Last October, after their successful summer pop-up, the Burger Breakout team decided to go permanent, and take over the kitchen of The Old Crown pub in Holborn. Since then, it has been on my list, and last Saturday I finally had the chance to check it out.
It was A’s birthday, and she was looking for a laid back place, with a twist, able to accommodate around 10 people; The Old Crown seemed the perfect solution.
As you would expect, the interior is typically pubesque; a big bar dominates the room, where a couple of bartenders are busy at work, serving pints and making cocktails.
Without further do, let me know straight to the main attraction of this place, the food. The menu features pretty exciting options.
The O.C. Burger was the most popular choice in our group - Devon Long Horn 8oz beef patty, smoked onion jam, 3 cheese sauce, hot pickle, lettuce, tomato & house made 1000 island dressing. All my friends that tasted it, were pretty satisfied with their choice.
I was tempted by the Whiskey Beast – dry Aged Orkney beef patty, treacle cured bacon, blue cheese & whiskey mustard, but then, together with A’s boyfriend, I went for the latest addition to their menu: the Smoke A Bone, Legal Beef high, with beef patty, bone arrow and a shot of gravy. I must admit, it was a great choice. The brioche bun was soft and deliciously bouncy. My patty was perfectly cooked, yet still juicy.
All burgers came with a generous portion of crispy on the outside, and fluffy in the middle, hand-cut chips, seasoned with smoked horseradish salt. To complement our mains, we ordered a few tempting sides, including the pig in a box.
The delicious flavours of this dish were a bit mixed up. Perhaps the box is not the best serving solution?
We couldn’t resist and also ordered some scrumptious fried courgettes, and the heavenly crispy and sweet onion rings, my favourite side.
Now, the sad note of my visit to Burger Breakout, when we were ready to order our desserts, aka the Drunken Cow (Liquor Shakes), admittedly after 10PM, the kitchen was closed. This reminded me that we were in a pub… such a shame!
I was devastated! I had already picked mine, Salted Caramel: Dulce de Leche & Vanilla ice cream, bourbon, salted pretzels. Now I have an excuse to go back!
Dinner with drinks £25 per person. (They accept bookings).