21 August 2014

Patty & Bun James Street

54 James Street, London W1U 1HE

£15.00 North American Marylebone
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M) (Sun -10pm)

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Following pop-up stints in Battersea’s Doodle Bar and the Endurance pub in Soho, burger entrepreneur Joe Grossman has pitched camp on James Street with a permanent site. The menu offers an affordable selection of handmade, British-bred patties in brioche buns, with oddball names ranging from Smokey Robinson, Ari Gold and Foghorn Leghorn chicken to Jose Jose (laced with chilli). A few garnishes, chips with rosemary salt and some weekly specials complete the short menu, while the sharp drinks list concentrates on a tight selection of cult beers, spirits and funky cocktails such as rum ‘n’ ting and an Appleton 12-year-old rum punch. Takeaways are also available.

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  1. Patty & Bun James Street

    54 James Street, London W1U 1HE
    Overall rating:
    Gourmand Gunno

    Comfort food at its best

      Gold Reviewer  (103)

    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 9

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12th March 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Patty & Bun

    Strolling past Patty & Bun while enjoying this weather, I found that there was only a twenty minute queue! Talk about having a good day. The menu, just like the decor, keeps things simple like all good burger joints should (take a hint Hache). The only difference here being you can also get your chops messy on a chicken or a lamb burger. Not for me thanks. It should only ever be beef. So I stuck with what I know and went for the Smokey Robison (£8.50). God damn this was one beautiful burger to look at. Handsome and dirty at the same time. It looks all dainty and neat, but as soon as your chops clamp down juices are flowing. Kind of like a classy looking lady who turns out to be a real fiend in the sack. The winning combo...
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  2. As I continue my meat free January - the second year I've sacrificed the pleasures of the flesh for the pleasures of the field - I can't help but crave. So I order the only burger on the menu that I'm allowed - the portobello 'Dig It' mushroom burger. The Dig It burger consists of a flat-griddled portobello mushroom, topped with garlic parsley butter and covered with melted parmesan cheese. This core is then accessorised with pickled onions (the same strips of pinky-red pickled onion used in the definitely-not-meat-free Ari Gold burger), a 'slaw, lettuce, buttermilk baby courgette and tarragon mayo. It's all wrapped in a brioche bun...
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  3. Published : Monday, 16th December 2013

    inher30s :: Patty and Bun

    I’m so late to the party to sample the burger trend that I’m not even entirely sure if it is still a trend – but nevertheless I FINALLY trot off to sample some burgers at Patty & Bun. Situated on James St (Or to make things much simpler, it’s behind that lovely Yellow store I can’t afford on Oxford St) its central location makes it a great place to gain some sustenance before hitting the shops. It’s a simple enough exterior and having been warned off it’s epic queues of hungry punters, I’m grateful to grab the last twosome on a midweek afternoon. The place is buzzing with workers treating themselves to a lunchtime fix. Quirky cardboard art lines the walls but there is no doubt, this is a place for some serious eating...
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  4. Whilst I absolutely love Christmas, I absolutely hate the Christmas shopping crowds and so avoid Oxford Street like the plague. Unfortunately Pascal's battery pack for his phone stopped charging so we had to go to Selfridges to exchange it. The tube was slow and busy, there were so many people on the streets it was hard to move and then to top it off the battery pack started miraculously working again so the entire journey was a waste!!As Pascal felt guilty about dragging me over there, I was allowed to choose the restaurant for lunch....I knew I wanted a burger and exactly where I wanted to go. I have read about Patty and Bun on other food blogger sites and some describe it as one of the best burgers in London. I needed something stodgy as we had Arabella's class Christmas party that evening and I more than anyone know the dangers of drinking on an empty stomach (cue super embarrassing moments)!!Patty & Bun is a couple of minutes walk from Selfridges and as we walked in I realised it is Pascal's idea of hell - loud music, tables joined together and absolutely packed (they only do 30 covers). We took the last two seats on a table with another guy and I could tell Pascal was super unimpressed!! Anyway I wasn't going to let this ruin our meal and I ordered for the both of us - service was very good and quick.There is a choice of 6 different burgers and 3 sides. We both went for the Ari Gold burger which is a beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, ketchup, P&B smokey mayo & brioche. You can add bacon but for some very stupid reason we forgot!! I had mine medium and Pascal had his rare and they are served to you on a tray (I think they copied this from McDonald's)!The burger was good - cooked perfectly, extremely juicy, plenty of cheese and a soft sweet bun. I took out my tomato and but enjoyed the onions and lettuce. I did however add some more mayo and mustard. Our only complaints were that it was hard to get in your mouth as it's so big (it's a proper piece of meat), it was very very messy - I used about 10 napkins - and it felt and tasted a bit greasy (it left an after taste).We had it with fries with rosemary salt and coleslaw.The fries were incredible - just the way I like them, crispy and salty, I could have had a portion just to me. The coleslaw was also good, flavoured with herbs but could have done with a little bit more mayonnaise.The meal was over and done with within 30 minutes and the music was so loud that we were pleased to leave. I am happy we went and I finally tried an Ari Gold burger as I have coveted one for a long long time (foodspotting is full of amazing pictures). Although I have to say I would prefer a Shake Shack burger while watching Ari Gold on Entourage any day...while the burger was good it was not my best and I would not rush back. I prefer Shake Shack or Five Guys - a much better "no frills" burger experience - better burgers and a better ambiance.Patty & Bun54 James StreetLondon W1U 1HETel: 020 7487 3188 

