There’s a trend popping up in London restaurant naming – see Burger & Lobster, MEATliquor, and Bubbledogs for clarification – in which the whole menu is placed right on the sign. Patty & Bun takes this experience to an even more minimal degree, making for one of the easiest friends gatherings imaginable. Six distinct burger options are there to peruse as you nestle into your wooden picnic table under some retro overhead lamps suspended by red wiring. Start with a carafe of rum punch–punch is a thing these days, and the P&B version is excellent–as your group debates the merits of their menu selection.
There’s the basic burger – a great blank canvas by which to judge the others – and the usual southwestern and south-of-the-border iterations sporting caramelized onions and a chili chorizo sauce, respectively. For the health conscious among your crew, a quasi-Mediterranean chicken and lamb burger are spiced up with some delicious house-made condiments, while the portobello burger goes above and beyond in accommodating vegetarians, with bold flavors and a supremely satisfying texture.
When your food arrives, there’s little more to do than dig in, savoring the ultimate simplicity of a humble gourmet burger shop. If you’re still a bit peckish, there are some sides – fair enough, the name includes only the broad majority of the menu – like the confit chicken wings which easily contend for top billing. When you’ve finished every bite, compare notes about which of the remaining five selections you’ll pick up next time, and yes, there will definitely be a next time.