29 Jul 2011
Three of us visited Hawksmoor Seven Dials on Sunday afternoon and plonked ourselves down in their spiffy bar with one and only one intention: to eat burgers! That’s right. Three people. Three burgers. Conveniently there were exactly three burgers on the menu. They arrived and were immediately cut into thirds and shared out. All were juicy and all were delicious – when it comes to burgers Hawksmoor certainly know their stuff! Interestingly there was a real noticeable difference when it came to the impact of flavour of each burger. These could be characterised as follows.
The “Straight A” Student: Hawksmoor Hamburger
This could be the perfect version of your classic hamburger. It arrived looking extremely polished and proud, and why not? It certainly deserved to be! Made with 100% Longhorn beef and small nuggets of bone marrow, then grilled until perfectly pink in the middle, topped with a melted slice of Ogleshield Cheese. This was one meaty, juicy and flavoursome burger! The obligatory pickle, lettuce, tomato and red onion combo (freshly sliced and nicely crisp) were the perfect complement, with the whole thing sandwiched between a pillowy, fluffy, puffy, brioche bun. Puppy love at first bite.
The Vesuvius: Kimchi Burger
Talk about a flavour bomb – the Kimchi Burger had instant impact. A spicy, savoury, supercharged hamburger with a smoky chilli kick. Combined with the cheese, it was powerful stuff. Delicious but the flavour was so overwhelming I think I might have struggled to finish a whole one. The third I had was just the perfect size, so I can imagine a slider sized version could make a convenient menu item for those not wishing to inflict a a flavour aneurysm to their tastebuds. Prepare to be blown away.
The Texan Tycoon: The Big Smoke Burger
Hawksmoor’s Third Burger is a restaurant special, available only for a limited period. On this occasion it was The Big Smoke Burger, which had been very well received and we were lucky enough to catch it during it’s swan song weekend. It had all the same gratifying elements of the Hawksmoor Hamburger but with a smoky twist. The beef, cheese and bacon had all been smoked and the whole thing was slathered in BBQ sauce and American mustard. The resulting burger was smokey, slightly sweet and definitely my favourite burger of the three. Yee haw!
Chips at the Hawksmoor only come triple cooked for that crisp on the outside, fluffy in the middle texture. Whether or not this includes beef dripping is up to you but it certainly makes for a tasty chip!
Hawksmoor Seven Dials have an excellent selection of drinks including quality cocktails and their own bespoke beers. I enjoyed a zesty Sherry Cobbler (the “pre-air conditioning coolant of choice”) containing Manzanilla Sherry churned with lemon and sugar. Definitely more sour than sweet, this is one for those who don’t like their cocktails too sugary. ”The Devil’s Architect” Pale Ale is one of Hawksmoor’s own brews and very tasty indeed. Also enjoyed was the classic Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (Gin with homemade Ginger Syrup & Lemon Juice, topped with London Pride). I’d had the pleasure of drinking one of these at Hawksmoor’s pop up at Pitt Cue Co and it didn’t fail to become a hit with my dining buddy on this occasion either.
Considering how pricey it can be to dine at Hawksmoor, the burgers make a great value option. At £15 they include a portion of chips… or salad – but who would order that?! With a drink or two each our meal came to roughly £25 per person including service.
For those who didn’t manage to try The Big Smoke Burger, sadly I hear they’re changing their Third Burger today. It will be interesting to see who comes along to fill this “Texan Tycoon’s” boots!
Hawksmoor Seven Dials
11 Langley St.