1. Burger Breakout menu 2. The O.C. burger and a BBQ battered onion ring 3.burger slaw and burger mess
4. Pig in a box 5. deep fried pickles 6. a bloody food mess
Do I even need to mention how obsessed I am with burgers? I'm sure you're all getting sick of my terrible instagram food pictures but I'm not ridiculous enough to get my SLR out yet to snap my meal, in time maybe... Anyway, a few weeks ago I pooped into Burger Breakout, a new(ish) London burger pop up in the Old Crown Pub on New Oxford Street after visiting the British Museum (it's just around the corner). I had read a few reviews but what interested me the most about this place was the different meat options on the menu. However, that being said I ended up going for a beef burger. I went for the O.C. burger which is a spin on a classic cheese burger i.e. 8oz patty with smoked onion jam, 3 cheese sauce (emmental, Monterey Jack and lyburn gold), hot pickle, lettuce, tomato & house made 1000 island dressing. I really enjoyed this burger, none of the flavours were too overpowering and all the toppings tasted well together, however my main criticism would be that the bun did not hold together very well making for a messy eating. Two of my friends had the Whiskey Beast (dry ages Orkney beed patty, treacle cured bacon, strathdon blue and whiskey mustard) which I'm told was extremely enjoyable and my other friend had the lamb burger which she also enjoyed.
As for sides we went a little bit crazy. All the burgers come with lovely horseradish salted chips but we still decided to order the BBQ battered onion rings which were delicious even though they looked really dark, the burger slaw which was tangy and super tasty and the courgette fries which were thick, crunchy and as refreshing as deep fried vegetables can be. We were also lucky enough to be sent a portion of deep fried pickles and the 'pig in a box' on the house which was a lovely surprise (thanks Chef)! Now, unfortunately I am not a fan of pickles/gherkins etc and always end up picking them out of my burger but I did try these; they were super hot! The others however do like pickles and even though they said they were seriously hot they did enjoy them. The 'pig in a box' is a new addition to the menu and is basically slow cooked pork with beans, burger slaw and chips. The pork was definitely one of the stand out parts of the meal, it was incredibly tender and tasted divine, accompanied with the rest of the box I probably enjoyed this more then the burger itself! This box meal is exactly the thing you want on a cold winter night to keep you warm and your belly full!
I really enjoyed my meal at Burger Breakout and would definitely go back to try some of the other burgers, especially the Bambi Bought It venison burger. The pub is really nice and wasn't too busy when we went at 3.30pm on a Sunday, the staff are lovely and helpful and the menu is large enough to satisfy everyone's fancy including the vegetarians amongst you. If you're in the area I would definitely recommend you check it out for a burger that's a little on the unusual side.
What's your favourite burger side dish x