Patty & Bun, Soho, London
So I’ve dined at Patty & Bun exactly twice, with one good experience and one, not-so-good. Both were the same menu item, that’s the ‘Hot Chic Chicken Burger’ (£8.50). The deciding factor on success was freshness. The first time with my MealPal I got a freshly prepared burger, but the second time they gave me one that had been sitting around a while. As you might expect, wilted lettuce, cold chips and un-crispy chicken made a good lunch it did not. I should note that with the MealPal service you select a slot to pick up your order. So the latter experience was due to someone else not picking up on time and me being offloaded with their fast soggy food.
But on the occasion I was happy. The buttermilk fried chicken is a nice-sized fillet, with the fries skin-on and rustic cut. The chicken burger is a simple affair, with just a dash of garlic aioli, slaw and pickle. The meat’s tender and contrasts well with the brioche bun and mild sauces.