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Monday, January 05, 2009


While HS chows down on tasty Burgers in LA, here in London it remains a problematical quest. Actually, I’m not that surprised. It’s just one of those things we’ll never get right in the UK. Much like the Fish and Chips you find in the States. Sure, they can probably make a good job of it but, it will never taste quite the same. Ditto Spanish bars, which lose all their identity when reproduced outside the Iberian Peninsula. All I ask for, then, is that a bit of care goes into the making of the facsimile and that I enjoy the end result.

Ground in London’s Wild West (that’s Chiswick) is one of those nuevo burger joints that have proliferated across London over the past few years. They all seem to come out with the same shtick: Grass-fed Beef, Artisanal Buns (yada yada) which seems like it’s telling you lots but on closer inspection means squat. It’s also one of those places that offers up multitudinous variations on the burger theme - most of which you’d never consider eating – when the only choice that’s necessary is with/without cheese.

Resisting the temptation to try and finesse the menu and double up my meat ration I went for a Classic Cheese Burger. When it came the burger was cooked a little over for my tastes and it fell apart too easily but the taste was ok. This was only after removing a large wet, flavourless piece of Lollo Rosso that came with it, though. The bun didn’t taste of much either, had a cotton wool texture and overwhelmed the petit patty.

Shoestring fries weren’t really and the homemade Coleslaw wasn’t very nice at all having far too much gloopy sauce in the mix. It the sort of stuff that kids would probably love. Which is basically what Ground seems to be about. Nothing here to offend any of the natives and their sprogs and all a bit, well, underwhelming. Even the beer list – surely a chance to do something interesting – looked liked it was sourced from a Costcutter. A very small one.

Not a meal then that will live long in the memory but I can always get my foodie kicks vicariously via HS’s heroic eating for England posts from the City of Angels.

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Anonymous C.Elder said...

Last time I went here,a person at the next table was complaining to staff that the vegetarian burger they had ordered was too why does a vegetarian go to a restaurant like this which is dedicated to meat in all its burger forms and then expect to be catered for?
I propose that the Hermanos raise the flag for meat and go to vegetarian restaurants and demand a steak!If the vegemaniacs expect us to cater for them,why should we not expect tham to cater for us?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 12:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Helen said...

What the hell is it with lollo rosso anyway? Just give up people - there's no point! On a par with iceberg in the lettuce hierarchy.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:50:00 pm  
Blogger bob said...

I do prefer it to the GBK further down High Road.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:52:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

There's a lettuce hierachy? Who Knew?:-)


Tuesday, January 06, 2009 7:09:00 pm  
Blogger Lizzie said...

I still maintain that Hache do the best burgers in London. I find it astonishing how so many places do gloopy coleslaw - surely it's not that hard?!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 11:13:00 pm  
Anonymous Dan said...

Am still searching for a decent burger round Clerkenwell. Grills & Martinis is the best I've found, but still not great.

Any ideas?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 11:47:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you two always eat such revolting food? It's always horrid greasy burgers and endless steaks.

Friday, January 09, 2009 11:11:00 am  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

mmmmmm. Endless steaks, sign me up.

The alternative is you can bugger off and go and look at blogs with pictures of kittens


Friday, January 09, 2009 3:29:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

I'm just as God made me, sir

Friday, January 09, 2009 10:32:00 pm  
Anonymous M.Moss said...

Anonymous is clearly a vegemaniac,starved of decent protein.

Monday, January 12, 2009 1:32:00 pm  

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