Yes, we reported on the Soho pop-up, and then the wild giveaway last Friday lunchtime, when meat-hungry queues snaked around Highgate Studios. But we were keen to swing by again last night to do a proper review, now Dirty Burger is finally open for business in its Kentish Town home. (Never let it be said that we don’t take our work seriously. Ahem.)
Even better, they were still doing their 50% off thing. Our intern had reported that on the previous day greedier folk had been gobbling down three or four at a sitting. Yeurgh.
So: cheeseburgers (£5.50, normal price), crinkle cut chips (£2.50) and onion rings (£2.50). A pint of Camden Pale Ale is a hefty £4.50, but that was half price too.
The beef was tender, juicy, leanish (only 15% fat apparently, rather than the usual 20%) and so sloppy the only way to eat it is over the signature wrapper. After our previous experience we asked for ours medium-rare but were told they ‘can’t’ as the beef is aged. Still, the authoritative grey-haired boss bloke promised to cook ours for a shorter time, and it did indeed arrive pleasantly red in the middle, with that moreish tang of American yellow mustard.
The crinkle cut chips were more seasoned than last time too (and almost identical to Chicken Shops downstairs, surprise surprise). And the crispy rings – made with red onion, we now realized as we inspected a morsel before shoving it in – were meltingly soft inside. Just don’t think about the calories. Or the greasy paws afterwards.
Verdict? Definitely our favourite Dirty Burger yet. They must have flipped thousands since it opened on Wednesday morning and they’re now obviously well into their stride. It already feels like it’s been around for months. Service is fast, polite, friendly.
On our visit, at 630pm, the corrugated iron shack was only half busy, a relief as our burger-friendly Jack Russell was being driven half-crazy by the smells. But we can’t imagine how packed it’ll be tonight – on the last day of this super-bargainous offer. Arrive early.
So how did you find it? And how’s the pricing?