So last night the second branch of Soho House’s Dirty Burger opened south of the river, following its mammoth success in a car park behind Pizza East in Kentish Town. Remember that Friday lunchtime last August when they gave away free patties? Queues snaked round the block and all the way down Highgate Road.
And while there was no palpable buzz as such last night, it still tidies up a railway arch nicely. Corrugated iron? Check. Gritty, urban location? Check. Mixed crowd of scoffers? Check.
Plus it’s handy, we reckon, if you’re commuting down to visit relatives or friends in the suburbs – or after a hard night’s gay clubbing.
But more to the point, wanna know what we thought of the juicy patties themselves? Well, head to our sister site Below The River, where we sent our new writer Sarah Fox to compare the little blighters with much-loved Brixton market institution Honest Burgers (also recently opened in Camden Lock Market, meat-watchers).
“The patty was cooked to medium and a comfortable bite width,” she writes, “with an American garnish of gherkins, burger cheese and crisp iceberg lettuce.” She adds that it was slightly over seasoned, “but nothing a blob of sweet ketchup couldn’t neutralise.”
But were they better than their highly acclaimed Brixton neighbours? Find out here.