I have been home alone again this weekend and had all these plans to detox, take it easy, do yoga etc….it went brilliantly until Saturday night. Typical! I went for a "quiet" dinner at my lovely neighbour's house…..and it was anything but….I finally crawled home at 2am after a fabulously fun fun evening! So today it was all about the burger, not Bikram!!
Tommi's Burger Joint is the brain child of Icelandic entrepreneur Tomas Tommasson (hence the name) and he already has 4 very successful branches - the only other one in the UK is in Marylebone. You wouldn't think it is Scandi though - it feels totally american with memorabilia from the States around the restaurant.
The menu is tiny - a burger, cheeseburger, veggie burger or a steak burger, the only side is fries and you can add bacon. This works though as they do what they do and they do it well. The burgers are cooked medium over an american charcoal grill and served in a soft bun with chopped onions, ketchup, lettuce and tomato.
So I rocked up at 2pm on a Sunday and the place was heaving - no seats available. I was assured by a waiter that once I placed my order at the bar I would find somewhere to sit and he was totally right - no one dilly dallies here, the turnover is quick.
I ordered a bacon cheese burger with fries and a diet coke (got to save calories somewhere) and it was £10.50…not MacDonalds prices but not bad at all considering it is good quality british beef. As soon as I had paid, a table was available and so I sat down, plonked my bag and coat down, while I organised my sauces. One thing I absolutely loved about this place was the "sauce station"!!
As a sauce lover - this is stuff my dreams are made of! Pickles, jalapenos, chutneys, american mustard, wholegrain mustard, coney island mustard, several different bbq sauces, tabasco, mayo, wipes, unlimited free coffee (wish they did water too)…all very impressive!!
I went for frenchies mustard, bernaise sauce and pickles (this always makes me chuckle as I would always pick them out of a McDonalds burger as a child but now think they make a burger)!!!
It is all freshly cooked so it is not fast fast food (the people next to me complained about waiting too long) but it was no more than 10 minutes)!! And then it arrived…
Yum! Huge portion of chips - thin and crispy just how I like them but not salty enough but that wasn't a problem. Even though I love salad, I don't like it in a burger so I promptly removed that and replaced it with gerkins….and wow…a very good, impressive burger. Meaty, cooked medium and so still pink inside, an amazingly soft bun, salty bacon, good american cheese and then I added my favourite frenchies mustard. It was messy but worth it and I ate every late bite.
In conclusion (as my old school essays used to say) it was a damn good burger and fries - I prefer shake shack and five guys, but this is a close third…way better than byron, hache and honky tonk!! I will be back...
So where is your best burger??