Restaurant Review: Burgers & Cocktails

I like burgers. I like cocktails. So when I recently won £40 worth of vouchers for Burgers & Cocktails, the latest offshoot of Giraffe, I was a pretty happy girl (mainly because free burgers are free burgers, right?). Nick and I decided to make something of an occasion of it as he had his probation interview - and passed, thankfully! - this week, so on Monday we headed down there to try it for ourselves.

The restaurant's vibe is diner meets beach shack, with surf murals and Polaroids on the walls, primary coloured chairs and tables and 50s rock 'n' roll and soul records over the sound system. It all adds to the nice sense of chilling out (maxin', relaxin' all cool...) - you wouldn't think it was just two minutes' walk away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.

To drink, I had a salted caramel milkshake - I love salted caramel anything so when I spotted this on the menu I didn't think twice! It was really lovely, nice and creamy but not too sickly and with just the right hint of saltiness at the end. Nick, being true to the spirit of the blog, had cherry Coke :)

As we had the vouchers we decided to treat ourselves and went for three courses. We had mozzarella and focaccia 'chips' to start (which I foolishly forgot to photograph before we ate them - blogger fail!) - essentially bread with garlic butter and deep-fried mozzarella cheese sticks, with more cheese on top and marinara and garlic aioli dips. Not the biggest portion, but very tasty and went well with the sauces.

We both got burgers for our mains - I had the 'Mac Mountain', which consisted of a wheel of fried macaroni cheese, bacon and slow roast tomato, with a rocket salad on the side, c fries and garlic aioli. What I liked was that you could choose what meat you had on your burger; we both chose beef but you could also have chicken or a veggie burger, which I thought was good as sometimes you want the toppings from one burger but with a different meat.

Nick got the Sloppy Joe burger with cheese, chipotle beef chilli, jalapeno relish and sour cream - plus a whole side of pickles which he loves! - sweet potato fries and garlic aioli dip (again). Both of us agreed the burgers were a little on the small side, and we'd have liked to see more burgers in the middle of the spectrum between the standard 'basics' and the slightly out-there flavours. However, they were cooked nicely - medium-well seems to be standard, which is usually a little too 'done' for my taste, but the meat was still juicy rather than tough - and tasted good, plus the bun was nicely toasted and the fries were crispy.

Finally, I decided to push the boat out and have a dessert. I am always a big fan of food served in quirky or different ways so was pleasantly surprised to get this chocolate brownie sundae served in a chunky glass rather than the more conventional sundae-style glass, which I thought would have been more in keeping with the diner/Americana theme. Again it was a little smaller than I expected but it tasted really nice, wasn't too heavy and had plenty of brownie chunks in it as well as the chocolate brownie stick. (Also apologies for taking the photo after I'd started eating. I am not doing well with that in this post.)

Overall it was really affordable - the bill for the two of us came to just shy of £50 which I think is pretty good! The portions aren't massive so this is maybe more of a place to come for a quick lunch or dinner after you've been out shopping, but if you're into your burgers and not keen on overly bustling restaurants it's definitely worth giving it a go.


  1. Omg this looks AMAZING love the sound of mac mountain and salted caramel milkshake, YUM YUM xx

    Blonde Of Carbs

    1. It is really good - definitely worth a visit if you're in the area

  2. It's my go to selfridges shopping retreat. I forget what it's called, but the one with pulled pork is really good.

    1. *makes mental note for next time I'm in there*