Burger & Beyond was making waves in the London food scene. They started as a food truck and gained immense popularity very quickly. It took them no time to be praised as one of the very best burgers in London. However, it wasn’t halal then. But now, with multiple restaurants across town, Burger & Beyond has decided to open up to a new audience and is serving halal options at their Soho branch! Given how much we frequent the West End & Soho area for halal food, of course, we had to go check it out to see what the hype is all about.
Burger & Beyond: food truck turned raved-about restaurant
The Soho branch is Burger & Beyond’s second restaurant site following its first opening in Shoreditch. A good burger is all about the meat, and Burger & Beyond is particularly known for its signature dry-aged beef that made their burgers so good. Drawing inspiration from burger joints from all around America, their burgers are all reimagined unique promised to be more than just the typical American burger and featured various “bougie” ingredients combo to wow the palate.
Chicken & beef are halal at Burger & Beyond Soho branch only. Pork & alcohol are served at the restaurant. Make sure you speak with the staff so that they can make sure to swap out any non-halal ingredients/sauces for you.
The Food at Burger & Beyond (what we ordered)
Date of visit: March 2023
Fried Chicken Bites (£7.95)
To start, we ordered some Fried Chicken Bites, which come served with pickles and their “secret sauce”. We went with a small size, which contains 4-6 pieces of chicken and would be doubled if you order a large one. The chicken bites were generally nice and the “secret sauce” was really tangy to taste. I personally feel the chicken coating could benefit from an extra tiny sprinkle of seasoning & spice to give it a bit of oomph as well as create a more contrasting flavour against the tarty sauce.
Bougie Burger (£13.50)
My eyes immediately set on the Bougie Burger as soon as I read the menu. Featuring their signature dry-aged beef patty, double American
cheese, gravy, Marrownaise, and beef fat onions, this burger was certainly a decent treat. The patty carried a really lovely crust and beefy flavours, which screamed quality meat. This was, however, at times overpowered by the sauces. Perhaps something with less sauce would allow the meat quality to stand out more in our opinion. Please note that the Bougie Burger originally has steak sauce on it, which contains alcohol. Do make the staff aware of your halal requirements and they will kindly swap it for gravy instead.
Dirty Tots (£6.95)
For sides, you must go for their American-Style Tater Tots. We went for the Dirty Tots, featuring fried potato pillows tossed in ranch sauce & house hot sauce, then generously topped with Parmesan & chives. It originally has bacon bits on there on the menu, which you should make sure to ask the staff to omit for you. Crispy on the outside and outrageously fluffy on the inside, these tater tots were an addictive treat. It’s got a good balance of sauces as well featuring a lovely hint of spice & tangy flavours. An alternative flavour on the menu is the Truffle Tots, which I’m sure would be just as dreamy.
Chocolate Milkshake (£6.95)
If you are feeling a bit naughty, we’d definitely recommend getting a milkshake at Burger & Beyond. We had the chocolate milkshake and it, once again, screamed quality. Featuring thick vanilla milk blended with dark chocolate cocoa powder, the milkshake was rich & indulgent to taste without being too sweet. It’s topped with cocoa nibs and dark chocolate shavings, which added a lovely texture to the creamy & velvety shake.
House Lemonade (£4.75)
Last but not least, we also had the house lemonade. Laced with sugar syrup, soda and mint, the lemonade was a decently refreshing drink. Personally, we would’ve preferred it to be a little punchier in acidity as we love to be hit with a sharp tang when it comes to lemonade. It’s nice but could be better.
Restaurant Review Summary
It’s always great to see an originally non-halal restaurant taking the decision to become more inclusive and start catering for halal dietary requirements. Even though we don’t lack halal burger joints in London, there’s certainly a place for Burger & Beyond with its top-quality food & innovative approach. It’s a great addition to halal-friendly eateries in Soho and we hope to see this being rolled out to all branches in London very soon!
Chicken & beef are halal at Burger & Beyond Soho branch only.
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