If anyone knows anything burgers, it's the legendary Burgerac.
He's the go-to-guy when it comes to hunting down the best patties in London. And having eaten at most of the burger joints in our Capital's fair city, he knows a thing or two about what goes into making the perfect burger so he's used all these tasty findings to create something EPIC.
Teaming up for a joint venture with The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone, Burgerac brings you the BurgerShack.
One of the very few perks of living on the Met line (as in living close to a met-line station, not on the actual train) is that Marylebone is v.easy for me to get to.
Another massive plus-point of BurgerShack - unlike most burger pop-ups - is that BurgerShack accept bookings (hurrah). I went along on a Sunday afternoon and it was fairly quiet so booking isn't essential but I would advise it. No-one wants to get there and miss out. #FoodEnvy
Burgerac has certainly done his research when putting the menu for BurgerShack together. You can choose between six mouth-watering burgers, three Big Apple hot dogs and a selection of sides and fries topped with ingredients straight from my dreams.
Burger-wise for me was the Hubba Hubba. Which I believe is named after the sound you make upon it's arrival.
Two 3oz mustard fried beef patties with American cheese, pickles, chipotle burger sauce and iceberg lettuce in a soft white bun (£9.50). A very solid, clasic cheeseburger.
It was frickin' amazing. Like one-of-the-top-5-burgers-I've-tried-in-London amazing. and he only let me have one bite. It's a shame it's only a week-long special but i'm hoping if it's popular they'll bring it back!
Fries for me is where things got interesting. I kid you not. For years I've longed for somewhere to serve me Hot 'n' Blue Fries. It's like BurgerShack saw into my mind and knew that I longed for salty fries slathered in Buffalo hot sauce and blue cheese and put them on the menu especially.
Seriously why do more places not do these? I basically ate the whole XL sharing portion (£4) to myself. And I'm not even sorry about it.
Rich chunks of slow braised beef chilli and melted cheddar cheese. A little too rich for my taste but Tom loved them. They had a depth of flavour which you know can only be achieved through a long cooking process - a real labour of love.
Oh and you see those little fried beauties in the pot? Those are deep fried cheesy jalapenos poppers (£3.50). Tasting a lot like deep fried cheese sauce, they're like little molten bites of ricottey-goodness. The ratio of jalapeno to cheese was a bit low - but dunked into the house hot sauce, they packed a tasty bite.*Homer dripple*
Hopefully the photos alone have convinced you to try BurgerShack. If they can't convince, maybe the prospect of being in a proper boozer, being served any drink of your choice from the fully stocked bar will? Or the fact they show the Rugby on the TV while you eat? Or being able to play a game of scrabble or one of the board-game down the back will. And if none of those appeal, I don't think anything will appeal my friend.
The Royal Oak, 74-76 York St, London W1H 1QN