Chuck Burgers: Not to be confused with Chuck, the TV show

Vicky: Grant was kind enough to take me to Chuck Burger for my birthday as it nearly smashed into National Burger Day. We both arrived at the joint with high hopes as I (unlike everyone else) really enjoyed my brunch (mainly because I didn’t have burnt toast and ate enough) at sister restaurant Hot Box and I really like the show, Chuck (because sharing the same name immediately assures that it would be awesome right?). For Grant I reckon it was probably because it was quite highly rated and he wanted to try something new – right Grant?

Yes! You get 241 on this review with both me and Grant telling you how we felt about Chuck (the burgers, not the show, but Grant, I’d be also interested in your feelings about everyone’s favourite geeky, clumsy spy)…

Grant: So you may not believe this, but I’ve never actually seen Chuck. Chuck Burger is actually owned by the brother of a co-worker (as Hot Box is partly owned by him as well), so I was intrigued to see how it was. Plus, I do love trying new burgers (especially with the 20% off for National Burger Day), so it seemed like the best time to go!

Vicky: We arrived fairly early and were promptly seated, and proceeded to discuss the menu and take selfies. I didn’t really care for the burgers but wanted ALL THE SIDES. Grant was happy to indulge me in my craziness. Since we were trying to be healthy, we skipped on the shakes (also because I spied them on the bar counter and they were in quite delicate jam jars, literally 1/2 the size of dip’ n ‘flip’s glorious hard shakes).  I stuck with the good ol’ staple cheesy burger and Grant went for the spicy Devil Bacon.

And then… we started waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting… and waiting…. Turns out for NBD, they had a gigantic takeout order- I think he said maybe 300? (Do you remember, Grant?) so we waited 45 minutes for our burgers. I started to think having burgers for lunch on NBD was a BAD idea. I mean watching people struggle with bags and bags of burgers gets boring after a while. I’ll let Grant tell you more about what he did during the wait…

Grant: I mean basically it was selfie heaven. I remember fifteen years ago before the advent of smart phones where we literally had to sit there and talk to each other. Thank goodness we can now just take endless photos of ourselves and of each other (and of each other taking photos of ourselves). We also kept staring at the massive herd of people outside waiting for tables that weren’t opening up due to the fact that no food was being served while the massive order was being taken care of.

Vicky: Eventually our food arrived. I enjoyed the buffalo wings (great cheese dip) and the mac and cheese balls were ok (not as good as Nanny Bill’s) and didn’t care for the free pickled onion rings (they had to give us something for the interminable wait). The burger was… no better than Honest Burger, a bit dry and well, blah. Grant?


Grant: I actually really enjoyed the onion rings, I fancy myself a bit of an onion ring connoisseur, and it really was one of the better ones I’ve had in London. I mean they didn’t stand up to the onion fries from Dirty Burger. I guess that’s my problem with most of the food here. Individually, I can definitely go places to get better things: Buffalo wings from The Orange Buffalo, burgers from Bleecker Street Burger and onion rings from Dirty Burger. It was like they just weren’t doing everything as well as they could have. My burger barely had any spice to it. It really did make me sad considering the hour wait we had from ordering to when our food arrived. And given that so many other places are just around the corner at Spitalfields Market, it’s hard to justify coming back.

Vicky: I wasn’t overly impressed with Chuck burger, however I’d give them another chance if I was in Aldgate as I know that judging them on NBD when they were slammed probably wasn’t the kindest thing one could do. However, it is safe to say that at this juncture it hasn’t knocked off the top 3 on my London burger list, and with Bleecker Street just down the road I don’t honestly know when I will be back.

P.S. – I’m heartbroken you haven’t watched Chuck, Grant. It really should be on your Netflix list.

Chuck Burgers
4 Commercial St., E1 7PT

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