With a presence across Europe, Belushi’s is a renowned bar chain, with a popularity amongst tourists and students alike. Often situated alongside St Christopher’s Inn hostels, I stumbled across their Hammersmith bar by mistake, simply looking for a bar to watch football in. I wasn’t expecting to come out of this reviewing a burger.
Smokin Cheese and Bacon – I was very impressed with this burger, the minute it arrived on my table. Branded with the bar name in the bun, the patty was cooked to medium, and was a great mix of juicy and flavoursome, which you rarely find with a medium burger. The cheese oozed off the burger, and the rashers of fatty bacon complimented it well (normally you get minimal crispy bacon in burgers which you can hardly taste). For a bar, this burger was very good.
As I was watching football, the main accompaniment was cider, which at £4 a pint, served in a plastic cup wasn’t great. However, that was made up for by the fries served with my burger; skinny fries with a unique taste which I’ve never experienced before. They were delightful, and in plentiful portions.
With a distinct help-yourself vibe you get at most bars, it’s almost incomparable to all the other reviews I’ve done so far. However, everyone was very friendly and polite, and I’m pretty sure they all had an Australian accent which was cool. The food came out quickly and the empty plates were taken away quickly too.
It’s quite hard to judge this ranking, because as a football fan, I love immersing myself with fellow football-mad, anthem-chanting fans. However, on any other day, the demographics within this bar would probably be very different. As somewhere to eat, the majority of people I’d imagine wouldn’t enjoy the sporty atmosphere, but then again, why would you come here in the first place? The bar itself was a little outdated, but comfortable none the less.
Ignoring the price of the cider, the burger was a fantastic £9.50 (which included the chips). Considering Belushi’s is in Hammersmith, very near to the centre of London, the price was very reasonable indeed, and the quality was reasonably proportionate also. Should you happen to stumble across a Belushi’s (or a St Christopher’s Inn), then I’d highly recommend the burger.
Having ventured down to the south coast, this restaurant was jumping out at me. It was a lovely summer’s day and I’d never even heard of C2C. A UK-based American chain established in 2011, with a focus on American food, Coast to Coast have over 20 restaurants in the UK so it seemed a great time to check it out.
Classic with Monterey Jack Cheese – Two 4oz patties in a sourdough bun, with fries on the side, this burger looked pretty appealing on the menu. Sadly, it was the opposite. Described as pink in the middle, this burger was anything but. Juicy? No. Flavoursome? No. Just a slab of dry, dire meat between a very dry bun, a bun which at one point started to crumble in my hands. The bun was almost too big for the burger, with minimal mayo chucked in. My fault for thinking a burger from a generic restaurant could do the job.
Fries on the side, which were similar to TGI’s, skinny-medium; they tasted good but they went cold after a few minutes, and I wish I was exaggerating. I also got a vanilla milkshake, served in a steel cup, which was average. Bit of a let-down really but it was never going to beat niche burger joints.
It was a warm day, so the outside seating area was bustling with people. We were greeted and seated fairly sharpish, and the waitress (who was wearing sunglasses and looked as though she’d been hand picked out the 60’s) was friendly enough. When my partner’s burger came though, she turned into a stubborn one. She insisted his chilli burger was in fact that, even though it was evidently clear no chilli was in his burger. She also rushed us into paying the bill, which was annoying as I had half my average milkshake to drink. Maybe the heat got to her.
Despite the food being distinctively average, the restaurant itself looked pretty impressive. Shining in the coastal sun, the front dining area was full of sun-loving customers. Smart, modern décor, planters, comfy seats and a stunning view of the channel, it was a clean, smart restaurant. Although fairly empty, the indoor seating area had a traditional American feel, with wooden/ leather décor and sport on TV.
Coming in at roughly £15 for the meal, and a bit more for the drinks, it was borderline London pricing, which sadly did not reflect the enjoyment of the meal. This reminded me a lot of TGI’s, and although similar in pricing strategy, TGI’s feels worth it. Sadly, Coast to Coast (who are owned by the same company that run Chiquito and Frankie & Benny’s) doesn’t give me the same feeling. Maybe next time.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.