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As luck would have it, one of the most raved-about London restaurants, Patty & Bun, was located in the suburb we were staying in. Unlucky for us, the burger restaurant came with quite a queue. We waited an hour for a table but given that takeaway is an option, that latter would have been preferable to waiting.
After further inspection, it’s fairly safe to say that Patty & Bun would fit right in with Melbourne’s foodie culture. Not only were there long wait times, but the restaurant itself also had a similar dining atmosphere.
Hot Chic chicken burger - marinated fried chicken, lemon, garlic, yoghurt, lettuce, spring onion, pickled cucumbers, hot sauce & brioche.
Since I like to start with the bad news first: the hot chicken burger, not at all spicy. The good news? Between the crunchy chicken batter, sweetness from the buttery brioche (so buttery that it leaves your fingers super oily), the creamy yoghurt sauce, melted cheese and pickled flavour of the cucumbers, there was plenty of flavour in this burger to wow the taste buds!
Jose Jose chilli burger - beef patty, smoked cheese, tomato, lettuce, chilli chorizo relish, pickled onions, spiced ketchup, smoked P&B mayo & brioche.
We ordered some chips with rosemary salt on the side. Much like the long wait time in the cold, the chips were also somewhat of a downer. The potato lacked crunch and the chips often tasted bland.
Unlike the chicken, the tender and juicy beef patty actually stole the spotlight when it came down to the overall taste profile. Its sensational grilled flavour brought out the natural flavours of the beef. True to our request, the beef was cooked to a perfect state of medium rare. The condiments and accompanying ingredients lingered to form a backdrop of flavours that complemented and blended in with the beef.
Our burgers were tasty but probably not worth the wait time. When faced with a queue, opt for takeaway!
Patty & Bun
54 James St,
Marylebone, London, UK W1U 1EU