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Bread Street Kitchen Short Rib Burger

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£12.50 Since Bread Street Kitchen opened last year its burger has had several tweaks to improve it. Good skills, it's now AWESOME!

It's true that Bread Street Kitchen's Short Rib Burger has already made an appearance here on Burgerac, but having had a couple in recent weeks, I felt obliged to re-blog it as I now consider it to be worthy of five golden Burgerac stars...

The burger has actually evolved slightly since last it appeared here. Yes it's still housed in a Miller's brioche bun with Monterey Jack cheese (it has previously sported Bermondsey Frier and also Ogleshield cheese), but the bespoke ketchup (which used to have star anise and red pepper in the mix) is now a smoked tomato ketchup. Good shout. It works better with the sweetness of the bun. The Short Rib patty is still course ground with a really great aged flavour, and beautifully cooked – first on a plancher plate on the stove top and then for a few minutes in the oven. Then it rests for about five minutes before being put back in the oven with the cheese on top to melt it perfectly.

I think the above image shows you everything you need to know about the flawless structure of this burger. You can see that the architecture is bang on with each ingredient applied in impressively even layers: the homemade ketchup, the length-cut pickles, the cheese, the shredded iceberg (which has been folded through a garlic and mustard mayo). 

I also think the shape of the burger patty is less cricket-ball like than perhaps it used to be and more, well, patty-like, which makes the eating of the burger considerably easier and more pleasurable. This is truly a wonderful burger!

And the joy doesn't just stop at the burger. There are a host of other menu items you simply have to try while you're at Bread Street Kitchen. The triple cooked chips (£3.50) are infallible. The Tamarind Chicken wings (above) are AWESOME, as is the mature but creamy mac cheese. The coleslaw was pretty damn good too.

Post burger feast, there's a pineapple carpaccio, coconut sorbet and passion fruit desert that is both refreshing and revitalising. So much so that after I'd had it, I ordered another dessert. I might have shed a tear at the sheer (and I mean that in the shiny sense) beauty of the chocolate tart served with salted caramel ice cream and honeycomb crumbs. 

Before I sign off, there's something else you should know about my recent BSK experiences. Not only did I really enjoy my choice of brilliantly realised comfort food, I actually had some cracking nights out with my nearest and dearest.

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Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street
London
EC4M 9AJ

Tel: 020 3030 4050


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Bread Street Kitchen Short Rib Burger

Burgerac

£12 plus £3.50 for the chips but, says tweep @gubgub08, when your visit is arranged with the chef via Twitter, it's worth every penny

You can't just pick up the telephone and ask to speak to the executive chef at Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant. Well, of course you can, but chances are Chef is too busy to get to the phone to talk to a complete stranger that has nothing whatsoever to do with the restaurant or its business. You can, however, drop the guy a tweet. That's what Anthony - or @gubgub08 as he's known on Twitter - did when he wanted to eat at Bread Street Kitchen a few weeks ago. Here's his account of what happened...

I'd heard good things about the burger at a new opening from some chef called Gordon Ramsay and so was looking for an excuse to pay Bread Street Kitchen a visit. The time came when a friend from out of town was in London for a week, so I established contact via Twitter with the executive chef Simon Gregory (@chefgregory01) and he kindly arranged a table for lunch for us. Which was rather nice of him. Isn't Twitter wonderful?

While I don't know Simon personally, he's a friend of chef Fred Smith of the Admiral Codrington pub who I've become friends with over the course of the last year - and it was that connection that emboldened me to tweet Simon out of the blue. FYI!

When we arrived the first thing I noticed was the striking decor and the enormous size of the place. Once sat at our table we ordered a well-deserved Meantime beer. Chef Gregory emerged from the kitchen and popped over to say hello and informed us that there were regularly over 200 lunch and nearly 300 dinner covers, confirming that the restaurant's capaciousness is most definitely required. Despite some well reported teething problems with service, BSK has become incredibly popular in the short time since it opened. Being needed back in the kitchen Simon parted by telling us to choose what we wanted (the burger obviously) and that he would send out a selection of starters in the meantime as a treat. Who were we to argue?

The first of the extra goodies we were sent was a flat bread with butternut squash puree, Taleggio cheese, field mushrooms and a basil dressing, which was excellent, just enough to whet our appetite. We then placed our order for two of the short rib burgers (medium rare), chips and mac cheese - and then Simon sent out a selection of starters which included spicy chicken wings, stone bass ceviche and a tuna carpaccio. All were lovely and disappeared in no time.

Then the main event hoved in to view. It was enormous! Er, perhaps ordering the chips and the mac cheese had been something of an error of judgement. In for a penny, in for a pound - we persevered, in the name of Important Research.

The burger gives away chef Simon's friendship with chef Fred Smith of the Admiral Codrington. It features an iceberg lettuce slaw with mustard and garlic and also Bermondsey Frier cheese, pickled cucumber all housed in a shiny Miller's brioche bun _ not unlike Fred's Burgermat Show Burger Monday burger. However, Simon's Bread Street Kitchen burger features a super-thick 8-10oz short rib beef patty and a secret spicy tomato sauce.  It was cooked to perfection and super juicy... 

When it was served, the burger looked stable but after I'd cut mine in half it seemed to lose stability and the sauciness/juiciness slightly overcame the lovely brioche bun. The accompanying sides were standard offerings but very good, particularly the mac cheese which was extremely cheesy, I find this sometimes goes missing. The chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside and, like the burger, massive. There seems to be a running theme. This is in no way a complaint!

Coming to the end we were bloody stuffed and definitely had no room for pudding. But Simon insisted we try a tiny but exquisite dessert and, well, it would have been rude not to. So we finished with a gorgeously rich chocolate tart, caramel ice cream and honey comb (blurry shot above). The perfect end to an outstanding Twitter-enabled lunch!

All in all without the extras the burger is well worth a trip for £12. It is extremely generous in size, the chips however are extra but for £3.50 well worth it and I'm not going to argue at £15.50. The price puts the burger in the Hawksmoor, Goodman bracket where I feel it certainly holds its own. Chef Gregory's generous opening treats also helped to make our burger mission seem like even better value (thank you kindly, sir). In Burgerac terms, this is a solid "must-try" four star burger.

Thank you Chef Gregory. And thank you Twitter!


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Bread Street Kitchen
10 Bread Street
London
EC4M 9AJ

Tel: 020 3030 4050

www.breadstreetkitchen.com

Bread Street Kitchen on Urbanspoon