Good to see that burgers are still going strong in our wonderful city. Lucky Chip have been doing the rounds for ages with pop ups here, there and everywhere and now they’ve finally set up shop in a pretty restaurant on Ridley Road market in Dalston.
Without wishing to offend any locals, the road itself is a bit minging; it’s not one I’d wish to walk down alone of an evening. The inside however makes for light relief; it’s dark and sexy. It felt like we were in a diner on the set of a Tarantino film. It was a shame then then the booths next to the glass front were so bitterly cold – we spent the entire visit wrapped up.
The menu feels more grown up than just a burger joint, helped by the extensive wine list. We started with onion bahji corn dogs (£5.50) which were soothed by the accompanying mint yoghurt. Proper little spicy buggers they were. Tallegio and leek croquettes (£4.50) had an internal texture of mac n cheese which was heavenly.
Burger wise, we went for the Royale wit Cheese (£8.95) and the No.1 Cheeseburger (£7.95) both with aged beef patties. The meat was aggressively seasoned (in a good way) and the flavour was immense. It was quite nice to eat a burger that didn’t explode everywhere for a change.
Chips, we ordered truffle with gorgonzola, but I think we were just given plain fries (£3) and the fries topped with garlic and herbs (£4). Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.
For pud, we shared a baked cheesecake (£4) which came with some salad – a bit weird – making it look like a slice of pate on toast. Very lovely though.
Service was certainly friendly but it dipped in and out which was a bit annoying seeing how quiet the place was – they were so busy chatting to each other that I needed a fog horn to get anyone’s attention. But the food, and the room, is great and I think it’ll do really well. Just get an Uber there.