When a new and notable burger hotspot opens in London, word spreads very fast, and before you know it, you find yourself joining the masses and waiting in a queue, all for a hamburger and fries! Tommi’s Burger Joint in Chelsea is the latest new burger venue on the King’s Road. I love a good burger, and after hearing from various friends that I had to try the newest Chelsea bun in town, I convinced my gal pal Mathilde to come and see what all the fuss was about with me. Here she is in the window of Tommi’s saying cheers to strangers in the street with a glass of wine in hand!
|Toasting to Tommi’s – cheers!|
I have to admit I haven’t been to Tommi’s big sister restaurant in Marylebone before, but I had heard good things from burger lovin’ pals. There are no reservations at either location, so you have to just show up and hope the wait isn’t too long. We lucked out and grabbed a table right away by the window- a nice spot to watch the world go by, burger in hand. I didn’t even realise that Made in Chelsea’s Cheska was also there (have no clue who she is if I’m honest!) until Mathilde discreetly pointed her out. Rock music plays in the background and the décor is very cool in a nice, relaxed and laid back kind of way, sort of like a glorified dive bar, but in Chelsea. Chelsea has needed a place like this!
The menu hangs on the wall behind the cashier in all shapes, colours and sizes and is quite straightforward once you pick which sign to read! A burger is £5.90, a cheeseburger is £6.50 and The Order Of The Century (burger, fries and a soda) is £9.90, which are competitive burger prices for London. We decided we had to try The Order of The Century, but with a glass of wine rather than a pop.
I am a sucker for sauces, so when I saw the Costco sized supply of sauces at Tommi’s, I was a little overwhelmed to say the least. I had arrived in sauce heaven and was going to have a whole line up of saucy treats to choose from.
I mean, come on, how many condiments are appropriate to put on your burger?! The hot sauce and BBQ sauce selection here is unbelievable!
Nobody was going to stop me with my indulging condiment decisions and Mathilde was only encouraging we try more, so we ended up with 7 sauces for 2 burgers. Oops! The Fried Onion Crisps with the Cocktail Sauce is a combination of true beauty.
And in less than 5 minutes from placing our order, voilà, our Tommi’s cheeseburger arrived, neatly wrapped, accompanied by fries in a little basket. Our super friendly waitress must have noticed our grins from ear to ear, as she said with a smile “oh you guys are in for a treat” in her sweet Aussie accent. It’s rare that I encounter restaurant staff in London who are as genuinely lovely and nice as this girl was.
Anyway, I digress, the time was here and we had some finger lickin’ burger eating to do! Mathilde charged right in…
I gave my good-sized cheeseburger a thorough inspection before deciding which of the many sauces we had selected to choose from to accompany this beefy babe. The bun was very very soft with a nice crispy finish, and there was the right amount of cheese to beef ratio.
I was trying to slow myself down to really enjoy every last bite of this fine burger, but I ended up practically hoovering it down!
In my opinion, Tommi’s is an excellent basic burger with a vast variety of sauces to add extra kick or flavour to your liking. Our fries on the other hand were a little undercooked and rather average to put it bluntly. When you put into perspective that a cheeseburger and fries at Tommi’s (£7.1) is only marginally more expensive than McDonald’s in London, you realise what a hell of a burger you are getting here!
One burger simply wasn’t enough – I will definitely be back for more. No wonder there is a following and a fan club. Just read the Tommi’s chalkboard of rave reviews for yourself!
Well done Tommi’s, Chelsea finally has a kickass basic burger joint that won’t disappoint!