In my search I ended in Smiths of Smithfield (SOS) John Torode place, the problem here is that they have a bar downstairs with a chicken burger and in the 2nd floor a dining room with a beef burger, so I decided to try both.
Ground Floor Menu
For the first visit I tried the ground bar, the place was packed, but I had the chance to sit in one of the sofas, I’ve been there a couple times for drinks, the place has a nice ambiance. I took the menu to scan for my next victim, the option there is a chicken burger, chicken fillet, lettuce, tomato, garlic mayo, and chips.
The Chicken Burger
The verdict, the taste wasn't bad, the garlic mayo gave a nice touch to the chicken, but the bun was saggy, the fries undone, so in general not a good experience.
The damage, 13 quids the chicken burger, fries and a beer
The conclusion, not good at all, I had a big expectation of this place, I still have to try the 2nd floor burger, hopefully will recover of this weak start. For the chicken burger I give them a weak 5, the taste of the chicken and the garlic mayo were the only things that save this train wreck.
What’s your purpose in Port Royal, Mr Smith?
On the weekends you also can try a 6oz beef burger, but after a disappointing chicken burger I decided to give them only one more chance, so I went for the Dining room at the 2nd floor, a 10oz beef burger with mature cheddar, old spot bacon, and tomato chutney. Surprisingly this time was the other way around, the burger was almost perfect, nice flavour, the patty was amazing, the bun slightly toasted, the bacon with the cheese gave a good balance, and the tomato chutney a sweet touch.
The Infamous Chips
The verdict, the 10oz burger almost spotless. To be perfect I would let the cheddar to melt. But amazing flavour and good balance. The chips were fat and crunchy but again undone.
The Damage, 21 quids for the 10oz burger, fries and a beer.
The conclusion, the dining room in the 2nd floor very good, please do not waste your time in the ground level as the chicken burger was a disappointing experience. So for the Dining room a solid 8 there is room for improvement with the cheese and the fries which were consistently terrible in both floors.
Dining Room 2nd Floor
This double dilemma reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Switch” when Jerry tries to switch the girl he was dating with her flatmate.
George: Do you realize in the entire history of western civilization no one has successfully accomplished the roommate switch. In the middle ages you could get locked up for even suggesting it.
Jerry: They didn't have roommates in the middle ages.
George: How do you know?
Jerry: Well, for one thing, they didn't have apartments.
George: Well, I'm sure at some point between the years 800 and 1200 somewhere there were two women living together.