Lauded as one of the best burgers in London, Honest is definitely worth a trip to appreciate what all the fuss is about.
Brixton Village is officially the new food-hub of the south. Critics are raving about it, and locals are wishing they’d keep quiet so it could remain their own personal gem. Honest Burgers fits snugly into one of the busiest little units in the market, so be prepared to queue. A friendly clipboard man will jot your name down on the list and give you three rings when your table is ready. Put the waiting time to good use by exploring what the neighbours have to offer.
Inside it’s a simple affair, a few wooden tables, exposed light bulbs, an open grill and the menu chalked up on the main wall. There are also seats outside, and they do try to cram as many customers in as possible, so there might be a bit of elbow bashing with whomever you’re sitting next to. Despite staff working at a rate of knots, you’re not made to feel rushed. The excitement of fellow diners is palpable: some of them first timers, others in knowing anticipation of what’s in store.
The menu is uncomplicated. Chicken or cauliflower and corn fritters are available, but why deviate from the main attraction? The 35-day-aged, British beef patty, courtesy of Ginger Pig is obviously the star of the show (£7-£8.50). Succulent and deliciously pink-centred, it melts in the mouth. The subtly sweet bun absorbs the meat juices well, and doesn’t need any more dressing up than a bit of iceberg lettuce and some red onion relish.
Of course there are optional extras: a slice of just-melted mature cheddar, red leicester or stilton; smoked bacon; and pickled cucumber. There’s always a daily special too, which might include a very tasty homemade bbq sauce, if you're lucky. Portion size is perfect, so the burger itself is easy to handle without having to dismantle or seek refuge in a knife and fork - key criteria for a successful burger. And an alternative bun from WAG’s bakery just a few units down also draws in the wheat and gluten free crowds. Chips come as standard: triple cooked to a golden crunch, and doused in addictive rosemary sea-salt.
Recently licensed, they’re now able to offer wine by the beaker (just one choice of either white or red), and bottles of Amstel or Sambrook beer. Soft drinks include homemade lemonade, served with ice and a stripy straw.
The Last Word
Believe the hype. Honest Burgers lives up to its well deserved reputation.