This post was written pre-covid
Cited as “the best burger in London” I knew I had to try it out. This is the second new burger place that I’ve been to this year, the other being Burger and Beyond so it’ll be interesting to see how Bleecker compares!
Bleecker Burger is named after Bleecker Street in New York City and it started as a food truck, before opening permanent branches in Victoria, Spitalfields and now Bloomberg in the City.
I visited the branch in Bloomberg which isn’t far from where I work so it’s easy to fit into a lunch break. The inside is very small; it’s a modern space with white tiles and a counter space. The decor reminds me of five guys, but much smaller and more intimate.
Bleecker Burger – What We Ordered
The menu is written on the wall and it’s simple and straightforward, structured under three headings; burger, fries and drinks. It’s counter service so you order at the counter before grabbing a table and you’re given a buzzer so you know when to go and collect your order when it’s ready.
The presentation is pretty straightforward, everything is served in its own cardboard burger box. I opted for the cheeseburger (£6.75) – a simple and classic choice. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a burger so soft; the pale sesame seed bun was fluffy while charred around the edges and the patty was juicy and moist. It makes other burgers I’ve tried seem dry compared to this! The burger is made with really good quality beef with bright yellow American cheese that was gooey and oozy and house sauce. What I wasn’t sure about is the token piece of iceberg lettuce plonked on – it looked slightly out of place and didn’t add anything to the burger. The bun itself was a little squashed, suggesting that it had been hastily assembled (it is a fast food restaurant after all) but it doesn’t have the polish that Burger & Beyond burger was presented with.
My cheeseburger was good but admittedly I was green with jealousy over the bacon cheeseburger (£7.75) which looks out of this world. For just a pound extra you can add slices of crispy, streaky bacon (and no token piece of lettuce). This is what I’m going for next time!
To go with the burgers, we ordered a portion of hand cut fries (£3.50) to share – you don’t really need one each unless you’re super hungry. The fries were really great; crispy and crunchy with skin on for extra flavour. They also serve sweet potato fries and a mixed portion but I haven’t heard fantastic things about these – sweet potato is a funny one which can go soggy really quickly.
Bleecker Burger – 7/10
I visited with the expectations of “the best burger in London” and I wasn’t disappointed. It certainly ticks a lot of boxes for flavour and price, I’d put it on a par with Burger & Beyond, and I’d rate it higher than Patty & Bun.
Food – 9/10
Service – 6/10
Decor / Ambience – 6/10
The total cost for two people was £21 for two burgers and fries to share.
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Bleecker Burger, Bloomberg
16 Bloomberg Arcade