Beer, burgers... and all things deep fried? It's safe to say that I have a mild obsession with them all. So when I discovered Lazybones, a burger and slow-cooked meat restaurant within a stone’s throw of Farringdon station, I knew it was my duty to give a verdict for all you burger lovers out there.
As soon as we arrived, I noticed that my spirit animal had been strewn across the walls. Depicted holding on to beer cans and cocktails mixers, images of sloths are all about the place (fitting for a place called Lazybones). Table service might not be a thing here, but with lively background music and a casual (almost) diner vibe, this seemed a great venue to vent after a bad day at work, or to simply catch up with old friends.
Having not eaten much all day in preparation for what I anticipated to be a substantial meal, I was not left dissatisfied. Starting with a perfectly sized appetiser of Fried Buttermilk Chicken (£6.25) this crisp dish was paired with just the right heat (a hot chili sauce), going down nicely alongside the uplifting, cucumber bite of the 'Fresh Gin' (£10.90). Another cocktail worth mentioning? The Lazybones’ Deep Cleanse (£9.25). While looking similar to a margarita, this blend of gin and elderflower liqueur felt like a great twist on a classic cocktail; kudos to the bartender.
From there we moved onto the main course, a BBQ Beef Brisket Burger (£14,25) with a beef patty, slow-cooked pulled beef brisket, BBQ sauce, bacon and cheese served with a decent side of fries. Bigger than my hand, with more flavours than I could count, it was little touches such as the perfectly pulled brisket and the silken guacamole that made this burger slide down with ease. Too thirsty to slow down, I paired the patty with a pint of one of their Meantime Lagers (£5.40); a classic combination and loved by most burger lovers... almost as much as Theresa May enjoys running through wheat fields.
Despite almost every fibre in my body telling me I was full, we couldn’t resist sharing a dessert: the Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream Sundae. Propped on the table in a tall glass (as all sundaes should), this blend of rich, warm brownie and classic vanilla ice cream won't be winning any coveted dessert awards, but i'm a sucker for a brownie, and this number could really do no wrong.
The DesignMyNight Digest
Lazybones might be geared to the fast-casual crowd (it's a hell of a fun spot for large groups and colleagues alike), but that doesn't mean that they haven't made some excellent additions to their burgers, and laid smart emphasis on the slow-cooked part. If you like big buns, you know where to come for your next treat.