  5. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    laymytable :: Patty & Bun

    Patty & Bun has received no end of critical acclaim for its mildly alternative burgers using the best of British ‘wherever possible’ what does that mean? What are the criteria for this? All of the time or none of the time please! So, on a mild Tuesday night I decided to attempt it...
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  6. Published : Tuesday, 16th July 2013

    A Table For Two :: Patty & Bun

    As we stared at a pile of scaffolding, Destiny’s Child blared out in the background. At this point we were glad we were waiting 30 minutes for a table. Sadly we’re being ironic. Irony continued to follow as we stepped through the door. Semi-industrial fittings/furniture: check. Trendy beers: check. Caricature burgers: check. Laissez faire service: check. Surprisingly this was not Dalston but 5 minutes from Oxford street. In an area...
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  7. Published : Saturday, 1st June 2013

    World Wide Food :: Patty & Bun Restaurant Review

    I started to deduce that Patty & Bun was a special food place when I arrived to the venue. There was a queue outside formed by at least 50 people waiting to have a seat. My friends and I almost desisted but at the end we thought that the long wait could have been rewarded well. Really? How can an hamburger be so attractive?...
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  8. Published : Wednesday, 10th April 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: Patty & Bun

    We've just returned from a 3 week holiday where we ate out two or three times every day. Instead of coming back to London and getting straight back on with the health kick, we decided to tick another restaurant off my bucket list. After a long flight and many boozy nights in South Africa, only a burger would suffice. Patty& Bun is nestled on a side street just behind Selfridges, in a neighbourhood that is bursting at the seems with 'Dirty Burger' joints. Competition is tough, but arriving 10 minutes after opening and with a queue already out the door, this had to be good. And it was. The restaurant is cramped, seating only 30 covers, but quirky. I liked the artwork drawn on cardboard boxes, the school desk type tables and the dance hall soundtrack. The menu is succinct, with only 6 different burger options and 4 different side dishes. But what more do you need?...
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  9. We tried Patty & Bun‘s uber-delicious Ari Gold burger last year and declared it the best dish that day a year ago. This year they were promoting their new Ron Jeremy burger...
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  10. Published : Thursday, 28th February 2013

    Frenchy love food :: PATTY & BUN - Burgers

    Today I walked in West End and I fell on the restaurant Patty & Bun accidentally. Because I heard and read many good reviews about their burgers, I decided to go there for a late lunch!...
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  11. Published : Sunday, 24th February 2013

