Last Updated on May 11, 2022
Taste craft slow-stewed beef burgers at The Patate in Seven Dials
The Patate has built a loyal street food clientele over the years in various pop-up locations like Camden Market, West India Quay and Victoria Park Market. They also have a delivery kitchen in Kentish Town to cater to North Londoners. Following the success of these ventures, The Patate have managed to secure permanent bricks-and-mortar venues in Clerkenwell and Seven-Dials.
We were invited to the recently opened Seven Dials venue to check out their famous craft slow-stewed beef burgers. The Patate concept is based on one mission: How can you take delicious, slow-stewed beef and make it compatible with the fast-paced, modern world; edible on the move and affordable? It aims to oﬀer Londoners the ultimate comfort food with a modern twist.
The menu is built by Paul-Henry De Vassoigne and Eatventure’s Jacob Young around beautifully decadent, herb-filled bourguignon patties smothered in a choice of different cheeses as well as a special, signature sauce and sandwiched inside a warm, brioche bun. They believe that they have created the perfect modern take on a classic French beef bourguignon.
The experience at The Patate feels like a sophisticated burger restaurant with service efficiency levels rivalling that of fast-food burger chains. When you come into the restaurant, you can order at the till and pay, pick a table and your food will be delivered to your table in minutes.
The three main items special to The Patate are the burger, loaded fries and toasties so we ordered one of each. For those who are carb-conscious, they also have a salad bowl option topped with beef patty and cheese. Even as a brand built on beef, The Patate also caters to vegetarians as they offer a cheese toastie and a mushroom toastie. All these items feature the secret Patate sauce and diners can choose from a cheese selection including Raclette de Savoie, Fourme d’Ambert (traditional French blue cheese), Applewood Smoked Cheddar or a plain Cheddar.
The burger we got was a beef double patty with raclette and extra raclette cheese. Every bite was absolutely divine. The beef was very tender but the flavours felt like a luxurious burger. The taste of the rich raclette cheese also transported me back to France. If you’re a cheese fan, do double up on the cheese, you’ll definitely get that extra rich flavour mixed with the beef.
‘Loaded Fries’ is The Patate’s take on classic Poutine from Quebec. It contains a serving of grilled beef and cheese over French fries served with jus on the side. I got the onion jam as an extra topping for this one to give the dish a little bit of extra sweetness. I haven’t tried Poutine before so I can’t compare this version to the original dish, but dipping beef into the jus and mixing it with the fries felt like an extra guilty pleasure.
The beef toastie contained a beef patty, smoked cheddar, dijon mustard and white onion, and I added extra cheese and sauteed mushrooms. It did feel like a luxury sandwich made in French style because of the light and fluffy brioche buns and it tasted like a great twist on a delicious sandwich.
We got a Square Root ginger beer and lemonade to wash down our food before hitting the desserts. All their desserts are preservative-free and completely homemade. The Basque-style cheesecake is not to be missed as it’s really creamy and has just the right level of sweetness for my taste. You can also add a salted caramel sauce if you want it to be extra sweet but I personally didn’t need this addition. The gluten-free almond flour brownie was also delicious and the french style apple cake was wonderfully sweet and moist.
All the food comes in a box or container that you can easily take away if you don’t finish, and I certainly did this for the desserts and the loaded fries that we didn’t get to finish but definitely want to bring home.
Next time you’re craving a burger, try The Patate and you might never look at a burger the same way again.
55 Neal Street
Opening times: 11:30am – 9.30pm