Now that Becky is back in town, we’ve started exploring our local area and testing out the restaurant scene. Our latest foray was to the Flaming Cow, the sister restaurant to one in Eton, it claims that “you’ve not had real burgers until you’ve had a Flaming Cow experience”. Well damn, I thought I knew a thing or two about the London burger scene but apparently I’ve been missing out! So I grabbed the wife, called my brother to join us, and away we went for some real burgers.
Food: ★★★☆☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆ Value: ★★★☆☆ Overall: ★★★☆☆
There are plenty of pubs and bars (well sort of) around to grab a drink but I particularly like The Grove (massive outdoor area if the weather permits) or Crispins wine bar as options.
What to eat?
The menu is heavily weighted to burgers but there are a few options for other meals although larger in the BBQ/Grill range. We were here for the “real burger” experience so all three of us opted for different ones – the PB&J, the Redneck, and the Sante Fe.
The PB&J (as the name would suggest) was a thick beef patty topped with a layer of peanut butter, crispy bacon, cheese, and a healthy dose of “blueberry ketchup”. I know it may sound a bit odd, but this is actually a great combination of savoury beef, sticky peanut butter, salty bacon, and sweet jam/ketchup. Flavour-wise, it really stacked up although could have benefited from a burger being cooked a little more rare (although apparently that’s more Ealing Council’s restriction than a desire by the chef). The main element that let this burger down was the bun as it was overly dry and crumbled to pieces as I started to eat it which meant I caused a huge mess particularly with the blueberry ketchup staining my hands.
The Redneck was the same beef patty with Monterey Jack cheese, coleslaw, and a heaped portion of pulled pork. It looks absolutely massive and is pretty solid all around – nothing amazing but nothing to complain about other than maybe a bit more BBQ sauce.
The Sante Fe was a disappointment as it quite simply lacked any cohesive flavour. The patty was lacklustre given the medium/medium well level of done-ness, the green chili had heat but faded fast, and there wasn’t anything else to really give it a kick. Compared to other similar offerings in town (the green chili from Dip’n’Flip or Meat Mission comes to mind), it just didn’t stack up.
For sides, the chef treated us to an oversized portion of mac’n’cheese which was very cheesy and rich. We also opted for a the chilli cheese fries which was a bit of an error. The herb chips are brilliant and would have been a better choice solo as the chilli was a bit meh and detracted from rather than enhanced the dish.
The beer selection at Flaming Cow was fairly impressive but I was drawn to the milkshakes (offered both hard and soft). I went with a peanut butter and oreo milkshake which was the right level of thickness (a perfect mix between the solid concrete of some US chains and the watery slurry that the UK thinks is a shake) and my brother got a salted caramel version. I’d happily go back for either one.
Worth the dosh?
For about £20pp which gets you a burger, a side, and a shake, it’s a tad pricey but by no means unreasonable for London (although possibly for Ealing – jury is still out on that). Hopefully, they get it sorted with Ealing Council and can serve up burgers on the rare side of medium which would go a long way to helping the flavour profile.
Overall, it’s not a definite win but a solid option to keep in mind for a quick dinner or take away.