[@yesiamben] Yesterday I headed over to Honest for the inaugural night of their new special, the 'Oktoberfest'. It's no secret that Cheeseburgerboy and I both love Honest. We've been fans from the first night we sat outside waiting on a bench in Brixton market right through to today, where they can claim 7 restaurants. And the Soho branch is usually where I direct people who message and say "I'm in central London, where can I get a good burger?" (you know, because even if you have to queue they'll take a number, let you go for a pint and call you when they're ready [cough, cough] Patty and Bun :).
So, I was pretty excited to hear about the new special - especially as it coincidentally coincided with a planned Honest visit. And so at 8pm on a chilly wet night, I was sat outside under the awning and heater, surprisingly warm, drinking Redchurch Bethnal Pale Ale and excited eat.
The Oktoberfest burger sounds amazing on paper - beef, Black Forest bacon, Bavarian smoked cheddar, sauerkraut and currywurst sauce. And rosemary salted chips, of course. In reality - I'm not so sure. From a build point of view, we had the sauerkraut underneath, the cheese, the bacon and then the currywurst on top (I think).
The patty was, as always, lovely. The bacon and cheese were great. The sauerkraut was good. And I would probably really love the currywurst sauce in something else, or by itself. But for some reason I'm not sure they fitted together *perfectly*. Don't get me wrong - it's still a great burger - hell, pretty much everything Honest put together is good, it's just not their best.
Perhaps the problem was I saw the press picture earlier in the day. CBB have discussed this a lot recently. Burgers rarely look like the press pictures - which is fine, but compare my photos (I took these outside, apologies for the lighting!) with the one in the link above.
I don't know. It's not a *miss* per se, it's just not the win I desperately wanted it to be. I know CBB has been hankering after one (and I'm guessing it's on for 4 weeks), so I might see if we can grab one together later in the month and I'll have another think. Maybe it was just last night - maybe it just didn't work for me. Hey ho. If you're nearby give it a try and leave us a comment or drop me a tweet with your thoughts.