The time has come. We’ve held out resolutely till now but we too have succumbed to the London burger review bandwagon.
Here’s how it happened. One day I logged into Facebook and saw a picture a friend had posted. The Bill Murray life aquatic burger. Beef patty, guacamole, cheese and chilli, all topped off with a crispy soft-shell crab… and love. The last bit may have been his addition but I could see where he was coming from. Not long after, we set out to find our own slice of Lucky Chip loving.
We walked into the Sebright Arms just after 4pm. The place was still almost full but it was a great time to arrive. They don’t serve food on a Sunday night and a lot of the lunchtime trade had already called it a day so we sat down and ordered without the anticipated wait.
The Sebright is the kind of pub that I could happily adopt as my local, if it was my local. It’s got a great atmosphere and a varied selection of beers, including the excellent Camden ales. For anyone concerned that its proximity to Shoreditch means that handlebar moustaches and skinny jeans are compulsory – don’t worry, it actually attracts a very mixed crowd.
When I asked for a copy of the menu to take to the table, the bar staff told they don’t have any and that people tend to take photos of it instead. Fine by me. I knew what I was having anyway. The time had come for me to call Bill Murray. But Bill wasn’t on the menu!
In the end I settled on a Kelly LeBrock (beef patty, bacon, cheese, aioli and cream cheese). I’ve eaten a lot of gourmet burgers of late and I often find that the simplest are the best, so perhaps this was a poor decision. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of great things about Kelly. The bun was delightfully soft and springy with just the right amount of sweetness; the beef was really flavourful and cooked medium, just as I like it. It’s a tasty burger. However, the bacon could’ve been a little crispier and I found that having cheese on top of the patty and cream cheese below made it too rich. The flavour still came though but I regretted not going for the simplicity of the Kevin Bacon (cheeseburger with applewood smoked bacon).
We also ordered an El Chappo (beef patty, smoked bacon, roasted jalepenos, blue cheese and aioli). This combination worked really well because the overall richness was balanced out by the sour heat of the jalepenos and the punch of the blue cheese.
Instead of ordering fries on the side, we went a step further and opted for chilli cheese fries. To be honest, this backfired because although they were plentiful, we found them a touch too salty to accompany the burgers (good job I had that nice pint of Camden IPA).
If you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that we tend to over order, so in keeping with that theme, we went for cheese croquettes too. In hindsight we really didn’t need two stodgy sides and when they came, they were a little too dense. The coleslaw was a winner though. It was also an essential, given the richness of what we’d ordered.
The London burger scene must surely be fast approaching saturation point, with new burger joints springing up every day. But Lucky Chip is a different kettle of fish. It’s been around since the beginning of the craze and I’m in no doubt that its popularity will endure when all the copycats have long since started serving ramen. One thing’s for sure, Lucky Chip’s burgers are right up there with the best in London – both at Netil Market and the Sebright (I haven’t tried Slider bar yet).
I’ll definitely be paying them another visit sometime soon. I see that they now have pork short ribs on the menu too so I look forward to trying them! Hopefully next time, I’ll finally get to meet Bill Murray. Failing that though, I guess Kevin Bacon will do! Meal for two with three sides and two beers – £37.
Lucky Chip (Sebright Arms)
Address: 31-35 Coate Street, London, E2 9AG
Phone: 020 7729 0937