Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.
341 Upper Street, London, N1 0PB
020 7359 4436
11.30am-11pm Mon-Thur, 11.30am-11.30pm Fri-Sat
Expect to Pay: £5 for a “Union Burger, Chips and Coke”In our last review, we considered £15 a bit rich but not terribly out of line with our lunchtime expectations at “proper” burger restaurant, Byron, on Kensington High Street. However, a recent midday outing on Upper Street had us wondering how satisfactory the five quid equivalent would be.
A sandwich board advertising “Union Burger, Chips and Coke £5” pulled us into the Hamburger Union near Angel Tube Station thinking something along the lines of “I’m hungry and I have £5.” Counter service was efficient and our lunch for a fiver was brought to our table quickly. The “handmade on the premises … natural fed grass-reared, additive free beef … from Charolais and Charolais Hereford cross Oxfordshire cattle” was okay. No special sauce like the one at Byron, but we actually liked the Union Burger’s bun much more. As for the chips, well, they were rather pointless (ie flavourless) starch components added on the side of our plate. Very disappointing. Not bad (but not Byron or Hache or GBK or …) and with a handful of locations throughout London. If you’re in a pinch and need refuelling, you could do a lot worse.