and delicious on the inside. The Beef Dripping Fries were decadent and ultra flavorful. The Fries were served with a sauce, which I can only guess was a mix of ketchup and BBQ sauce and it went perfectly.
For my money, there simply is no reason to go anywhere else in London. Of course I will, because just around the corner there is another burger joint that will make me dream of patties in little brioche buns for a fortnight. But for now, Hawksmoor is tops!
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