Last week I read about The Stack. A Malmaison burger that manages to fit 28 day aged beef, creamy Gruyere cheese, bacon, three onion rings and a slab of foie gras into not two, but three glazed baps. Feel sick? Join the club.
I’ll never ever eat The Stack – sorry Malmaison. But, I’ll always be keen to try a normal, human sized burger, especially when it’s made somewhere as highly praised as Tommi’s Burger Joint.
Cunningly positioned just around the corner from Meat Liquor, Tommi’s gives its rival’s queuing customers shelter from the cold – much like its Icelandic cousins, I suppose. The restaurant is unfussy and cosy, heated by the small, open kitchen at the back where you can order the ‘fast food’ way.
We arrived at 6pm – to guarantee a seat – and came armed with two bottles of red – to guarantee a hangover (Tommi’s is a BYO). Aside from N’s veggie burger, it was wonderfully cheap steak burgers all round, each topped with lettuce, tomato and melting cheese. On the side, there was a portion of tasty béarnaise sauce, which added flavour to the meat and helped jazz up the regular fries.
The burger was up there with the greats – bursting with flavour, each mouthful demanded to be savoured. N’s veggie choice was described as lots of lovely veg smooshed together. From the smile on her face, I’m guessing that’s a good thing.
The burger, price, charm and lack of queues (for the moment), gives Tommi’s a LLE Rating of 8/10.
Tommi’s Burger Joint, 58 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NX