There's no shortage of burger restaurants in London, but if you're fancying something a little more than your usual fast food chain's offerings, then look no further than Tommi's Burger Joint. With their Soho branch newly opened this year, The Idle Man went down to check out their meaty treats.
Burger places in London aren't exactly in the decline, and the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming (especially when you're in that starving but indecisive state). But if there's one place you really shouldn't miss, it's Tommi's Burger Joint. Tommi's already have two other London restaurants - one in Marylebone and one on King's Road, but far from feeling like a chain, the Burger Joint has a much more independent, pop-up feel to it.
The outside of the Berwick Street haunt isn't the most assuming place in the world, but as we arrive, the row of customers in the window with the most mouth-watering burgers in hand definitely convinced us otherwise. Heading into the burger joint, you're met with essentially a glorified wooden shack, covered in neon piping, hand drawn doodles and rustic chalk board menus.
There's a real laid-back vibe going on - it's like heading to your favourite pop-up food market, except with the benefits of seating and a roof over your head. With a view straight into the tiny kitchenette, it's very much a case of what you see is what you get with Tommi's - and what you get is lovingly looked after, great quality burgers. Now that feels a lot more personal than your average chain.
You'd also be forgiven for assuming that Tommi's is an American affair, but another factor that separates the Burger Joint from the rest is their heritage. Founder Tómas Tómason (an undeniably great name) first opened his restaurant in Iceland in 1981, then eventually six more across the country. They now boast branches in Berlin and Copenhagen as well as London, so we're sure we'll see more from Tommi soon.
And it's no wonder the chain is spreading worldwide, as the burgers themselves are definitely worth talking about. All the meat is reliably sourced from a family butchers in Barons Court, so you know you're getting the good stuff from the word go. Head chef Siggi Gunnlaugsson even divides his time between all three London branches to make sure all their burgers are of the highest standards. And we can't disagree.
The menu itself is a fuss-free affair, with a choice of a classic, chicken, steak or veggie burger on offer with an impressive choice of extras to jazz things up. We went for a classic and chicken burger, piled high with avocado, crispy bacon and satisfyingly oozing cheese, all drizzled with garlic mayo. If that doesn't tickle your taste buds, then nothing will. Their selection of homemade dips also deserves a shout out, with an array of chipotle mayos, bearnaise and special cocktail sauce. Washed down with an impressively chocolate-y milkshake made for more than happy customers, trust us.
So if you're not slightly salivating by this point, what might just grab your attention is Tommi's more than reasonable prices. The Burger Joint does a 'offer of the century' deal - a burger, fries and a drink all for a mere £10.90. And with portion sizes this big (we couldn't finish our portions of sweet potato fries, and believe us we tried) you can't go far wrong.
What To Wear
Just like the burgers, this is a no-frills affair, so quite literally anything goes. Whether your popping in on your lunch break or for a cheat-day dinner, casual is definitely the way forward. We should probably advise you to go for some elasticated trousers, as your waistline will have definitely increased by the time you leave Tommi's, but a decent pair of jeans will serve you equally as well. Maybe steer clear of fresh white T-shirts to avoid the inevitable burger spillages, or make sure you bring a jacket to cover the multitude of sins that might occur.