Last night I was craving a burger (when aren’t I craving a burger?) so decided to try out the London Burgers and Beers with Eileen as I had heard good things. It was early on a Tuesday evening and so the place was empty. The restaurant itself kind of looked like a cross between a bar and a restaurant. There were multiple beers on tap, and TVs showed music videos in loop. We made a beeline for the table with the best lighting for photos (of course) and took a seat.
The menus were already sitting on the table and were very extensive. There was a nice variety of burgers to choose from, including chicken, lamb or steak and even a selection of salads. At the front of the restaurant was a counter that looked like it was where you ordered (it looked similar to a counter at McDonalds), but they actually take your order from the table if you are dining in. This confused us at first. I chose the Beef Mexican – chilli beef burger with melted Swiss cheese, spicy tomato salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and home style tomato sauce.
Eileen ordered the Beef Caramel – sweet caramelised onion, roast capsicum, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato and home style tomato sauce. You also got your choice of a side of fries or onion rings. I chose the fries and Eileen chose the onion rings.
The food took a while to come out, which was surprising as we were the only customers in the restaurant at the time. When it finally arrived, it looked delicious, and the portions were very generous. The burger was huge despite being a single patty, and the thick cut beer battered fries sat in a small fry basket on the side.
The burger patty was tasty, if a little bland. It was cooked perfectly however and a lot of the flavour came from the toppings. The thick bun and the lettuce and tomato were all fresh tasting. The salsa and sour cream combined to make a delicious, drippy mess.
Even though I cut it into more manageable halves, it still made a huge mess as I was eating it. Thankfully the waiter was expecting this and gave us extra napkins. The beer battered fries were perfect. They were really chunky, but still managed to be crispy. They were fluffy on the inside, but still managed to make a crunch sound when you bit into them.
The onion rings were just as tasty – super crunchy and full of flavour. I ordered a side of house made gravy for $1 which really made the fries and onion rings irresistible.
Overall, the London makes a pretty decent burger. The menu is super extensive – there is a burger type for everyone, and the sides are fantastic. At less than $20 for a meal you’d be crazy to turn it down. Just be prepared to wait a little while for your meal, especially if it’s busy.
London Burgers and Beers
Address: Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT 2617
Phone: 02 6251 7887
London Burgers and Beers Facebook page
Mon: 11am - 9pm
Tue - Sat: 11am - 10pm
Sun: 11am - 9pm