I had my suspicions after my last visit, and after being back once more I can conclude that Soho Diner in my opinion has the best burgers in London. There I said it! It’s quite a big statement but they are so so good. When I dream about a burger it is this once that appears on my retina.
I haven’t tried every single burger in London, but out of the (quite a few) ones I have sampled Soho Diner is the clear winner.
On my last visit I came here with a colleague. We were both starving and went all out ordered quite a lot of (actually a bit too much) food. First a plate of nachos to share which was just as you want them; nice guacemole, delicious salsa, good tortilla chips and nice cheese.
Then it was time for the burgers (my mouth is watering just seeing this picture)!. We both chose a double which illogically has three patties (a single has two) and it was almost too big for me. The last bites I ate out of pure will because it was so so good!
The patties have a nice flavour, are nicely packed and pink in the middle. Extremely juicy. The cheese is just perfectly melted and gooey, the dressing a nice addition that doesn’t overpower the other flavours and the brioche bun sturdy enough not to fall apart and soaks up the juices. This, my friends, is perfection.
The thick fries are incredibly crisp and absolutely delicious too!
Although we were extremely full after that big burger and fries we couldn’t resist the puddings. Max had a chocolate brownie which came out plain, I like the no nonsense approach here, and it was to die for.
I should have known better than ordering a chocolate milkshake but in a weak moment I did. It was perfect too and I was sad I couldn’t finish it.
Soho Diner (Soho Kitchen & Bar),19-21 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JJ
Quo Vadis has been on my (extremely long) to-eat-list for quite a while and last weekend I finally got the opportunity to go there. My friend from home, Linus, was visiting and as he happened to have two colleagues in town we thought we’d meet up for dinner somewhere central and my friend Laura was up for coming along too.
We met at Soho diner for a few drinks before our dinner and it was so warm we could sit outside.
As we had quite a late dinner we decided to go for both starters and mains and I just had to have the baked salsify I’ve seen Simon Hopkinson rave about on TV. They were gorgeous; crispy on the outside, not too soft on the inside and tasted absolutely lovely with the grated parmesan.
Our waiter thought one portion of the salsify was not enough as a starter so I had another snack, the duck rillette which was nice too.
Louise had exactly the same starter as I and Linus and Jacob both had the spinach and Alexanders (a new acquaintance for us all) soup. Laura had the squid above and was pretty much in food heaven she said.
Jacob and Laura both had the salt cod with soft boiled egg, anchovies and salad which they really enjoyed.
Louise and Linus had the onglet with horseradish and pickled walnut (it’s hiding behind the horseradish) and some roast potatoes and steamed vegetables to share.
I had probably the healthiest maincourse I’ve ever had. Brill in a vegetable broth with mussels, broadbeans and leek. I really enjoyed it but when I read it on the menu I actually expected more of a creamy broth.
Somehow we all managed pudding as well. Laura and Jacob had the same again; poached pear and winter fruits with Jersey cream which was quite heavy but nice.
Louise, Linus and I all had the crème brulee and it was a very good version. The custard was not too sweet and quite runny and velvety.
Quo Vadis, 26-29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL
On Friday I met up with a few girl friends after work. Two of us managed to get out early, so we met up in the bar at Soho Diner (part of the Soho House group) and had some drinks and nibbles while waiting for the other two. We sat overlooking the kitchen and saw them prepare one delicious burger after another, so we were pretty certain of what to order when we sat down for dinner.
When the last person in our little group was on her way, we asked the waitress to put us down for a table as you can’t pre-book. Twenty minutes later we were shown to our table by the window, which was actually quite chilly, especially compared to the heat from the stove.
We all decided on the single burger (which funnily enough consists of two patties while the double burger has three just to confuse matters) and shared some fries and a salad.
The burgers were seriously good and tasted like a piece of New York (not literally obviously). It came in a brioche bun (which all burgers should do, in my opinion) and the condiments were fresh and not too messy. It was also served with a huge salted gherkin, to add to the NY vibe even further.
The fries were lovely and crisp and absolutely delicious and I like the fact that they come with mayonnaise (so no need to ask the waiter for sauces).
I loved Soho Diner and will definitely come back. The service was great, especially when we were at the bar, the food was delicious and the atmosphere buzzing and fun.
NB. Please forgive the dark and grainy pictures. The lighting was dark and I only had my iPhone camera at hand.
Soho Diner, 19-21 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JJ