Following a successful run of pop ups across the capital, this plant-based burger joint now has a permanent home in Shoreditch. It’s an intimate if sparse space, with walnut chairs and grey walls, while the menu is equally as concise, consisting solely of burgers, shakes and sides. Unlike other meat-free joints, Vurger Co swaps out quorn or seitan for patties made up entirely of veg. Take the Auburger, which is sandwiched between a fluffy brioche bun and combines a tightly-packed aubergine, chickpea and caramelised red onion patty with hints of fiery Tabasco and a slightly bitter cumin mayo dressing.
There’s the option to enjoy your meal sans bun as a ‘burger bowl’, while sides include crisp, lightly-salted fries and a velvety mac ‘n’ cheese. Drinks wise, a caramel and banana shake swaps out cow’s milk for the almond variety, along with a soy bean base which results in a sweet and satisfyingly slurp-able treat, while there are beers and wine for proper grownups. Slick counter service and reasonable prices are further pluses, and it’s nice to see Vurger Co back up its credentials with compostable packaging, including paper straws.