As is often the way with our weekly breakfast meetings at HØWL HQ, it often ends up in some sort of disagreement…leading to a semi-ridiculous challenge/adventure. This week was no different.
Kio and I decided to get lunch. Now, we take lunch pretty seriously here at HØWL, it’s a serious meal and why would you ever give it less than 100%. We had different lunch vibes going on…I wanted to get a burrito (it just felt like a burrito kind of day) – but Kio wanted a burger. So we did both. Luardos for a burrito, Tommi’s for a burger.
Let the double lunch challenge commence.
BURRITO - Luardos, Whitecross Street Market
Atmosphere – 8/10
I’ll give Lewis (Chef) this, the atmosphere was amazing, for the most part it was a lot of City workers in a hurry to get their lunch and get moving, and nonetheless it was a great street market atmosphere. People everywhere but it still didn’t quite seem hectic, everyone chatting but still wasn’t too loud.
However the queues were quite long, not too long that it wasn’t worth waiting in line, on average between starting at the back of the line to getting your burrito in hand 10 – 12 minutes
Smell - 9/10
The smell of White Cross street market is phenomenal, and I say that with no hesitation, it’s actually the first thing you notice when you start approaching the market, there is so much food cooking, from BBQs, Mexican food, Chinese Food, Caribbean cuisines; it smells amazing. I actually wanted to taste a bit of everything (insight into my life there).
Taste - 7/10
This is a tough one for me, and I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I need a good amount of hot sauce on anything to really enjoy the taste (and no it doesn’t take away from the taste for me) J
It did taste good though, maybe didn’t quite live up to the hype but that’s fine, the flavours all came together really well and made for a good eat, it might not of been exactly the taste I was expecting for the “best burrito in London” but I in no way regretted the purchase.
Price - 8/10
£5.50, yes! For a meal that filling and during lunch hours in the middle of London? Worth it, I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting any change when I handed in my £10 but was very glad to see I got enough change back to top-up my Oyster Card and get the tube to the other side of town
Satisfaction - 7/10
Finally the satisfaction level. I felt full afterwards, not too full but still feeling a little like there could have been a bit more to it. Was still a meal to get me close enough to dinner time, at most I’d of needed some chips or a chocolate bar before dinner.
A total rating of 8/10 for Luardos Burritos van in White Cross Street Market. I will definitely recommend it as a pit stop during your daily adventures.
Overall – 8/10
BURGER - Tommi's Burger Joint, Kings Road
Atmosphere - 8/10
The first thing I thought when I walked in to Tommi’s Burger Joint was ‘good burger vibes’. I put this down specifically to 3 things – music (chilled instrumental hip-hop, perfect burger-eating tunes), décor (they had my favourite Jimi Hendrix poster) and the hot sauce collection (nuff said).
Smell - 7/10
We rolled up at a little after 3pm so the grill had already put in a solid lunch shift by the time we got there – which means…good nose vibes. It wasn’t overwhelming but you could already tell we were in good hands.
Taste - 7/10
I’ve had many burgers in my 27 years on this earth and Tommi’s definitely hit the upper end of my personal burger spectrum. Juicy, succulent, well seasoned – it was a good solid burger. The thing that really turned it up a gear however, were the add-ons – you can load your patty up with gherkins, crispy onions and a dash of hot sauce from their DAMN impressive selection.
Price - 6/10
£6.90 for a burger is definitely at the upper end of what you would want to be paying for a burger, that’s for sure. Of course, there were deals to pick up with fries & sides but we were on 2nd lunch by then and fries may well have killed one of us off (no frills). Having said that, I’m always happy to pay a little more for good vibes and we were on Kings Road so 7 bucks for a burger is to be expected.
Satisfaction Level - 8/10
Conclusion – satisfied. Double thumbs-up.
Overall – 7/10
Overall I give Tommi’s Burger Joint a high recommend – it’s well worth a visit for a quick meal and a beer if you’re in the area and get the hunger pangs. A cool place to hang out too.
WINNER - the Luardos burrito!