Good news for Marylebone’s burger lovers – London’s anonymous blogger and self-proclaimed burger-detective, Burgerac, has finally set up his own pop up.
After years of reviewing and rating every possible burger joint in London, Burgerac has teamed up with Nathan Mills of The Butchery (London Road) to give it a go himself. And where else but the newly refurbished pub at the The Royal Oak on York Street?
After reopening in July this year, The Royal Oak has reverted back to its original name and undergone a full makeover, making it the perfect location for a new Marylebone burger joint. I took a visit to see if it matched up to nearby rivals Tommi’s Burger Joint, Meat Liquor and Patty & Bun.
My visit revealed Burger Shack to be just what you would expect from someone trained in the art of tasting burgers. The coarse ground 6oz patty in particular is a work of genius from Nathan Mills. To make this even more impressive, Mills is known for producing meat that is free range, as chemical-free as possible, and sourced directly from smaller farms.
I chose the typical fast food inspired ‘The Dirty One’, a juicy yet uncomplicated version of the average beef burger. In reality it was far from average, with a light bun, homemade pickles, tasty American cheese and onions. I also noted it was far less messy than those I’ve enjoyed at Meat Liquor and Patty & Bun, and therefore much more suitable for a quick weekday lunch. On the other hand, editor Alex was far more adventurous, opting for the special of the week – The Royal Kahuna. This was piled high and about double the size of mine, including smoked pancetta, a pile of pulled pork, a slice of griddled pineapple and crispy fried onions. Though I’d never think to put pineapple in a burger, it was a success, despite being drenched in chipotle burger sauce and therefore pretty messy to eat!
For sides we ordered fries and deep fried pickles in a light crispy batter. Both were tasty, and served with my favourite blue cheese dip that anyone who’s been to Meat Liquor will be pretty familiar with. For those slightly more adventurous there are pork ‘amazeballs’, ‘chilli poppers’ (deep-fried cheesy jalapeno bombs), and fries topped with beef chilli and melted cheese.
As well as the beef burger I enjoyed, there is a ‘posh’ alternative, similar but in a glazed brioche bun and with crisp pancetta. For those who aren’t as keen on beef, they also offer a Southern-style buttermilk chicken burger.
With a different special each week, and a range of great sides, it would be pretty foolish to turn this down – especially now I’ve found out about the 20% off all food offer every Saturday!
The Royal Oak
74-76 York Street
Nearest Tube: Marylebone, Edgware Road, Baker Street
Phone: +44 (0) 207 262 1513