Burger UK is a new burger joint around Camden in London. You may say there are enough burger joints in London, what’s new for this one?! Well, to start off, this place is 100% free-range and halal. All ingredients are organic and locally sourced where possible, and all drinks are from independent retailers.
It all started with pure passion – passion for creating a sustainable restaurant, passion for providing halal meats (not just by the means of slaughtering the animal but also how the animals are raised), and of course the passion for burgers. They are more than just another burger joint and its quality speaks volume to prove that.
Their restaurant is located just a few minutes walk away from Chalk Farm tube station. It’s not a very huge place and it offers quite an intimate setting. The large windows filters in plenty of natural daylight, created a soft hue against the darker wooden interior.
To start off our meal, we had some drinks. Looking for my usual Coca Cola, it isn’t available on the menu. What they have are independent brands such as Karma Cola and Dalston Cola that focuses on producing real organic colas.
Personally, I find Karma Cola to be a bit sweet so I decided to try out the Dalston Cola. It’s a very interesting taste compared to the usual soda. There’s a nice citrusy touch to it and a good punch of spice. I’m not sure how to describe the flavours of this. It’s got this really complex and in-depth flavour that tingle your palate.
Chef’s Special Chicken Burger (£9)
Doesn’t this burger visually looks ridiculously alluring?! It consists of fried chicken with American cheese and masala chilli sauce, all sandwiched in between fluffy brioche burger buns. The succulent piece of fried chicken was packed with flavours, featuring great seasoning and really juicy meat. It’s definitely a burger to watch out for. It has the right amount of sauces to complement and elevate the whole burger.
8oz Chef’s Special Beef Burger (£10)
You can choose from 6oz / 8oz / 10oz for the beef patty. The burger also got American cheese, house chilli sauce and caramelised onions. As I took my first bite into it, I rolled my eyes up and looked back at the pair of curious eyes in front of me, and I said ‘you need to take a bite’.
Each of the burger patties is hand-pressed at Burger UK to contain the best of flavours. There was a beautiful crust over the burger patty and a char-grilled taste on top of all that beefy flavours. For a classic beef burger, it was absolutely stunning and impeccable.
The burger was a very saucy one as well, which ended up quite messy for me. I feel they can go just a little lighter on the sauce rather than over-smothering the burger. Less is more. If I were to criticise, it would be the caramelised onions. In my opinion, the onions can be further caramelised to a browner colour plus a sweeter taste with an acidic touch. Caramelised onions are my favourite burger topping and it just didn’t really pop out in this burger. I nearly even forgot there were caramelised onions because of the sauces distracting me from the taste of it. I flipped open the burger and picked out some onions into my mouth – they’re there but just needed to be taken care of longer.
Fries with Truffle Mayo & Grated Cheese (£4)
A good burger must be accompanied with some good chips and Burger UK certainly delivered that. The chips were simply addictive and unstoppable. They were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, very well seasoned and carried a rustic feel to it.
At first, I worried that the mayo plus cheese would be too heavy to taste. But thankfully, the subtle truffle seasoning elevated the mayo and wouldn’t taste sickening. It’s also different to the typical cheese fries where grated cheese was used rather than cheese sauce. That added a touch of sophistication on the fries. I kept saying I was full but I also couldn’t stop munching them until the plate is clean.
Battered Crispy Chicken Strips – Sweet & Spicy (£5.50)
Now this one’s an interesting one. First of all, you can to choose from three flavours – plain, teriyaki, or sweet & spicy. Between the teriyaki and sweet & spicy one, we went for the latter.
It caught us by surprise when these sweet & spicy chicken strips came with such a strong Asian influence. The chicken strips were neatly lined up with sprinkles of white sesame seeds on top and a drizzle of the sauce. They filled the table with the aroma of sesame oil.
As I bite into it, the fried chicken itself reminded me of Japanese Chicken Karaage (Japanese fried chicken). Then there’s that strong fragrance of sesame oil that reminded me of Chinese food. And then there seemed to be also a hint of Korean Gochujang (Korean fermented spicy bean paste) for spice. All in all, it felt like an Asian cuisine party on my taste buds! I definitely didn’t expect that was so pleasantly surprised with this one.
…Burger UK is certainly a spot to watch out for. We adore the concept and absolutely love the food. I would love to see this place blooming and raise more awareness of locally sourced products. If you’re around Camden, most definitely check out this burger place and allow yourself to some proper quality burgers! They’re contemplating on adding a milkshake menu as well very soon so stay tuned!
Everything is halal at Burger UK
Nearest station: Chalk Farm
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