Patty and Bun: Overrated Burgers?

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Perhaps, if one was comparing a burger from Patty and Bun to those from GBK, Byron, or even Burger King and Maccy D’s, then yes, perhaps it is the “best in town”. But with the latest Burger Boom in London, P&B’s burgers are at most “above average”.

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Patty and Bun has been opened for over a year and it’s only been yesterday that we finally tried it for ourselves. After hearing all the hype and good reviews about the place, we had high hopes.

There seem to always be an endless queue outside of Patty and Bun, I wonder if they are all new customers eager to try the famous burgers, or if they are returning loyal customers. Can we add some tags to these people just so that passerbys can assess if it’s worth our wait?

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Hand drawn wall decor on cardboard boxes

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Wrapped Burgers

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ARI GOLD Cheeseburger – Beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions,ketchup, smokey P&B mayo, bacon, brioche. £8.00

All beef patties are served medium-rare unless you request it not to be. And they do arrive in a perfect medium rare pink state. Keeps me smiling! Beef was succulent but a little tasteless and lacking intense beefy flavour. It was also overloaded with sauces which over powered any remaining beefiness. The burger was served with a soft brioche bun that is thick and tasty. It was a decent burger at a decent price, but not anything spectacular.

The only thing is with the cheese. It was more of a tasteless cheese sauce than a real piece of cheesy melted cheese.

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Winger Winger Chicken Dinner – Smoked confit wings with BBQ sauce and spring onions, £5.50
Chips with rosemary salt

The chips were decent thin cut non greasy well deep fried chips. There was no sign of any rosemary flavour (rosemary salt according to the menu), but was generally well salted and visually had artificial light green bits on them.

Then this is where it starts going downhill. The confit chicken wings were so soft that you can’t even lift it with a fork. If this was a succulent lamb stew, then the description of “meat just falling off its bones” would have been perfect. But texture-less chicken wings meat falling off the bone just didn’t quite work for me. Added on top was the deep fried batter and the extremely soggy, gooey and overloaded BBQ sauce. It was so thick and heavy that even biting onto the spring onions did not give an explosion of spring onion freshness.

We just felt sick and greasy after the wings and continued to feel so for a good few hours after the food. Burger and chips were fine. Wings not so fine.

Perhaps, if one was comparing a burger from Patty and Bun to those from GBK, Byron, or even Burger King and Maccy D’s, then yes, perhaps it is the “best in town”. But with the latest Burger Boom in London, P&B’s burgers are at most “above average”.

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Damage to pocket: £15
Number of accumulated visits: 1
Date of visit: April 2014
Will we return? Perhaps, but without the wings, and not when there is a long queue

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