Saturday 24 September 2011

Getting Lucky at the Lucky Chip

Everywhere I go there seems to be a new must-visit burger van or restaurant - from Honest Burger in Brixton Village to the Meat Wagon, burgers are trending in London.  I have been hearing a lot about the Lucky Chip of late and meant to go up last night to their joint party with a pop up version of the Off Broadway bar at the Netil market but got sidetracked by my Vietnamese feast at The Green Papaya. 

With the Fashionista and I determined not to go to Banh Mi 11 for once at Broadway Market we were on the search for something new - she was almost distracted by some delicious looking risotto balls in the extension to Broadway Market that has been set up in the school yard at the London Fields end - but I was single mindedly heading to the Lucky Chip at Netil Market - just round the corner from Broadway Market proper.

Apparently they had been hit pretty hard by the party the night before and were therefore running low on supplies so a couple of the interesting toppings for the fries were already finished - they still had more than enough to entice us. I went for the el chapo burger- 35 day aged "Ginger Pig" beef, roasted jalapenos, aioli and blue cheese- great burger, bit sloppy, and the cheese took away from the taste of the beef a little but nonetheless was still pretty darn good.

The Fashioinista went for a naked dog- an organic pork hot dog served in a toasted hot dog bun with mustard and tommy K- this was even better than the burger- really really tasty! 

A Naked Dog.
The fries were great- we had them plain but they were offering free truffle oil with them which smelled delicious- next time!

On the evidence so far I will no doubt return to the Lucky Chip again and again- it really is great- although, and this is perhaps splitting straws, it may just fall into third place behind my personal favourite, Honest Burger, and the legend that is the Meat Wagon.

UPDATE, JANUARY 2012: Lucky Chip has just had a week long residency at the Sebright Arms, a pub literally 25 metres from my bedroom window, so I decided to head on over to see if standards were being maintained.  Sure enough they were!!!

We had the chicken wings with chipotle and lime dip to start - crisp but juicy chicken which worked tremendously with the smokey citrus of the dip - spot on!

I then had the Kelly LeBrock burger - served very rare with caramelized onions, philadelphia, applewood smoked bacon, chedar and aioli - very, very sloppy but delicious.  The Fashionista had wanted another hot dog, but unfortunately they had run out.  No matter they gave her a free upgrade to a straight up cheese burger - simple, awesome!

On this evidence, Lucky Chip has now overtaken MeatLiquor to move into number two of my reasonably priced burger spots in London.  Honest Burgers is still just ahead though!

Lucky Chip on Urbanspoon

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