A bucket list burger that’s worth ticking off – welcome to Patty & Bun…

To the delight and anguish of all starving, early evening commuters across the big smoke, the Evening Standard recently posted an edible bucket list for London; a culinary countdown of places you must visit and dishes you must try in order to fully experience all the gastronomic delights that our beautiful capital city has to offer. Now the fact that London has a million cultures all living within frying, baking or drizzling distance of each other won’t come as any sort of shock to anyone who’s walked down Edgware Road or through Camden Market or around the side streets of Kilburn but some of the suggested dishes posed a challenge even for little, old, eats-everything-she-can-lay-her-hands-on me…milk-fed lambs brain anyone?

No?

A bit beyond your comfort zone?

No problem. Tuck your napkin back into your shirt, pull your chair back into the table, pick up your knife & fork and get on board with some slightly (metaphorically) easier-to-digest suggestions such as shepherd’s pie, egg, ham & peas or a simple grilled cheese sandwich.

For me though, the easiest thing to sway someone into trying a new restaurant is nothing fancier than a damn good burger, Well, unless you’re my mother and then a plate of broccoli will do it every time but for those of us less enthused by those bright green florets than by something juicy, meaty and impossible to eat without a stack of napkins and the acceptance that you will end up with all kinds of deliciousness dribbling down your chin, let’s venture into Patty & Bun and into the only burger on the list…

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Pleasing the palate, the soul and the stomach; don’t be scared – we’re eating duck, drinking wine and getting loved up on kimchi…

Let’s face it, Friday afternoons are rather wonderful. The weekend is whispering in your ear and the promise of two days freedom is a pretty potent drug to see you through the last-minute-finishing-up that generally heralds the end of the week…

…then when you get a text to say you’re being taken out for dinner? Well, like new and wholly-impractical-but-gorgeous-shoes, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey or finding an old Keanu film on the tv, that just puts a super sized smile on your face.

I’ve made no secret that Salvation Jane is an awesome place to eat. It really doesn’t matter if you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner because they nail it every single time. I don’t even think it’s possible for them to disappoint me…

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Falafel and half price red wine equals a good time at Giraffe, Southbank…

Things I liked about today…

…knowing I get to spend the day with my mum…

…having breakfast with my mum…

…shopping with my mum…

…walking in the sunshine through London on a bright blue sky filled spring day with my mum…

…coffee and cake with my mum…

…chatting about everything important and nothing important with my mum…

…having dinner with my mum and my sister…

…enjoying a half price bottle of red wine with my mum and my sister…

…gorging on deluxe falafel burgers with grilled pepper, hummus, beetroot, rocket, halloumi, tzatziki & harissa with my mum and my sister…

…sharing frozen yoghurt with with crushed nuts & orange blossom honey with my mum and my sister…

…finding, in Giraffe at Southbank, a very reasonable, friendly spot for a low key dinner with unexpectedly superb service and good food…

…with my mum and my sister.

Today was awesome.