City eats: Patty & Bun, James Street

Discovering that burgers and cocktails went down well was a pretty dangerous revelation. No sooner had I been to and enjoyed both at Slider Bar at The Player, I stumbled upon the opening of a brand new burger joint via The Cocktail Lovers – Patty & Bun. “35 day-aged Aberdeen Angus off-cuts encased in its soft-as-you-like buns” and “the small but perfectly formed cocktail list comprising rum n’ Ting and Badboy Bottled Rum Punch” – had me sold.

You may know Patty & Bun from their pop-up events over the last six months or so. They’ve now found a permanent home near St Christopher’s Place on James Street, 30 seats and no reservations. We managed to get a table on a Friday night but it was pretty full. Luckily, if you don’t want to wait for a seat or you want to grab-and-go, they offer a take away service too.

The menu is short and well formed, meaning the decision is a pretty quick one. We both went for the ‘Ari’ cheeseburger with triple cooked, rosemary seasoned chips.

Patty and Bun - James Street, W1

Ready for the burger undressing?

Ari-Burger- Patty and Bun, James Street

You have to be willing to get your hands dirty and risk the possibility of sauce on your face with this burger. It’s the kind of meal you enjoy with someone you feel VERY comfortable with.

The burger was sizeable, the meat cooked round the edges and juicy inside, the sauce and cheese dripping over the sides and adding good flavour. I have a weakness for chips and Patty & Bun’s were amazing but after devouring the burger I struggled to finish it all.

It’s pretty easy to forget drinks with these burgers and we accidentally by-passed the cocktails, opting for a simple rum and coke. Refreshing though it was we would have preferred to try out the rum punch instead.

A simple setting where (as it should be) the focus is the burgers and food on offer. For just £14 each you get a meal to satisfy any appetite, washed down with a good dose of a spirit and mixer. Highly recommended for anyone who loves meat or good burgers.

Have you tried a Patty & Bun burger yet?