Brioche Burger 8/10
VALUE FOR MONEY: 7/10
VENUE & ATMOSPHERE: 6/10
NOTE: ALL MEAT IS HALAL. ALCOHOL IS NOT SERVED ON THE PREMISES.
It was a Monday evening. Not your usual ‘date night’ day, but seeing as Brioche were offering 2 for 1 on burgers Monday to Wednesday, we thought we would try it out. We had already tried Brioche when it had first opened in East Shopping Centre on Green Street. We hadn’t enjoyed it at the time, but since Brioche had since moved to Walthamstow and a few years had passed, we went in for round 2.
We were greeted warmly, and given that it was a Monday, we were shown to a comfy booth. It didn’t take long for us to choose what we wanted. Shakerfries and I both opted for dry-aged Aberdeen Angus burgers (Wagyu burgers were not included in the offer), which encompassed the best three cuts of beef. I ordered the ‘Lone Ranger’ which included a 6oz Angus Beef patty, crispy fried onions, American cheese, and homemade spicy BBQ sauce. ShakerFries, who has a Philly cheese steak obsession, predictably ordered ‘The Fresh Prince’, Brioche’s take on the famous Philly Cheese Steak, with prime Angus Rump, thinly sliced with onions, peppers and mushrooms. Topped with American cheese, classic mustard & ketchup. I was impressed that we were both asked how we wanted our burgers cooked (Medium, always). We also ordered some Cajun fries to share and some Dirty Dozen chicken wings, which were Oriental inspired, covered in special spicy sauce, and topped with sesame seeds.
The wings arrived first, piping hot! They had an interesting taste, and I loved the oriental twist to the flavour, as the wings were a well balanced combination of sweet and spicy, with an additional tangy taste. Just before I had a chance to be uncivilised and lick the bowl clean, our mains arrived.
The first thing I noticed was that the brioche was lightly toasted and still surprisingly warm. When I took my first bite, I was immediately blown away! The brioche bun was still soft and fluffy despite being toasted. The patty melted in my mouth, and was cooked to a perfect medium. The homemade spicy BBQ sauce injected an amazing flavour into the burger, which complemented the rest of the filling well, but it was the crispy fried onion rings which MADE this burger. It added an amazing crunch to this perfectly constructed burger. The brioche didn’t come apart in my hands and I finished my entire meal with ease. I’m just going to say it…this was the BEST burger I ever had, and I’ve eaten A LOT of burgers. I wasn’t expecting it, and I was so pleasantly surprised.
ShakerFries had a similar story with his Philly cheese steak burger. He was initally surprised that the Philly cheese steak was in a burger bun, but once he got over that, he started to enjoy it. It had tender strips of beef cooked medium, which was still a bit chewy yet satisfying. The Brioche special sauce gave this burger a creamy injection of flavour.
The cajun chips were crispy, warm and equally as tasty. I would definitely recommend sharing this as it is quite a generous portion. The bill came to around £26 (with the offer) which was excellent value for money. Furthermore, I had finished my meal… This NEVER happens. I was so blown away with the food and the service. We had a good chat with the waiter who asked for feedback on how to improve, but from what I could see (and taste), to say that everything was great would be an understatement. If I was to be pedantic, I would say the restaurant looks currently underdone with regard to the decor. But there is no way that this even matters given that our meal was way beyond satisfactory. I am actually excited to return here, and can’t wait to sink my teeth into a Wagyu burger!!!