Friday, 2 September 2011

Burgered but Happy

It has been a summer of burgers. First there was the exhaustive 6-week preparation for Burger Monday with Daniel Young of

Charlie and Daniel

For those who don't know, Daniel's burger pop-ups have become legendary - he asks a well known chef to create a new burger in an unusual setting - usually a greasy spoon. They are limited events and tickets are like hen's teeth - for the Draft House Burger Monday all 80 tickets sold out in 15 minutes.

Because Daniel fell in love with the Tower Bridge Tasting Rooms at Draft House Tower Bridge, I persuaded him to break the format and do the event in-house. Then Simon Noumar and Patrick Taylor from the kitchen team there created not one but a three-course burger menu which we matched with cask ales from the Windsor & Eton Brewery. And those burgers (soon to go onto the menu at all Draft Houses) were:

The Yolk (4oz patty with a trimmed fried egg, glazed hollandaise)
The Smoke (4oz patty with house-cured bacon, house-smoked cheddar and harissa mayo)
The Foie (slab of Foie Gras and cherry Lambic jelly)

The Smoke

In all, 240 burgers were served over two sittings in just under three hours - a pretty extraordinary achievement by the Draft House kitchen - and the burgers were sensational. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Simon glazing the Hollandaise on the Yolk Burger

Now if this catches your fancy, or you missed out on tickets on the night, let us know ( as we are recreating this Burger Feast at £14.75pp. As above, all the burgers will be going on the main menus at all three Draft Houses shortly, watch this space.