The burger does not require any introduction to the London food scene – in the last couple of years the popularity of the burger has exploded as restaurant after burger van after popup has attempted to claim the title of the ultimate burger. Marylebone seems to be a hub for the burger lover, with MEATliquor, BBQWhiskyBeer and of course Patty & Bun all residents.
If queues are anything to go by Patty & Bun from the outside shapes up to be one of London’s top burger bars. Sandwiched between Wigmore Street & Oxford Street and close to Selfridges, James Street’s latest addition is unfussy, striking a good balance between cool and quick – it has a vibrant and simple feel.
Approaching the restaurant, the statutory Patty & Bun queue was in full swing – fortunately for me I was meeting a couple of friends who had already negotiated most of the line on my behalf! In all the wait was roughly 15 minutes – not too bad for a Friday lunch time. It was nice and sunny too and the staff keep you in the loop on table times.
Once inside we were sat at a small table in the middle of the restaurant. Everything is super simple – they only have room for 30 covers (explains the queue) and the restaurant interior is decorated with plywood and pieces of art on cardboard hanging from the walls. Along with a good playlist and the sound of a full restaurant, Patty & Bun has a great ambience. It attracts a wide mix, but the ‘rough and ready’ décor makes it a welcome quirk to James Street’s more usual West End glamour.
We all went for the signature ‘Ari Gold’ burger (fans of HBO’s ‘Entourage’ will know the character) – Beef, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickled onions, Smokey P&B mayo and Brioche. The burger was great – the beef held it’s flavour perfectly and the brioche bun was nice and light. It all arrives on a tray in the middle of the table and the sides all come on paper plates. It is so simple but really suits the unfussy atmosphere. For sides we ordered Rosemary Salt Chips, a House Salad and some Coleslaw (I highly recommend the coleslaw, it was creamy and very fresh).
With the bill coming to £48 for three inclusive of all food, sides & drinks, Patty & Bun also offers super value. The bottom line is even with tough competition within walking distance, you are going to struggle to find a better burger than a Patty & Bun burger – our only request is that they move to a bigger premises! A great place for a quick bite with friends, or a treat in the middle of a busy day at the office. Or even at the desk – they do takeaway now!
54 James Street
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Phone: 0207 487 3188