Friday, 9 July 2010
REVIEW: GRAND UNION
Whilst waiting we took our time to appreciate the eccentric mix of décor and lighting, so strange it actually works well together. All of the furniture is sourced from reclamation yards, vintage shops and auction houses around London. Everything from the chairs to the pictures on the walls is a random mixture of shapes and styles. It reminded me of Uncle Monty’s house in Withnail & I and thus I loved it.
The cocktail menu looks pretty good and at £6.95 a pop they aren’t too expensive, those in the know will be aware of the 2 for 1 cocktail offers the bars run at quieter times. I don’t know how good the cocktails are as I stuck to the soda but the drinks menu is pretty expansive. The food menu has an impressive selection of burgers as well as other treats for for non carnivores and health freaks.
Now back to the burgers! Both burgers arrived the size of a small skyscraper bursting out of their buns and unlike other restaurants it was the burgers which were massive not the toppings. The New Yorker was topped with salami, monterey cheese and pickles and the Cheese and Bacon, well that’s self explanatory. The salami and cheese were a great addition and complimented the large beef patty in fact I am getting hungry just thinking about it. We both agreed that the best thing about the burgers was the fact that you could actually still taste the burger through everything which is the whole point of eating a burger.
The sides were cooked perfectly, I am not sure how much you can say about chips and onion rings but they did the trick, crispy and non greasy as sides should be. We struggled to finish everything but just about managed, maybe next time we will try the fries instead of the chips. For £20 and 50p excluding drinks the meal was excellent value and we will definitely return. Whether it is to the Camden branch or one of the seven others who knows?
Cheese and Bacon Burger £6.95
New Yorker £7.95
Onion Rings £2.95
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The Grand Union Camden Canal, 102 - 104 Camden Road, Camden London NW1 9EA