Burg­ers with a great sum­mer vibe

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

DAVID RIVERS tries Burger Shack and Bar which has re­cently opened its doors in Wim­ble­don 27–29 Church Road, Wim­ble­don, SW19 5DQ call 020 8946 3197 www.burg­er­shackand­bar.co.uk

SOME­TIMES you feel as though burg­ers, de­spite ev­i­dence to the con­trary, are con­demned to be for­ever a sym­bol of fast food.

While that may be true when walk­ing down a British high street at 1am on a Fri­day night, Lon­don does have nu­mer­ous restau­rants that fight the stereo­type.

Wim­ble­don’s new Burger Shack and Bar, a Young’s Pub project in Church Road, is one of these restau­rants.

As clean and quiet as the set­ting of a rom­com fea­tur­ing Hugh Grant, Wim­ble­don is per­fect for the sum­mer and the Burger Shack and Bar is a pleas­ant foil for a warm evening with its open frontage.

Sat in laid-back so­fas, my friend and I chose The Chilli Pulled Pork Burger and The Streaky, along with sides of but­ter­milk fried chicken wings and cream cheese stuffed jalapeños from its menu merg­ing British and Amer­i­can food.

The most im­pres­sive dish of the night was The Streaky, com­pris­ing ale onions, cheese, maple cured ba­con and shred­ded let­tuce.

A real melt-in-the-mouth treat with a strong, juicy meat taste that doesn’t make you feel like a heart at­tack is round the cor­ner.

Merg­ing the same flavours with dif­fer­ent meat, the Chilli Pulled Pork Burger is also de­li­cious with a punchy flavour that stays with you.

The pick of the sides was the cream cheese stuffed jalapeños, coated in crispy deep fried onion bat­ter.

Although pleas­ant, my friend’s chicken wings didn’t pack the same stan­dard of bat­ter so I’d rec­om­mend opt­ing for the for­mer.

My only com­plaint would be that the sides weren’t in­stead of­fered as a starter which, given their size, seemed a lit­tle too much com­ing in one go with our mains.

Fit­ting with its lovely, re­laxed vibe we de­cided to try some cock­tails and went for the Jim Beam Sour – bour­bon, lemon juice, soda and sugar – and the Ap­ple and Elder­flower Collins - gin, elder­flower cor­dial, soda wa­ter and ap­ple juice, both thor­oughly good bev­er­ages.

There was, how­ever, a par­tic­u­larly poor of­fer­ing on the dessert menu - the Salted choco­late, peanut but­ter and pop­corn.

A strange dish given the high stan­dard of food prior, the com­bi­na­tion just doesn’t work and comes with so much choco­late it bor­ders on sickly.

There’s a lovely sum­mer vibe here and it is per­fect to kick back with some cock­tails and high qual­ity food, cen­tred on its ex­cel­lent burg­ers.

TASTY: Above chicken wings, top right, the chilli pulled pork burger, mid­dle, cream cheese stuffed jalapeños and bot­tom, choco­late pop­corn and the streaky,

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