VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
VENUE & ATMOSPHERE: 3/5
NOTE: ALL MEAT IS HALAL. NO ALCOHOL IS SERVED ON THE PREMISES.
I sure do eat a lot of burgers for someone who doesn’t like gourmet burgers. This time, ‘Yarm from the (Pec)’Narm came to ours for dates and Zam Zam water post Hajj. After the serious stuff, we had a laugh over Big Shaq’s Mans fire in the booth and made a decision on where we were going to hit for burgers – this time the winner was BGR. Since it was a cold weekday evening, we didn’t expect queues out the door but equally we questioned our decision when there were 0 customers in the restaurant. Mrs Plug made a poor joke about it being difficult to find a space for us to sit, (you could actually hear the tumbleweed rolling past since it was actually silent in the restaurant), but eventually we were offered a comfortable booth.
Just like every other burger joint, this place had a typically rustic theme including those Ikea-like light bulbs, you know the ones, the large lightbulbs with the twisted coil. We had a quick look at the menu and we decided to share starters – buffalo wings and a portion of halloumi. For mains, we had a burger each and one portion of chips between us (nobody is interested in chips really and there’s always too many in a portion).
For drinks, the Mrs. ordered the Pink Panther cocktail (Watermelon, sweet lychees and cranberries) and ‘Yarm from the (Pec)’Narm went for the strawberry mojito. Mes. Plug loved her cocktail as it was refreshing, unique tasting and not too sweet!
Wings were decent, they were nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing to make us regret our order either. Only 3 in a portion though, which is slightly disappointing for £6. I was pleasantly surprised they weren’t covered in Frank’s buffalo sauce like other places. These were nice, tangy and spicy but just didn’t make us go WOW. I’ve recently developed an addiction to halloumi and even though it wasn’t on the menu I tried my luck and the chef rustled something up. Sometimes, halloumi is just way too salty but this was good (no idea how much it was but I didnt care).
Onto mains, I ordered an Original BGR lamb patty (you also had the choice of beef), american cheese, caramelised onions and ketchup in a seeded bun with an addition of a turkey rasher. The others ordered a No Way Jose (Mexican burger with nachos, jelapenos etc.), and a Classic BGR (which was pretty similar to the original but with BBQ sauce). Overall, I was quite happy with my burger, again, lamb was a nice change from beef and just felt a bit more manageable, more tender and not so heavy. Mrs. Plug’s Mexican burger was tasty and flavoursome, although the tortilla chips seemed to get soggy fairly quickly, resulting the burger filling losing its ‘CRUNCH’. She did however, comment that the avocado gave the burger a unique creamy taste to the burger, which complemented the tanginess of the salsa well. I did well to finish my burger as it was of a good size. The others seemed quite content with their food too. My only criticism was that the menu stated that all burgers would be cooked to medium rare, and these were slightly overdone for my taste. No biggie.
Overall the restaurant was nice, service and staff were friendly and we enjoyed our food, no complaints from me. The cost was around £60 for 3 people which was unusually high considering that we shared 1 portion of chips between 3 of us. I don’t think you will be disappointed by dining here, it’s just that with what feels like an endless list of burger places around London, in order to attract repeat customers, BGR burgers need to make their customers go skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka Skibiki-pap-pap, and a pu-pu-pudrrrr-boom!