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Monday, 10 January 2011

Mission: Find the Best Burger in London - Davy's of Regents Place (**Win a Two-for-One" Voucher**)


Isn't it nice to find good quality food where you least expect it? Euston is not exactly the epicentre of London restaurant dining, but there are some interesting surprises there. Around Drummond Street, the many South Indian vegetarian restaurants and sweet shops (Gupta's) were some of my favourite haunts when I lived in Chalk Farm in the '90s.

More recently, I visited Davy's Restaurant and Wine Bar in Regents Place at the bottom of the Euston Tower to try their burgers. Davy's is better known for its traditional wine merchants and wine bars, but has over 30 venues across London including many that serve food.

This branch of Davy's is unfavourably tucked away in a somewhat anonymous area at the foot of a huge office block. Closed at the weekends, it caters mainly to workers from the many surrounding offices, although it is not far from Tottenham Court Road.

The food menu is reassuringly short, with main courses such as charcoal-grilled rib-eye steak, fish cakes, vegetarian linguini and Cesar salad. It is the burgers though that are the mainstay of this restaurant's menu, with varied choices including wasabi tuna, venison, Thai chicken and Moroccan lamb as well as classic beef options. Beef burgers come in two sizes - 200g and 300g.

I opted for the 200g "Cheese and Bacon Burger" (Denhay cheddar and Suffolk back bacon) @9.95, while Dr G went for an "Alpine Burger" @£9.95 with sautéed mushrooms and Swiss Gruyere cheese.

The meat was flavoursome and tender, the patties were perfectly cooked medium rare as we requested, and were served in toasted ciabatta buns. Although I don't favour ciabatta for burgers finding it too hard or chewy, Davy's was just right with a yielding texture. The burgers were served with four of Amy's excellent homemade relishes.

To accompany our burgers we also had a portion of "Hand Cut Chips" @£2.95, and another of "Mac 'n' Cheese" @ £2.95. These were deliciously crisp and cheesy, and I wished I had ordered a third portion.

As would be expected from the offshoot of a wine merchant, the wine list is a cut above the usual burger chain fare. It is very reasonably priced with many options below £20. We drank a bottle of "L'Enclos du Chateau Lezongars 2002" @£25.50, a Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux - a full bodied and easy drinking wine. I was also impressed by the other items on the drinks menu, real ales, lagers and ciders, and in particular the nearly full range of Greenwich Meantime beers.

For dessert, we had a combination of tasting glasses of crème brulée and banoffee with cream which were delicious and ended the meal nicely.

**Win one of 10 Two-for-One Vouchers for Davy's Regents Place - leave a comment below with your name and e-mail address (mrblogsathotmaildotcom) by Friday, 14th January 2011, names will be randomly selected by random.org at midday.**

Thanks for entering the competition. All comments containing e-mail addresses will be contacted by Davys for their Two-for-One vouchers.

Cost: The London Foodie was a guest of Davy's at a cost of around £13 per person for a burger and accompaniment (chips or macaroni cheese) but excluding drinks. Davy's is a member of Taste Card offering 50% off the food bill to members.

Likes: only Davy's branch specialising in a range of good quality burgers, delicious homemade relishes and a very well priced, comprehensive drinks list.

Dislikes: despite the central location, it is slightly difficult to find and a little out of the way.

Verdict: another excellent option for anyone finding themselves in or around north Tottenham Court Road and craving good quality burgers, chips and Greenwich Meantime beers. I will definitely return. Highly recommended.

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  1. Can't really say I'm for ciabatta being used for burgers too. Sandwich, on the other hand, is a totally different matter. The burger does look a bit tiny. Could it be that the plate the burger was sitting on wasn't too big.

  2. Looks delicious. WOuld love to win one of the vouchers!

  3. Those look like damn fine burgers. I used to be a frequent visitor to Davy's Bung Hole on High Holborn... I miss falling into there after work!


  4. Nagisa Tavares

  5. Hum!

  6. London Chow wrote "The burger does look a bit tiny"

    The reviewer says "Beef burgers come in two sizes - 200g and 300g"

    200g is 7 ounces, that's nearly equivalent to 2 quarter pounders. And that's the small option!

  7. These look delicious! I would love to win - Olivia Warburton ohwarburtonathotmaildotcom.

  8. I'm definitely in a burger mood this week!
    Nicola Piggott nicolapiggottatgmaildotcom

  9. Looks delicious, I seek the perfect burger too and in my recent travels the burgers height is more important than how one physically get it in your gob...I always give it a go though!


  10. Hi, I just found your blog, and I love it!!! I'm coming back for more!

  11. Mouthwatering photographs - yes please :)

    Josie Gillingham


  12. Aaaaah, dribbling in front of the screen, not sure the laptop will recover!

  13. I love Davy's restaurant and I have tried the burger myself and it was amazing. All of their food is delicious but I'm a huge burger fan!


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