Any discussion about the best burger in London town will invariably include a mention, sooner rather than later, of the offering at Goodman, so it was high time I tried it for myself. Conveniently, Goodman City on Old Jewry (the original is in Mayfair) is just a stone's throw from my place of work, affording, as it did on this occasion, the opportunity of a lunchtime visit to brighten up a mundane Monday morning.
I had a Goodman Burger, which also came with chips. The bun was absolutely delightful - feathery soft, yet slightly crisp, it was probably the best burger bun I’ve encountered in London, even bettering the excellent example at Bar Boulud. What, then, about the patty? The meat was clearly of a high quality - unsurprisingly given Goodman’s reputation as a top-notch steakhouse, and it was cooked medium rare exactly as ordered, but it was rather too thick for my liking, thus deviating from the ideal bread to meat coefficient. The excess of meat (yes, you can have too much of a good thing) also meant that the additional cheddar topping I requested was so overwhelmed it barely registered at all – given the thickness of the patty, an adjustment should at least have been made to use a second (or third) slice of cheese. I’m also partial to a burger with a bit of a sauce (New York’s Shake Shack’s being the standard by which all others are judged – yes I know I keep going on about it, but it is THAT good), and Goodman’s lacked that.
The chunky chips were great – crispy on the outside, smooth and piping on the inside, and totally greaseless.
Despite my grouses (constructive criticism!), the Goodman Burger still deserves a spot amongst the upper echelon of London burgers.
11 Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8Du
Average Price: £13 (for burger)