I hadn’t visited Honest burgers and Bank for a while. The main reason is I tried almost all the burgers, and there are so many other places I should try to explore. I still think Honest is one of the more consistent burger chains in terms of quality across the different restaurant. That said, I do believe their chef has changed recently because I haven’t been as happy with the burgers as before, it is either that or I have become much more pretentious. The Honest’s unique in Bank is using Rib Man’s meat and sauce, if you don’t know him, he is a legend in the London street food scene and he makes pretty good ribs.
How tasty is the Motherf*#$&r? – 6/10
I haven’t been in Honest since they introduced their location-specific burgers. And since I already have a review of the Christmas Burger I had to try the Honest – Bank’s special.
The burger had:
- Rib Man rib meat
- Red Leicester
- Holy F*** bacon gravy
- shoestring fries
- white onion
Let us start with the meat as usual. It was a lot. The Rib Man’s rib meat was pretty good and added a lot of that classic barbecue flavour. It was tender and melting. I’ve had rib cuts and briskets in other places, and the way you bring that flavour is with a simple sauce, and that is it. You want to make the meat the king. In this case, there were too many things going on in the recipe to do good to the rib meat throughout the experience. That said the Rib Man’s meat had a stronger flavour profile than the unseasoned burger patty. From time to time the burger flavour was popping up, and it was terrific, but mostly it was adding to that meaty experience. Regarding the sauce that is again from Rib Man, I can’t say I’m wowed. It is a good sauce, but with all the other ingredients, it feels more like delicious bbq sauce than anything game-changing, e.g. African Volcano’s sauce.
The Red Leicester is a great cheese for a burger but not in a burger like that. When you have so many sauces and meats, you either have to go all in and put shit tonne of cheese or don’t put any at all because it is simply going to get lost. I would have loved to see a lot of melted cheese with bbq spices mixed with the rib meat. I think that might have worked better for this burger.
The white onions and the pickles were great. They went well with the gravy and added that brightness to the bites. Both go so good in a BBQ themed meal, and I think it was the right choice. The benefit of having so many intense flavours is that it is difficult to go overboard with the pickles and onions and thankfully they didn’t go low on them.
One of the more significant problems with the burger and usually I’m the last person to complain about it was that it was too soggy and saucy. Juices were coming from everywhere. I like the idea of shoestring fries because you can add a lot of good texture and crunch and with it, highlight spices on the chips and make it great but in this case, they just got soaked from the sauces, and they lost all their character. The burger was going to taste the same if the fries weren’t there. I have to admit I did like the taste of the soggy brioche but handling the burger was a very… very messy experience
Burger joint venue and overall experience? – 7/10
Honest has always been a great burger choice, especially with their rosemary fries a pretty good selection of burgers that can satisfy all types of foodies – vegans, vegetarians and beef junkies.
Quirkiness level of the experience? – 6//10
You don’t see ribs in burger; usually it is a burger with a very overwhelming idea and a lot of sauces.