Having opened in 2011 in Brixton after operating via a small marquee for a short while, Honest have a focus on DIY, simple, quality-focused food. I’d heard many folk rave about Honest, so when I had the chance to pop into their Camden branch, I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about.
Beef Tribute – Consisting of bacon, cheese, burger sauce and lettuce, nestled around a ‘ginger pig dry aged beef patty’ (that’s what the menu described it as..), inside a brioche bun, this burger had high hopes but sadly just didn’t do it for me. The patty was divine, but was really let down by its wet, greasy, soggy bun (it was almost like someone poured a dollop of oil over it). I was then left with a heavy feeling in my stomach, which a single patty burger shouldn’t do.
Rosemary salted chips are perhaps the worst invention ever. Why would you ruin one of the best parts of your meal, for the sake of a hipster herb? Now, I’m sure many people will enjoy these chips, but for me, they just tasted wrong and I ended up leaving half my chips. I think it was the rosemary. Never mind. Each to their own. There’s not much in the way of choice either, which is a shame.
Despite the minuscule size of Honest, and there being only two members of staff when I visited, they were very attentive and friendly. The ordering was a quick process, the food came relatively quick and they were happy to have a bit of a chat, which is nice.
Hidden away in the streets of Camden, it’s quite easy to walk past Honest. Similar to Dirty Bones, you almost don’t realise it’s there. It’s very small in size, with roughly four tables, and a bar style table, decorated throughout in wood. It resembles a small workshop for DIY purposes, but it was lacking in personality for me. Chances are you will be sat next to a stranger too, and for me, I prefer to have my own table.
Eating in London, you’re going to pay a premium. My burger £10.50 which included the chips, so that’s a very good price, and I’d have ranked this higher had it not been for the less than satisfactory food that I was served.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.