    Culinary Creep :: Patty and Bun, Marylebone

    Patty Bun are doing brilliant things at their Marylebone location. Lines at peak times are getting longer and longer as word gets out. The burgers are brilliant and I can’t fault anything that they’re doing and my only regret is that I haven’t tried all the burgers on the menu...
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  12. Published : Sunday, 17th February 2013

    Rocket & Squash :: Patty and Bun

    Patty and Bun, just north of Bond Street station on St James Street, is very firmly in the top tier. Judging by the queues, most of you know this already. But I think it’s worth noting them here anyway, so you get the idea of what I think it means to be categorised in this way. First and foremost their burger patty is densely packed, juicy and flavoursome. Clearly they make their burgers with quality beef and a well-judged fat content. On each of the three or four times I’ve eaten there, my burgers have been perfectly two fingers up to Westminster Council medium rare too...
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  13. Published : Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Burgerac :: Patty & Bun Ari Gold

    If you want to stand out in a crowded marketplace full of people touting similar wares, you'll need a first class product and a charming personality. Luckily for Patty & Bun, the burgers (developed with Mark Jankel of Street Kitchen - more on that in a mo) are ace, and its head honcho, Joe Grossman, is one of the most endearingly ebuillient chaps you're ever likely to meet...
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  14. When I first started writing this blog I had ideas that I would be talking a lot about burgers, you can never have too many burgers, right? Wrong, I think I've currently hit a bun wall, as I'm starting to crave anything but. It was much more exciting six months ago, when a couple of burger restaurants popped up, now I can't keep track of them all, still when I finally sit down to enjoy a burger I realise why I became obsessed with them in the first place...
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  15. Published : Thursday, 6th December 2012

    love2feed :: eat: patty and bun joe

    She says: Burgers, sliders – big and small, which is the bestest of them all? The topic of ‘best burger’ in London is a rather contentious subject with varying degrees of opinion, but one that I’m happy to debate till the cows come home. Yet another new burger joint Patty & Bun Joe has popped up in my hood and I must say the burgers are indeed delish! Patty & Bun Joe joins a host of recent ‘pop-up turned restaurant’ ventures in London, plonking itself right in the heart of London on James St, nearby to one of my favourite sushi haunts Atari-ya. Taking an intellectual guess, I’m thinking the ‘Joe’ in said establishment’s name is representative of burg-entreneur founder Joe Grossman – the man behind this latest meat sensation. Arriving at about 7.30pm, we wait patiently for about 15 – 20 minutes in the line while the strong waft of burger smell illuminates in the air...
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  16. Published : Monday, 3rd December 2012

    Samphire and Salsify :: Patty&Bun

    After a string of successful pop ups Patty&Bun has found itself a permanent home in James Street just round the corner from Selfridges. Being only a stones throw away from Meat Liquor and Tommi’s Burger Joint, this is the area you need to visit to get your burger fix. The outside The restaurant is only small, seating around 30 and has a very simple appearance. With wooden chairs, exposed piping and low hanging lights it isn’t the warmest place to sit but the loud reggae music gives the place a great atmosphere – it was a really fun place to be...
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  17. London is experiencing a burger revolution at the moment. However, one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted (‘Ari Gold’ Burger) was by the hands of a team that only seemed to do pop-up restaurants. When I learned that Patty & Bun were finally opening a restaurant, I couldn’t wait to try out some more of their burgers...
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  18. So Patty & Bun have done it, they've turned previous popups at Doodle bar, Endurance and We Feast to there very own restaurant in the heart of London's burger district and no one deserves it more. I met Joe briefly at We Feast back in August and the enthusiasm he has is extreme; and the passion he has for burgers infectious. Its opening day at Patty & Bun and me and the Mrs have decided to pay the joint a visit. We arrive at around 18:30 and we only had about a 5 minute wait before we were in...
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