Simplicity Burger

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Simplicity Burger
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About Simplicity Burger

Neil Rankin is best known for his love of meaty dishes, having opened three of his Temper restaurants in the capital, which serve a selection of fish-filled tacos and grilled meats resting atop charcoaled flatbread. Suffice to say, it came as a bit of a shock when the Scotland-born chef announced his plans to open a burger joint that would serve mostly vegan buns.

Found on the world-famous Brick Lane, Simplicity Burger is a compact two-floor site which features a cocktail bar on the ground floor and a casual diner-style space upstairs. The menu here consists of a range of plant-based burgers in the style of a typical US diner, alongside sides and drinks.

Simplicity Burger is a collaborative effort between Rankin, former The Truscott Arms owner Andrew Fishwick and Smokehouse’s former executive chef David Lagonell. The trio are keen to tackle the spate of heavily processed meat-free burgers that can currently be found on London menus. Speaking to Big Hospitality about Simplicity Burger, Rankin commented: “It pisses me off that vegan dining has gone down the processed route. Everything in our restaurant is made fresh by hand.”

Simplicity Burger is also keen to promote locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant keeps the recipe and make up of its plant-based patties a closely-guarded secret, but the majority of the components are sourced within the UK. Just one element, a widely used soy-based ingredient, is sourced from abroad.

Rankin’s pivot to plant-based dining is interesting considering that his Temper restaurant group is known for nose-to-tail dining and its signature dish of barbecued meats served on top of flatbreads. The chef has not totally turned his back on the restaurants that made his name though – although he has taken a step back in his creative role at the restaurant group, he is still involved as both a director and shareholder.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Burgers, Vegan
Special Features
Vegan options

Location for Simplicity Burger

202 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6SA

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-00:00
Fri 17:00-01:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-01:00
Sun 12:00-22:00

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Eliot C

Easy to be vegan!
24 February 2020  

I'm not actually vegan, but find it very easy to know where to go when it comes to next-level flavour that is all-natural and not full of weird E-Numbers! 

I'll be back soon to convert more meat eaters! 

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Anon

Best burger! What flavour
24 February 2020  

I have been to Simplicty a few times now, and love it! As a massive carnivour I am blown away but the taste and overall product, the consistency is there and with all the sides and options you wont find a better plant based burger in London!

 

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Anon

Tasty but tiny portions! Hugely overpriced and left hungry!
17 January 2020  

I was so excited to try this burger, with high hopes due to it coming from the renowned bbq chef. The burger tasted great, but it was soooooo small! It was like a child's burger, and not like a 12 yr old child, like a 7 yr old meal! I couldn't believe how small it was for the price. There are too many great vegan options around these days to charge this much for that amount of food.

What's more, we all ordered "salt and pepper fries", and we all got a plate of fries drizzled with vegan cheese and crispy onions. When we questioned this, we were told they were the correct fries. There was no mention of this on the menu whatsoever and we all wished we'd just got salt and pepper fries with no toppings.

What's more, the staff were polite when you got them, but on the whole the service was pretty bad. We sat down in simplicity burger at 6:50 on a Friday night. There was 6 of us and we all just had one course, a burger. We left at 09;20pm, we were constantly fighting to get the staff's attention and it took us 30 mins to get the bill. We had to wave them down to order a second drink and we were not offered any more.

I had much higher hopes for this place. I won't be returning, not worth it!

 

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