Light bite Expensive burgers leave you wanting more
Guerilla Burger opened last weekend on the site that has seen two other food businesses – the Mexican street food place El Guapo and the ostrich and kangaroo specialist Zulu Café – open and close soon after the paint was dry.
But Guerilla Burger owner's, brothers Antony and Andrew Vecchio, have clearly done their homework, which basically meant travelling to Manhattan and Greenwich Village to see for themselves what was happening in the world of bars and restaurants.
It certainly looks the part with its rusty corrugated steel bar, reclaimed wood tables and green enamel factory lamps. Staff are generally tattooed and sporting Converse trainers.
There are five types of slider (mini burgers about 5cm in diameter) available including meat-free options of panko chicken and vegetarian falafel.
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Prices for single burgers range from £3.30 to £4.75 and you can order a double or triple. The most expensive dish is the Spanish triple at £11.50, but sides are additional, which means an extra £2.10 for onion rings and 50p for sauces.
I ordered a single Classic Royale (free-range beef topped with relish and tomato with gherkins and lettuce, £3.30) and a single Spanish (free-range beef with chorizo, Manchego cheese and quince jelly with gherkins and lettuce, £4.75).
They were both fine in their own way and served in good quality, soft little buns.
OK, the beef pattie in the Classic Royale would have benefited from more seasoning but the overall winner was the Spanish with its tangy Manchego and smoky chorizo.
My only real gripe would be that both were gone in a couple of bites, which for the price tags seemed an expensive snack. I'm not convinced that about £4 for what is essentially a third of a burger is that recession-friendly.
The chips (£1.95) – hot, crisp, salty – were good but no better or worse than good quality frozen ones.
A tiny pot of "rubyslaw" (red cabbage, red onion slaw) was outrageously overpriced at £1.95.
I finished with one of the excellent ice creams and sorbets, which are sourced from Gelupo in Soho, a place I know well.
The frozen yoghurt and sour cherry ripple (£3.50) was utterly delicious – refreshing, clean and with a streak of fruity tartness from the cherries.